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Fernando MolRe: Background image wrong size?
by on Feb 10, 2010 at 3:02:58 pm

The option of the 1024 x 768 maximized that DW offer doesn't show you a window of that size, it adapts the window size to an estimated size that the window area should be when you open fully a browser in a 1024 x 768 monitor.

You know, the browser still have the menus, bars and buttons on the top, scrollbars at the right and a progress bar at the bottom. That will take some pixels from your view, that's why if you have a 1024 x 768 image it will not show completely. That measures will be different depending on the browser and user preferences on every computer you see the site.

The best way to manage a background image will totally depend on your design and the image itself. The objective is to have the smallest file size with the better functionality. I don't use tables for layout, but I do design my sites first in Photoshop, I just don't export them to tweak them.

I design my site, then I plan how I'm going to do the layout. Disable the test elements slicing the background images and export them one by one. Then in DW use the BG images as BG images with CSS, writing again the text and using BG colors when I don't need texture or gradients. Repeat the BG images as needed, again with CSS, and test and test again.

That's my way, but you can use the work flow that fits you. Remember that is about having functionality without compromising the beauty of your original design.

I hope this helps.

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