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How do I Choose the Best Freeware Graphics?

S. Gonzales
S. Gonzales

Choosing the best freeware graphics can be a daunting task for a novice webmaster. However, appropriate selection can be determined simply by assessing the graphics' intended uses and a webmaster's preferences. Freeware graphics can come in many forms, including clip art, icons, buttons, GIFs, animations, backgrounds, banners and more. It's important that a webmaster become familiar with each type of graphic and their functions before attempting to choose them for their websites.

The most important factor that website owners should consider when choosing freeware graphics is their desired use. There are many different types of freeware graphics, with many being suitable for only one purpose. For example, banners can't really function as icons, and clip art usually is inappropriate to use as a background. Website owners should be aware that though they might be able to configure graphics to function in any way that they please, website visitors are often accustomed to seeing a specific kind of graphic function in a particular way.

Woman doing a handstand with a computer
Woman doing a handstand with a computer

Of course, freeware graphics also can have outside-the-box uses. They can serve the purpose of looking like they are a functional part of a website. For example, a dummy website counter graphic can be placed on a website to make it appear as if the counter is in service and recording website visits. A functional counter and a non-functional counter are very different, so the purpose of this type of graphic likely will drive a website owner to select the best type of graphic for his or her website.

Website owners looking for standard images to show on websites might be happy to know that they can find and use some of these images for free. While not all stock and royalty-free photos are free to use, websites containing them can be a good place to look for free images. Often, free images might be offered on amateur photography websites or websites devoted to showcasing amateur digital art. Website owners would be wise to take advantage of these options, especially if they find that they need to use more sophisticated or complex images on their websites.

In addition, webmasters should consider having their freeware graphics customized. Some websites offer graphics customization services for free. Website owners also can create or edit existing freeware graphics using a graphics editing program, and these programs might be available for free. Using customized graphics is a good choice for webmasters who want to personalize their websites and make them memorable.

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