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What is CSS Sprites - Brief Introduction to CSS Sprites

 

What is CSS Sprites - Brief Introduction to CSS Sprites


Brief Introduction to CSS Sprites

 

CSS Sprites is a processing mode of web graphics. CSS Sprites enables you to combine the sporadic web graphics of a webpage into ONE web graphic and then use the CSS background-image property to locate the X/Y position of the web graphic. In this way, when a customer visits this webpage, the sporadic web graphics of a webpage will not be loaded separately and your webpage will be loaded faster than before.

Advantages and Disadvantages of CSS Sprites

 

There are many advantages of CSS Sprites especially if you are running a website which has many pictures or images on it. Suppose that if a visitor closes your webpage just because the pictures or images on your webpage cost him or her too much time to open, it will be a great pity. In the following passage, I will list the main advantages of CSS Sprites.

1. Using CSS Sprites will reduce the number and size of HTTP requests, making web pages load faster. This is the biggest advantage of CSS Sprites and this is the reason why CSS Sprites is widely used.
2. CSS Sprites can reduce the size of image. I have done many tests by comparing the sizes of sporadic web graphics and the combined web graphic by CSS Sprites, the results are always that the size of the combined web graphic is smaller than the sizes of sporadic web graphics. In addition, by using CSS Sprites, web designer just need to name the combined web graphic instead of naming the sporadic web graphics separately, which greatly improve efficiency of webpage making.
3. It is convenient for web designers or webmasters to change the style of their webpage by using CSS Sprites. They just need to change the colors or styles of one or a few images and then the style of the whole webpage will be changed accordingly. By using CSS Sprites, it is also convenient for web designers or webmasters manage and maintain their webpage/website.

Apart from the advantages of CSS Sprites, there are still many disadvantages of CSS Sprites. The below passage will show you the main disadvantages of CSS Sprites.

1. By using CSS Sprites, you have to combine many sporadic web graphics into ONE web graphic reasonably and in good order, and you should leave enough space so that the combined web graphic will not come out unnecessary background.
2. It is a very tedious job to apply CSS Sprites to your webpage. You have to use tools like PhotoShop to calculate the accurate position of each background element. Fortunately, there are some useful tools that can simplify the process of applying CSS Sprites to your webpage. SliceMaker Platinum is one of them; this professional webpage-making software can apply CSS Sprites to your webpage within just ONE clicks. (Learn more about SliceMaker Platinum >>)

In general, CSS Sprites is worth learning and applying to your webpage, especially if your webpage has many images on it.

How to Create CSS Sprites?

 

Although CSS Sprites is worth learning and applying to your webpage, it is difficult and tedious for you to create CSS Sprites. Is there a simple way to create CSS Sprites? The answer is positive as long as you have a useful and easy-to-use CSS Sprites maker. SliceMaker Platinum can be used as a professional CSS Sprites maker, it can help you apply CSS Sprites to your webpage with just ONE clicks.

When creating webpage with SliceMaker Platinum, you just need to tick the box to tell SliceMaker Platinum that you will apply CSS Sprites to your webpage and then the created webpage will use CSS Sprites to combine the sporadic web graphics into ONE web graphic, thats all! (The below picture will show you how to apply CSS Sprites to your webpage with SliceMaker Platinum.)

 

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