Re: OT- building a lightwave website
- From: "Farmer" <getoffmyland@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 00:01:28 +0100
Hey, catch up, I'm down half a bottle all ready ;) The slicing bit in Image
Ready was great, then I tried to apply a roll-over. So I popped open the
help docs which had step-by-step instructions. I think it's been about two
hours now and lots and lots of re-trys with layers and restarts and re-reads
and cross referencing link instructions etc etc etc...I finally achieved a
miracle and have just previewed my first roll over where a block of colour
goes green when you hover over it and then semi transparent when you click.
I then read that you can do this automatically by clicking a premade one in
the style menu....lol, why the hell didn't they list that before the long
hand method. Still...a little success. It kept going on about user slices
being tables...I've got to figure out what that means, it sounded like
something I was supposed to know.
I really want to figure this stuff out for myself but thought it was going
to be straight forward. I suppose I've made big demands for a first site.
I'll definately look at Flash8 again. CoffeeCup. com have some little flash
programmes you can download that are simplified mini version of what Flash8
can do so that may be the place to get familiar with things.
Im going to have a fully functioning website by monday.....yes I am...you
"K.Gari" <inswls@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
to continue...I think the problem you're having is that you arent talking
directly to people who use HTML, flash,dreamweaver,inDesign etc everyday.
personally i have the 'luxury' of working with programmers with what i do
(i do everything from web-design to 3d/film/all that stuff) the best thing
ive found (starting off in playstation game design) is working WITH
programmers. They make stuff happen. They're extrememly creative people,
but with a different slant. They're like engineers, they make well
designed things work. Im assuming that you are more of the design angle.
Programming isnt SUPPOSED to mean anything to you! Its bloody difficult
because it requires a whole new set of principles. In programming, it
either works or it doesnt, in design, you try stuff, ask a few folk, try
again, and learn that way. Ive ALWAYS wanted to be able to program what is
NEED, because my ideas require more than im capable of. What you really
need to do is get one-to-one with someone who's as keen as programming as
you are to design something cool , that does what you want online. That
may be as simple as banging a website together, but its a world away form
what you're actually capable of. dont try and diversify as far as HTML can
go. Ive found that youre best sticking with what you know, because thats
complex enough in itself.You need to be able to offer something, so you
dont have to PAY for what you want. Blag it, barter it, GET WHAT YOU
WANT!!! Ive designed SO many websites as favours, because my skill (isnt
actually 10 a penny), being design, is just as in demand as is the real
programmers to make it happen. Do a few favours, get someone to build what
you need, then get them to explain it all. Cos its a damn sight easier
that way. Anyone can learn how a program works, then modify it. Learning
is EASY that way. Thats the mad thing about programming, lots of god-dam
x=y but y the fk does y matter kinda thing....Re-install flash, it really
is an awesome bit of software, it will do ANYTHING youre likely to want it
to do. Im not just banging on about flash because im some kind of
evangelist. I learnt how to make it do what i needed at version3, about 6
/7years ago, and you really do build up knowledge with use with it. This
is the thing with multi-media, i absolutely HATE that term, but thats what
it is, and its a hell of a lot of softwares to learn if you go the whole
way. I think the last time i filled my CV in, it was over about 8
different platforms, and about 30 programs. NIGHTMARE. so all in all. get
that one-to-one thing going with a friend who has the complimentary
knowledge you need. seriously, you can have my flash files if you like,
and i'll glady help you as much as i can. cos i know what a fkn nightmare
it can be!!!
ps..all that slicing in photoshop, its still a goddam mess.
InDesign is for print layouts, its like a turbo-charged Quark, its the
industry standard now for print (where i am)
in flash - if you PUBLISH your site, and call it index.fla, it'll output a
index.html, which auto-loads your site. simple as it gets mate.
anyway, its friday, im off to drink whisky with me neighbour (he makes
stuff outta steel,but dont know sh*t about design---VERY useful!!!)
have a booze.
"Farmer" <getoffmyland@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Yeah, getting into that slicing business now with Photoshop and Image
ready....this is a bit more like it. I think the trouble is theres so
many packages to go at it's difficult to know what the workflow would be.
By starting with Go-Live I've ended up bogged down too quickly. I may
look at Flash8 again....just unistalled it too.
"Farmer" <getoffmyland@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Thanks Jeff, that gives me a new starting point. I'll start with
Photoshop and try and slice up a panel design and then creating a
Photoshop gallery. If all that works a flash video too...crikey...then
I'll be motoring.
Opened Go-Live again....it's dead easy apparently.....it's dead
easy....it's dead easy..easy peasy lemon squeezey. I can type a line of
text and preview it.....yes success. I now want to add a photo
gallery...errrr.....ok, I now want to add a video onto the
page....errrr. I'm now reading the help file, click this click that...20
minutes later...I've now generated 4 sub pages of a main page with an
archor file apparently....at this point I'm desperately loosing the will
to live. I eventually ended up creating a webpage with 'my webpage' at
the top and a link that took me to four other blank pages. An hour well
I've just tried Word ( i didn't know that saved html pages).....wow,
thats great for getting started, you can add images and links to videos
at least. My son just told me I can make webpages in Word
apparently....thanks son. Now wheres my grandma's number.
"Jeff" <nomail> wrote in message
The way i usualy work is, to start off in photoshop. Just designing
away for a
couple of hours/days/months. All depends on your idea's and skills i
Then use the handy "slice" in Photoshop to slice all elements up so
photoshop can easily, fully automated, make an html page with
the whole design slided in tables.
You can then erase images in one of the tables and set them as
image for that particular table, and type some text over it.
Photoshop can also do photo gallery's if i remember correctly. It gives
you an instant design wich you can ofcourse change to your own design
But honestly i think you just have to start with making a nice design.
figure out how to convert it into a website. That's the way i work
anyway. I'm defenitly not a skilled programmer but everything i need
designing a website is easily googled. There a tons of good resources,
forums, etc. It just takes some time ....
And Flash is defenitely not only for making cartoony animated stuff for
The cool thing about flash is that you don't really need any
to do the basic stuff wich is needed for making a website. Just import
photoshop design and look in the helpfiles how to make a button on top
That way you can also add video content to your site. And the new
in Flash 8 is truly amazing, very small files for very good quality
I've used it for my new website.
Well, just my 2 cents ...
Good luck ;)
"Farmer" <getoffmyland@xxxxxxxxxxx> schreef in bericht
This is driving me nuts, help please.
I want to put my work on a website, my website, for promotion, jobs
etc. I've tried several times over the years but always gave up. I
started with Frontpage but found that after you'd typed a heading,
anything more fancy required Frontpage extensions on the server and
more money for the ISP. On line create your own tools are a waste of
time, all you end up with is a heading and an email link. I want a
photo's gallery, a video page and a blog diary thing. So I bought
Adobe Creative Suite 2. Now I know what Photoshop and Illustrator do
but I cannot figure out what Designer, In Design or go Live are all
about or why they exist. Nothing in the manuals or the website
actually explains the function of this software. Ok so I've now sort
of figured out that go-live is for websites but jees is it tough to
understand. Then for no explicable reason the help menu on all my
adboe software stopped working, it just starts to load then nothing.
I then decided to put that lot on the shelf and look for a simple
consumer website creator. I came across www.coffeecup.com which has
lots of peeps going on about 'simple this' and 'easy' the other. I
download the trial but find once again that I can type 'My Website' at
the top but thats about as far as I can get. Anything else requires
understanding HTML. Are you trying to tell me that all those grandpa's
on the website know HTML. THey even have handy help instructions for
I get error on line this and cant execute the other. Load a template
and learn from that the website suggests....so I do but all the
template seems to be is some fancy photoshop image thats been sliced
by some other godforsaken programme into squares and imported as code
that leaves me non the wiser.
Please don't tell me that with all those websites in the world, with
all the software in the world, there isn't an easy way to make
reasonably sophisticated websites without learning type in html
coding......please help....damn this crap has wound me up....I want to
give up completely on computers.
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