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Only 256 Colors?
The GIF format allows only 256
colors. In most cases, that’s
plenty, but if you’re saving as a
GIF file, the program might
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Back in the browser, click Refresh.
Notice that the tiles now flow seamlessly into one another but that the image is still
too dark and obscures the text.
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Back in Paint Shop Pro, select Adjust, Brightness and Contrast,
Brightness/Contrast.
Adjust the brightness up to lighten the image.
Adjust the contrast down to soften it.
Click OK.
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Why Lighten the Image?
The most common problem with background images is their tendency to
obscure the text on top of them. Lightening the image increases the chance
users can see the text, and reducing the contrast softens it and makes it
more subtle so it doesn’t distract from the text. This also makes the text eas-
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Click File, Save.
Back in the browser, click Refresh.
Notice that although this image could probably stand a little more work, the page is
much more readable. Be sure to keep your background images as subtle as possible.
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Keeping the Background in One Place
You can keep the background from scrolling with the rest of the page by
using the background-attachment: fixed property in the style attrib-
ute. On your eBay auction, in which only the description itself gets the
background, this looks like a window passing over the image.
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