So recently I was working on a project that required image based navigation AND drop down menus. From the get-go I decided to use CSS Sprites for the tabbed menu for the normal, active and hover styles. I also decided the best way to implement the drop down was to use the “Son of Suckerfish” drop down menus heavily modified from the original code to fit in with the original programming I had done for the menu.
I’ve explained before how to use CSS Sprites for changing images, so I won’t go into too many more details on how to accomplish this, but to recreate this for your own site you will need to create one sprite for your normal tab, hovered and current/active tab. That’s three sets of tabs in one file.
Rounded corners are a great design element to escape from the blocky/boxiness a lot of web designers fall victim to. I remember the first time I created my own rounded corner box using Photoshop and HTML/CSS. What a thrill :) A lot of people shy away from it because it SEEMS a lot more difficult than it really is.
I’m going to show two ways to create this effect using Photoshop (or the graphic editor of your choice) and HTML/CSS. There are other ways to create this effect using just CSS – but I really am not a big fan of it because it creates a lot more empty divs than this method. Yes if images are off you will lose this effect – but I’m willing to sacrifice that.
Like I said I’m going to demonstrate two ways to accomplish this. The first is using just a flat rounded corner image with no other effects. The second will have a box with a drop shadow, border and gradient. :) So let’s start easy!
Update #3 2/1/2015 – Final update! I have made the final version completely simpler and completely responsive! Disregard this version and all others. The only versionÂ you should read and download is theÂ New Update: 100% Full Width Header & Footer with Centered Content (Including â€œAnchoredâ€ Versions).
Update #2 1/15/2012 – I have updated this version once again, please see the latest release of 100% Full Width Header & Footer with Centered Content.
Update!: I’ve published a new version of this method that is even EASIER. If you would like to learn more please see How to: Create Full (100%) Width Header/Footer with Centered Content (Updated). This method is still valid and feel free to use it if you like.
There are probably a million different ways to do this, but I’m going to show the way that I have preferred to do it, combined with my favorite centering position method.
So the simple way to do this is as follows:
If you’re not using CSS Sprites (also known as the CSS Image Replacement Method) you should be. Many coders seem to fear this easy and basic way to use images with CSS and I’m not sure why.
The benefits of CSS Sprites are plentiful, but you (and your visitors) will benefit from this method ten-fold. For the coder it’s less slicing and cropping of images, and for the user it rids us of that annoying image loading flash when you use CSS to replace background images.
I’ll take you through some quick steps to get started with CSS Sprites.
What’s the difference you ask? A lazy coder MUST be a bad coder! If you’re lazy then you’re not coding to best practices therefore you MUST be a bad coder.
While the above in part is true, there is an integral difference between someone who is a flat out BAD coder and one who is just a bit on the lazy side. If you’re looking to hire a coder there is a few key ways to tell the difference.
How to spot a bad coder vs. lazy coder