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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

Creating a background tile in Fireworks using Gradient Fill and Texture Fill


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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

Video: Creating a background tile in Fireworks using Gradient Fill and Texture Fill

Now that we've created our background canvas color and have a place to work and play and try things out, let's create our tiled backgrounds. We're going to use two methods. One is the Texture fill, and the other is the Gradient fill. But before we do, let's have our Selection tool here, and look at the different kinds of tool sets that we have. They're grouped by what they do. We have our Selection tools, our Bitmap tools, our Vector tools, Web tools, Color tools. And then down here we have the View tools, which are for us while we are editing inside the application.
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  1. 9m 10s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 57s
    3. Creating a custom font list
      3m 23s
  2. 23m 7s
    1. Overview
      1m 52s
    2. Distributing your resume
      3m 29s
    3. Resume formats
      6m 43s
    4. Comparing good and bad resumes
      11m 3s
  3. 38m 0s
    1. Striving for fluidity, not rigidity
      5m 12s
    2. Font types, web-safe fonts, and font measurements
      10m 44s
    3. Principles of typography
      10m 35s
    4. Online resources and applications
      11m 29s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Setting up the web site folder
      2m 46s
    2. Defining the web site
      3m 43s
    3. Setting up a custom workspace
      5m 26s
    4. Creating a new web page with resume content
      4m 56s
    5. Marking up header tags
      3m 53s
    6. Inserting tags for unordered lists
      3m 43s
    7. Inserting tags for definition lists
      3m 12s
    8. Formatting URLs
      5m 23s
    9. Creating and linking an external style sheet
      5m 9s
    10. Styling the body tag
      15m 31s
    11. Styling the header tags
      8m 6s
    12. Styling the paragraph tags
      4m 3s
    13. Styling an unordered list
      3m 48s
    14. Styling a definition list
      6m 1s
    15. Creating a custom class style
      4m 20s
    16. Creating a custom ID style
      3m 32s
    17. Applying a print-specific CSS layout
      2m 54s
  5. 52m 24s
    1. Creating a new document in Fireworks
      6m 15s
    2. Creating a background tile in Fireworks using Gradient Fill and Texture Fill
      5m 59s
    3. Slicing background tiles in Fireworks
      2m 37s
    4. Optimizing and exporting background tiles in Fireworks
      6m 12s
    5. Creating background tiles using online applications
      6m 5s
    6. Creating a page-like resume
      3m 50s
    7. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for this resume version
      1m 56s
    8. Adding a Wrapper div
      3m 33s
    9. Styling the Wrapper div
      8m 52s
    10. Controlling the vertical spacing
      1m 24s
    11. Zeroing out margins and creating a faux drop shadow
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. Setting up the HTML and CSS documents
      2m 15s
    2. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for the pro version
      1m 12s
    3. Creating the Header div
      3m 37s
    4. Creating the Content div
      2m 25s
    5. Creating the Sidebar div
      2m 20s
    6. Styling the Wrapper and Sidebar divs
      4m 56s
    7. Styling the Content div
      3m 7s
    8. Styling the Header div
      3m 33s
    9. Nesting a div tag inside the Sidebar div and styling the sidebar content
      6m 21s
    10. Inserting images to create rounded page edges
      4m 12s
    11. Styling images
      3m 59s
    12. Clearing floats
      3m 55s
    13. Creating font-size style for the Body tag
      2m 13s
    14. Fine-tuning resume styles
      4m 38s
    15. Adding a border to the Content div
      2m 38s
    16. Linking to a PDF
      4m 58s
    17. Organizing styles in the CSS panel and inserting comments in the style sheet
      4m 42s
    18. Creating and styling a print style sheet
      8m 56s
  7. 1m 33s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 33s

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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training
4h 40m Intermediate Sep 24, 2009

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In Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training, interactive design professor and enthusiastic educator Laurie Burruss teaches how to produce an online resume—and create a first web site in the process. Laurie suggests structure and information needed to create a winning resume, and shows how to design the pages with simple typographic principles and effective layouts. She explains how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and control the design and structure of HTML documents through hands-on development. Exercise files with additional supporting materials accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating a simple text document for use inside Dreamweaver
  • Formatting HTML tags with semantic or meaningful markup such as unordered and definition lists
  • Externally linking a Cascading Style Sheet to a web page
  • Creating and applying unique styles to XHTML documents using HTML tags, compound selectors, custom classes, and IDs
  • Creating tiling background images in Fireworks
  • Using the DIV tag in combination with CSS to create effective layouts that organize content
  • Applying principles of web typography
Subject:
Web
Author:
Laurie Burruss

Creating a background tile in Fireworks using Gradient Fill and Texture Fill

Now that we've created our background canvas color and have a place to work and play and try things out, let's create our tiled backgrounds. We're going to use two methods. One is the Texture fill, and the other is the Gradient fill. But before we do, let's have our Selection tool here, and look at the different kinds of tool sets that we have. They're grouped by what they do. We have our Selection tools, our Bitmap tools, our Vector tools, Web tools, Color tools. And then down here we have the View tools, which are for us while we are editing inside the application.

What makes this so different than any other Adobe application is that we have both Bitmap and Vector tools in the same program. So when I say, "Let's select the Rectangle tool," I will not mean this Marquee tool, which would be used for Bitmaps and would be like Selections that you would make inside of Photoshop. What I'll be referring to is this Geometric tool, which is the Rectangle tool. So let's go ahead and select that, and notice when I roll over it, you get a tooltip and also a keyboard shortcut. I want to draw a square, so I'm going to hold down my Shift key with my left finger, and draw it out. And I want it to be about 60 x 60 pixels, but if it's not exact, I'll go down to my Property Inspector, type '60.' Then tab. Type '60' again, and then hit my Enter key to make sure that that sticks.

I'll go back up to my Selection tool and just click on that one more time to make sure in fact it's 60x60. It's very important when you're making tiled backgrounds that they're the same dimensions. You want it to be 60x60. Now for this particular tile, I want the background color of this tile to be the same color as the background of my webpage, so I'm going to click on the Color Swatch down in the Properties inspector, and go out to the color of my background color that I know I've already picked from doing my comp for this website.

And notice that even though it now looks like it's disappeared into the background, you can still see the four bounding boxes, which let me know that I actually have a shape selected there. With that still selected, I'm going down to Texture and I'm going to look for a texture that I want to use. You'll see as you roll over the textures that there are lots and lots of choices, including the fact that you can even add, at the very bottom, your own texture. So this is very, very cool. I want you to select, for this one, the Line Diag 1. It kind of creates a corduroy effect.

Now as soon as I do that, it has down here a default amount of transparency. If I pull this all the way up to 100, you'll see that the lines become very white, very kind of contrast-y. It started out at 50%, but in playing around I decided that I want it to be about 20%. So I'm going to drag the slider down to 20%. I want it to be subtle and textural, not to be a geometric line drawing. Once I have that created, I can go ahead and do a File > Save.

And I want to move that out of the way, so that I can continue to draw, play and create images on my canvas background. To deselect an image, simply click on your background. Now I'm ready to create my gradient background tile. Again, I'm going to choose my Rectangle tool in the Vector tool section, and I'm going to draw out a rectangle that's about 50x100 pixels wide. Notice that whatever I last use becomes the fill. I'll go over to my Selection tool, select this item, and then down in my Properties inspector, I'm going to make this 50 pixels wide, for the moment, Tab to the height. Make that 100.

And again, to make sure that it sticks, I'm going to hit my Enter key. Make sure your tile is selected and, this time, down in the Properties Inspector, instead of a Solid fill, I'm going to go up to Gradient, and choose Linear. What I love about Fireworks is that gradients are so easy to select and to make and to change. Now you'll see that the texture is still appearing. That's really easy to get rid off. Just simply take that slider and pull it down to 0, and that makes you have a 0% there, so that you don't see any texture at that point.

To edit this particular gradient, all I have to do is click on the Fill Swatch. I want the bright color to end with the background color, which is the gray, so I can go out to my background color, click on it, and now I know that that color is the right one. On this left side, I'll click on this swatch. And I've already tried out a color that I want to use. So I'm going to click right here, and be sure and write 'hatch mark,' 'B' as in boy, '3,' 'C' as in cat, cat, cat and then 'A' as in apple, and again hit your Enter key, and that makes a beautiful gradient.

To close that box just simply click anywhere else, and then go ahead with your Selection tool and select this graphic. You can rotate and move this wherever you want. You can move this down, up, all over the place like that. You can take this and rotate it to this side or that side. Now in this case, I just want a nice blend at the top of my page, so I'm going to be careful to get that just ending right above the edge of that box. To deselect this, I just simply click on the background, and now I have a gradient that will fade right into my background color that I can tile horizontally in my webpage.

Now I don't need it to be this wide, and I only created it this wide so that I could see what I was doing as I was working. So I can make this a much smaller width, and I'm going to come down in here and make this five pixels wide and then use my Enter key to make sure that I've set that. So I'll go back to my Selection tool and make sure that I've nothing selected on the stage. There. I've got my two types of background tiles created. This one is the texture one, and this one is a linear gradient. I'm all set to do steps three and four in creating web graphics.

You create them, then you slice them, then you optimize them, and then you export them.

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