PA District Graphics
Graphics are tough. For print, big heavyweight graphics work best. For the web, small lightweight graphics are needed. So if you want to see the Website Committee's hair turn gray, right before your eyes, start talking about posting graphics on the website. No matter what we post, it is the wrong size!
Some thoughts on graphics:
- A big thank you to Webmaster Neil Young for creating the graphics posted here!
- The Keystone graphic, while widely used and universally loved, is obsolete. We have been using the state outline logo on our District shirts for years, it is time to move to this logo. The outline graphic matches the proportions of the Kiwanis International logo much better.
- As previously stated, it is impossible to post every size of graphic that you could possibly need, so we have generally posted large logos and you'll have to reduce the size for your needs. Keep in mind that if you use a graphic in your PowerPoint (Publisher, Word, etc.) file and let the program reduce it by 75%, the original size of the graphic is included in your document file. You should reduce the size of the graphic before you use it in your document for the smallest file size.
- Editing graphics is not for the faint of heart. There are a couple of good, free programs that I use to do the small edits that are within my skill level. The first is FastStone Image Viewer. This is an image viewer with resize (and batch resize) built in. They also have an image resizing program on their site, I have not used that. The second program is The GIMP. The GIMP is a heavyweight graphic editing program with a steep learning curve. It is a poor man's Photoshop.
- The gif format generally gives a larger file size, renders properly in all browsers and is capable of transparency (the edges of the graphic outside the state border are invisible).
- The jpg format gives a smaller file size, renders properly in all browsers but is not capable of transparency.