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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.
As you become more comfortable working with Muse, you'll probably find yourself wanting to work quicker. Thankfully, there are many shortcuts that will make it easier to switch between the various tools. Let's begin by going back to the Home page and double-clicking. While we are in the Design mode and we can use our tools, you should think about the keyboard shortcuts for each of these. So if I'm going to use the Selection tool a lot, I can just press the letter V to switch to that tool to move around. I also have C for my Crop tool, T for the Type tool, Z for Zoom, H for Hand and M for the Rectangle.
Now if I want to Zoom into an area, I could press Z to get the Zoom tool and then click to zoom into that area and then hold down the Option or Alt key to click to zoom back out again. But when I'm done with that, I have to go back and select the Selection tool again. If I know that I just want to temporarily zoom in for a little while, what I can use is the spring loaded shortcut. What I'm going to do is hold down the Z key. As long as I have the Z key held down I will have this tool which allows me to zoom in.
When I'm done with the Zoom tool, I'll just let go of the letter Z and it goes back to the tool that I was at before. So it saves me a little time; I don't have to press the V key. It's pretty handy and once you get used to it, it's a great way to work. In fact you can also use the same trick in Photoshop and InDesign. I'm going to zoom back out by going up here and just choosing 100%. Now if I want to move around on the page, we know that we do have the Hand tool, but there's another way to access that. Rather than pressing the letter H, which actually switches to the Hand tool, what I can do is press and hold the Spacebar.
As long as I am holding the Spacebar, I will temporarily have the Hand tool which will make it easier to move around on the page. When I'm done, I'll just let go the Spacebar. And in fact, I sometimes forget that H is even a keyboard shortcut for it, because I use the Spacebar all the time. If you're familiar with Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, you probably already know this shortcut. But what happens if I'm editing text. I'm going to move over here and if I want to edit this text I could select the Type tool, but there's a faster way; instead I'll just double-click.
When I double-click, Muse will automatically switch to the Type tool to make it easier to edit the text. When I'm done editing the text, all I have to do is press the Escape key and I'll jump out of the frame and now I have my Selection tool selected. So very rarely will I actually go and grab the Type tool, instead I just double-click, do my business and then press Escape to get back out; it's a much more efficient way of working. Since you will spend a large portion of your time switching between the various tools, it is worth the time to memorize the keyboard shortcuts for each of them, so you will work more efficiently without having to visit the toolbox.
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