Image Resources

Images may be used for many technology projects. You will find several different types of resources linked from this page. Some are specifically for web pages. Many can also be used as title backgrounds in video productions, directional buttons or backgrounds in slide show presentations, or as desktop wallpaper. Here are some of the types and their uses. The images linked here have been created or purchased locally. They are free to be used within our web site. For outside resources, see below.

  • Backgrounds in HTML: If you wish to just change the color in the HTML, this may help. For example, this page has the following HTML background color information: BODY BGCOLOR="#CCCC99" VLINK="#0099FF" The VLINK is the visited link color. White is #000000 and black is #FFFFFF
  • Tiled Backgrounds: Tiled backgrounds are just that. Tiles are repeated ovber and over, both horizontally and vertically to form a pattern.
    • These can be used as backgrounds on web pages or within a table cell.
    • They can be used in PowerPoint by formatting the background as a texture and then selecting the new file.
    • They can be used in KeyNote by selecting Background, Image Fill, and Tile
    • They can be used as a computer Desktop by selecting the "Tiled" option.
  • Side Bars: The are similar to background tiles, but typically cover the entire width of the screen and are repeated down the page to achieve the desired appearance. Typically, they have color designs down the left side of the screen and a solid color or muted pattern over the rest of the screen.
    • They can be used in all of the same ways as tiled backgrounds.
  • Buttons: These are essentially clip art that can be used to add color or as links.
    • They can be used on web pages
    • They can be imported into PowerPoint or Keynote as images
  • Big Buttons: Same as buttons, but bigger.
  • Directional Buttons: These are arrows or deltas. They work well as links when there is a sequence of pages. May also include a "home" button to take the user back to the start.
    • Just like other buttons, they can be used on web pages, PowerPoint, or Keynote
  • Bullets: These are just very small buttons. Use in the same way or use as bullets for a list.
  • Banners: Basically wide bar images that have space for text. Some already have text and some are blank and ready to have text added.
    • Use at the top of a web page in place of a text title.
    • Import as an image into PowerPoint or Keynote to take the place of a text title.
    • Paste onto a solid color 640 X 480 background created in a graphics application and import as an image to use as a title screen in iMovie.
    • Blank banners will need to be opened in or imported into a graphics application to add text.
  • Lines & Bars: Think of lines and bars as page dividers. They simply break up the onscreen page. I usually include a simple one at the bottom of each web page to separate date, name, and link information from the rest of the page.
    • Choose lines and bars that fit with the look and feel of your page.
    • Most commonly seen on web pages, but can be imported into PowerPoint or Keynote as an image.
  • Themes: Themes are groups of images designed to go together. A typical theme includes a background tile or sidebar, some buttons and bullets, and a Line Bar. Some may also include banners or other objects.
    • A theme gives a unified look and feel to a page or group of pages.
    • Themes can be used on web pages, PowerPoint, or Keynote just as the individual parts can be used as described above.
  • Construction: Basically place holders for pages in progress. They are usually large buttons, clip art, etc.
  • Mac Images: Simply images related to Macintosh computers.
  • Other Images: Clip art and larger images. These can be used to add color to a page if they make sense with the content.
    • Insert as an image link on a web page, import into PowerPoint or Keynote.
    • Paste onto a solid color 640 X 480 background created in a graphics application and import as an image to use in iMovie.
  • Email Buttons: These are buttons specifically for email links.
  • Text Buttons: These are matching sets of buttons that have text on them that says things like "Forward", "Back", "Home", "Email", etc. They work well in either web pages or slide shows. They can also be used to create "Mouse-Over" buttons by combining two with identical shapes and messages, but different colors.
  • Christmas Graphics: Buttons and clipart with a Christmas theme.
  • Backdrops & Desktops: These are larger images that can be used as backdrops or desktops.
    • DO NOT use on webpages
    • These can be used as backgrounds in PowerPoint or Keynote.
    • They can also be used as title backgrounds in iMovie.
    • The Backdrops & Desktops page has directions for using them.
    • The images can also be saved and used as desktop images or screensavers.
  • Animated Gifs: These are animated buttons and clip art. Use sparingly on web pages. Too much movement can be annoying to the viewer.


Online Sources for Free Images

ALWAYS credit the source of any images on your web page, even if they are free.


Image Resources

11/1/04

Lynn Ewing