Designing Web Pages with PhotoImpact Pro

PhotoImpact Pro is a digital photography program that can be used to organize, edit and add effects to photographs. But, the suite also has the capability to create and design web pages. This program is so easy that even a beginner student will be quickly able to catch on to the instructions. Further, at around $100, it is one of the cheapest photo editing and web design programs on the market.

Step 1: Using the Options

One of the outstanding features of the web design tool is that it comes preloaded with some of the most used tools in creating web pages. It comes with:

  • preconfigured buttons
  • banners
  • icons
  • bullet points
  • rollover buttons
  • graphics for the lower third of the screen
  • separator bars

To use these tools, you simply need to expand the list underneath the tool that they would like to use, and then select the button, icon, etc., that best fits your needs. No programming, HTML or designing knowledge is needed. The program will automatically write the HTML and then create the needed effect on the web page.

Step 2: Adding Java Effects

JavaScript has become one of the stand-out features of modern web pages. Java is used to run script, add effect or even animate objects or texts. But, most people need to know how to write in JavaScript before they can use these tools.

PhotoImpact Pro allows users to add these effects to their web pages without having to learn any Java code. Available JavaScript effects include rollover buttons, cascading menus and animated or scrolling text for headlines or banners.

Step 3: Other Available Effects

Besides the JavaScript effects, PhotoImpact Pro also comes with effects that can be added to photographs within the Library or added directly to foreground or background web images. For example, to change the look of a still image on a website, you can overlay the image with something like the Charcoal effect, which will turn the image black and white.

Or, you can even convert a regular image into a painting. This is done via the Oil effect, which will take the still photograph and make it look like an oil painting. Particle Effects are another way to change up a standard still image. For example, within the Particle Effects menu, you can add rain, bubbles or clouds to your images. Something similar can be done with the Lightening Effects, where you can add fireworks, lightening, light bulb bubbles and lens flare, which can effectively be used for photographs taken during the day or bright images.

Other effects within the suite include Cartoon, Scratch, Quills, Finger Paint, Frosted or Faceted Glass, Stone Washed and Watercolored. These will spruce up standard still images on web pages and make them more attractive.

Step 4: Publishing Your Content

Once your website design is complete, you will have to publish the website, which requires purchasing a domain name (URL) and paying for some company to host it. Many companies combine the two services for a yearly fee.