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Creating web graphics


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Video: Creating web graphics

Saving a file for the Web may seem as simple as going to File > Save As > JPG. However, if you don't take the time to properly optimize the graphic, you may end up creating a file that is multiple times larger than it needs to be. In this movie, we will take a look at optimizing a graphic for the Web out of Photoshop. I'm inside Photoshop CS6 with the photo of this collapsing house. Now if you have an earlier version of Photoshop, don't worry, this technique works the same regardless of what version you're in. This image is a photograph and photographs are best rendered as JPGs for the Web.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Muse?
      1m 4s
  2. 31m 11s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 23s
    3. What's new in the August 2012 update
      7m 15s
    4. What's new in the December 2012 update
      4m 34s
    5. What's new in March 2013 update
      5m 42s
    6. What's new in the June 2013 update
      3m 54s
    7. What's new in the August 2013 update
      2m 45s
    8. What's new in the November 2013 update
      4m 51s
  3. 18m 3s
    1. Understanding print vs. web design
      6m 9s
    2. Understanding web graphics
      3m 24s
    3. Creating web graphics
      6m 13s
    4. Understanding the limits of Muse
      2m 17s
  4. 26m 25s
    1. Working with the different views
      3m 36s
    2. Previewing a site
      3m 0s
    3. A tour of the Muse interface
      3m 11s
    4. Understanding the tools
      4m 7s
    5. Switching between the tools
      2m 46s
    6. Understanding the current selection
      2m 23s
    7. Understanding the hint label
      1m 37s
    8. Zooming and magnifying
      2m 59s
    9. Working with layers
      2m 46s
  5. 11m 31s
    1. Exploring the new site options
      4m 32s
    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
      3m 36s
    7. Creating a favicon
      2m 21s
  7. 47m 59s
    1. Importing graphics
      3m 3s
    2. Adding animated GIFs and SWFs
      2m 35s
    3. Adding animations from Adobe Animate
      3m 7s
    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
      1m 41s
    12. Creating parallax scrolling
      3m 42s
    13. Working with the user library
      3m 39s
    14. Exploring the Muse Exchange
      2m 5s
  8. 40m 6s
    1. Transforming objects
      3m 58s
    2. Locking objects
      1m 39s
    3. Working with groups
      3m 12s
    4. Understanding stacking order
      3m 34s
    5. Using ruler guides
      2m 6s
    6. Using the Align panel
      2m 18s
    7. Aligning and distributing with Smart Guides
      3m 28s
    8. Rounding Corners
      2m 58s
    9. Using effects
      3m 1s
    10. Creating graphic styles
      3m 59s
    11. Wrapping an object around text
      2m 42s
    12. Creating 100 percent width objects
      3m 36s
    13. Pinning an object to the browser
      3m 35s
  9. 30m 2s
    1. Getting text into Muse
      2m 18s
    2. Formatting your text
      4m 33s
    3. Working with web-safe and system fonts
      4m 4s
    4. Working with Typekit fonts
      2m 45s
    5. Create paragraph styles
      3m 15s
    6. Creating character styles
      2m 30s
    7. Setting style export tags
      5m 1s
    8. Understanding minimum height
      3m 6s
    9. Using spell check
      2m 30s
  10. 6m 48s
    1. Creating color swatches
      2m 10s
    2. Working with stroke and fills
      2m 35s
    3. Using gradients
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 35s
    1. Creating a hyperlink
      3m 53s
    2. Working with link styles
      6m 0s
    3. Using link anchors
      5m 42s
  12. 20m 18s
    1. Using the States panel
      4m 8s
    2. Importing a Photoshop button
      4m 44s
    3. Creating menus
      4m 58s
    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
      6m 49s
    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
  17. 1m 23s
    1. Next steps
      1m 23s

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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 web graphics

Saving a file for the Web may seem as simple as going to File > Save As > JPG. However, if you don't take the time to properly optimize the graphic, you may end up creating a file that is multiple times larger than it needs to be. In this movie, we will take a look at optimizing a graphic for the Web out of Photoshop. I'm inside Photoshop CS6 with the photo of this collapsing house. Now if you have an earlier version of Photoshop, don't worry, this technique works the same regardless of what version you're in. This image is a photograph and photographs are best rendered as JPGs for the Web.

Now if I try to save this out as a Web graphic, this image maybe way too large, and in fact, I can see down here it's telling me it's 6.6 MB, which is a little too big. So what I need to do is remove some of these excess pixels in Photoshop before I save it out as a Web graphic. So I'm going to go up to Image > Image Size. I can also use the shortcut Command+Option+I on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+I on the PC. Now in this dialog, I need to reduce the number of pixels. We can see right now this image is 3300 pixels wide and almost 2200 pixels high.

That is larger than most screens on computers today. So we're going to reduce the number of pixels. Before I do that, I'm going to change the method of this to Bicubic Sharper, which is best for reduction as you can see here. Now I'm going to go up to the top and change this to 700 pixels, because that's the width of the image that I want to put online. And you can see we've already reduced our image from 6.8 MB down to 316 K just by cutting out some of the extra pixels. So I'm going to click OK and now our image is smaller.

We're going to view this at 100% by going to View > Actual Pixels. Now we can see it still looks good, but we wouldn't be able to zoom in forever to get more detail because we've disregarded that additional information. But for the Web, that's perfectly fine. Now that we have the image the size that we want it to be, we need to save it for the Web. Now the incorrect way to do this is to go to File > Save As. If you do this and choose a format like JPG, I'm going to save this to my Desktop.

You're going to see I don't have that much control. Sure I can play with this slider and get a preview of the file size, but I don't know what this picture is going to look like. I would have to export, open it back up again and take a look at it, and it would waste a lot of time. So I'm going to hit Cancel. A better way to save your graphics out is to go to File > Save for Web. Now in this dialog you may be in Original tab up here, but what we're going to do is go to the 2-Up tab. What this is going to do is let me see the original image in Photoshop, as well as the exported image.

So right now if I click down here, we can see it's set to GIF. Well I don't want this as a GIF; I want this as a JPG. So I'm going to come up here and change this from GIF to JPG. Now here is the Quality. If I bump this up all the way to 100, that's the best quality possible, and you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the two of these. Unfortunately, we can see this is 264K which is way too large for us. So what we need to do is lower the amount. So I'm going to change the Quality here down to about 47%, and now you can see we've cut this by over 50% down to almost 100K, and it looks pretty much the same.

If we try to go lower, if I go all the way down to 9%, now we're getting pretty small, but we're starting to see these artifacts. In fact, if I zoom in a little bit, you'll see it starts to look worse, so I'll grab the Hand tool here and pan a little bit, and we're not getting the detail that we want. So you have to find a combination of Quality and File Size that you're comfortable with and I personally find usually around 50% works the best. If you want to compare more options, you can go to 4-Up and I can see what the higher quality is, here is a 49, and I could go up to let's say 74. Let's see here is another 49, and then a 12.

But we can see the combination of the best quality, the worst and then something in between, and figure out what you're comfortable with. If I like this one the most, I'm going to click this and then hit Save. I'm going to put this on my Desktop and we'll call it jpg.jpg, and now we have exported this for the Web. Now let's take a look at a GIF. As we learned in an earlier movie, GIFs are great for logos or areas with flat color and basic transparency, and this picture is perfect for that.

So if I go to File > Save for Web, we can see that if I left this as a JPG, the file would be small, but we wouldn't have any transparency. So I' m going to come down here and change this to a GIF. Now we have transparency available. Over here is a Color Table where you can reduce the number of colors available to reduce the file size, but by default it's actually doing a pretty good job. So we are just going to leave this as a GIF and click Save. We'll put this on our Desktop as a GIF and there we go. Finally, we have a PNG.

PNGs are great if you want to have a lossless image that you need to edit later, or if you have transparency with multiple levels, for example this nice soft Drop Shadow, so this is a perfect candidate for a PNG. So we're going to go to File > Save for Web and here we can see with a GIF, the Drop Shadow just wouldn't look very good, it doesn't show the multiple levels so you would see sure a little bit of transparency but that really wouldn't look good if it was on a colored background. So I'm going to go to this one and switch it to a PNG-24, and as you can see, it has a nice soft Drop Shadow.

We'll click Save, put it on our Desktop, and now we have a nice PNG graphic. If you use Illustrator or Fireworks to create Web graphics, this technique of saving for the Web will be quite similar, no matter which program you use, your end goal is to create high-quality images at the smallest file size possible for placement within Muse. If you'd like to learn more about creating Web graphics, check out Mordy Golding's Illustrator CS5 for the Web and Interactive Design, Jan Kabili's Photoshop CS5 for the Web or Jim Babbage's Fireworks CS5 Essential Training.

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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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