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Dive deep into key typographic concepts and learn how to manipulate type in Dreamweaver. Author Joseph Lowery introduces Dreamweaver type tools and shows how to perform basic text modifications, establish the appropriate type unit, integrate custom web fonts, and apply drop shadows, gradients, and other effects. The course also provides in-depth tutorials on structuring text with headings, paragraphs, columns, and lists, and offers a preview of Adobe's proposed CSS Regions.
If you're a Premium Member of the lynda. com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on the DVD-ROM, you have access to the Exercise Files used throughout this title. Naturally, the information in this course is ultimately intended to be applied to your own web pages. However, you may find it helpful to work with the supplied Exercise Files to practice the steps safely and without creating your own examples. To get the Exercise Files from the lynda. com site, go to the course homepage and click on the Exercise Files tab, then download the files and store them in a convenient location.
Once you have downloaded the files, extract them from the archive and save them in a convenient space, like your Desktop. Here I have the Exercise Files folder stored on my Desktop, and when I open it, you'll see that the files organized by chapter. Within each chapter are subfolders. Each subfolder relates to a specific video. When you open those subfolders, you'll see the files inside. Every video folder also has a final directory.
This contains the completed file and all the assets necessary for that video. So you can check it out for yourself and compare your own progress. You can either follow the whole course, chapter by chapter, or you can jump in at any point. All the assets you will need for a particular lesson are found in the chapter folder. Now the easiest way to use the assets is to set up a quick Dreamweaver site. Let's do that now. So, I'll go ahead and just close this back up and flip over to Dreamweaver.
Now let's quickly create that site. I'll go down on the Welcome screen and click Dreamweaver Site. If you don't have your Welcome screen open, you can also go to Site > New Site. So let's click that. Now we'll give our new site name, and I'm just going to call this DW Typography, and we'll locate the local site folder, which is on the Desktop in the Exercise Files. Here you can see all the chapter files and you want to make sure that you're going to choose the root folder and it is known as Exercise Files.
This will give you access to all the chapter files. Click Choose and then click Save. After Dreamweaver has updated the site cache, all of your files will appear in the Files panel ready for use. If you're a monthly or annual subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to these Exercise Files, but you can definitely follow along with your own assets.
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