The default iWeb themes are upon first glance, very nice. They are however, few and far between and to make your iWeb site stand out from the 1000s of others using the same theme you need to add an element or two. Simple but effective effects can be achieved just by using many of the freely available fonts that can be downloaded from the Internet. By following these few simple ideas you can give your iWeb site a unique twist.
And by adding fonts I don’t mean sticking the odd letter here and there, far from it. There are hundreds of graphics themed fonts (remember Wingdings?) available to download nowadays and many of them free of charge. Here are a several examples of how these image style fonts can make your iWeb site stand out from the crowd. Of course, we don’t have to stick to these ‘Dingbats’, adding a custom font to your iWeb site can make all the difference.
All of the effects below are achieved in the same way. Find a font, download it, install it on your Mac and add it, in a text box to your site. The images below are all examples using a default iWeb theme and then just adding a font or two. All fonts used in this post are from DaFonts.com and are free of charge.
Obviously there is a good chance that the visitors to your site will not have the fonts installed on their machines so you will have to turn the fonts into an image, which I covered in a previous tutorial.
Here is the Goldenrod theme but with much more foliage. I used some flowers, colored them the same as the already included leaves and they blend right in.
I used a few stain style dingbats in this Nightlife theme example. A splatter of red wine and a coffee stain too. I used this splatter font in my last tutorial when I designed the Grunge site in iWeb. It’s just colored red and given some transparency in Inspector.
The addition of a few comic style Dingbats make this Comic Book theme look slightly different.
The Doodle theme is crying out for additions. I have just added a few extra doodles to this page but could have gone completely mad.
For the Travel theme all i have done is add a few extra stamps, colored them green, added transparency and then sent them backwards.
Here the Kids Pink theme is used and I have completely changed the font for the site header to give it a bit more of a girly feel. I have added the two sketches as well to look like kids doodles.
In this example I used the Freestyle theme and added a Graffiti style font. I added a good deal of transparency in Inspector and then sent the text-box backwards to sit under the main text.