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General Questions
How do you make your graphics?
How do I save graphics?
Can you help me with HTML?
How do I make double, triple, and top margin backgrounds?
How do I assemble a quilt rack with quit squares?
How do I open zip files?
How do I use the counter graphics?
Where can I get javascripts?
Purchasing Questions
What should I know before I order?
How does the ordering processing work?
What happens after I order one of your Licenses?
What happens if you are on vacation?
What is included in a Graphic Collection?
What happens if you update a collection after I have purchased it?




How do you make your graphics?

I use Microsoft Paint and a Wacom Graphire Tablet to draw my graphics. I enjoy Paint because I feel like I have control over every pixel. I have been drawing stuff with Microsoft Paint ever since Windows 3.1. So I've gotten in some practice. But that's all it takes. Practice. You need to get on there and try everything. Learn what all the tools do and learn how to manipulate them. It takes some time getting used to the mouse, or in my case, a mouse pen. But after a while it becomes second nature. You have a feel for it, and then you can begin creating.

I use Adobe Photoshop 4.0 to make them transparent gifs. But you can use Paint Shop Pro or other programs as well. Here is how to do it in Adobe Photoshop 4.0:

Step 1: Open your image in Adobe.
Step 2: Go to Image, Mode, and select Indexed Color...a
window will pop up..
Step 3: If your image has less than 256 colors the palette
should say "Exact." otherwise choose "Adaptive".
If your image has more than 256 colors, make sure
dither is set to "diffusion." And press "OK"
Step 4: Go to File, Export, GIF89a Export.
Step 5: With the dropper choose the color you want to be
transparent. (Unecesarry if you don't want it
transparent) Press "OK"
Step 6: The save window will pop up and you can go ahead
and save.

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How do I save graphics?

It's very simple to save (or download graphics). Just right click the image with your mouse. You should get a a menu, and one of the options on that menu should be "save image as" or "save picture as". Click on that. Then you can proceed to save the image. It's that simple ;)

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Can you help me with HTML?

I taught myself HTML using the book The Idiot's Guide to HTML 4. It's a wonderful book for beginners. It's easy to understand and it has great visual aids to help you out. Another great book is HTML 4 For the World Wide Web: Visual Quickstart Guide. This book is shorter that the other one but just as good, and it also has visual guides.
I don't have the time or patience to write HTMl help for you, but you can try those books or others.

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How do I make double, triple, and top margin backgrounds?

Here is some html help for those of you who want to have the 3-background effect, the 2-background effect, or the top margin background effect. These codes will work for both Internet Explorer and Netscape. Below each code I will list the KEYWORDS and their meanings. You must find these KEYWORDS in the HTML code and replace them with the information needed there. The KEYWORDS in the code are all the words that are in CAPITAL letters. I have provided suggested values for the places where it says "cellpadding" "cellspacing" "border" and "width" They will work just fine kept the way they are. But if you know tables and you want o play around with them please feel free to do so. Of course you may alter these codes in any way you like, although it is not necesary.

a) 2-background effect

KEYWORDS:

BOTTOMBACKGROUND - place the name (and directory if needed) of the bottom background here.

TOPBACKGROUND - place the name (and directory if needed) of the top background here.

WRITE THE REST OF YOUR PAGE HERE - This code is what should start and end your html page. Do not write anything before it or after it. Everything you want to put in your page goes here.


b) 3-background effect

KEYWORDS:

BOTTOMBACKGROUND - place the name (and directory if needed) of the bottom background here.

MIDDLEBACKGROUND - place the name (and directory if needed) of the middle background here.

TOPBACKGROUND - place the name (and directory if needed) of the top background here.

WRITE THE REST OF YOUR PAGE HERE - This code is what should start and end your html page. Do not write anything before it or after it. Everything you want to put in your page goes here.


c) top margin background effect

KEYWORDS:

TOPMARGINBACKGROUND - place the name (and directory if needed) of the image that will be used for top margin. Above that area you will see something that says "width=790 height=100". This is the setting for 600x800 screens and the height of the graphics you want to use as teh top margin. I suggest you keep the width at 790 since that works well for most computers. You may add to the width or subtract from it as needed if necessary. The height must change to be the height of the graphic you are using.

GENERALBACKGROUND - place the name (and directory if needed) of the background that will cover the rest of that page here.

WRITE THE REST OF YOUR PAGE HERE - This code is what should start and end your html page. Do not write anything before it or after it.

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How do I assemble quilt racks with quilt squares?

Here is some html help for those of you who want to assemble my quilt racks with quilt squares. Below each code I will list the KEYWORDS and their meanings. You must find these KEYWORDS in the HTML code and replace them with the information needed there. The KEYWORDS in the code are all the words that are in CAPITAL letters. Of course you may alter thise code in any way you like, although it is not necesary.


KEYWORDS:

RACKNAME - place the name (and directory if needed) of the quilt rack here.

QUILTSQUARE - place the name (and directory if needed) of a quilt square here.

COPYROW - In order to add more rows of quilt squares to the code copy the code within the TWO places it says COPYROW and paste it back in the code immediately afterwards. Remove the words COPYROW when you're done.

RACKBOTTOM - place the name (and directory if needed) of the quilt bottom here.


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How do open zip files?

You will need to have an unzipping program like Winzip. You can download a free trial here.

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How do I use the counter graphics?

The only place I knew that hosted counters where you can use your own graphics is gone. Please let me know if you find one.

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Where can I get javascripts?

I haven't used any scripts as examples in my sets, but they can spice up your web page. My favorite script site is Dynamic Drive. They provide a myriad of scripts for almost anything you want to do. Many of these scripts work with both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape. They give you all the directions you need to use them too.

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What should I know before I order Graphic Collections?

All graphics provided in a graphic collection are .GIF format, the same format used in all of my linkware graphics. It is suggested that you test the use of my linkware graphics in the way use you will be using my purchaseware graphics (within the Terms of Use) to see if they show up the way you want them to (printing, website, etc.).

If you are purchasing the download version of the Graphic Collection you will be downloading a zip file after your purchase. To learn more about zip files, click here.

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How does the ordering processing work?



Ordering begins at the Colors Shoppe.

To choose any item, click the "add to cart" button correspoding to that item. A window will appear with the contents of the shopping cart. You can continue to add items to the cart. When you are done, you may proceed to checkout.

Paypal will ask you to log in, or to create an account with them if you don't already have one. After you have logged in, PayPal will take you through the rest of the ordering process. PLease make sure your shipping address is included when ordering CDs.

When you order is complete, PayPal will send you an email confirmation. At that time, I will also receive a confirmation. As soon as I receive this confirmation I will email you with information on how to download your Graphic Collection, or, if you ordered a CD, when your CD will be shipped.

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What happens after I order one of your Licenses?



The ordering process for a license is the same as for Graphic Collections. Once I receive the confirmation of your payment, I will email you with the Terms of Your lisence. The terms of each license can be found on my Terms of Use page. I will be emailing you these same terms to you for clarity, and for you to keep for reference. Once your receive this email from me, you may begin to use the graphics within the Terms of your license.

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What happens if you are on vacation?



I am only one person who is running this site. I do not currently use a vendor that automatically handles downloads and emails for the customer. So after payments get processed and confirmed by PayPal, I handle everything else on my own. Therefore, if I am away for any reason, I will not be able to handle your orders right away. In any case, I will *always* post as far in advance as possible (on the main page of my site) when I will be away, and for how long. You can still order during that time, but you will have to wait until I return to recieve your Graphic Collection or License Terms.

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What is included in a Graphic Collection?



After you have unzipped your Graphic Collection (or opened the CD on your computer if you ordered one) you will find:
- 1 or more Folders
- 1 or more HTML files
- 1 or more README.txt files
The folder(s) contain the graphics in the collection. The HTML file(s) preview all of the graphics in the collection for you. The README.txt file(s) contains information about the Graphic Collection, Terms of Use, and some HTML help. It is suggested that you read the README file before you do anything more with the collection.

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What happens if you update a collection after I have purchased it?



If I update any collection, I will display this in the "updates" section on my main page, and I will notify the people on my mailing list. I keep of record of all who have purchased my Graphic Collections. If you have purchased the Collection I updated, then you may email me with your information so that I can check my records, and then I will send you the updated version of the Collection.

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