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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.
When you're working with Page elements in Muse, there are a variety of tools that make it easy to modify or move contents, create new boxes, change your view, or move around on the page. Let's take a look at each of the tools that Muse has to offer. Let's begin by going to the Home page. On the Home page we can see at the top of the screen are our various tools. The first tool that's already selected is our Black Arrow or Selection tool. When I hover over this, it will tell us the keyboard shortcut is V. I like to think of this as the Move tool or the Select tool.
What we can do with this is move objects around. For example, if I come down here and select this photo of this bird, I can just click and drag and move it around to put it somewhere else on the page. You'll find yourself spending a majority of your time working with this tool. I could also grab the corner and even resize objects. If I scroll down a little further, you'll see that there is a group of objects; this is referred to as a widget. We'll learn about these later on. But if I want to work on something within this group, I have to drill down or click slowly till I get to something else.
So if I want to move this text frame or edit this text, I can just click slowly and eventually I'll get down to that particular frame, so I can manipulate it and move it around. The next tool in our toolbox is the Crop tool. I'm going to come up here and grab the Crop tool or you can press the letter C to switch to the Crop tool. The Crop tool lets me crop or move pictures within a frame. So if I move over this particular picture, do you see the little circle in the center? That allows me to grab the center of this and move it around. In fact, if I click, I can select the content itself and grab the edge of the image and scale it up and down within the frame.
If you try to do this with the regular Selection tool, I'm just going to deselect, you can see I can only move the entire frame itself and the content the way that it is. So I find myself using the Crop tool to reposition images frequently. If you're familiar with InDesign, you can think of the Crop tool as kind of like the Direct Selection tool, because it lets me grab the content or the picture inside the frame to move it around and resize it. The next tool in our toolbox is the Type tool. The Type tool is pretty self-explanatory. By selecting this, or pressing T, I can go into text frames and actually edit the text.
So if I want to put this to next year, let's say I'll make this 2013, I can do it while I'm editing my text. I can also use the Type tool if I want to create a new text frame. So if I go somewhere else on the page and click and drag, I can draw this out and start to type inside it. Then if I want to move it around, I will just grab my Black Arrow and I can position it where I like. I don't really need this anymore, so I'm just going to hit the Delete key. The next tool is the Zoom tool or Z. With the Zoom tool selected, it behaves like most other applications.
When I have it selected with a plus (+), I can just click and I'll zoom into that portion of the page. If I want to zoom back out, I'll hold either Alt on the PC or Option on the Mac and it will change to a minus (-) and I can just zoom back out. We'll talk about zooming in greater detail later on in another movie. The next tool is the Hand tool or H. This allows me to move around on the page without manipulating objects. So if I have the Hand tool selected, I can click and drag to just kind of pan around. It's very useful and this is kind of the safest way to be working in your file.
There is no way you could accidentally select, modify or hurt anything in the document, because all you're doing is just visually moving it around like a sheet of paper. I find working with the Hand tool is easier than having to go to the side and using the scrollbars to move around. I'd much rather just click and drag to pan around. And finally, the last tool is our Rectangle tool. The Rectangle tool lets me create a rectangle. So I can just click and drag to draw a rectangle. I'll select like my Selection tool and I can put this anywhere on the page and even change its color.
There are some other modifications I can do, such as give it rounded corners or give it a stroke. But we'll be talking about the modifications later on. Taking the time to understand what each tool does is an important step to being more comfortable in Muse. In the next movie, we'll take a look at how we can switch between these tools much easier.
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