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Computer graphics types
Web Graphics
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
  • JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
  • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
  • SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
  • CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile)

Graphics and other visual presentations inform, illustrate, or entertain. The best graphics are both functional and artistic. Graphics can be produced by traditional or digital tools, the choice being dependent on the particular project. Graphic design encompasses the artistic methods for professional presentation with symbols, images and words that represent ideas and messages.

Art and artists

The method of arrangement, presentation style, and medium of graphics impels a designer to use creativity. The designer must also have good observational skills and use critical, quantitative and analytic judgment for content decisions, such as design layouts and rendering. Traditional tools, as well as computers and electronic tools, are used to in all phases of design.

Art websites exist for web graphics artists and host their communities. These places exhibit and discuss the works and include photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, skins for applications and others. There are also download-able resources at such sites, such as tutorials and stock photography.

Visual arts

Bring works into existence that are visual in nature.

Visual graphic arts disciplines

  • drawing
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • design
  • photography
  • video
  • film-making

Applied arts

  • industrial design
  • graphic design
  • fashion design
  • interior design
  • decorative art

Page layout

Graphic design
- arrangement of work's content
- style of work's elements

Interface design



Graphics or image editing software enable a person to manipulate visual images on a computer. Web graphics can be made with drawing and graphics packages and, along with presentation and desktop publishing software, such as:

Web browsers can now display JPEG, PNG and SVG, and to some extent VML, images in addition to GIFs. If needed, plugins to render in the web browser animated, interactive and 3-D graphics contained in the appropriate section can be installed.

Further reading

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19th Century

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