Remember to turn off any image compression your browser might be using.
This is to insure you will view the image in its original form.

  Web browsers are not the best way to view images. While some browsers do present the images with reasonable fidelity, many do not. The brightness of the image can vary considerably from one browser to the next. The contrast can also be affected, and sometimes the color palette is reduced and the image is dithered, further altering the appearance of the image.

  The machine and monitor used to display the image can also play a role in altering the the image, since there are many different display modes and types of monitors. Each model of monitor has different levels of brightness and contrast, and few people will have theirs adjusted similarly. In some cases you might try adjusting the brightness and/or contrast for a particular image on your own monitor.

  The above variables can have a negative effect on the already difficult task of interpreting these images. If you are interested in a particular image, or you are just not sure, many of these images are downloadable, and all can be saved with most web browsers. If you are using Netscape and some other browsers, you may download any image on a page by pressing down the mouse button while the mouse pointer is over the image. This will bring up a menu with the option to save the image to its own file on your computer. Then, you can use your own image-viewing software to look at the image and adjust its brightness and contrast.

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