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How can i make right size background in photoshop 5.0 and use them in DW2?
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by:cabrionet
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For the background you can use any image. (gif or jpg any dimensions. To include background in html file just right click (on your html file) and you have a option for background image or you open menu from option main
>modify
>page properties
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bihle,

All you should need to do is to set the image size in photoshop to whatever size you need and make sure the resolution is 72 dpi and use only 256 web colors, which you can set the pallete in photoshop to use web save colors.  So if you want to make the site for 640 x 480, then make it that way in photoshop and that should work.  But cabrionet is correct, only gif of jpg files will be accepted as background files.

-Schlieper
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Ok but you dont need to use web colors. Now users have better computers... We live now in the year 2000 not 1990. I dont know nobody that has graphic card with 265 colors! If you are interested in statistic. On the site www.thecounter.com you can see how many users use 265 colors.

Cabrio
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by:Schlieper
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cabrionet,

True, but you need to design for the lowest user you are trying to reach.  Good design dictates that you go with the lowest common denominator, plus the less colors you use the faster download because everyone is not yet running their internet on a T1 direct connection.  So to speed up download time and to accommodate even the 486 12inch monitor people 256 colors is still the standard.

-Schlieper
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You have a point but...
 if we have 92% of users that has better graphic cards we  must build pages for them. On the other hand:
18% of users have no java script. But i am shure that you use javascript.
On the hi-end sites today we use Flash banners. Why? If the most visitors are happy you will have a lot of users. If you will have 8% people happy... you will die in the marketing war.. This is all..

cabrio  
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cabrionet
If you can't design good looking graphics in 256 then you have more to worry about other than what % of viewers will see your graphics clearly.
If you wish to discuss this further by all means let's find another forum to discuss it in, the question at hand is can BIHLE get the answer they are looking for.

-bihle
I hope through all this you have an answer that works for you, if not, let me know what else you need to know to get your problem fixed.

-Schlieper
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Schlieper
1) 265 color palette is history;
2) Altavista, CNN, Yahoo, experts-exchange... have some graphic on the site that is not 265 compatible!
3) I am anwsering bihle to his question and not discussing... As for you i cant say the same.

P.S.:Schlieper i am not anwsering for the points. I am just helping others. If you need the points... i can give you some for free.

Regards;

Cabrio
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by:jvreeland
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I have had this same conversation with my boss.  I showed him the stats on a bunch of different domains log files and what browsers were viewing pages.  The majority was always one of the latest browsers, usually ie.  It was a relitivly small number of people who might be viewing this with only 256.  It was because of this, about a year ago, our code no longer had to be 2.0 safe and only minor glitches in 3.0 browsers. ie:mouseovers that change many images and the mouse out not working.  Overwhelming majority were 4.0 browsers.


cool way to make background image is to take a nice looking .jpg then start filling it with white at 30%. once it looks good switch to indexed colors turn it into color safe gif etc..
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Not all Internet users have good connect speed. And big image download a long time. Therefore your images must be smaller as possible. Good idea is use only needed colours for it (quantity of colours not important, greater not better, better is correct quantity :-). Resolution of image not important (but not less 72 dpi). Important is size of final file...

If your image photo like I recommend jpg format, otherwise use gif.

Next good idea: you may arrive at interesting effect if you place small image with big proportions as background.
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by:jvreeland
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sorry to go off topic but how can you stop aol from turning .jpg into .art


Try this size for a background image.

width 1024 pixels
height 10  pixels
transparent background.

Fill in like and inch of the left hand side of the image. Use the rectangle tool to insure straight line.  this will tile for a number of screen rez's.
You usually like to use a left align table and build the stripe it makes into your nav bar or something.
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