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Designing Page Components

Often done in conjunction with sketching out the pages themselves, the individual components of each page can be simulated in Web site design. Rather than create the actual buttons, you can drop images of them into the page designs as groups and objects prior to client approval.

The vertical frame that appears throughout the OIH Web site will contain the navigation controls for the pages. The frame will allow a user to jump from any page in the site to any other page. This will be accomplished with buttons. Showing the buttons in the vertical frame is simply a matter of drawing one and then Option+dragging [Alt+dragging] to add the rest. Figure 22.10 shows the results. The first thing to notice in the figure is that each of the buttons has a drop shadow. This is a native Illustrator 9 drop shadow, added through the Effects menu. Now that Illustrator supports transparency, such shadows and glows can be applied directly in Illustrator. See Chapter 20, “Exploiting Illustrator's Transparency,” for information about these techniques. Effects and filters are discussed in Chapter 21, “Using Filters and Effects.”


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