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Some of the best web page designs out there rely on something more subtle and yet more powerful than just form, color, or composition: They creatively use textures to make the surfaces of objects look and feel different

Put together several dozens pixels, and they'll make up some texture---the surface will acquire a new dimension, so now you can tell not only its shape or color but also "how it feels."  A texture can be rough, smooth, lubricous, even warm or cold.

Sometimes, an unusual texture makes for a greater emotional impact than differences in color, size, or shape.  This could be compared to touch and smell which, despite being more "primitive" senses than sight and hearing, sometimes achieve a deeper impact---they get "straight into your soul."  This often overlooked aspect of web graphics is the subject of this month's column.

Simple textures, besides the most obvious "flat" variety, comprise various geometric patterns (some of them involving very interesting pixel-level effects).  Complex textures are those made with halftoning, photographs, or reproductions of various material surfaces. .  Like colors, textures on the screen can be more varied than those in print, since the glossy paper of magazines or the coarse raster of newspaper prints often dampen the fine texture in the image.  Although screen resolution is inferior to printing devices, the capability of screen pixels to emit their own light and their wider color gamut allow them to create some very engaging textures.



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