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Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Fireworks


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Muse Essential Training

with James Fritz

Video: Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Fireworks

If you're used to print design, you're probably familiar with using native formats, like PSD files, in your designs. However on the web, you can't use that type of format. Luckily, Muse supports Native Photoshop PSD and Fireworks PNG files for your layouts. Upon exporting your site for the web, Muse will automatically convert your files into JPEGs or Pings. On the Home page, we're going to scroll down to this open area, and we're going to go to File > Place, and in the Assets folder, grab bird-watching.psd.
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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

Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Fireworks

If you're used to print design, you're probably familiar with using native formats, like PSD files, in your designs. However on the web, you can't use that type of format. Luckily, Muse supports Native Photoshop PSD and Fireworks PNG files for your layouts. Upon exporting your site for the web, Muse will automatically convert your files into JPEGs or Pings. On the Home page, we're going to scroll down to this open area, and we're going to go to File > Place, and in the Assets folder, grab bird-watching.psd.

When placing a PSD file, we'll automatically get Image Import Options. The first option is to Import the Composite Image. What that means is it will import the PSD file looking exactly how it looked in Photoshop. In fact, we get a little preview, so we can see what it looks like. But if you like, you can actually choose to Import specific layers. So if I click on Import layer, I could choose to import just the Bird layer, or just the layer 1, which happens to be the background. If I bring in just the Bird, we can see it shows up very small.

So we can clip the contents to just that particular layer, And that way we just have a smaller image of just the Bird. But for now, we're going to import the entire composite. Now with my loaded cursor, I'll just click and place it at 100%. An advantage of working with PSD files is that it makes it very easy to make changes to the file. All I have to do is right-click on the image and choose Edit Original, and it will automatically jump to Photoshop. While I'm in Photoshop I can make any changes that I need. I could turn the layer on and off, make a color change.

But in this case I'm going to grab my Selection tool, hold down the Option or Alt key and I'm going to drag this bird to the second branch. Now I'm going to save the file. I'm going to go back to Muse, and we'll see that it's automatically been updated with my change. Some of the advantages of using PSD files, as opposed to JPEGs, are that it's really easy to edit, because you'll jump directly to Photoshop. Another advantage is that Photoshop files are lossless, versus lossy files of JPEGs. As you edit JPEGs over and over in Photoshop, they will be recompressing and you'll lose image data over time, as opposed to PSD files, where it's nondestructive editing.

In addition to working with Native Photoshop PSDs, we can also work with Native Fireworks Pings. We're going to go to File > Place and we're going to find samocha-logo-fw.png in our Assets folder, and we'll place this next to the bird image and I'm going to resize this to make this a little smaller. Now if I decide I want to make a change to this, if I right-click and choose Edit Original you would probably think it will go to Fireworks. Unfortunately, depending on your Operating System Settings, it may not.

In this case it went to Preview on the Mac, and on the PC it might go to a program like Paint. So to fix this, I'm going to close this application, and back in Muse, I'm going to find this Asset in the Assets panel. I'm going to right-click and choose Reveal in Finder on the Mac or Reveal in Explorer on the PC, and this will open up a window where I can find the image. Now with this image selected, I need to right-click and choose Open With, and find Fireworks. Now that I have this file open in Fireworks, I can make any necessary changes.

Because this is a native Fireworks Ping, I still have vector information here, so I'd be able to edit this easily. Just be careful because every Ping doesn't necessarily mean it's a Fireworks Ping. So in this case, I'm just going to change the color of the door. Now I'll save the file and now when I go back to Muse, I'll have to manually update this, because I didn't trigger the Edit Original directly from it. So all I have to do is go to the Assets panel, right-click and choose Update Asset.

Working with Fireworks has a few advantages, because it does allow you to use vector files, special shapes or even auto shapes. When you're finished with your layout, and you're ready to upload your web site, PSD files will automatically be converted either to JPEG or Pings upon export. However, Firework Pings will stay as Pings, but they will be re-optimized upon export. Be careful though; don't leave your file placed at 100%, because if you leave a Firework Ping placed at 100% it won't be changed upon export.

And Firework Pings are larger than normal Pings, so what I recommend you do is inside Muse, just resize it so it's not exactly at 100%, either make it be a little bit bigger or a little bit smaller, that way Muse will re-export it as a normal Ping, and your file size will be substantially smaller. Just because you can import Native Photoshop files, doesn't mean that should do your layouts inside Photoshop and then place them in the Muse. You're better off creating the graphical elements in Photoshop, and then placing those into Muse to lay everything out.

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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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