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Manipulating the direction of background images


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CSS Web Site Design

with Eric Meyer

Video: Manipulating the direction of background images

So what we're going to talk about in this video is one of the fun things you do with background images. As we saw in the previous video, you can associate an image with the background, so that it is repeated throughout that entire background, but that's not the end of it, you can actually affect how the images repeated. It doesn't just have to be sort of mindlessly tiled and fill in the entire background. As an example, here's where we were at the end of the, of the previous video. We can with probably background- repeat say let's repeat along the x-axis, which is the horizontal axis. If we do that and hit Reload, there we go, the image is repeated horizontally, along that which is to say along the x-axis, and now, the rest of the background where the image isn't being repeated, we can see the background color again, we can see the 85%, 85%, 85% gray.
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  1. 14m 34s
    1. Welcome
      28s
    2. What is CSS?
      5m 34s
    3. Design tour
      2m 38s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
    5. Installing the Web Developer toolbar
      4m 34s
  2. 25m 54s
    1. XHTML essentials
      3m 55s
    2. CSS essentials
      5m 16s
    3. Embedded style sheets
      2m 20s
    4. Linking a style sheet
      2m 19s
    5. Linking to multiple style sheets
      2m 20s
    6. Using linked and embedded style sheets together
      4m 20s
    7. Using imported style sheets
      5m 24s
  3. 57m 44s
    1. ID selector essentials
      6m 38s
    2. Class selector essentials
      4m 8s
    3. Best practices for classes
      4m 52s
    4. Grouped selection
      4m 2s
    5. Descendant selectors
      6m 44s
    6. The sources of style
      6m 37s
    7. Specificity
      8m 20s
    8. Making things important
      4m 32s
    9. Inheritance essentials
      5m 12s
    10. Making things really unstyled
      4m 2s
    11. User style sheets
      2m 37s
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      7m 34s
    2. Simple floating
      5m 3s
    3. Using float for layout
      5m 5s
    4. Fixing column drop
      5m 35s
    5. Clearing essentials
      4m 20s
    6. Float containment
      6m 35s
    7. Creating a navbar from a list
      4m 50s
  5. 38m 1s
    1. Coloring text
      4m 12s
    2. Defining color in CSS
      8m 12s
    3. Coloring backgrounds
      6m 35s
    4. Applying background images
      4m 19s
    5. Manipulating the direction of background images
      2m 52s
    6. Positioning backgrounds
      7m 23s
    7. Background shorthand
      4m 28s
  6. 58m 27s
    1. Altering line height
      7m 32s
    2. Font style and weight
      5m 45s
    3. Sizing fonts
      9m 59s
    4. Using font families
      10m 38s
    5. Font shorthand
      6m 5s
    6. Justifying text
      4m 56s
    7. Vertically aligning text
      4m 22s
    8. Transforming text
      3m 49s
    9. Text decoration
      5m 21s
  7. 44m 40s
    1. Margin essentials
      14m 21s
    2. Adding borders
      6m 52s
    3. Padding
      9m 17s
    4. Using negative margins
      7m 19s
    5. Margin collapsing
      6m 51s
  8. 20m 37s
    1. Styling tables and captions
      5m 22s
    2. Styling table cells
      6m 30s
    3. Styling a column with classes
      4m 51s
    4. Styling links inside table cells
      3m 54s
  9. 30m 38s
    1. Styling for specific mediums
      4m 3s
    2. Creating a print style sheet
      6m 35s
    3. Hiding layout for print
      4m 11s
    4. Styling for print
      6m 34s
    5. Complex styling for print
      4m 36s
    6. Creating a footer
      4m 39s
  10. 37m 22s
    1. Getting started
      1m 11s
    2. Setting global styles
      4m 4s
    3. Defining masthead and navbar colors
      3m 27s
    4. Layout of the navlink bar
      3m 38s
    5. Using columns
      4m 49s
    6. Setting content styles
      1m 53s
    7. Creating the sidebar boxes
      5m 41s
    8. Creating the sidebar form
      3m 23s
    9. Completing the sidebar
      3m 29s
    10. Making a table
      3m 12s
    11. Creating a footer
      2m 35s
  11. 1m 28s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 28s

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CSS gives Web designers control over the appearance of their web sites by separating the visual presentation from the content. It lets them easily make minor changes to a site or perform a complete overhaul of the design. In CSS Web Site Design, instructor and leading industry expert Eric Meyer reviews the essentials of CSS, including selectors, the cascade, and inheritance. The training also covers how to build effective navigation, how to lay out pages, and how to work with typography, colors, backgrounds, and white space. Using a project-based approach, Eric walks through the process of creating a Web page, while teaching the essentials of CSS along the way. By the end of the training, viewers will have the tools to master professional site design. Exercise files accompany the training videos.

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Manipulating the direction of background images

So what we're going to talk about in this video is one of the fun things you do with background images. As we saw in the previous video, you can associate an image with the background, so that it is repeated throughout that entire background, but that's not the end of it, you can actually affect how the images repeated. It doesn't just have to be sort of mindlessly tiled and fill in the entire background. As an example, here's where we were at the end of the, of the previous video. We can with probably background- repeat say let's repeat along the x-axis, which is the horizontal axis. If we do that and hit Reload, there we go, the image is repeated horizontally, along that which is to say along the x-axis, and now, the rest of the background where the image isn't being repeated, we can see the background color again, we can see the 85%, 85%, 85% gray.

So in the top left corner the image is repeating horizontally. You can also have it repeat vertically, and that's as simple as just saying repeat-y. Not why as in the question, but repeat along the y-axis. So now the image is repeating along the left side here, up and down, is starting the top left corner and just repeats along that edge there and again we can see the background color wherever the image is not drawn.

There's one more value you can use here, which is, you might not want your image to repeat for whatever reason, you might just want it to show up once, and then be there and with no repeat that's exactly what you can do. The image is placed by default in the top left corner of the element background and with background repeat or no repeat, it appears once and that's it. Now, with a little image like this, that might not be such a big deal, but you might have a big watermark of some kind that you want to put behind the top left corner of a document or, you know, some sort of transition effect.

That's where repeat x, repeat y and no repeat can come into play. With repeat x you can create with just a little tiny image of a gradient, you can create a drop shadow. For example, along the bottom of something or along a top of something. So that's where this, this repeating comes into play and with background repeat you can say no repeat, repeat x, repeat y. The default value is repeat, which is just to mindlessly title throughout the entire background. That's the default value.

Now that's all well and good but of course, you might want to have your nonrepeated image appear someplace other than the top left corner of the elements background and that's exactly what we're going to talk about in the next video.

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