One of the most important features of the World Wide Web is the many ways you can use images. Authors use images on their pages to provide information or decoration, to communicate their personal style or that of their organization, to display graphic artwork or pictures of products.

In FrontPage Express, you can easily import images and insert them on pages, align them with text, create and edit image maps, and use images in page design.

In FrontPage Express, you create hyperlinks from image maps using a similar method to the one described for text hyperlinks in "Creating Hyperlinks and Bookmarks."

Importing and Saving Images

When you insert an image on a page in FrontPage Express, you are not actually placing the image directly on the page. You are creating a hyperlink from the page to the image, and both the image and the page must be in the same site. This ensures that when you publish your pages and a user visits the page, the Web browser follows the hyperlink to the image and retrieves it for display.

When you insert an image from your file system, FrontPage Express prompts you to save the image to the current web site when you save the page. When you open a page from the World Wide Web or from your file system and save, FrontPage Express brings up the Web Publishing Wizard with options to save, through FTP or HTTP Post, and prompts you to save any images that are not already saved.

Inserting Images

Insert images on a page in FrontPage Express, using the Images command on the Insert menu. You can insert an image from your file system, the World Wide Web, or a clip art collection.

Images on pages must either be in Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) or in Joint Photographic Expert Group format (JPEG). GIF is a method for encoding compressed pictures that contain up to 8 bits of color, and JPEG is commonly used on the World Wide Web for 24-bit color images. When you insert an image that is not in the GIF or JPEG format, it is automatically converted to the GIF format (for images with 8 bits or less of color) or the JPEG format (for images with more than 8 bits of color).

You can insert an image from your file system or from the World Wide Web using the Other Location tab of the Image dialog box. To browse your file system, click Browse in this tab. When you insert an image from the World Wide Web, it is inserted from its current location on the World Wide Web. You are not prompted to import images inserted from the World Wide Web.

To insert clip art, select the Clip Art tab of the Image dialog box. Clip art is stored in a directory on your computer that is shared with other Microsoft Office applications. To browse this directory, choose the category (such as Lines or Bullets) from the drop-down list, then click the image from the Contents window.

How do I create a wallpaper effect on a page? A common effect in Web pages is to tile the background of a page with an image, giving the background the appearance of wallpaper. To do this in FrontPage Express, select Background, on the Format menu. Click Specify Background and Colors, click Background Image, then click Browse. Select the background image from any tab of the Select Background Image dialog box and click OK, then click OK to close the Page Properties dialog box.

Viewing and Setting Image Properties

Images have properties that you can set in FrontPage Express. These properties specify the image’s type, give information to browsers about how to display the image, control how the image aligns with text, and set the image’s default hyperlink.

To set an image’s properties in FrontPage Express, select the image and choose Image Properties on the Edit menu. Some important image properties are:

The image source, which is the URL or, if the image is not on a server, the file name of the image.
The image type, GIF or JPEG. You can convert an image from one type to another in the Image Properties dialog box.
The image dimensions, including its width and height in pixels, and its size in bytes.
The image alignment. When you insert an image, it is placed at the insertion point and is treated, for display purposes, like a character in text. By setting its alignment, you can control how the image aligns with text and other images. For example, the alignment selection Right specifies to align the image to the right hand side of the page as a floating picture.
The image border thickness, which sets a border of the specified thickness in pixels around the image.
The alternate low-resolution image, which is a small image that some browsers display while the larger main image is being loaded from the Web server.
The image alternate text, which is displayed by browsers when image-display is disabled or not available.
The image default hyperlink, which is the hyperlink to follow when a user clicks in any area in the image not covered by a hotspot. You can browse from the Image Properties dialog box and change this hyperlink.

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