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Hi,

I read the article on faux columns and I am excited to start to use the concept but I am not sure where to get bg_birch-800.gif type images to use as the background.

I have seen many examples of like:

url("/img/bg_hdr_jpg") repeat x 0 0;

and I am not sure whether one has to create the img and where is it stored?

Any help or pointers on where I can do some more research would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Hi railsguage, You can create

Hi railsguage,
You can create the image or find a royalty free image online.
where you place it depends on the structure of your site.
Just change the url of the background image in your stylesheet to point to the correct location.

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Faux columns

The background image is any image, of the appropriate width, you care to use. It is just about always purpose made. If you don't have Photoshop (PS) (an awfully expensive luxury if you don't manipulate images for print {CMYK colors}), get The GIMP; it's free, it runs on the major operating systems, and for web images (rgba colors) it's every bit as powerful as PS.

If you're not comfortable using the command line interface (CLI), e.g. DOS or BASH, ImageMagick (IM) may seem intimidating, but it is a real time-saver for so many image manipulations. It, too, is free, and works on the three major operating systems plus your iPhone's iOS.

For faux column images, I usually use IM to generate the image. See Making Images from the Command Line.

See my 2 Column, Apparent Equal Height demo for a practical example.

cheers,

gary

If your web page is as clever as you can make it, it's probably too clever for you to debug or maintain.

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Hi Tony, Thanks for your

Hi Tony,

Thanks for your reply to my question.

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Hi Gary, Thanks for your

Hi Gary,

Thanks for your reply to my question ... I am off to your site to learn how to make images from the command line.

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