Monday, September 15, 2008

Linking to a full size image...

Linking to a full size image from your thumbnails.

Create a pop-up window template:
  • Open a new blank HTML page
  • Create a simple table to house your full size image and title
For example you can create a centered table 600 px wide with 1 column and 2 rows.
You will insert the full size image into the first cell and put the image title into the second cell.
  • Save this as 'image_template' in your portfolio folder
To create individual image pages:
  • Open template you just created (as above)
  • Insert specific image into first cell
  • Write title in second cell below image
  • SAVE AS > image title (in your portfolio folder alongside image and thumbnails)

Monday, September 8, 2008


Monday 15th September is the last class for Term 3.

There is a two week break.

Classes begin again Monday 6th October.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Portfolio images

Preparing portfolio images for your website:
  • Open image in photoshop
  • Re-size image to between 300 - 500 pixels wide
  • 'View Actual Pixels' to see actual image size
  • Save for Web (eg: titleofimage.jpeg)
Create two thumbnails for each image to use as image rollovers in dreamweaver:
  • Have open the image you prepared above
  • Select the marquee tool, make sure it is fixed size (100 px by 100 px)
  • Using the marquee tool select an area of your image
  • You should now have your first thumbnail
  • Save for Web (eg titleofimage_t1.jpeg)
  • For your second thumbnail, open the original thumbnail you created above
  • Change the lightness to +50
  • This will be your second thumbnail
  • Save for Web (eg titleofimage_t2.jpeg)
For each image you plan to add to your portfolio, you should have three files:

titleofimage.jpeg (actual image, resized and saved for web)
titleofimage_t1.jpeg (first thumbnail 10opx square, original colour)
titleofimage_t2.jpeg (second thumbnail 100px square, lightness +50)

All images should be saved in the portfolio folder of you website folder.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Week 19 - Setting Up a Local Site

You need to designate a local site to use as your home folder for keeping all website files.

First of all you need to create the local folder. On your USB stick create a folder for your website using the format: 'surname' 'first initial' underscore website. For example:

Within this folder create four more folders titled index, portfolio, contact, links.

All the files used for your website including image files etc will be placed into these folders. You can add extra folders depending on how you wish to organise your site.

**Tip: When saving folders for the internet remember never to use spaces (always use and underscore) and all letters should be in lowercase.

Now open Dreamweaver:
  • From the menu bar select Site> New Site. The Site Definition wizard will appear, please make sure you have the BASIC tab selected.
  • Type a name for your site. Preferred format is 'surname' 'first initial' underscore 'website'. Eg: campbellc_website.
  • Click NEXT
  • Dreamweaver will ask you if you want to use its server technology tools. Please click NO at this stage.
  • Click NEXT
  • In the next window make sure the first tab is selected as you want to edit local copies on your machine. The most important part is to tell dreamweaver where to locate your Local Site folder. In the same window click the blue folder to the right hand side of the dialog box and search for your USB stick and then find your website folder that you have recently created. Click CHOOSE to select your folder.
  • Click NEXT
  • It will then ask you how do you connect to your remote server. At this stage we want to select NONE
  • Click NEXT
  • Click DONE
You have now designated a local folder to use as the 'home' folder for your website. Every single file (including image files, html files etc) that you use on your site needs to be placed into this folder.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Week 18 - Website basics

Some examples of web portfolios:

Today is an initial introduction to creating a basic web page. We will:
- Insert text
- Insert a table
- Create a link to an external web page (e.g. your blog)
- Insert an image (the image will be re-sized in photoshop to the appropriate pixel dimension)
- Creating an image rollover (this is a good technique to use for portfolio thumbnails, as the viewer moves their mouse over each thumbnail they change from full colour to much lighter)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Week 17 - Introduction to Dreamweaver

During the next term you will be creating your own website* to use as an online art portfolio. The program you will use to create your website is called Dreamweaver.

Your website will be made up of four pages:

  • An index page – this is the first page that people see when they type in your website address.

  • A portfolio page – this is where people will view your online portfolio of images.

  • A links page – here you will create a list of links to other websites/blogs etc that you enjoy looking at.

  • A contact/info page – this is where you will show your contact details (eg. email address) and also have a link to your CV.

This first lesson will be a brief introduction to the basics of Dreamweaver:

  • How to open a basic html page
  • Viewing the properties box
  • Inserting text
  • Inserting a table
  • Viewing your page using a web browser such as Firefox or Safari
The second half of the lesson you will have a chance to finish your artist book, update your blog or start looking around the web for inspiration for your own online portfolio. Remember you will need to keep your website simple and easy to navigate, however there is still room for creativity!

*For this exercise your website will never actually be uploaded to the web, however you will be creating a fully functioning website. To upload your site to the web you will need to purchase both a domain name and web hosting. This is something you may want to think about in the future.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Semester Two

Classes return Monday July 14th 2008.

See you there!