Computer hardware configuration
What is described below assumes that You want to make a beautiful and stylish website completely with your own hands, i.e. you draw all the graphic elements, write pages yourself, scan and bring photos…
So, what is the hardware of a web designer? First you need to immediately say that You will need not the weakest computer. It should support a resolution of 800×600 pixels at TrueColor color depth, have at least 32-64M memory, be equipped with a CD-ROM, it is highly desirable that there is also a scanner and sound card. And now in order: why all this is necessary.
Good graphics card
resolutions from 800×600 and color depth to True Color (this card with a storage capacity greater than or equal to 2M), well to and accelerator – these requirements are based on the fact that most people have 14′ and 15′ inch monitors and, as a rule, they optimal resolution is 800×600. What does this have to do with WEB mastering? The most immediate, as in 99% of cases WEB-pages look in the window, opened to the full screen. And in difficult cases of layout you will need to imagine how it will look in this mode. True Color depth is necessary for processing photos without distortion, as it is not very easy to correct photos if Your monitor supports a resolution of 256 colors. Graphics accelerator is needed to speed up the drawing of Your screen – when working with images (especially in vector graphics) redrawing takes up a significant part of the computer resources. And, ultimately, the time saved by waiting for drawing, You can use in a more productive way.
Memory => 32M
very desirable, as in the manufacture of WEB-pages You will keep open, on average, about 7-8 programs and of them a couple of monsters like CorelDraw 7.0-8.0 or PhotoShop 4.0-5.0. The fact is that any multitasking operating system in case of lack of RAM will use the so – called virtual, which, ultimately, – just a file on the disk. The system will discard memory segments of the program that has not been used longer than others to provide memory to the current task. And in the case of reverse switching to the desired task-recovery from disk memory segments. Access speeds to physical and virtual memory differ by three orders of magnitude, so for productive work it is desirable to have more memory. Hence, in principle, there is a consequence-the processor is more powerful.
for work You will need to use cliparts and professional photos, and they are mainly distributed on CDs. In addition, it is useful in the event that You want to use on their pages sound.
the world does not stand still, and there are technologies of broadcasting through the web live. The latest versions of browsers allow you to integrate to the pages of background sound, etc. So if You decide to use these technologies, You without the sound card can not do.
it is desirable to have a tablet, with sufficient resolution and color depth of at least 24bpp. Basically, the materials That you want to put on the WEB, will be in a state far from electronic. As a rule, all photos have to be scanned – without this, absolutely, can not do. A lot of text information comes in the form of printed documents, electronic versions of which have long been lost or they did not exist. In this case, a lot of help will be provided by text recognition software, and they also need a scanner.
So, as you can see, the computer power needed is not lower than those used in printing. The above parameters will provide you with a comfortable work, but if Your computer is not equipped with all of the above-it does not matter. Make a professional WEB-page can be on a weaker computer, it just takes much more time. If you wish, you will make Your page the best in the world. 🙂