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In Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor James Williamson explores the tools and techniques of Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe's web design and development software. This course covers both the ins and outs of Dreamweaver, as well as recommended best practices for crafting new web sites and files, the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and how to ensure clean and accessible code. The course also includes how to use tools in Dreamweaver to create and style web pages, manage multiple sites, and add user interactivity with widgets and scripting. Exercise files are included with the course.
Regardless of what you are doing, having multiple options for completing the task at hand is a good thing. When it comes to placing images on the page, you have plenty of options to choose from in Dreamweaver. In this movie, we will explore different methods for getting images onto your Web pages and discuss the pros and cons of each technique. So I have the gallery.htm file opened from the 08_05 Explorers folder. If we scroll down the page a little bit here, we can see that we have a region in here where we need to place our images on the page right beside the descriptive text.
So no images on the page there yet, and as we place each of the images on the page, we are going to explore a different technique for getting those images into your Web pages. Well, the first technique we are going to use is the menu. So if you place your cursor right in front of this first sentence right here, This shot is sent in by Samara Iodice. So just go ahead and place you cursor right there. We want to go up to the menu, and we have a menu option called Insert. So go to Insert, and you want to insert Image. You will notice there that we also have a hotkey for those, and that is Ctrl+Alt+I or Command+Option+I. When we use the menu to insert an image on the page, we get a dialog box that's a little different from some of the other methods.
The nice thing about using the Insert menu is that we get a few more choices and options than some of the other methods. As we browse into our 08_05 folder, I am going to go into the _images directory, and here I can see a listing of all my images. Of course, you can choose how you want to display these. I am just going to display them as Details, so that I get a nice listing of this, and of course, you can increase the size of the dialog box if you need to. There is a folder in the _ images directory called Gallery. So I am going to browse into that, and I want to find this golden_gate.jpg.
Now, there is a thumbnail version of it and the larger version. We want to insert the larger version on the page. Now before you double-click this, just go ahead and click it once to highlight it, because I want to take a look at some of these options that we get in this dialog box that we don't get through some of the other techniques of placing images on the page. The first thing we notice is at very top, Select file name from File system or Data sources. If you were working on a dynamic Web site, say something that was PHP-based, and you were pulling images from a database, this would be a very nice way to do that, because you click on Data sources, browse through all of your databases and choose where from the database that image needed to come from.
So that's one way to do that. The other thing that this gives us is it gives us a nice ability to browse through our images. We can filter certain file types, which is very nice, and it also shows us how it's going to resolve the URL or the path to this image. So it's going to show you where from this page your browser is going to need to go to find this image. So if there is something a little bit wrong, maybe you browsed into the wrong folder that's in a different directory, it'll show up here that maybe it's not exactly what you want, which is really nice. All right! So everything looks the way I want it to look, so I am going to go ahead and click OK.
We are prompted for Alternative Text. So I am just going to type in Golden Gate Bridge and click OK, and our image is on the page. So that is the first method that I wanted to show you guys. The second method is a very similar method, but it involves not having to go all the way through the menu structure of Dreamweaver. So I'm going to scroll down and place my cursor right beside These olives were taken by Andy Ta. So place your cursor right at the beginning of that sentence, and instead of going up to the menu, we are going to go to our Insert panel.
Now I have my Insert panel docked horizontally. Some of you guys might see it over here in the panel dock. But you want to be looking at the Common Objects. So we are going to look at the Common Objects. Now the Common objects has a group of objects that deal with inserting images on the page. If I grab the pulldown menu here, I can see that I can insert Images, Image Placeholders, which allow you to place a placeholder image on the page if you don't have an image picked out for that spot yet, but if you'd want to show an object taking up that amount of space within the Layout, Placeholder images do that for you. We have all sorts of different things like Rollovers and Fireworks, HTML that we can place on the page.
Here we are just going to do Insert Image. So you can just click that icon directly, or you can grab it through the pulldown menu. Now, notice that that gives us the exact same dialog box. So using the menu or using the Insert panel, we get this sort of more detailed dialog box that we can use. Now, I am going to browse through here, and I am going to find the olives.jpg. Now it should take you into the exact same directory, but if it doesn't, remember that we are in the Gallery directory located in the _images subdirectory. So I am going to choose the olives.jpg. Click OK.
And I am just going to type in Olives for the Alternative Text, and there's my olives picture. Fantastic! Now obviously there are certainly more ways of placing images on the page. So we are going to go down, and in the next line where it says, Megan Anderson sent us this picture of a nervous shore bird. I am going to place my cursor just in front of the M for Megan. Now, I am going to go over to my Files panel and in my Files panel, I can browse my directory structure, including my images. So if I open my _images directory, and then I open up the Gallery directory, it should allow me to locate pretty easily this bird.jpg.
Now, notice here we are not getting any type of Thumbnail preview. We are not getting any information about resolving that path, but it does give us quick and easy access to these images. Okay. So how do we use the Files panel to place images on the page? You simply grab the image, drag it to where you want it on the page, and you let go. So you can literally drag and drop images from the Files panel. That might not be that intuitive, but it's a very quick and easy way to do this. I am just going to give it some Alternative Text of shore bird, and there is our image on the page. Cool! Now, how else can we place images on the page? Well, once again, I am going to go down to the last section here, Max Smith sends us a picture from an Orange Grove on his Taste of California tour, and I'll place my cursor right in front of the M.
Now, if you watched one of the earlier movies on the Asset panel, you have already seen this next technique. I am going to switch over to my Assets panel, and I am going to make sure I'm looking at my Favorites section of my Image Assets. Now again, I would encourage you if you haven't watched that movie yet, to go ahead and review what you can do with the Assets panel, because here I already have a folder called Gallery that I have created in my Favorites section, and placed all of those images into it. So I have already sort of filtered that view out. Okay. I'm looking for this Oranges image, and I have two options here.
I can drag and drop it on the page, or since I've already placed my cursor in front of the M for Max, I can simply select the oranges image, and then click the Insert button in the lower left-hand corner. That is going to place the image on the page exactly where my cursor was located. So I am just going to type in orange grove for the Alternative text, and now the image shows up on the page. Perfect! So we have covered four techniques. We've used the Insert menu. We've used the Insert panel. We've used the Files panel and the Assets panel.
You may have noticed that the first two techniques give us a dialog box that allows us to browse out to a specific directory, find the images, filter which ones we are looking at, and it shows us how a path is being resolved. It also allows us to choose images from a dynamic data structure, which the other two techniques, dragging from the Files panel or dragging from the Assets panel, does not give us. So you might not be utilizing each of these techniques that we've talked about here, but it's worth noting the strengths of each one of them, so that you can use the technique that best fits your current situation.
Having choices is a good thing, and thankfully Dreamweaver provides plenty of those when placing images on a page.
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