SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES

A list of recommended web sites, books, and articles that you can explore to enhance your experience in the class. This list is frequently updated.

RESOURCE DESCRIPTION
Free web images sites
bullet Transparent Patterns Fabulous! The patterns are semitransparent. Therefore you can change the color on the fly.
bullet Subtlepatterns.com Good place for modern seamless backgrounds, over 375 of them. Weakness is that they are not categorized, but you can search on keywords.
bullet stockvault.net Free high resolution pictures
bul www.freedigitalphotos.net  
bullet eosdev.com/eosdev_Backgrounds.htm A good site for web art of all types. This takes you directly to the backgrounds page. The backgrounds are less garish than on some sites.
bullet Website Bullets A website with simple bullets fit for many occasions. They are correctly sized and not flambouyant.
bullet http://www.backgroundcity.com A large source of background files
Low cost Stock Photography, generally $0-$15
bul Pixabay Nearly 900,000 free high quality images.
bul publicdomainpictures.net I learned about this one from ATC textbook. Seems great!
bul Wallpaper style backgrounds Large images to be used on websites as well.
bul CanStock Photos  Good pricing and a variety of photos.
bullet http://www.punchstock.com Stock photos that are good for practicing. Otherwise cost $79 each.
bullet http://www.flickr.com If you get an account, you can "right click" to save pictures.
bullet Comstock If you sign on, you can get free practice files that are usually 200-300 pixels. You don't have to pay money for signing up.
bullet http://www.istockphoto.com This is the best I've found for a web designer on a budget. High quality photos are shared by a community of photographers, with pricing starting at $1. Over the years, however, the pricing for the larger images have increased.
Logo and button generators sites
bullet cssmenumaker.com Truthfully, some of the ones listed below are from the late 90's. However, this is a newer type of menu generator that uses CSS rather than images.
bullet http://dabuttonfactory.com This site quickly generates buttons in image or CSS format.
bull http://www.flamingtext.com This site quickly generates buttons and logos that can be customized as desired. 
but http://www.3dcsstext.com Uses CSS3 shadows to create 3-D effect on text
bullet http://www.cooltext.com This site is very similar the flamingtext.com. It allows lots of customization for your web art. http://dabuttonfactory.com
Tutorial and reference sites
bullet HTML Elements Reference This Mozilla site is authoritative and handy
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bullet www.webmonkey.com A great site for short, easy to follow tutorials. 
bullet www.htmlprimer.com/ Contains easy-to-read tutorials. Also contains a user forum where you can ask questions of others.
bullet webdesign.about.com/cs/html www.about.com is a very comprehensive site.  It contains lots of material relating to web site development.  One of its most useful areas deals with design tips and principles. 
bullet www.w3schools.com At W3Schools you will find all the Web-building tutorials you need, from basic HTML to advanced coding and scripting.
bullet www.htmlhelp.com This is a solid and authoritative site that offers help on a wide range of topics. The site does not look fancy, but provides great information in a reference manner. It focuses on material that helps you to create sites that work in all browsers.
bullet www.utexas.edu/learn/html/spchar.html Special characters.  This is just one of the many sites that provides a convenient list of special characters. Thanks to University of Texas.
CSS references
bullet Round Corner generator Automatically generates round corners and shadows
bullet CSS3 Generator Automatically generates common CSS3 styles
Free web hosting
Text Editors and HTML Editors
www.editpadlite.com I've used this text editor in lieu of Notepad for years. Features include opening multiple files, drag & drop, toolbars, numbering lines, etc. There are two versions--Lite and Pro. Although it's worth paying for, I recommend the Lite version if you are on a budget.
bullet www.crimsoneditor.com This freeware editor was recommended by Drew Shamrock. I've downloaded it and can readily see that it lives up to its billing. The Crimson Editor includes syntax highlighting for HTML, CSS, Perl, Javascript, and many more languages.
Colors
bullet www.easycalculation.com Hexadecimal color chart
bullet Color Chart - 100 plus, colors RGB to Hexadecimal color converter
bullet Another Color Chart Wikipedia's entire color page
bullet www.cookwood.com Hexadecimal equivalents - from 0 to 255
bullet wellstyled.com Gain quick confidence with your choice of colors. Use this tool to generate color schemes of good-looking, well balanced and harmonic web pages.
Multimedia (Audio & Video)
bullet online-convert.com Quickly convert various types media online. No software installation needed. Free
Other
bullet www.lipsum.com Generates dummy text. Also tells the story behind "Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet"

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