Copy Art From the Web
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I'm assuming you that you know how to copy and paste, create folders and files. If not suggest going through the Windows Lessons Click Here to start instructions. 15 minute lessons. and then come back to these instructions.

Suggest that you create a folder to store copied art from the web waiting for you to edit at a later date. Keep in mind that some art has copyright and trade mark privileges that are normally posted. Reproducing and selling for profit individually or in groups are prohibited and against the law. The web is full of Free art for the downloading and suggest seeking these sites out.  Art as in catalogs will give you an idea how your art would look. To copy as an example for you to create your own, should not be a problem.

There are two categories of art on the web: Foreground Art and Background Art.  Facts: Carpenters measure in inches, Printers in points and picas, Web Designers in pixels. Pixel display will depend on the resolution of the recipient's monitor not yours. Average  Public Screen size is 14" monitor, Average screen resolution is 640 x 480 pixels. Organizations that use the web have larger screens and finer resolution. Believe it or not, the most common windows operating system is Windows 3.1. Keep in mind what demographic your art and message is being received when creating. Email has less pixel dimensions.

Foreground Art: 1. is a single image that may be animated (normally a gif file) and can be combined with other images to create the illusion that it is one. 2. Mouse Over techniques will swap the image with another and is not by definition, animated, rather two distinct separated files that is mechanically switched for effect. Can be used in your Email Stationary. Background Art is a single image that is normally tiled or repeated to give the illusion of texture. Doing so speeds the recipients download time and drawing of the page.  Occasionally, you will find that the background is one large picture normally faded or watermark affect. I've also seen animated gifs tiled in the background, but visually it created such a distraction that it was hard to read the message. Can be used in your Email Stationary.

Copy Foreground Art on the Web
In this case we found a button we wanted to copy. Put cursor on the red button "Computer 101" and right mouse click to get the menu previewed on the right. Select "Save Picture As..."
Dialog box will tell you what type of a file it is. In this case it is a gif file and the name given is "btnComputer101".
Note: The "Save" dialog box will open to the last save folder. If no previous save, the default folder to save is "My Documents" folder.

Change it to a name that is meaningful to you and save it in the folder you created to hold downloaded art.

Image size of "btnComputer101" 94 pixels wide and 30 pixels high with 1.14 Kbytes of memory

Copy Background Art on the Web
In this case we found leaves we wanted to copy. We noticed that text and drop down boxes were riding over the top of image and it was continuous. Must be a background. Put cursor only on the leaves and right mouse click to get the menu previewed on the right. Select "Save Background As...". Also proves that it is the background with this menu showing.
Dialog box will tell you what type of a file it is. In this case it is a gif file and the name given is "Leaves On the Side".

Change it to a name that is meaningful to you and save it in the folder you created to hold downloaded Background Art.
Image size of Leaves on the side 1200 pixels wide and 124 pixels high with 10.3 Kbytes of memory
I made the image wider by adding more white space to accommodate larger screens as I wanted the leaves to be limited to the side and 
not be repeated in other parts of the screen.  
With special coding and used with Internet Explorer, (Netscape may not support) you can specify vertical tiling only, which would reduce the size of the file but 10.3 K is not bad and is easy for the novice to install.

How do you get the size of the file? In Windows Explorer, select the file you want, hold the "Alt" key down and press "Enter" key or right mouse select, menu select "Properties".   The information is in the form that appears When opened in a paint program, the program will tell you what size the image is in pixel dimensions by selecting menu "Images", select "Attributes".  

You are now ready to copy something.  Create the folder for the download, open the web and copy and save the first small picture you see.  Seek out a page with a background image usually a textured page, copy and save in the same folder. Open MS Paint if you don't have another paint program and open the files you saved to see what you got.

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