transparent tile gifs in ImageReady (adapted
from my PC
Start a new file based on the longest title. Make the width
to fit your layout and choose a transparent background layer.
Using the Text Tool with your choice of font, sharpness and
text colour, add your longest title then adjust the size to
fit. Then use the Move Tool to position it appropriately (I'm
lining these ones up with the first checkerboard square on the
To maintain it's transparency save it as a gif, (File>Save
If you want to make a second state (to use as a rollover) do
it while you still have your layered file open, so that matches
position, font size etc perfectly. Eg, you can change the colour
of the text (using the colour palette in the text toolbar) and
add a drop shadow (click on the little f icon
at the bottom of the layers palette to get the Drop Shadow options).
I save my second-states as the same file name with a 2 after
it. eg resources.gif and resources2.gif.
Go through and make all of your titles in the same sitting,
or you'll never get them to match exactly. If ever I have to
restructure a site such that the titles change, it's usually
easier to remake all your gifs rather than trying to match the
original set with a new title.