I found the comments below from a friend of mine on another list provaocative. She is not a Gimp user. I wonder how many of her cautions are universal and how many just dependent on the program used to create the graphics? -----quote begins----------- I visit lots of authors' sites and see many that are gorgeous. The thing that always tips me off as to whether they're professionally done or not is the graphics. I cannot stand jagged edges around images, banners, etc. Even the most inexperienced designer can clean that up and do it properly at low resolution, so, I guess it's not so much that it's a sign of being an amateur - to me anyway - that it's a sign of not caring....lack of pride in the work. Even if a person simply cannot create clean edges (one of the most common mistakes is using "tansparent" on a layer - transparent doesn't work..you need to use the background colour as the background colour on the image around any curved lines. Also that "delete" background rarely gives a clean lift - that all needs to be erased one pixel at a time.) they can go with text only, or visit one of the 1000s of sites that offer free web tools, or avoid curved edges (in most cases jaggies are only an issue around curved edges). Round buttons only look nice if they're done properly. Square (with no transparency and no background) and text buttons work just as well and will give a more "polished" look.
I'm not a web designer by any means, so maybe those on the group who are can offer more insight into this. -----------end quote BTW I have permission to quote the above from the author. -- John Culleton Able Typesetters and Indexers http://wexfordpress.com _______________________________________________ Gimp-user mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://lists.xcf.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/gimp-user