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uncchick94
08-05-2008, 12:20 PM
I am learning how to create a website using Dreamweaver and have a few questions. I created a website using 1 and 1 and was pretty proud that I had done that by myself however they did have a bank of items to choose from.

My questions -

Where do people find the images that are on their website? The online learning class I am watching, talks about importing images but never mentions where the images come from.

If I wanted to use a templete, where would I find that? I am just wondering how to put the directional buttons (home, about us, contact us, etc.) on a page from scratch.

I realize that these are very elementary questions - sorry! I am interested in learning this and am sure I will have lots more questions :-D If anyone has a site that would provide me with good information, feel free to supply me with the link.

edbr
08-05-2008, 12:31 PM
Welcome to the forum.
images would be relevant to what the site is about you are making. there are lots sites that specialise in selling images. use your own for learning purposes.
There are templates on this site, all free to download, all css as well as DW has some of its own.
just go for it,make mistakes and learn from them

Corrosive
08-05-2008, 06:36 PM
just go for it,make mistakes and learn from them

Best advice you will get...listen to Ed.

Steakaphagus
08-05-2008, 07:22 PM
Hi uncchick!
Depends what the site is for - if it is a personal website, then google 'free images' or 'free buttons', and there are loads of sites that will let you use their images (read the terms and conds to check if you need to attribute the images to the owners in your site). If you plan to make money from the site (or even commercially), then this can be trickier, as many image sites will ask for royalties - I've used Fotolia to get lots of pics, mostly for under 1 each - you also get a discount for being a 1and1 customer, and the image license is royalty free even for commercial use (but not resale). As edbr said, though, probably best to use your own images/photos for learning purposes, as this is completely free!
I've been slowly learning DW for a couple of years now - keep going, it starts to make sense soon! And as the guys have already said, we all learn by our mistakes......well eventually anyway.

Corrosive
08-05-2008, 07:52 PM
Learn Photoshop it is the 'perfect' Dreamweaver partner.

d a v e
08-05-2008, 07:57 PM
Learn Photoshop it is the 'perfect' Dreamweaver partner.
i'd have thought Fireworks would have been the perfect DW partner ;) each to their own :)

Corrosive
08-05-2008, 08:03 PM
i'd have thought Fireworks would have been the perfect DW partner ;) each to their own :)

Fireworks blows compared to Photoshop and I'll fight anyone who says it ain't so :wink: . No, you're right, each to their own.

africano
08-05-2008, 08:19 PM
Ill have to agree with corrosive Photoshop rocks!! But again Ive never used or bothered learning fireworks so.....!!

edbr
08-06-2008, 02:40 AM
i used fireworks some time ago, I would have thought since adobe/macromedia merge it would be more of a rival to photoshop but haven't looked

Ricky55
08-06-2008, 09:14 PM
I love Photoshop I use it more than any other app but Adobe haven't dropped Fireworks because its quite different.

As good as Photoshop is, Fireworks is better for creating mock web pages. Its great for slicing and optimising graphics much easier than Photoshop. Its also great for creating different pages of a site because you can use the Pages feature that lets you skip between different pages of a proposed site.

Its also great for creating GUI's tons of parts are available as components which makes it really easy to mock up web forms etc as all the buttons etc are there just to drop in, this could take hours in Photoshop.

I still use Photoshop for my initial design but then I move into Fireworks to do multiple pages etc.

If you haven't checked out Fireworks properly I would seriously its easy to think its just a poor cousin of Photoshop but it offers much more.

Corrosive
08-07-2008, 07:17 AM
I love Photoshop I use it more than any other app but Adobe haven't dropped Fireworks because its quite different.

As good as Photoshop is, Fireworks is better for creating mock web pages. Its great for slicing and optimising graphics much easier than Photoshop. Its also great for creating different pages of a site because you can use the Pages feature that lets you skip between different pages of a proposed site.

Its also great for creating GUI's tons of parts are available as components which makes it really easy to mock up web forms etc as all the buttons etc are there just to drop in, this could take hours in Photoshop.

I still use Photoshop for my initial design but then I move into Fireworks to do multiple pages etc.

If you haven't checked out Fireworks properly I would seriously its easy to think its just a poor cousin of Photoshop but it offers much more.

Thanks Ricky. That's interesting that you mockup in PS and then use Fireworks almost as a visual aid and labour saving device to pull your design together. Maybe I'll revisit at some point.