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  • Create retina images, backgrounds, and borders
  • Use CSS to create shapes and buttons for user interfaces
  • Design retina image sprites to speed up your site
  • Embed unique fonts and use them as graphics
  • Make your web apps high-resolution with icons and startup images
  • Use JavaScript and PHP to detect retina displays and target them
  • Create resolution independent images using SVG
  • Use media queries and the image-set property to provide multiple versions of your images



Apple launched its line of high-resolution, retina display products with the iPhone 4 and has continued to integrate the technology into its other products. These beautiful displays take computing to a new level with incredibly sharp text and graphics. As other manufacturers add similar displays to their devices, high-resolution graphics will become the new standard for the apps and websites of the future.

"Instant Website Optimization for Retina Displays How-to" is a comprehensive guide to building a website that will look fantastic on high-resolution displays. Helpful insights and simple instructions walk you through all the various methods of optimizing your site for the latest mobile and desktop devices.

This book begins by covering the basics of retina images and dives right into practical advice so you can start improving your website’s images. It continues building on the basic techniques with simple recipes covering all the tools you’ll need to make an impressive high-resolution website.

We will take a look at the techniques for adding retina backgrounds, sprites, border images, and loading large images only when needed to keep your website running fast. We will create a variety of basic shapes and styles using CSS that can be used instead of graphics in your user interface. We’ll cover scalable image techniques, including using fonts as icons and implementing Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), which make your graphics look great on any device.

After reading "Instant Website Optimization for Retina Displays How-to" you’ll have the techniques to make creating high-definition websites easy. You’ll have an arsenal of tools for creating graphics on the web at your disposal, leading to superior websites that are beautiful and fast.



  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Create high-resolution graphics for websites
  • Learn to create scalable graphics using CSS, SVG, and Canvas
  • Embed fonts from the web for creating unique typography and graphics
  • Learn how to add high-resolution icons and startup images to your web apps
  • Implement scripting techniques to replace your images with high-resolution versions


Page Count 56
Course Length 1 hours 40 minutes
ISBN 9781849695138
Date Of Publication 24 Jan 2013


Kyle J. Larson

Kyle Larson is a self-taught web designer and front-end developer who has been passionate about the power of networks since he got his first modem at the age of 10. He studied art and design at the University of Minnesota while working for, a job search start-up. Kyle is currently a Senior Web Designer, designing for a variety of brands, at Milestone AV Technologies in Minnesota. He also does freelance work with Emergent Networks and a variety of small businesses. When he's not buried in a web project, Kyle blogs about what he learns at