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Sep 14,2008
Changing your colours Part 1
Filed under: Feature Support Utility Tags: Manage+Site Formatting+Colours Web+Safe

This article describes the steps you can use to select the "web safe" colour range and set the specific colours on any of the Site Colour Options pages, for setting the colours of Frames, Backgrounds, Page Text, Links and Mass Settings for your studio or art pages. A bit of background Some years ago, when computers supported a maximum of 256 different colours, a list of 216 "Web Safe Colours" was suggested as a Web standard, reserving 40 fixed system colours. The 216 cross-browser colour palette was created to ensure that all computers would display the colours correctly when running a 256 colour palette. This is not important today, since most computers can display millions of different colours. On the MyArtClub site you will see reference to "web safe", "web-smart" and "unsafe" colour ranges. What is meant by these terms is relatively how many computers will see, or not see, the colours you have chosen correctly: Name of colour range Colours Available to pick from Percentage of computers that can not read a colour Web Safe 2160.0% (none) Web Smart4,096Less than 0.4% Unsafe16,777 2167.0% and falling (Source http://www.upsdell.com/BrowserNews/stat_trends.htm) If you are not sure what colours you should use, "Web Smart" has a reasonable amount of choice, and low risk. Using the Web Safe Colour Range When you are using the colour selections limited only to 216 web safe colours, all the names were entered as "named" colours, e.g. 'Azure Blue' or "Dark Red". How to set your website colour range On the "Artist Colour Options" page: Pick the "Web Safe" Option from the list of Web Safe, Web Smart, or Unsafe Confirm selection by clicking on the button below "Update Artist Colour Options" How to access the colour palette for choosing colours Look at the line just below where you selected the colour range Click on the words "colour palette" in the phrase: "Click here to bring up the colour palette in a separate window." If you have chosen the "Web Safe" option, you will see the following page" If you hover over the colour that you wish to pick, you will see a pop up with the "number" of the colour as it is represented on the web, but more importantly, the name of the colour that has been assigned to this colour. Using that name, you can then pick from the drop down list the name of the colour that you want to use for whichever option you are picking from. In the next article, we will discuss how to pick from the "web smart" colour range using the colour wheel. read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 06:55
Oct 15,2008
Changing your colours Part 2
Filed under: Feature Support Utility Tags: Web+Smart Manage+Site

This article describes the steps you can use to select the "web smart" colour range and set the specific colours on any of the Site Colour Options pages, for setting the colours of Frames, Backgrounds, Page Text, Links and Mass Settings for your studio or art pages. In the first part of this article, we dealt with setting your colours using the "web safe" colour range. A bit of background Some years ago, when computers supported a maximum of 256 different colours, a list of 216 "Web Safe Colours" was suggested as a Web standard, reserving 40 fixed system colours. The 216 cross-browser colour palette was created to ensure that all computers would display the colours correctly when running a 256 colour palette. This is not important today, since most computers can display millions of different colours. On the MyArtClub site you will see reference to "web safe", "web-smart" and "unsafe" colour ranges. What is meant by these terms is relatively how many computers will see, or not see, the colours you have chosen correctly: Name of colour range Colours Available to pick from Percentage of computers that can not read a colour Web Safe 2160.0% (none) Web Smart4,096Less than 0.4% Unsafe16,777 2167.0% and falling (Source http://www.upsdell.com/BrowserNews/stat_trends.htm) If you are not sure what colours you should use, "Web Smart" has a reasonable amount of choice, and low risk. Some Important Tips If you have been using colour selections limited only to 216 web safe colours, all the names were entered as "named" colours, e.g. 'Azure Blue'. With the larger selections, only codes are used, so it is no longer intuitive what colour to pick. Use the colour palette instructions below to pick a colour code. Once a new colour range is specified, any change to update a colour to a new code will erase the older colour range settings. Should you want to remember what colours you used before you changed the colour range, write down or copy the current settings now. All colours must be from the same range, i.e. you can only pick codes available in the colour range you have selected. You can not be set up on "Web Smart", and then try to include an "Unsafe" colour. How to set your website colour range On the "Artist Colour Options" page: Pick "Web Smart" from the list of options: Web Safe, Web Smart, or Unsafe Confirm selection by clicking on the button below "Update Artist Colour Options" How to access the colour palette for choosing colours Look at the line just below where you selected the colour range Click on the words "colour palette" in the phrase: "Click here to bring up the colour palette in a separate window." Using the Web Smart colour range If you have chosen the "Web Smart" option, you will see the following page" If you hover over the colour wheel in the middle of the panel, you will see a sample of the colours as represented in each of the three modes Web Safe, Web Smart, and Unsafe below. How to pick a colour On the colour circle in the middle of the panel click on a colour to pick one. The square to the right of the circle now shows, for the last picked colour, a variety of choices for saturation and hue. Each colour that you select is tracked in the list on the left column. You can reset this left side list by clicking on the "reset pick list" button above the list. If you see a colour you want to use, you must write down the colour code number. These numbers are represented by the "#" sign followed by 6 digits ( between 0 9 and a-f). To see the colour code numbers for all of your colour picks click on the "show full list" link just below the colour square on the left. Copy the colour code for the colour you selected, e.g. #ff2266 from the column "web smart". How to apply the selected colour to your site Switch back to your Update Site Colour Options Page. To update a colour selection paste or enter in the code, e.g. #ff2266 in the entry box for each of your desired colour selections i.e. Frame, Background, Page Text, Links, etc. Remember to note your current colour settings; once you have made one colour change for the new colour range, you lose all the prior colour settings from the old colour range, as those are incompatible with the new colour range selected. Colours not reset will move to white as a default within the new colour range. After you complete your colour choices, click the button below "Update Artist Colour Options" and your new selections are in effect. The page text, background and other colour choices will change to reflect the selections you have made. read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 06:56
Oct 05,2009
Use a word program to write your text
Filed under: Support Tags: Manage+Site Documents Formatting+Text

MyArtClub recommends for you to use word processing software for all of your text based entries. While you may be tempted to just write all your text on-line, and you certainly free to do so, using a word program has several advantages: Spell check. Nothing looks worse that a typo, and word programs can save you that embarrassment. Saved content. It can take a lot of time to create and edit your web-pages, or blogs. Over time you can create a lot of different content. By saving all the content on your personal computer, you'll have a copy of all your history of changes. It may come in handy, and at least it provides a full record. A bigger page to see what you are editing. In many cases, only a small portion of the text is visible in the entry box. By using a word program, you can see the entire entry. Keep a back up. When making complex changes using HTML codes, especially when tables and various fonts are involved, it is good to have your original copy in case your new version is not quite ready for primetime. That way, you can try the new copy out online, and if it does not appear to work, paste back the old copy while you adjust the new copy. Here is a quick way to copy the text from the current box. You should be logged into your site and looking at where you make changes to a text box. Place your cursor anywhere inside the text box of interest, and using windows, the short cut is to hold down the ctrl key, and press the 'a' key at the same time. The whole text box is now highlighted even the parts you cannot see. Now hold the ctrl key again and press 'c' at the same time to copy. Move to your word program and place the cursor on the word program where you want the text, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'v' at the same time to paste the copied data into the word program. Now save the word file call it 'original copy'. Save the word file again this time call it 'edited copy'. Edit this second copy, with all your changes, and save the file again. Use the ctrl key and 'a' key at the same time to highlight all the edited text to put back in the internet text box. Hold the ctrl key again and press 'c' at the same time to copy this text. Move to your internet program and place the cursor on the text box where you want the text, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'a' to highlight all the text and press the delete key, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'v' at the same time to paste your edited copy back into the text box. Voila, your text is re-written, and you have a saved copy of both the original and the new text. This article was first published in the My Art News Letter #25 read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 08:08
Mar 19,2011
Tags versus Categories
Filed under: Feature Support Tags: Meta+Data Manage+Site

In an earlier blog, we discussed HTML Tags as a way to control your text on your web pages. The tags we are discussing today are the tags which you can attach to your blog pages. When you have finished writing your blog, you can attach both tags and categories to your blog. So what is the difference between tags and categories? There are a number of blog sites that deal with this topic which can be found at tags-vs-categories, at tags-vs-categories (watch the video), or at using-categories-and-tags-effectively-on-your-blog. One of the best discussions that I have found is categories-versus-tags-whats-the-difference-and-which-one from which I have cribbed this summary information. Categories and Tags are for your visitors, not just search engines. Categories and Tags are about navigation and sorting, grouping your content to help visitors find related information. Categories are your site's table of contents. Categories help identify what your blog is about. Categories represent your body of work on the subject. Tags are your site's index words. Tags are micro-data or meta-data, more specifically micro-categorization for your site's content. Search engines do not recognize or reward the rel="tag" which identifies a tag. If you can't write five blog post titles/ideas on a topic, then you don't have a category. If enough posts have the same tag, and it represents your blog purpose and goals, it's a category. Think of your visitors' needs first. read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 07:31
Nov 10,2012
Create an Artist blog on your MyArtClub site
Filed under: Utility Images Feature Support Tags: Manage+Images HTML Email+List Manage+Site

First, be sure you want to do this, it is a commitment, which we believe is worth the rewards. You build audience, and create a legacy of text based thoughts, focused on your audience. Not sure about having a blog, read our post about why. Best practices are to be regular, so try to commit to what you can do. Content should be authentic, helpful, and targeted. Imagine who you are talking to as you write. Use words that your audience would use to search for help or information about your topic. Activate your artist blog by visiting the artist options. Click on the top bar ARTIST,(as illustrated below) and then select menu item 5, "Artist Site Options". You will then see this page below. Put a 1 in the "Artist blog" square, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the gray button "Update Artist Options" and you now have a blog! Your artist blog is automatically connected to your website. Posting an artist blog entry: Now that you have activated your artist blog, click on BLOG (see the upper red arrow illustrated below) and come to your main Blog menu. Here you can work with individual entries. On this page you can launch a new posting, see the lower red arrow. After launching a new post, you see this blank page below. Enter your text here. IMPORTANT: create your blog first in a separate word document on your computer. When you have it mostly done, copy the article, and paste it here. This avoids time out issues, and losing the blog post. As well in word programs you have the advantage of spell check. Be sure to hit the gray button "Add Blog Entry" or "Update Blog Entry"every time you change your text, or add an image. Once a blog is posted, the date is registered. Now add some HTML - the basics are simple for example, the most common code is to use to create paragraph breaks. Much more on this here Just as with all the text boxes on your artist website, this lets you create links to other references, and images! Spice up your MyArtClub blog with images! Images can be placed in your MyArtClub blog using the utility we have built in to your blogs. Add as many of your art works can be loaded in, here is how: Enter text above where you want the picture. Click "Update Blog Entry" to save. Click on "to add image" Select image to load Under the image to load, choose "Display on Left" or "Display on Centre" or "Display on right" as you wish You will see you then return to the blog page. You will see some text has been added to your blog text, this is the image data. Click Update Blog Entry to save revised text including the new image. Note you can now add more text, after the image too. Just add text below the image data, and remember to click "Update Blog Entry" gray button at the bottom to save. If you need to add space between image, or to spread out text, use the html paragraph spacer noted above. You can even add more than one image, and text following the above steps, as many times as you like. The effect is like a picture book. Imagine using it to show step by step of your image being developed! Use the Preview button to edit your blog. This is critical. You want to see how it looks, and check all your links and spacing. TIP: When you are done all your edits, copy the entire blog entry box, and save a copy on your word program - then you have all the html you figured out last time for your next time! Manage your blog posts:Click on the top BLOG menu to see your blogs. Here you can see postings by date. One very good promotional idea is to email your blog. This is an effective way to reach out to your community when you have a new blog. Do this using our built in tool available at the above page. Click on Send email. Here you can also manage comments received, and after you have a few blogs, you may want to visit this page one more time, and add tags. Have more questions about artist blogging? Let us know your ideas and issues, please comment below, or write to us at Webmaster@MyArtClub.Com Send us a request if you would like a copy of our word file with all the html that created this blog entry, it can serve as an example for you on using html, and multiple images. read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 08:47
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