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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.
Another way to position objects on the page is to use the Align Panel. This panel will allow you to precisely position and distribute objects on your page. Let's go to this Align page, and we're going to see the Align Panel on the right-hand side. If you don't see this, go to your Window menu and choose Align. You can also access the Align Panel if you have more than one object selected. So if I grab these objects, you can see in the upper right-hand corner, I've got the Align button over here with a dropdown that gives me access to the same panel.
But in this case, right now I'm just going to stick with the Align Panel. The Align Panel is really useful to help align objects to each other. For example, I'm going to select these two objects, and I want their left edges to be lined up. So I'm just going to come over here and click on Align Left. If I decide that I want this object, and I'll hold down Shift key to grab this one to be aligned up on the right-hand side, I can say Align Right. It's also really useful to distribute their centers. So if I zoom out a little bit by pressing Command+Minus, or Ctrl+Minus, I am going to put this object underneath this one.
But I want these three objects to have the space in between them to be even. So I'm going to move this one little closer, select all three, and then choose Distribute objects, and then I'll choose Distribute vertical centers. When I choose this, you can see the middle object moved so the space was even between the three objects. In addition to lining objects to each other, we can even align them to the page themselves. So for example, if I want all three of these objects to be aligned to the center of the page, I'm going to change Align to from Selection and change it to the Content Area.
When I do this and I hit Align Center, all of the objects align to the center of the page. But you have to be careful. You don't want to hit this Align Center, because if I do this, all of them will be stacked up on top of each other. So in this case, I've got to move them so I can see all the images now. When I am aligning to the Content Area, it will not go above the header or below the footer. So for example, if I select this object, and I'm making sure I am on Align to Content Area and I choose Align Top, it's going to go right to the top of the header. If I choose Align Bottom, it'll go to the top of the footer.
It shouldn't take you that long to get used to the Align Panel in Muse, especially if you've used other Adobe applications like InDesign. Before long, you'll be using on a daily basis with your designs.
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