Most websites have graphics or pictures which are included as part of their design. These elements can either be as static elements, video clips or animations. As a web page designer, the type of graphics you work with will determine what type of programs you need to acquire.
Static pictures are probably the easiest the work with and to create. These can be created with a number of graphical software solutions. The overriding factor is that it can save the designs in a format that is supported by web browsers. Some of most commonly used formats for static graphics on the web are JPEG, GIF and PNG. In many cases PNG is used because the format produces much smaller files than JPEG and GIF.
As with static graphics, there are many software packages available which can create non-static graphic content. These are graphics which are either video clips or animations. The animations can eithet be created from a series of static images or can be made up from live video. The flash format or SWF has been adopted as one of the main formats used for non-static graphics on web pages. Fortunately many of the animation or video tools available are able to save files as SWF.
When looking at using graphics in your web creations, it is important that you have some basic knowledge of the formats which are compatible with modern web browsers. Once this is in place then there are a number to tools available for creating these graphics.