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Adding appearances and slices in Illustrator

From: Create an Interactive Homepage Marquee with jQuery and Dreamweaver

Video: Adding appearances and slices in Illustrator

Next, we want to set the background for the marquee caption. So let's come under the Art Templates and open up the marquee_caption.ai file in Illustrator. Let me zoom out here a little bit. So I just have a really basic rectangle drawn here. So first, let's style this a little bit. Let's select this with the Marquee Selection tool. Let's come down to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Let's enter 16 points. I can hit Preview here to see how the rounded corners are going to affect all the different areas of this rectangle. Click OK.

Adding appearances and slices in Illustrator

Next, we want to set the background for the marquee caption. So let's come under the Art Templates and open up the marquee_caption.ai file in Illustrator. Let me zoom out here a little bit. So I just have a really basic rectangle drawn here. So first, let's style this a little bit. Let's select this with the Marquee Selection tool. Let's come down to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. Let's enter 16 points. I can hit Preview here to see how the rounded corners are going to affect all the different areas of this rectangle. Click OK.

Let's come up to Opacity. We want this to be semitransparent, so we will set this to 75%. Click Return. Now that this background graphic is styled, let's create our slice. So let's come over here on the Tool panel and let's come over to the Slice tool. I am going to click and just drag out a slice here. Without worrying about the individual size, I am going to come up here to the Control panel and we are going to numerically type in the numbers. I want a width of 700, a height of 300. Hit Tab or Return to save the values and have the slice redraw itself to that proportion.

Now, let's come over to the Slice Selection tool. I am going to click and hold on the Slice tool, grab Slice Select tool, click on the slice, and just move it into place. It should snap into place based on the size of the artwork. The rectangle I drew was also 700 x 300. Now, with this slice selected, let's come up to the Object menu, come down to Slice > Slice Options, and let's give this a name. We will call this marquee_caption. Click OK.

Now let's come up to the File menu > Save for Web & Devices. This is the exact same dialog box we have inside of Photoshop as well. Make sure Slice is selected that's a tool on the left. Click on the slice here. Under the File Format, let's come down to PNG-24 to make this semitransparent. Let's hit Save. In this dialog box here, under Slices, make sure we select All User Slices. Let's come under Default Settings. Let's come down to Other. Let's come down to Saving Files.

We want to have the first item be set to the slice name. I want to make all the rest of these blank, all the way up to extension, and let's unclick both Copy Background Image when Saving and Put Images in Folder, so that we don't get a folder created. This slice name will just get put right into the folder we choose. Let's click OK. Make sure we are in the Marquee/ images/template folder. Then hit Save. Let's hit Command+W or Ctrl+W to close the file. Click on Save.

Now, back in our template directory, we now see a marquee_caption.png. I can double-click this to just of verify the size and the semitransparency inside of Photoshop. Let's close. Now, in the next movie, we will continue making our navigation buttons and the photos.

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