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Applying a repeating background image

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Video: Applying a repeating background image

We have picked an image we would like to use for our traditional bibliography. Now we need to add it to our page. You need the files biblio_serif_bgimage.html and biblio_serif_bgimage.css from the Exercise folder. You also need the font's folder with the web font files for Chopin Script. So put a copy of your font's folder into your Exercise folder. That way Chopin Script will continue to load properly. You can see I have provided a folder called Images.

Applying a repeating background image

We have picked an image we would like to use for our traditional bibliography. Now we need to add it to our page. You need the files biblio_serif_bgimage.html and biblio_serif_bgimage.css from the Exercise folder. You also need the font's folder with the web font files for Chopin Script. So put a copy of your font's folder into your Exercise folder. That way Chopin Script will continue to load properly. You can see I have provided a folder called Images.

It has our image in it. Open up the Images folder and you can see the image inside is called traditional_bg.jpg. You can name the image anything you want to. I tend to use a bg in my background images' names, because it helps me to know immediately what the image is for. It also helps me to search for images in my files. I also like to include a simple description in the title so my bg images don't overwrite each other. If you choose to download an image, you'll find most sites offering background images use their own naming conventions.

The names can get pretty abstract and it makes it hard to keep images organized. I recommend renaming images so they make sense with your project. Let's open the HTML file in the browser and see what we are working with. The page is set up and we are just missing the background image. So let's put it in our page. And we will do that in the CSS. We are going to add the image to the entire background of the page, so we are going to put it in the body tag. Here we are going to replace the background-color with background-image and we are going to tell the browser where to find that image.

I am typing in here the name. Let's see. So this line, background-image, tells the browser I am putting an image in the background of this site or of this page. The URL says follow this path to find the image I want you to use. Here images/ means it's in my images folder, and then traditional_bg.jpg is the name of the image I want the browser to use.

And then I can close the parenthesis and close the semicolon there and we're set. Now by default this image is going to tile across and down the whole background of the web page and that's exactly what we want. Let's save this and view it in our browser, hit Refresh, and excellent, there is our background image. The only problem is there isn't much space here between the type and the background image, and we are going to have to fix that. We need to get some breathing room into this layout.

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Typography for Web Designers

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Laura Franz
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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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