The Art Colony is best viewed with a screen resolution higher than 1024 x 768.  That's because the background image is designed to look like a "neatly cluttered" art desk.  If your screen is set to a resolution lower than 1024 x 768, you may not be able to see this background image.


For example, here's how The Art Colony looks on a screen set to 1280 x 720:

 

Compare this with how The Art Colony looks on a screen set to 1024 x 600:


As you can see, the side images are not visible when the site is viewed at a lower resolution, aside from the tip of the paintbrush poking through in the upper right.

Having a lower screen resolution does not alter or diminish the functionality of the site; it just means you won't see all the extra visual goodies along the side edges.

Whether you want to change your screen resolution is up to you.  Although 85.1% of Internet users have their screen resolutions set higher than 1024 x 768, you should set your monitor to the resolution that is most comfortable for your eyes.

If you want to change your screen resolution, you can always test it out and see how it looks.  If you like the result, great! If you don't like it, you can easily change it back.

 

Here's how to change your screen resolution:

 

Click on the "Start" button in the lower left corner of your screen.
      Click on "Control Panel".
      Click on "Settings".In the lower left corner of the box, you'll see a slider for "Screen resolution".  Adjust the resolution by pressing on the little slider and sliding it towards "more" until it is higher than 1024 x 768, then click "Apply".
       Minimize the window and take a look at how things look on your monitor.  Is it better or worse?  If you like it, you're finished!  If not, adjust the slider again, click "Apply", and then see how it looks.  Continue until satisfied.

      As mentioned earlier, a screen resolution smaller than 1024x768 will not affect the functionality of this site, so don't feel pressured to change your resolution if it is already on a setting you are comfortable with.

      Last updated by Thaneeya McArdle May 11, 2011.

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