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Applying a no-repeat background image

From: Typography for Web Designers

Video: Applying a no-repeat background image

We have the image we'd like to use for our modernist bibliography. Now we need to add the image to our page. You need the files, biblio_sans_bgimage. html, and biblio_sans_bgimage.css from the Exercise folder. I have also provided an images folder with the image file in it. Open up the HTML file in the browser to see what we're working with. Everything is in place except for our image and based on our image we also need to make a couple of changes to our colors.

Applying a no-repeat background image

We have the image we'd like to use for our modernist bibliography. Now we need to add the image to our page. You need the files, biblio_sans_bgimage. html, and biblio_sans_bgimage.css from the Exercise folder. I have also provided an images folder with the image file in it. Open up the HTML file in the browser to see what we're working with. Everything is in place except for our image and based on our image we also need to make a couple of changes to our colors.

Let's put the image on our page. In the CSS, we're going to add the image to the background of the page, so we'll add it in the body tag. Let's type in background-image: url (images/books_bg.gif) and background-repeat: no-repeat, and background-position: 0em 10em, and background-attachment: fixed.

For right now we're going to leave our background-color. This tells the browser you want to use a background image and the URL says follow this path into the folder called images to find the image. Background-repeat: no-repeat means only use the image once. Don't repeat it. Background-position means position the image 10 ems over on the X axis and 10 ems down on the Y axis. Background-attachment when it's fixed it means keep the image in the same place in the browser, even when we scroll up and down.

So that means the image will always be visible. Let's save this and take a look at it in our browser. Great! The image came in. It's where we want it to be. And if we scroll down and back up, the image stays there. Of course, now we need to add some white into the background here so that we can actually read our text. Find the ID for your main_container, and add background-color: #ffffff for white.

Again, I am avoiding shorthand. And while we're here, we also know we want to make the rule line the yellow. Let's see. I want to bring the yellow in again. So let's see. Here's our section_ container, and our rule line right is a border-top in the section_container, and it's currently blue, and we're going to make it yellow, which is #cc9e33. Let's save that and we can review it in our browser. We can read our text now and we've brought that yellow in.

One of the problems we're still having though is that the text in the navigation links is still using the light yellow that was in this part of the page. And now that this part of the page is white, I think that the text for those links should be white. Let's go in and change that. Again, scroll down to the links and there's our navigation links and the color, we'll change that to white, and then we can copy and paste into visited, and also into hover.

We are not going to change it in active, because in active it's turning that sort of dark yellow and I want to keep that. We can save and review this in our browser. Great! Now the links have a white text. I think that's going to work better with the white background here. We do still have one last problem. The text is too close to the edge of the page here and you can really see it's not the same size as our navigation either. So we are going to have to fix that. We need to add some space in there between the content and the edge of the page.

And we'll take care of that in the next lesson.

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Typography for Web Designers

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  1. 6m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
    3. Things to consider before starting this course
      3m 12s
  2. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding how good typography promotes reading
      2m 9s
    2. Understanding legibility
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding how fonts convey meaning
      5m 19s
    4. Choosing web-safe fonts to convey meaning
      6m 13s
    5. Using font size, case, style, letter spacing, weight, and color to convey meaning
      6m 22s
    6. Choosing web fonts to convey meaning
      6m 23s
    7. Downloading web fonts
      4m 9s
    8. Applying web fonts in CSS with @font-face
      5m 47s
  3. 38m 0s
    1. Choosing a web-safe font for use in text
      4m 13s
    2. Applying the web-safe font to the text and the heading
      3m 4s
    3. Setting a class for the resource titles in the text
      3m 45s
    4. Choosing a second web-safe font for the heading
      2m 42s
    5. Applying the second font to the heading
      2m 16s
    6. Choosing a web font from the Google Font API for use in text
      5m 44s
    7. Adding and applying the Google Font API syntax
      4m 29s
    8. Choosing a second web font from the Google Font API for the heading
      2m 56s
    9. Adding and applying the second font to the heading
      4m 52s
    10. Analyzing the fonts on some professional sites
      3m 59s
  4. 55m 31s
    1. Understanding how we read
      4m 34s
    2. Finding and applying a good font size and line height
      4m 50s
    3. Finding and applying a good line length
      8m 6s
    4. Understanding ems
      6m 17s
    5. Using ems to set font size
      6m 9s
    6. Using ems to set line length
      3m 40s
    7. Understanding how color affects readability
      3m 58s
    8. Improving a color palette by improving contrast
      5m 39s
    9. Improving a color palette by reducing optical vibration
      4m 59s
    10. Analyzing text readability on the professional sites
      7m 19s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Understanding how we "chunk" visual elements
      3m 59s
    2. Developing a system of hierarchy
      2m 17s
    3. Applying hierarchy in HTML and CSS
      7m 16s
    4. Developing a system to help chunk text for readers
      6m 1s
    5. Applying the system in the CSS
      4m 19s
    6. Changing an element by creating and applying a class
      5m 0s
    7. Using multiple columns to create hierarchy
      4m 12s
    8. Building a two-column system in HTML and CSS
      10m 56s
    9. Refining the horizontal space in a two-column layout
      6m 1s
    10. Adding rule lines to improve chunking
      5m 50s
    11. Adding emphasis within a heading
      4m 36s
    12. Analyzing the chunking on the professional sites
      11m 18s
  6. 17m 57s
    1. Understanding classic and modernist typographic pages
      7m 3s
    2. Understanding how to create rhythm and tension
      6m 0s
    3. Applying typography skills when making design decisions
      4m 54s
  7. 55m 47s
    1. Designing typographic links for the traditional page
      5m 54s
    2. Adding a list of links to the traditional page
      8m 44s
    3. Describing the link states in CSS
      6m 30s
    4. Returning links to their original "unvisited" style
      2m 38s
    5. Using different CSS for different kinds of links
      7m 28s
    6. Using CSS notation to organize syntax
      5m 34s
    7. Choosing a background color or image
      4m 0s
    8. Applying a repeating background image
      2m 58s
    9. Shaping the traditional page layout
      6m 38s
    10. Analyzing the traditional typographic elements on the professional sites
      5m 23s
  8. 43m 0s
    1. Designing typographic links for the modernist page
      6m 47s
    2. Making a list of links run across the page
      2m 14s
    3. Adding and removing space between the navigation links
      6m 50s
    4. Styling the inline links on the modernist page
      5m 33s
    5. Choosing a background color or image for the modernist bibliography
      4m 4s
    6. Applying a no-repeat background image
      4m 13s
    7. Shaping the modernist page layout
      6m 58s
    8. Analyzing the modernist typographic elements on the professional sites
      6m 21s
  9. 52m 53s
    1. Fixing quotation marks and apostrophes
      6m 59s
    2. Fixing dashes
      6m 33s
    3. Working with lining figures (numbers) and acronyms
      9m 28s
    4. Fixing characters that don't look right
      8m 19s
    5. Hanging punctuation
      2m 54s
    6. Applying typographic accents
      2m 36s
    7. Vertically centering text
      5m 18s
    8. Creating drop caps
      5m 59s
    9. Analyzing the typographic details on the professional sites
      4m 47s
  10. 3m 9s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 9s

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