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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

Inserting images to create rounded page edges


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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss
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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

Video: Inserting images to create rounded page edges

I'm going to try a second method using a rounded rectangle look. As I told you in this one, this is a fixed width and height background graphic and there is a number of reasons why you might want to use it. One it's just simple and easy to do. But also if you wanted to do a drop shadow or have a special effect like a glow or something, this would be an easier way to do that, and you wouldn't have to worry about connecting different parts together and making them all line up. But another great way is to make three different graphics. I have a graphic at the top that's the rounded rectangle and a graphic at the bottom with a rounded rectangle, and you have a box or div in between then you can add as much or little content as you want, because you're not defining the vertical height, like we did in this one.

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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

Inserting images to create rounded page edges

I'm going to try a second method using a rounded rectangle look. As I told you in this one, this is a fixed width and height background graphic and there is a number of reasons why you might want to use it. One it's just simple and easy to do. But also if you wanted to do a drop shadow or have a special effect like a glow or something, this would be an easier way to do that, and you wouldn't have to worry about connecting different parts together and making them all line up. But another great way is to make three different graphics. I have a graphic at the top that's the rounded rectangle and a graphic at the bottom with a rounded rectangle, and you have a box or div in between then you can add as much or little content as you want, because you're not defining the vertical height, like we did in this one.

So I'm going to show you the second method, which is the flexible flowing method and uses a graphic at the top and at the bottom. To do this, let's go into Split view of our webpage. So the important thing here is I know that the wrapper is defining the page-like look up this online resume, and I want the rounded top image and bottom image to appear above and below this box. So I'm going to look for the opening body tag and insert my I-beam after the body tag, but before the wrapper.

Then I'm going to hit the Enter Key, and go up to my Common insert bar and choose Insert Image. This takes me out to my images folder and I'm going to scroll until I find the top white round graphic. You get an image preview. You can see that I have already created that and this is a transparent GIF. One of the reasons I told you that using GIFs is a good idea is that you can have transparency. So the transparencies were the rounded edges are and so any background I have will show through that transparency.

I'm going to click OK. Since this is not informational graphics, someone who is visually impaired does not need to know that this graphic exists, and I don't need to put alternate text. It's just part of the graphic design. I'm going to go ahead and leave that blank and click OK. So if I go back into Design view right now, you can see that I do in fact have that graphic appearing at the top. It doesn't look great inside of Dreamweaver, but in a few moments we'll save and go see how it looks inside of our browser.

Let's go back to Split view and insert the one at the bottom. Again, I'm going to look for the end of the wrapper div and this is when those code comments are so important. This indicates to me that this is the close tag for the wrapper, insert my I-beam here, hit Enter, go up to my Insert bar and choose Images, and now I'm looking for the bottom white rounded rectangle. Now I just made one of these in Fireworks and then copied it and rotated it to do this and then click OK.

I was very careful though to make it the exact width of the wrapper that I'm using. My wrapper is 780 pixels wide, so I had to make this graphic exactly 780 pixels wide for this to work. If I made it smaller, they are not going to fit together. Again as I explained before, since this is not an issue where you wouldn't understand the page without the Alternate Text, I'm not going to insert Alternate Text. It's just a graphic element. Come back to my Design View, and you can see that it's showing at the bottom.

Now it looks like it's all going to be okay, but in a second after I Save All, you'll see as we go out to the browser, we're going to have a few problems. It's okay at the top, the flow is correct. It's going from the image straight into the wrapper box. But at the bottom we are having some flow issues, and this occurs when you use floats. Once you use floats everything tries to float up next to that floated box and that's exactly what's trying to happen right here.

This image here thinks it's part of the float. This text floated up by the sidebar and this image, even though it's too wide, is trying to float. We want to restart the flow of the document after we use a float and we do that by doing something called Clear Float. So in the next steps, we are going to learn how to create a clear float to start the flow of the document over again.

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