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nassau_boxThis week one of the projects is for the “Nassau Street Corporation”. They own the building that our office is in on Witherspoon Street in Princeton. Once the sketch was approved I had to choose how to convert the site efficiently to CSS or Cascading Style Sheets. Fore more info on CSS check out the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascading_Style_Sheets. One of my areas of concern was the main body that has the white rounded box (that holds the main content) with a gradient background (from a middle grey to white).

So I took the sketch from Photoshop to Imageready. First I turned off the the text layers so I had just the background as in the example. Next I cut three slices , A narrow slice that encompasses the left corner(Left Background) and the background, A large slice that encompasses a large piece of the white background and the right corner(Right Background), And A slice of Just the background gradation (Main Background). **We do not have to worry about the bottom of the box because it fades to white which is the background color. Last I took the Right Background and cut it into Photoshop and Doubled it’s width (around 900px, size of the main we window) keeping the rounded corner on the right.

The idea is to make it so that this background can adjust to fit any content width within the site. The Left Background is floated to the left and the long Right Background collapses behind it. The Main Background will Repeat to give the gradation to any area outside the box (as in the example).

Here is what the CSS looks like.

.main {
width:900px;
margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
padding: 0px;
min-height: 500px;
background: url(images/main_bg.jpg) repeat-x;
}

.inner{
padding: 10px;
}

.column_4{
float: left;
width: 420px;
min-height: 400px;
margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
padding: 0px;
background: transparent;
}
.column_5{
float: left;
margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
min-height: 300px;
background: transparent url(images/main_round_right.jpg) no-repeat top right;
width: 480px;
}
.column_5_inner{
float: left;
background: transparent url(images/main_round_left.jpg) no-repeat top left;
padding: 10px 10px 10px 30px;
}

Here is what the HTML looks like.
<div>
<div>
<div><h3>Welcome to the CISS 2010</h3>
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<div>

<div>
<p><img src=”images/front.png”><br />

<img src=”images/find.png”></p>
</div></div>
<br style=”clear: left;” />

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About Leon Rainbow

Leon is primary lead for Inforest Communications graphic and Web design services. He has over ten years experience in Web design and development and is proficient working with open­source CMS systems. He holds an associates degree in Computer Graphics from Mercer County Community College. Leon Rainbow is also a well known artist in Mercer County who creatively combines graffiti, street art and other artistic forms into innovative projects and events. He reaches out to wide audience, from galleries to the walls of inner cities. Leon curates two annual art festivals in New Jersey for area painters and the community as well as dedicating his civic duty to teaching after­school art programs in Trenton and Princeton, NJ.