Hands On training is, of course, the best way to learn just about anything. There's only so far a manual can take you, and then you've got to simply plunge in, and make your own mistakes. HOWever, sometimes a little help ain't bad. <g>

That's where this little bunch of pages comes in. I've had a few folks ask me why I do this, aren't I afraid I'll lose all of my "trade secrets"? The techniques I use when creating my graphics are just that, techniques, something anyone can learn giving enough time and practice. I can share every one of them, and will have lost absolutely nothing. Hopefully the 'net will end up being a more attractive place to be.
If you're a potential client, well, I'd like you to see just what goes into making these graphics. If you've got the time and inclination, you can save a few bucks and do the work yourself. Hopefully, you'll be too busy making money doing your own job, and will just pay me to do mine. Simple, no? On with the tips...

Hey, do please follow the link below to my online Forum, I'm playing a very active role there, answering questions and the like, and we have some very active members who can also help you out. Stop on by, and make yourself heard!

Check out this piece, a guest tutorial created by "dl-44" of the text effect used on the "gullwing" interface! He calls this the SkyTaffy tutorial, well worth checking out! I'll be adding this to the new interface for this site, but for now, follow this link, you'll be happy.


Basic Glass techniques The OZONE forum! Get answers to your questions here.

Basic Javascript Rollovers  Drop Shadows

Lighting Effects Lighting Effects2


Tiled Backgrounds

Those silly little inset bars.

Most of the initial sections were created to stem the rising flood of Emails. I do my best to answer all mail addressed to me, many which are requests for graphics help. If someone can phrase a technical question in such a way that I *can* answer it, I will.
What this means is that a question like, "Hey, how did you get that nifty burnished metal effect on the 'foobar.gif' at such&such a page?" will receive an answer. Questions like "Hey, I love your buttons! Teach me how to make images just like yours!" might get lost in the shuffle. I've spent so much of my time teaching myself how to create graphics, that I've let my studies into mind-reading slide just a bit. This means that it's also a big help if you tell me what kind of machine/programs you're using.

Me, I like Photoshop. I like it a real lot. If you've got the bucks, and you're serious about getting into web graphics, it's worth every penny. I like the KPT filters, but really don't use them as much as you might think. The two filters I use the most are "Gaussian Blur" and "Lighting Effects", both of which come with the program. There's a few other shareware filters I use quite a bit, but I'll point you to them as they're mentioned.

Whoa! Are you far away, paying by the minute for your access? Maybe you should just download this complete archive of this series of pages. I include it here in ZIP format, have at it!

"HandsOn.zip", 3780k.

So! What was that, you liked my work, and wanted to link to one of my sites from your own page? That would be cool, I'd like that. If you're willing, I've created a couple of small 88x31 buttons for linking like this, feel free to take one or all of them! (If you want to use a big logo for a backlink, I wouldn't mind. You can find a nice collection here.)

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