FrontPage 2002 - Themes
A theme is a unified set of design elements and colour schemes that you can apply to your web pages to give them a professional look. Using a theme is a quick and easy way to make sure your web pages are visually consistent and appealing. Microsoft FrontPage includes many complete themes that you can use right away, or you can create new themes based on existing ones.
You can apply a theme to one or more pages or to an entire web site. If you apply a theme to all pages in a web site, the theme becomes the default theme for that web site. When you create new pages, the default theme is applied automatically. If you change or remove the default theme, the change is applied to the entire web site.
Downloadable zip files on How to Make a Theme
Remember there are pre-set sizes and alignments, so figure how you want the theme to look before getting very frustrated getting the text to line up with buttons, banners, etc.
Banner Images - 600w X 60h
Global Navigational Bar - 95w X 20h
Home, Next, Prev & Up - 100w X 20h
Horizontal Separators - 300w X 10h
Level 1 Bullets - 20w X 20h
Level 2 and 3 Bullets - 12w X 12h
Navigational Buttons - 140w X 60h
Textured Backgrounds - 15kb max. file size
Vertical alignment = top, centre, bottom
Horizontal alignment = left, middle, right
A theme's colour scheme specifies the colour of body text, headings, hyperlinks, page banner text, link bar labels, table borders, and the page background. You can use normal or vivid colours.
Several page elements contain graphics, such as the background picture, the page banner, bullets, navigation buttons, and horizontal lines. You can use standard or active graphics. The active graphic set uses animated page elements, such as hover buttons instead of plain buttons on link bars.
A theme uses its own font styles and sizes for body text and headings.
You can customize a theme in a variety of ways to create a new theme. For example, you can use your own colours, graphics, and font styles.
You can change the colours that are used in a theme. For example, in the Artsy theme, active hyperlinks are green — you could change them to red. You can also change the colours of other page and text elements, such as body and heading text, banner text, link bar labels, table borders, and the background. In addition, each theme has two colour sets — normal and vivid. You can specify the colours to use for both sets.
Selecting a colour is easy. You can choose a colour from one of the FrontPage colour palettes, or you can define your own custom colours.
You can replace the graphics that are used in a theme with graphics of your own. For example, in the Blends theme, you could replace the background picture used with a graphic you created.
You can also change other graphical elements, such as the page banner, bullets, navigation buttons, and horizontal line. In addition, you can also specify the font to use for graphical elements that are displayed with text.
Each theme has two sets of graphics — normal and active. You can specify the graphics to use for either set. The active graphic set uses animated page elements, such as hover buttons instead of plain buttons on link bars.
NOTE: Active graphics are not available for some theme items.
You can change the styles that are used in a particular theme. For example, in the Capsules theme, you could change the font for the body and heading styles from Arial to Times New Roman. To change the font displayed on a graphical element (for example, the font used on page banners), you must change the graphic.
A page that has a theme applied to it can be saved as a template. Any pages created using the template will either use the web site's default theme or a specific theme, depending on how the theme was applied to the original page. For example, you create a template from a page that has a theme applied to it, then you create pages in a web whose default theme is Artsy. If the page template used the web default theme, new pages will use the Artsy theme. If the page template used a specific theme, new pages will use that theme.