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JohnL
08-31-2008, 11:00 AM
I am new to the forum and the DW. I have been mucking about and creating a website just for a bit of fun. I opend up a preloaded template under the restaurant heading. I then added my own image into the header. The problem is that the image looks fine but I cant seem to the get the image to fit in the bale without any other background colours. Is is besy to use the templates that come with CS3 and try and edit them or is it better to start from scratch?

If anyone can help me it would be appreciated. The blue on the left and right of the image and the green on top. I want to get rid of all that and just have the image.

The code is:


<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">

<td width="15" nowrap="nowrap" ></td>
<td height="50" colspan="3" bgcolor="#999933" class="logo"><span class="style1"></span><br />
<span class="tagline"><img src="indianbanner.jpg" width="782" height="120" /></span></p> </td>
<td width="40">&nbsp;</td>
<td width="100%">&nbsp;</td>
</tr>

<tr bgcolor="#003399">
<td width="15" nowrap="nowrap">&nbsp;</td>

Cary
08-31-2008, 08:02 PM
Hi and welcome,

First, I just wanted to point out that the opening table tag should be followed by an opening tr tag which then encloses the td tags for that row. The color for the code above is coming from the bgcolor attributes and the hex color values they provide. You can either change the hex colors or delete the bgcolor attributes and their color values.

Which is best? Depends. If you know how to code and design, then starting from scratch will probably be best as well as your preferred way to go. If you know how to code, but can't design, then a design template would be the way to go. If you can't design or code, then you would need to learn how to code before going any further because you won't be able to modify the designs you wish to use.

When you start with a design provided with CS3, you shouldn't use the "Page from Sample" option to pick a "Starter Page". All of those are table-based designs and are hard to maintain. Instead, just select "Blank Page" and "HTML". Then choose one of the listed layouts. These will require a knowledge of CSS to modify.

JohnL
08-31-2008, 09:24 PM
Thanks Cary. I know a little about coding and have purchased a book on CS3 to help me along. I do know that tables are not preferred in most web design circles so I will give the "Blank Page" option a go and use my limited CSS knowledge to see how I go.

JL