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Creating a browser fill


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Video: Creating a browser fill

In the previous movie, we learned how to change the formatting of the page and the background of your web site. While most of the changes were color based, it is possible to use your own artwork or images as the background for both the browser and to fill of the page itself. Let's go to the Home page. On the Home page, you can see that the Browser Fill is set to a light blue. What we're going to do is change the Fill of the page itself. So we're going to come up to Fill and choose Image. From here, we're going to go to our Desktop > Exercise folders > Assets and then we're going to grab this first image right here.
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    1. Welcome
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    3. What's new in the August 2012 update
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    2. Understanding web graphics
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    4. Understanding the limits of Muse
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    1. Working with the different views
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    2. Previewing a site
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    3. A tour of the Muse interface
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    4. Understanding the tools
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    7. Understanding the hint label
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    8. Zooming and magnifying
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    9. Working with layers
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    1. Exploring the new site options
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    2. Creating a sitemap
      3m 7s
    3. Setting up master pages
      3m 52s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Changing page attributes
      3m 3s
    2. Creating a browser fill
      4m 50s
    3. Understanding page guides
      3m 39s
    4. Establishing headers and footers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing site and page properties
      4m 45s
    6. Adding page metadata
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    7. Creating a favicon
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    1. Importing graphics
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    2. Adding animated GIFs and SWFs
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    3. Adding animations from Adobe Animate
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    4. Working with graphics
      3m 29s
    5. Using an image as a background
      4m 32s
    6. Understanding the Assets panel
      5m 1s
    7. Understanding asset size and resolution
      3m 43s
    8. Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Fireworks
      4m 52s
    9. Embedding graphics
      3m 31s
    10. Adding alternate text
      2m 59s
    11. Adding downloadable content
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    12. Creating parallax scrolling
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    13. Working with the user library
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    10. Creating graphic styles
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    11. Wrapping an object around text
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    12. Creating 100 percent width objects
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    13. Pinning an object to the browser
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    3. Working with web-safe and system fonts
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    1. Using the States panel
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    2. Importing a Photoshop button
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    3. Creating menus
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    4. Modifying menus
      6m 28s
  13. 40m 51s
    1. Understanding widgets
      2m 23s
    2. Building an accordion panel
      4m 50s
    3. Setting up a tabbed panel
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    4. Creating pop-up tooltips
      5m 38s
    5. Creating a thumbnail slideshow
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a lightbox slideshow
      4m 15s
    7. Understanding text form fields
      3m 55s
    8. Creating a simple form
      5m 38s
    9. Working with Social widgets
      3m 11s
  14. 9m 20s
    1. Understanding arbitrary HTML
      3m 24s
    2. Inserting a map
      3m 46s
    3. Embedding videos
      2m 10s
  15. 17m 22s
    1. Exporting your site to HTML
      1m 55s
    2. Uploading your site via FTP
      1m 50s
    3. Publishing your site to Business Catalyst
      2m 26s
    4. Updating your site
      3m 4s
    5. Working with in-browser editing
      5m 31s
    6. Viewing analytics for your site
      2m 36s
  16. 16m 13s
    1. Creating a mobile site
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a tablet site
      3m 52s
    3. Adding a mobile phone site
      5m 33s
    4. Previewing mobile sites
      2m 24s
    5. Linking between alternate layouts
      1m 58s
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    1. Next steps
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Muse Essential Training
6h 0m Beginner May 07, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2013

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In this course, author James Fritz shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse—a toolset familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. The course covers the design process from start to finish, from setting up web pages and populating them with graphics and text, to creating dynamic menus and adding special features such as widgets, slideshows, animations, embedded video, social media integration, and more. James also explains how to create an alternate layout for display on mobile devices, publish and update your site, and view analytics on web traffic.

Topics include:
  • Creating a sitemap
  • Setting up master pages
  • Working with headers and footers
  • Importing and embedding graphics
  • Scaling, rotating, and aligning page objects
  • Wrapping text around images
  • Working with web-safe and Typekit fonts
  • Creating links
  • Adding menus for navigation
  • Adding animations with Adobe Animate
  • Creating a simple form
  • Inserting an interactive map
  • Adding a Facebook Like button
  • Creating mobile and tablet-accessible sites
  • Exporting the site to HTML
Subjects:
Design Web Web Design
Software:
Muse
Author:
James Fritz

Creating a browser fill

In the previous movie, we learned how to change the formatting of the page and the background of your web site. While most of the changes were color based, it is possible to use your own artwork or images as the background for both the browser and to fill of the page itself. Let's go to the Home page. On the Home page, you can see that the Browser Fill is set to a light blue. What we're going to do is change the Fill of the page itself. So we're going to come up to Fill and choose Image. From here, we're going to go to our Desktop > Exercise folders > Assets and then we're going to grab this first image right here.

Once we do this, you can see that the image is centered on the page. But if you try to grab it with your Selection tool, you're not going to be able to. That's because the image is filling up the background of the page itself. If I want to manipulate this, I have to go over to Fill and here I can have my Position controls. We can see that if I press the Position on the left, it lines up on the left side, the right, top, bottom and even any of the corners. Some other changes that we can do are the Fitting options.

Right now, it's set to the original size of the image. But if I click on this, I can say Scale To Fit, and it's going to scale up so it's fitting up here. I can even do Scale To Fill and it will blow up to fill the entire page. But unfortunately, this graphic is pretty low res, and if I make it this large, it doesn't look very good. But if I'd used a high-res graphic, it might look a little better. We'll put it back to Original Size. Another useful option is tiling. I can come over here and say Tile and it's just going to do a repeated pattern throughout the entire page.

I can even control the tiling if I say Tile Horizontal. Now it's just going from the left to the right. If I change its position, it could be at the top or even the bottom of the page. We can do the opposite of this, of Tile Vertically, and line it up on the left or right-hand side too. If you want to change your image, you can always browse to a new one or hit the little trashcan to remove it. We can also do this process for the Browser Fill. So, if I come over to the Browser Fill, and I'm going to grab an image, by going to the Assets folder and grabbing background.jpg.

Now that I've done this, I'm going to collapse these panels so we can see it easier, and we can see that the whole page itself has this blue photo as the background. In fact, if I go to the Fill and lower the Opacity of the page, we can even see the background through the page itself. But for now, we're just going to leave this up all the way. We can preview this in our web browser by going to File > Preview Page in Browser. Here we can see that the picture is filling up the entire page all the way down to the bottom. There are a few other options with the Browser Fill.

When we click on Browser Fill, we can see right now the Fitting for this picture is Tile, which means the picture is repeating. But if I change this to Original Size, you can see there's a little bit of room left on the left and right hand side of the image itself. So if someone was on a very large monitor, they would start to see the blue on the left and right-hand side of the image. We could repeat this by changing from Fitting to Tile. That way the picture will keep tiling for eternity. Another option is to change the Color itself. Maybe this light blue doesn't match our photo very well.

So what we can do is click on this and grab our eyedropper and sample a color from the photo that we think would match very nicely. So I'll choose this nice blue and now that color blue matches the photo. So as you made the web browser larger, it wouldn't matter as much because it would match the photo. The final option is Scrolling. I'm going to leave this checked on, so you can see how this would work. What we need to do is come to the bottom of the page and grab this area called Bottom of Page. I'm just going to scroll down a little bit and we're just going to give ourselves a lot more content.

Now that we have some more content, I'm going to go to File > Preview Page in Browser. Now that that's set, as I scroll, it looks pretty normal. We can see we're just scrolling the entire page. But I'm going to close this. Let's go back to Browser Fill and turn off Scrolling. Now we're going to repeat the process. I'm going to File > Preview Page in Browser and now when I scroll you can see just the page itself is moving. We're not moving the background image. So if you like the way the image is, you can have that be static by turning off Scrolling.

That way just the content on the page scrolls and the background stays the way that it is. Adding your own images to the background of a page or browser is a great way to strengthen the design of your site. One warning that I want to share with you is that whenever you add images to your site, it will load slower. Just be careful not to add too large of an image to your background, otherwise your site may take too long to load for some users.

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Q: This course was updated on 10/01/2012. What changed?
A: Adobe updated Muse several times a year, adding new features and fixing some bugs. We added 7 new movies to highlight these changes, such as working with the Hint label, adding animation with Adobe Animate, formatting objects with rulers and the Align panel, and building web forms. We also updated the movies on working with text and web fonts, as well as the new process for exporting your site to HTML.
Q: This course was updated on 12/11/2012. What changed?
A: Adobe updated Muse several times a year, adding new features and fixing some bugs. With this update, we added 7 new movies on features from the new Widget Gallery to creating mobile and tablet sites with the new dynamic layouts. The author, James Fritz, also recorded a movie that highlights the numerous smaller enhancements and improvements in this release, called "What is new in the December 2012 update?"
Q: This course was updated on 2/26/2012. What changed?
A: We added a new movie that addresses all the new features and interface enhancements included with the March 2013 update to Muse. We also added a new movie specifically on Spell Check, and the author re-recorded a select number of movies (see Setting up master pages, Adding alternate text, and Creating pop-up tooltips).
Q: This course was updated on 6/17/2013. What changed?
A: This update covers the new features and enhancements added to Muse CC. We added 3 brand new movies, Working with layers, Creating parallax scrolling, and Working with in-browser editing, plus an introductory movie explaining all the changes. There's also additional information in the tutorials about working with page metadata and forms.
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