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Modifying menus


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with James Fritz

Video: Modifying menus

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.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Muse?
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  2. 31m 11s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 23s
    3. What's new in the August 2012 update
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    4. What's new in the December 2012 update
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    1. Understanding print vs. web design
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    2. Understanding web graphics
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    3. Creating web graphics
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    4. Understanding the limits of Muse
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    1. Working with the different views
      3m 36s
    2. Previewing a site
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    3. A tour of the Muse interface
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    4. Understanding the tools
      4m 7s
    5. Switching between the tools
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    6. Understanding the current selection
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    7. Understanding the hint label
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    8. Zooming and magnifying
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    9. Working with layers
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    1. Exploring the new site options
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    2. Creating a sitemap
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    3. Setting up master pages
      3m 52s
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    1. Changing page attributes
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    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
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  7. 47m 59s
    1. Importing graphics
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    2. Adding animated GIFs and SWFs
      2m 35s
    3. Adding animations from Adobe Animate
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    4. Working with graphics
      3m 29s
    5. Using an image as a background
      4m 32s
    6. Understanding the Assets panel
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    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
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    14. Exploring the Muse Exchange
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    2. Locking objects
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    10. Creating graphic styles
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    11. Wrapping an object around text
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    12. Creating 100 percent width objects
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    13. Pinning an object to the browser
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    3. Working with web-safe and system fonts
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      2m 45s
    5. Create paragraph styles
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    7. Setting style export tags
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    8. Understanding minimum height
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    9. Using spell check
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    1. Creating color swatches
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    1. Creating a hyperlink
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    2. Working with link styles
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    3. Using link anchors
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  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

Modifying menus

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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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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