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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 to begin to work on more complex layouts, it may be hard to tell what exactly you have selected. If you're not careful you might inadvertently apply formatting to the wrong object or portion of a group. To help you keep track of what you have selected there is a useful status indicator in the Control panel. Let's begin by going to the Homepage and on the Homepage, you can see in the upper left-hand corner it says the word Page. The word Page is referring to what I currently have selected, which is a little strange because I actually don't have anything selected.
But when you're working in Muse when you've nothing selected, you actually have the page itself selected. So if I was to go where it says Fill up here and change the color, you can see I'm changing the color of the Background page itself. Let's put this back to white for now. If I happened to select something on the page, for example this photo, you can see it says Image Frame, because I have an image frame selected. If I select a text frame it will switch to a Text Frame and then when I grab text, it's at Text.
If I hold the Shift key and grab more than one thing, it'll tell me I have Objects Selected. If I hold my Spacebar and pan down to this Widget at the bottom, it'll tell me I'm on the Widget. When I have the Widget selected and I slowly click to drill down to various portions of it, I want to \pay attention to the Status Indicator so I know when I'm on the area that I want. Now I'm on the Container and now I'm down to the Text Frame. If I hold the Shift key and grab more than one item and press Command+G or Ctrl+G to group them, you can see that it tells me that I have the Group Selected.
Then I can slowly drill down and click to the portion that I want. You may be asking yourself why do we even want to use or care about the Status Indicator? The reason we care is because it tells us exactly what we have selected. If I come down to the Widget in the lower right-hand corner, if I change its color and I'm not sure what I have selected, I might inadvertently change or not change the portion of the Widget that I want to change. So by slowly clicking and verifying via the Status Indicator I'll know that I have the correct portion of the Widget Selected.
The current selection area of the Control panel is very useful when working with everyday objects. But when it comes to Widgets, it is essential to pay attention to what portion of the widget that you were on. In a later movie, we'll spend more time learning about Widgets and how to control their properties.
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