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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.
Another method of importing graphics into Muse is via copy and paste. When you import graphics this way, they will become an embedded graphic. This means that you don't have to worry about the location of the file, since it really isn't linked to anything. Let's scroll down to this open area, and I want to put an image right here above Bird Watching. I'm going to switch to Photoshop and I'm going to have bird-watching-big.jpg open from our Assets folder. In Photoshop we'll go to Select > All and then Edit > Copy. We'll switch back to Muse and we'll just go to Edit > Paste.
Now we have the image in here and I'm going to resize it down to the size that I want it. I'll hold down the Command or Ctrl key to just crop it up a little bit, then I'll double-click and resize it, so it's the spot that I want. You notice in Assets panel, it says Clipboard and has a little graphic. That's because we pasted it from the clipboard and Muse doesn't know the filename. In fact, we can't Edit Original, because there's no original to go to. If I try to do this, you'll see it's not even an option.
Some of the advantages of copy and pasting elements in is that we don't really have to worry about any links, because if I just moved the Muse file around there wouldn't be anything missing. Another good thing about copying and pasting is it might seem a lot faster than having to go to File > Place. But there are a lot of negatives that we need to be aware of. One of the big ones is that we can't edit the original file. If I want to make a change to this image, I'd have to copy and paste it back to Photoshop, make the change and then copy and paste it again. Another disadvantage is that the Muse file can become quite larger.
As you add more embedded graphic the file size will continue to bloat. If I go back to Photoshop and open up another file, this time we'll just open this top image. When I copy and paste this one, we'll just go to Select > All, Edit > Copy and then paste this one in the Muse. We'll notice that we start to have another problem. As we start to copy and paste more and more images in, they all are called Clipboard and they'll be very hard to manage. When you place your files, they'll have unique filenames, so it's easier to find in the Asset panel.
For now I'm going to get rid of this one. There's another way to create an embedded graphic in Muse. If you've already placed a file in here, I can select it in the Assets panel, right-click and choose Embed link. Now we will get that icon telling me it is an embedded graphic and I don't have to worry about dealing with the external link. If I change my mind, I can always right-click and choose Unembed Link. Now it's linked back to where it originally came from, and I can Edit Original, if needed. I don't recommend embedding your links very often, but there are a couple of uses that you might want to consider.
For example, if you're creating a very small site with very few graphics, maybe you just have the logo of your company and everything else is text. In that case embedding the link isn't a big deal, because it's only one image and it's one less thing to worry about. Another option is if you're doing a quick mockup and you're not going to use this for anything, if you just want to copy and paste a few elements in to be lay it out to see how it looks, that's perfectly fine. But realize if you want to use this for something more, you might have to go back and build it the correct way. If we step back and look at the big picture, it's probably best to avoid embedding graphics most of the time.
Since it has large negatives including a large file size and you can't edit the originals, it really should not be used as part of your normal workflow. That said it's still useful to know about this functionality, in case the need ever arises.
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