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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.
After creating a menu with widgets, you'll probably want to make modifications in order to have it match the design of your site. In this movie, we'll take a look at what changes are possible and the best way to implement them. Let's go back to the A-Master and take a look at our widget. Right now looking at this menu, it seems a little tight and I'd like to make it a little wider. Unfortunately, when you try to grab the edge, it won't let you click and drag and resize, which can seem kind of annoying. So what we're going to do is click on the fly-out menu and change Item Size from Fit Width to Uniform Width.
As soon as we do this, when we deselect and go back, we can click and drag to make this wider. In fact, to make this a little easier to work with, I'm going to zoom out by pressing Command+Minus or Ctrl+Minus. Now I'm going to click and drag and make this quite wide. There we are; that looks better. Now that this is the width that I like, I want to make changes to the menus themselves. When we go to Preview mode, you'll notice that we have these gray boxes that appear. Although it's fine when we're starting to prototype a site, I really don't want this look in my final layout.
So we need to make a few changes. Let's go back into Design mode. I'm going to go back to this widget and click slowly until I have just Home selected. Rather than manually changing each button to my own specifications, it's a lot easier if I go into this menu and make sure I have Edit Together checked. This way I only have to make the change once and every single other widget will be updated automatically. If you click too far, just deselect and slowly click again until you have the part of the widget selected that you want.
In this case, I have the menu Item selected and you can tell it's the menu Item by looking in the upper left-hand corner. With this item selected, I'm going to go over to my Text panel and I'll keep the font Helvetica, but I'm going to increase the size up to 17 points. Next, I'm going to change the Color from black to a nice light gray. There that's looking better. The next step is to get rid of that ugly gray rollover. Now in order to get rid of a rollover, we have to go to our States panel.
In our States panel when I click on Rollover, we'll see where the gray box was coming from. Now you might be tempted to click the Trashcan to get rid of it, and in fact you could do that and it would remove it. Unfortunately, when you move a state this way, it won't affect every other widget at the top. So what we have to do is go to the Fill option at the top of our screen and change it to None. When we do it this way, every other menu widget at the top will be updated automatically. While I'm on the Rollover state, I'm going to go to the Text panel and change the color of the text to this blue.
Next, I'll go to the Mouse Down state and remove the Fill. I'll keep the color the same for the Text. Finally, I'll select the Active state and remove the Fill and give it a nice darker blue. Now let's go to Preview and check. Right now in Preview mode, we're on the Master page. On the Master page, when I mouse over Home you'll notice that the Home button changes to a slight blue. When I click, it will bring us to the home page and when I'm not on the text, it'll be a nice darker blue.
As I mouse over, you'll notice the subtle change. Let's go back to Design mode and finish up the design. The next step that I'd like to do is put a little separation between the Text menus. So what I'm going to do is with Home selected, I'm going to go to the top of the screen and go to the Stroke panel, break the link and give it a 1 point stroke on the right-hand side. That way we have a nice separation bar. Now that's looking a little dark. So we're going to go to the Color and we're going to change the color to a nice dark gray.
That's a little more subtle of a color and I think it looks better. If we go to Preview mode, we can see what it looks like. That's looking pretty good. Back in Design mode, I don't like the gray bar that's on the right-hand side of Contact Us. So I'm going to go over to Contact Us and click slowly until I select that menu item. Next, I want to remove the color on the right-hand side, but if I were to remove the color from the right-hand side of the stroke, it would remove it on all of them. So what I need to do is turn off Edit Together.
With that off I can go to the top of the screen and go to Stroke and remove it on the right-hand side. With that done, I'll go to Preview mode and check one more time. Alright, that looks pretty good. Back in Design mode, we still want to add our dropdown menu for Collections. So I'm going to select the menu widget. Go to the panel menu and turn on menu Type > All Pages. With this turned on, I'll get all of the dropdown menus, but when I go in Preview mode, it doesn't match the rest of my menu.
I need to make a few more changes. The first thing we have to do is get rid of the ugly box that's on each state. So back in Design mode, I'm going to slowly click until I select the first item. I'll go into the Panel menu and turn Edit Together back on. Next, I'm going to go to the Stroke and remove the Stroke and the Fill. Then I'm going to go to each state and repeat the process. I'll make sure there is not a Stroke or a Fill.
Next, I don't want the text aligned center, I would prefer to have it left-aligned. So select the text and align it to the left. Then I'll put a left indent to move the text so it's lined up to Collections. Now with that finished, I'll go to Preview and I'll check it out. There we go, it's looking exactly the way that I want. If you'd like to complete the menu, you could select the submenu and change the design of each state to match the design above.
Working with menus can seem tricky at first, but don't give up. Once you have your menu designed, it will be much easier to make changes in the future. Using Muse's built-in Automation features can really end up being a big timesaver down the road.
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