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Exploring the new site options


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Muse Essential Training

with James Fritz

Video: Exploring the new site options

Now that we've gone over the fundamentals of the interface, let's get started creating a brand-new web site. When you're ready to create a new web site in Muse, inside the splash screen, you can just press the New Site button, or you can go to the File menu and choose New Site or press Command+N or Ctrl+N on the PC. In the New Site dialog box, there are a lot of options here, but don't worry if it seems complicated, because if you mess up, you can always come back later and change your mind via the Site Options, after your web site has been created.
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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

Exploring the new site options

Now that we've gone over the fundamentals of the interface, let's get started creating a brand-new web site. When you're ready to create a new web site in Muse, inside the splash screen, you can just press the New Site button, or you can go to the File menu and choose New Site or press Command+N or Ctrl+N on the PC. In the New Site dialog box, there are a lot of options here, but don't worry if it seems complicated, because if you mess up, you can always come back later and change your mind via the Site Options, after your web site has been created.

If you're used to Adobe InDesign, think of this as the New Document dialog box that pops up. You may also notice that there are no units after these numbers. That's because everything in web design is measured in pixels. So you have to worry about putting px or using anything else. In fact you can't measure in inches, centimeters, picas or even ciceros. Do you know what a cicero is? It's the Italian Pica. One cicero is equal to 1/6th a French inch. If you want to change the values of any of these numbers, you can use your mouse to click up or down.

But personally, I prefer just to click inside the field and use my arrow keys to press up or down to slowly change the numbers. If I use the Shift key with the arrow keys, it will go up even faster. Now the first field is the Page Width and that's going to be the width of the web site that you're building. If you've never made a web site before, you may be wondering, what is a good Page Width size? Well, in the past, designers would sometimes make them 600, 700 or 800 pixels wide, but over time people have bought larger and larger monitors. So today, the standard is usually around 960 pixels wide.

If you're curious how wide a particular web site is, you can always take a screenshot of it and then measure it in Photoshop to find out yourself. The next field is Minimum Height. Now, that may seem strange, because you might think it would say Page Height. The reason it's Minimum is because each page of a Muse site is dynamic. That means the page will grow with content. For example, the first page of your site may be quite small and only need to be 500 pixels tall. But the second page may have lots of content with lots of text and pictures and the user may have to scroll down to that content.

This number is just the smallest height that your page will be. It can always be longer, it just couldn't be shorter. The next field is a checkbox that says Center Horizontally. This will center your web site within the web browser. Most web sites today are centered. If you'd prefer to have it aligned left, you can always uncheck this and have it be left aligned. Unfortunately, there is no way right now to have your web site be aligned to the right. Our next field are Margins. Margins determine a safe area of the page where we can lay out our content.

This is very similar to the Margins inside Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word. Margins don't have anything to do with CSS or content rules. So if you're familiar with what I'm talking about, it doesn't affect that. If you're not familiar with CSS or content rules, please disregard that and just think of them for layout purposes. If I click this little lock, I can either break or keep all of the settings the same. That means when they're all the same, I can come in here and use my arrow keys to change all the values at once. For now, we're going to keep them all at 20.

Columns will help you visually split up your layout, and they also aid in design by allowing objects to snap to the various columns. I'm going to change the value to 12 and when I do this, you'll notice that the Column Width will change. The reason for this, is because as you add more columns, they have to become more narrow. If I would change my Column Width's number, the Page Width would actually have to change. The Gutter is the space between the columns. We'll leave that at 20 for right now. And finally, we have Padding. Padding determines the space in pixels between the edges of the browser window and the edges of your web page.

So if I wanted to have the web page be aligned to the top of the web browser, I would want to put a zero number in here. Right now I can only control the Top and the Bottom. I can't control the Left because my web page is centered horizontally in the middle of my web browser. So if I turn this off, I'll be able to use the Left Padding to move my web content away from the left edge of my web browser. Now that we have our web site set up, let's click OK. Now that we've created our site, we'll explore the various Plan options in the next movie.

If you don't know what size to make your site, the default setting of 960 pixels wide is a good starting point. In fact, there is a great web site dedicated to the idea of working with a 960 pixel grid. To learn more about working with a 960 grid, please visit 960.gs.

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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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