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Learning web design

From: Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training

Video: Learning web design

If you're brand-new to Dreamweaver, chances are you're brand-new to Web design as well. This can make for somewhat of a steep learning curve as you try to learn a new discipline and a new program all at the same time. In this movie I'd like to offer some advice designed to make that path maybe a little bit easier for you. I also want to make sure that you have the proper expectations about Dreamweaver's capabilities, where it fits into a proper Web design workflow, and what your expectations about this course should be. First, if you're new to Web design, I recommend starting by learning the basics of HTML and CSS.

Learning web design

If you're brand-new to Dreamweaver, chances are you're brand-new to Web design as well. This can make for somewhat of a steep learning curve as you try to learn a new discipline and a new program all at the same time. In this movie I'd like to offer some advice designed to make that path maybe a little bit easier for you. I also want to make sure that you have the proper expectations about Dreamweaver's capabilities, where it fits into a proper Web design workflow, and what your expectations about this course should be. First, if you're new to Web design, I recommend starting by learning the basics of HTML and CSS.

These two technologies are the core of Web design, and without a solid foundation in how they both work, your skills as a Web designer will always be incomplete. Dreamweaver is an amazing tool, and much of the web design process in Dreamweaver can be performed without ever touching the code. This doesn't mean however that you don't need to know what's going on behind the scenes. Without a proper understanding of the code itself, you won't be able to tweak minor errors or go beyond the capabilities of Dreamweaver's visual tools. Look at it this way, a talented mechanic might use really expensive tools when working on your car because they help them work faster and more precisely.

Now, going out and buying the same tools however wouldn't automatically make me a good mechanic. That's how you should view Dreamweaver, it's a tool, and to use it properly you need to understand the processes and technology behind Web design. That doesn't mean that you can't learn both at the same time. As you build your pages in Dreamweaver, take time to examine the code being generated, this is a great way to learn the structure and syntax of CSS and HTML. I do want to stress however that the focus of this title is to teach the basics of Dreamweaver, not the basics of HTML and CSS.

To learn those I recommend exploring the many titles in the Lynda.com Online Training Library that focus on core Web design skills. I recommend starting with my Web Design Fundamentals course, as it gives an overview of web design, explores best practices, and defines much of the terminology you'll hear in this title. If you're brand-new to web design, I recommend completing that title first before moving forward with this one. After that, I recommend also exploring the HTML Essential Training title and my CSS series, including CSS: Core Concepts and CSS: Page Layout.

Those courses will broaden your understanding of HTML and CSS and help you utilize Dreamweaver to its fullest potential.

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Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
  5. 36m 41s
    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
  6. 37m 23s
    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
    2. Importing Word documents
      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
    1. Exploring the Code toolbar
      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Setting CSS preferences
      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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