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Q1:I'm creating a new theme. I chose a background color as part of a color scheme, but it always shows up as white when I'm using the theme. What's causing this?
A1: The background color of a theme is affected by whether you've opted to use vivid colors when you apply it to a Web. If you have not chosen vivid colors, FrontPage 2003 uses a white background with a more muted version of your color scheme.

To put your missing background color to use, reapply the theme with the Vivid Colors option selected.

Q2:All of the FrontPage themes display a page banner graphic atop each page, which templates use to display a title. Should I be using these banners on my own sites?
A2: You can, but in my opinion, it's tough to make a page look exciting with one of those giant, plain, solid-color banners on top of it.

One of the knocks against FrontPage has been the “cookie-cutter” nature of sites created with the software. You can get away from this perception by creating your own graphics, especially for the top of each page.

As you'll learn in Hour 10, “Make a Site Look Great with Graphics,” you can create your own graphics and add text to them using FrontPage. These will almost always look better than a page banner because you can choose your own font and a visually interesting background.


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