I will be continuing my work from Dreamweaver CC Essential Training.
Lesson 8: Working with Images and Videos
Place Images on the Page
In this chapter we learned about using the insert panel to place images onto our page. We also learned how to do it using the assets panel, and dragging and dropping it in the Dom panel from the assets panel. Now unfortunately my assets panel does not appear to be working, but I did pay attention to the video to learn how to do it.
In the next chapter we learned about using Dreamweavers’ panels to edit images size and shape, plus adding in drop shadows which I thought was pretty cool. To do this we created a content selector for our images, .maincontent omg, and used the CSS Designer panel to change the images size, add rounded corners, and add a small drop shadow. It is much like doing it in a CSS HTMl Document, but it is a lot more visual and a lot easier to do.
I have also earned two brain bench certificates today, one for Web Design Concepts and one for Web Design for Accessibility. These were both a challenge to complete.
Use Background Images
For the last chapter of the day we added background images to the exercise file that we have been working on. We corrected an image up top and added a new one at the bottom. These are extremely easy to do with Dreamweavers visual aids and I find myself enjoying it immensely.
I was unfortunately out sick this day. Mrs. Frascht and Mr. Slater had a discussion about current circumstances and I may be coming back next year to finish everything up.
I finally found where the instructor to this course is actually changing a few things so I can actually take some screen shots. I am on Lesson 7: Managing CSS, Attach an External Style Sheet. I am going to do the lessons that I know I need to do so that I am not just watching videos of things I already know over and over again.
As always most everything we are doing with Dreamweaver is just something that Dreamweaver makes easier, I could still do these in the coding area instead of clicking around on the Dreamweaver Interface. In this lesson, we obviously added some CSS sheets to our lesson files.
I have been working on my website as I watch these videos, as the instructor is showing me a few nice tricks with Dreamweaver that I did not know. I am hoping that I will learn enough from him to be able to fix everything. So far I have gotten it mobile friendly and it still looks good.
To start today off, I completed the Dreamweaver CS3 Brainbench test and earned my certificate. Now I am going to continue watching my Lynda.com videos and doing what I can where I can.
I have completed Lesson 2: Managing Projects. There have not been much of anything that I could take screenshots of, but I am learning how to more accurately control my projects so that they are not everywhere. As of updating this post I am on Lesson 3: Creating New Documents, Adapt a Starter Template.
The template chapter from lesson 3 was interesting, but it wasn’t anything I did not know about just from playing around from dreamweaver. I am not sure I am using my time wisely on this course as it seems like everything he has tried to explain so far is something that I already know but because of my own OCD I don’t want to change courses in the middle of this one. I am sure I will find something I don’t know already but I feel like it is going to be a lot further into the course. I am currently on Lesson 4: Authoring Options, Quick Tag Editor. This tool is for coding but I already know about that. Hopefully the next chapter is something I don’t know!
I have skimmed a bit today, I am down to Lesson 7: Managing CSS, on the chapter Attach an External Style Sheet. I have not come across anything I have not already learned. The only difference is that he has been doing things in the visual portion of Dreamweaver, which I understand completely how to do. I actually prefer creating sites with the coding only. I do not like having the windows split around so much and I also do not like trying to design it visually. I like learning the tags and everything. If I don’t find anything that I don’t already know tomorrow then I will probably move on to the next course since I have already earned the Brainbench Certification on this one.
I am starting today off on the Dreamweaver CC Essentials Lesson 1: The Dreamweaver Interface, Toolbars.
In this chapter we are just looking at where the different tool bars are and how we can get to them. We now also know that dreamweaver doesn’t have a lot of room for things to be docked and even though we can edit our toolbar on the left, we can’t actually rearrange the icons to our liking.
The Insert Panel and Quick Property Inspector
If I had taken this course first I could have saved a lot of time when creating the website that I have for school. There are several visual tools that Dreamweaver offers to help create sites, but they can be used as html tools as well. What we focused on was the insert panel which allows us to insert tags and images without having to type it all out and we can just find where we need to put something by looking for the area on our live view.
The DOM Panel
In this lesson we learned about the DOM panel, or Document Object Model, which allows us to see the layout of our document and to edit it. We can do things such as remove tags on words or cut and paste whole lines of code, just in case something doesn’t go where it is.
The Property Inspector
I did not take any screenshots because this lesson was pretty simple. We looked at a panel called the Properties panel and used it to look at properties on different sections of the webpage. We even used it to insert a link. This seems like a useful panel, but I don’t like the way it nests into everything else, it just feels awkward to me.
I have finished lesson 1 today. For the most part it was just a lot of familiarization with all of the menus and options. Things have been pretty hectic for me lately, so this lesson was actually a nice break from everything that has been going on.
Lesson 2: Managing Projects
I am finally back and today I am going to try to earn two of my remaining brain bench certificates as well as begin on the Dreamweaver CC Essential Training Course.
I have completed two of my Brainbench tests but unfortunately I did not score high enough on one of them to get my certificate. That is ok though because I know now that I need to study a little more and learn what I can to complete it.
*Edit* I forgot to add my screenshot from yesterday. I started the Dreamweaver CC Essentials, the first lesson is all about navigation and where things are. I have already learned this really well but I did not realize that I could navigate files within dreamweaver. This is extremely useful and something I wish I had noticed before.
I have been out of school for about the last week and a half almost. I went to the doctor and he told me that I had Bronchitis with the possibility of the flu starting as well, so I did not want to spread anything to anyone else. Once my fever broke, vomiting went away, and I could actually breath, I came back to school.