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Understanding page guides


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Muse Essential Training

with James Fritz

Video: Understanding page guides

When creating a web site, individual pages can vary in length based on the content of each page. Within Muse we can use a variety of guides to help us determine what pages begin in the browser, where headers and footers live, and even where the page ends. We're going to start by going to the Master. So I'm just going to come down here to A-Master and double-click. Now on the Master you'll see a series of guides on the left-hand side. Let's take a look at each of them. As you hover over, a tooltip will tell you what it is and how it works. The first one is the Top of the Page, then we have our Header, our Footer, and as we scroll down, the Bottom of the Page and the Bottom of the Browser.
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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

Understanding page guides

When creating a web site, individual pages can vary in length based on the content of each page. Within Muse we can use a variety of guides to help us determine what pages begin in the browser, where headers and footers live, and even where the page ends. We're going to start by going to the Master. So I'm just going to come down here to A-Master and double-click. Now on the Master you'll see a series of guides on the left-hand side. Let's take a look at each of them. As you hover over, a tooltip will tell you what it is and how it works. The first one is the Top of the Page, then we have our Header, our Footer, and as we scroll down, the Bottom of the Page and the Bottom of the Browser.

If you don't see all of these guides, make sure you're on the Master page and it says Hide Guides here because if you've hidden your guides, you'll have to go to View > Show Guides in order to see all of them. The Top of the Page determines where the top of the page is in relationship to the web browser. As we lower this, there's more padding put in, so the content is further away from the web browser. As we raise it up, it gets closer again. So as an example, if I put this all the way to the top and go to File > Preview Page in Browser, we'll see that the content is all the way up at the top and sometimes that's maybe what you're looking for.

Other times we want this a little lower, so we're just going to drag this back down. The Header is used to determine a section where the content will appear the same on every single page that's connected to that particular Master. This is really useful for menus and other repeating elements. We'll talk more about this in the next movie. That's also true with our Footer. The Footer is where we determine what shows up at the bottom of every single page. Sometimes this is used for legalese, another menu system, or contact information. Once again we'll be going over this along with the Header in the next movie.

The Bottom of the Page sets the minimum height of the page itself. As I drag this down, I'll add more content to the page itself. In fact, you don't have to move this very often, because Muse has a wonderful auto-expanding Bottom of Page feature. So as an example, if I grab this rectangle, I'm just going to draw this out and give it a color. When I grab my Selection tool, as I move this down, watch what happens, the page automatically expands and contracts. This allows me to continue to add content without having to worry about coming down here and adding more content to the page.

It makes designing for the web significantly easier. The last one is the Bottom of the Browser. This determines to padding between the bottom of your content and the browser itself. So I could give myself more room down here or I could drag it all the way up and have it snap right to the bottom. The choice is yours. All of these guides can be manipulated on any of the pages except for the Header and Footer. The Header and Footer are unique in that they only can be modified on the Master page. For now, I'm going to delete this rectangle, and let's go back to the Plan view and go to the Home page.

On the Home page you'll see that the Header and Footer are already grayed out because I can't access them. That's because they're not available on a regular page. They're only available on a Master page. But if I like, I can come down here and move any of the other guides to make this particular page unique. Another question you may be asking yourself is where are the Ruler guides? In most Adobe applications, you can go over to the Ruler and click and drag to bring out a guide to help align your objects. Unfortunately, right now they just don't exist in Muse. Hopefully they will be added in a future update.

For now you have features like Smart Guides and Alignment to help you with your aligning needs. Now that we understand the basics of guides, let's take a look at how to work with headers and footers in the next movie.

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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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