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Muse Essential Training (2012)
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Formatting your text


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Muse Essential Training (2012)

with James Fritz

Video: Formatting your text

Working with text inside Muse is very similar to other Creative Suite applications, like InDesign or Illustrator. It has a panel that lets you control the font, size, and alignment, but there are also some web-centric settings that you need to be aware of. Let's go to the About Us page. Now if I want to select this text, I could grab my Type tool, but if I have my Selection tool, I can just select this text frame and double-click to switch to the Type tool. Now I am able to edit my text. If I want to get out of this frame, just hit the Escape key to get right back out.
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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 (2012)
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

Formatting your text

Working with text inside Muse is very similar to other Creative Suite applications, like InDesign or Illustrator. It has a panel that lets you control the font, size, and alignment, but there are also some web-centric settings that you need to be aware of. Let's go to the About Us page. Now if I want to select this text, I could grab my Type tool, but if I have my Selection tool, I can just select this text frame and double-click to switch to the Type tool. Now I am able to edit my text. If I want to get out of this frame, just hit the Escape key to get right back out.

In this case, I'm going to double-click to get back in. Now, if I am going to select some text, I can of course click and drag, but I can also double-click to grab a word, or triple-click to grab an entire paragraph, or quad-click-- which is four times--to grab everything. Let's do a triple-click to select this paragraph, Celebrating the Best of Modern Art. Now, with this text selected, you can see at the top of the screen we have the font, the size, and the alignment, and a few other controls. But I also have a panel open on the right-hand side. If you don't have that panel open, you can just go to Window and choose Text.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut, Command+T or Ctrl+T. Now, with this text selected, if I want to change the size of the font, I can just put my cursor in here, and I can use my Arrow Keys to increase the font size. Another way to do it is just select the text and use the keyboard shortcut, Command+Shift+Period or Ctrl+Shift+Period, or Command+Shift+Comma or Ctrl+Shift+Comma, to make it smaller. If you add the Option or the Alt key, it will grow five times as fast. We can also hit the bold, italic, or even the underline button.

If we want to change the color of the text, just click on this little color widget, and we can grab any color we like, choose it from the color picker, or even grab the sample eyedropper and choose a color from a photo. If we want to change the font, we have quite a few options. You can see right now we have the option for Arial. Arial is a web Safe Font. This is a font that will appear on everybody's machine, regardless if they have a Mac or a PC. We also have an option for adding Web Fonts or System Fonts. We'll be covering this in detail in a later movie.

Some other alignment controls that we have is Center, Right, Left, or Justify. But in this case, Justify doesn't really work because it's just one line of text. But if I go into this paragraph and I choose Justify, we can see it lines up evenly on the left and on the right-hand side, but for now we'll just keep it aligned to the left. If we want to do some more controls, we're going to have to go over to the Text Panel because right now my monitor isn't large enough that we can see all of these controls, but if you happen to be working on a larger screen at home, you might be able to see more of these controls.

The next option that we have is our Tracking, which is the space between the letters. So if I put my cursor here, I can use my arrow keys to increase or decrease. I can even do this between individual letters. So if I put my cursor between the R and the T, I can do the exact same thing to change the kerning. The keyboard shortcut for this is the same as most Adobe applications. You can press Option or Alt+left or right, to kern or track. We also can change the leading, or the line spacing. With this selected, I can press Option or Alt+up and down, or just go into the leading space in the Text panel and increase and decrease the leading.

We can add a first line indent, add a left indent, a right indent, or even space before and space after. Space before and space after is really useful, so you don't have to put double returns between all of your paragraphs. You can also save this formatting as a style, so you don't have to manually do this on every single page. It's also possible to add an inset to a text frame. I'm going to press the Escape key to select this frame, and with this selected we're going to add a background color. So I'm going to go to Fill and choose this light blue.

Now, with this light blue we can see that the text is a little too close to the edge. So I'm going to open up a new panel called the Spacing panel, and I'm going to add some Padding. I'll add it from the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom. There we go, now all of the text is inset from all the different sides. It doesn't really matter if you use the Text panel or the Control panel at the top of the screen to format your text, since they both accomplish the same goal. However, if you have multiple text frames selected, you can use the panel to format all of the text even if you don't have the text selected, since the frame is actually selected.

This can be a huge time saver.

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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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