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Designing and Publishing a Web

Applying a Theme

Although the addition of pictures, lists, forms, shared borders, and navigation bars has given the pages in the Millennium Celebration Web a more streamlined and organized look, you may wonder what to do about the rather bland appearance of black and blue text on a white background. After all, this web is about celebrating an event. You want the pages to look more lively and fun.

Imagine how time-consuming it would be if you had to design a color scheme for text and graphics, and create graphical page banners, navigation buttons, list bullets, and background textures for all the pages in your web. Now imagine how many more custom graphics you would need to create if you maintained more than one Web site and you didn't want any of your webs to look the same.

FrontPage includes more than 50 professionally designed themes with matching color schemes that you can apply to any or all pages in your web. A theme consists of design elements for bullets, fonts, pictures, navigation buttons, and other graphics. When applied, a theme gives pages, page banners, navigation bars, and other elements of a web an attractive and consistent appearance.

  To apply a theme to the Millennium Celebration Web

  1. On the Window menu, click index.htm.
  2. FrontPage brings the home page back into view.

    In the Answer Wizard, type:
    How do I apply a theme to my web?

  3. On the Format menu, click Theme.
  4. FrontPage displays the Themes dialog box. Here, you can select from a list of themes that FrontPage installed by default, or choose to install the complete set of themes from your FrontPage 2000 CD-ROM. You can make choices about the appearance of the theme, preview theme elements, and modify the selected theme.

  5. Click on some of the different theme names in the scrolling list box.
  6. When you click the name of a theme, the Sample of Theme window shows a sample of the graphical elements that are contained in the selected theme. This way, you can first preview a theme before applying it to selected or all pages in your web.

    Before applying a theme, you can select theme options that affect the appearance of the theme's components. For example, selecting Vivid colors applies brighter colors to text and graphics, selecting Active graphics animates certain theme components, and selecting Background picture applies a graphical background to the pages in your web. You can also choose to apply a theme as a cascading style sheet (Apply using CSS).

    For the Millennium Celebration Web, you'll clear these defaults.

  7. Under Apply theme to, make sure All pages is selected.
  8. In the list of installed themes, click Artsy.
  9. Clear the check boxes for Active graphics and Background picture, then click OK to apply the theme.
  10. Since this is the first time you're applying a theme to a web, FrontPage displays a message to let you know that applying a theme will overwrite some of the manual formatting you may have done on your pages.

    We've purposely not included much manual design work in this tutorial, so you can acknowledge this message and proceed to apply the theme.

  11. Click Yes to apply the theme.
  12. The theme named "Artsy" is applied to all the pages in your current web.

  13. To save the home page, click Save on the File menu, or click the Save button on the toolbar.
  14. Your page should now look like this:


    Home page with theme applied


As you can see, applying the theme has dramatically changed the appearance of the home page. The page banner and navigation buttons are no longer plain text; now they're colorful graphics. The page background has changed from white to black, which simulates the night sky that the millennium fireworks will appear in, and the font has changed color and is a little larger.

  Displaying graphical navigation buttons on all pages

  1. On the Window menu, click background.htm.
  2. FrontPage brings the Background page back into view.

    Note that the page has inherited its theme and theme elements from the home page, but the vertical navigation bar in the left border still shows plain text hyperlinks. By default, vertical navigation bars are displayed as plain text, so they look this way even after you apply a theme. You can easily change navigation bar settings even after a theme is applied.

  3. In the left border of the Background page, double-click the vertical navigation bar.
  4. Under Orientation and appearance in the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box, click Buttons, and then click OK.
  5. Click anywhere on the page to deselect the navigation bar.
  6. FrontPage changes the navigation formatting and uses the graphical buttons included with the theme. The web now has an attractive and professional look.

  7. To save the page, click Save on the File menu, or click the Save button on the toolbar.

  8. Some themes contain animations   When you apply a theme, you can select Active graphics to enable page banner animations and navigation bar rollover effects, if the theme contains such elements. The theme sample will not show you what these effects look like. To see a theme's active graphics effects, apply the theme and then display the page in the Preview tab, or click the Preview in Browser command on the File menu.


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