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Post by MeiselMaus on December 19th 2013, 11:42 am

First, can  say that I have zero knowledge of coding, so be gentle with me and talk to me as though I were a five year old child.

So, I have used one of the Hit Skin skins (Design, I believe it is called) and the background to the posts and pictures is transluscent.  As it is a photography forum, this is very distracting.  A member who uses Chrome lso said that the pattern in the background image is so intrusive that they can't read more than the first few posts before it blitzes out everything.

What I have tried: Removing/hiding the backgrond image.  No impact.  It was still there.

Loading up another skin, one with a plain, black background.  All other parts of the forum design changed, but that blooming background image from the orginal skin was still there and the background to the posts and pictures was still transparent.

I have read some of the other posts where people have asked about making their backgrounds translucent (no one seems to want them opaque) and have tried to track down where in the code this is being done.  I have NO idea where the relevant bit would be or what I would do with it when I found it, so that is a non-starter.

I have even asked a coding meister friend to have a look at it.  He had no luck either.

So, help?  Pretty please?

The forum is here The Captive Subject

Many thnaks in advance.

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Post by SLGray on December 19th 2013, 11:46 am

It usually would be in the CSS.

Administration Panel > Display > Colors & Pictures > Colors
CSS Stylesheet Tab


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Post by MeiselMaus on December 19th 2013, 11:50 am

OK, Yup. Thanks. I have already looked through the style sheet, but I don't code, so have no idea what I am looking for or what to do with it when I find it. Any pointers?

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Post by SLGray on December 19th 2013, 11:56 am

The selector is body.


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Post by MeiselMaus on December 19th 2013, 12:01 pm

Selector? Is that a heading for one of the sections? Should I search for that term to find the relevent area? If so, what do I do with it when I find it? Please remember that I do not code. My last experience of programming was in Basic on a BBC Micro, I am that old.

And to add that I also tried to change the background image to a plain black one. Although the section acknowledged that this image was the current one, the old background image was still there, in all its hideous glory. This thing is indestructible.

But thank you for trying. I can understand it is frustrating to be dealing with someone who hasn't got a clue what they are doing.

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Post by Selvester on December 19th 2013, 4:01 pm

Hello MeiselMaus. I do not know if you are still looking for answers for this as it looks like you have changed your forums background... But just in case here is some info...

When SLGray said selector body, it does not mean look for selector as a heading but rather you should look for body as a heading. I have put the mentioned theme on my test forum and taken a look at the CSS for myself. The section you want to be looking for is as follows.

Code:
body {
   font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;
   color: #5c758c;
   background-color: #1a1a1a;
   background-image: url('http://fc04.deviantart.net/images/i/2002/26/9/1/Misconstrue_-_Image_1.jpg');
   background-attachment: fixed;
   font-size: 10px;
   height: auto;
   padding: 10px 0px;
filter:alpha(opacity=90);
  /* CSS3 standard */
  opacity:0.9;
-moz-border-radius: 10px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 10px;
    -khtml-border-radius: 10px;
    border-radius: 10px;
   }

And the part for changing the background is:

background-image: url('http://fc04.deviantart.net/images/i/2002/26/9/1/Misconstrue_-_Image_1.jpg');

Simply replace the picture link or remove it all together.

EDIT: It would probably be best to simply stick with the new theme and not bother with this one as when I went to submit the changes to the CSS I have received this error...

@Error wrote:Error

Detected error
We have counted a different number of "{" and of "}". It means your CSS risks to be not valid and will not be posted correctly on your forum.

We advise you to reread your code.

Seeing as I have already fixed several spots which would cause this and it still appears and there is a lot more CSS to go... I would say its just not worth it.

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Post by Sir Chivas™ on December 19th 2013, 4:39 pm

Hi,

Hopefully the answer provided above will help you understand what SLGray meant. If you still have any issues, i can explain furthermore.

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