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Earlier we had learned how to import a graphic by going to File > Place. But what happens if you already have a frame on your page that is already the correct size. In order to get a graphic into that frame, we have to learn about background images. Let's begin by making a frame. So I'm going to grab my Frame tool and we're going to click and drag. Next we'll remove the Stroke so there's no formatting at all on this frame. Now to put a picture in this frame, you might think that you'd want to go to File > Place. Well let's try and see what happens.
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    1. What is Muse?
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    1. Welcome
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    3. What's new in the August 2012 update
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    1. Understanding print vs. web design
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    2. Understanding web graphics
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    3. Creating web graphics
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    4. Understanding the limits of Muse
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    1. Working with the different views
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    2. Previewing a site
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    3. A tour of the Muse interface
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    4. Understanding the tools
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    5. Switching between the tools
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    6. Understanding the current selection
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    7. Understanding the hint label
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    8. Zooming and magnifying
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    9. Working with layers
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    2. Creating a sitemap
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    3. Setting up master pages
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    1. Changing page attributes
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    2. Creating a browser fill
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    3. Understanding page guides
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    4. Establishing headers and footers
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    5. Changing site and page properties
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    6. Adding page metadata
      3m 36s
    7. Creating a favicon
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    1. Importing graphics
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    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
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    14. Exploring the Muse Exchange
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    7. Aligning and distributing with Smart Guides
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    8. Rounding Corners
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    9. Using effects
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    10. Creating graphic styles
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    11. Wrapping an object around text
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    12. Creating 100 percent width objects
      3m 36s
    13. Pinning an object to the browser
      3m 35s
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    7. Understanding text form fields
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    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
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    1. Next steps
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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

Using an image as a background

Earlier we had learned how to import a graphic by going to File > Place. But what happens if you already have a frame on your page that is already the correct size. In order to get a graphic into that frame, we have to learn about background images. Let's begin by making a frame. So I'm going to grab my Frame tool and we're going to click and drag. Next we'll remove the Stroke so there's no formatting at all on this frame. Now to put a picture in this frame, you might think that you'd want to go to File > Place. Well let's try and see what happens.

In the Assets folder let's just grab an image and we'll press Select. And with our loaded cursor if you try to click in here, it's not going to go in; it's just going to create its own frame. Well we're going to delete this and we're going to select this frame. In order to put a picture in here we have to use a background image. And that means we're going to fill the frame with an image, just like you fill a frame with a color. To do that, we're going to go over to Fill, you have to click on the word here, and then go down to Image and click on this little folder. That will let me browse to the image that I want.

I'm going to grab bird-watching-big. Now that I have that placed, let's click off and I can move this around on the page. Now when I click and drag, look what happens. It's just cropping the image; the image isn't getting any larger. The reason for that, is it's in the background; it's like a color. So what we're going to do is I'm going to make this frame be a little bigger, and if we want to manipulate the picture, we have to go back to our Fill settings. Now there's two ways to deal with a Fill, I can do it up here like we've been using or I can use the Fill panel.

So if I go to Window > Fill, we can see the panel over here has the same options. I kind of prefer this because then I don't have to go to this little drop-down menu every single time. Right now this image is aligned to the top and left corner of this frame. I can change this by changing its position. I can have this aligned in the center on the left, centered within the frame or any other corner that I see fit. The other options that I have are Fitting. If I by go in here, I can choose Tile and have it tiled repeatedly throughout the frame.

I can also tile it different directions or put it back to its original size. Another interesting thing you can do is we can choose Scale to Fit, so it's fitting perfectly, or Scale to Fill; that means no matter what I do here, the image will keep scaling to fill it up. For now let's put it back to the original size. I'm going to trash this graphic and replace it with another one. Let's browse and find footer-tile.png. Now when I do this, we just have this tiny little graphic that's sitting here.

But what we're going to do is change the Fitting to Tile Horizontally, it will repeat across horizontally this entire frame. As I resize this frame, it will continue to expand and contract. One of the great things about using tile graphics is that it'll only be downloaded once into the browser's memory. This will greatly reduce the download time no matter how wide your page ends up being. What we're going to do now is create a Footer. So I'm going to select this graphic and make it become a Footer and drag this to the bottom, and I'm going to change the fill of this to no color.

Next I'm going to resize this till it goes all the way to the edge of the browser. You see this little red line that shows up? That means it snapped to he edge of the browser. I'm going to collapse this for a little more room and I'm going to repeat the process to the right side. Now that it's snapped to both sides, this is a 100% width object. Which means it will scale as your browser gets wider or smaller. Let's preview this. I'm going to go to File > Preview Page in Browser. You can see here as I change the width of the web browser, this graphic will expand to be the exact width of whatever browser window is available.

We'll close this and let's just add another graphic to this. I'm going to grab the Rectangle tool; I'm going to draw another graphic underneath here. And this time I'm going to remove the Stroke, I'm going to go to the Fill, but I'm going to use the Eyedropper to sample the color from this. There we go. Now when I go to File > Preview Page in Browser, we have a nice footer that automatically repeats across the entire page. Creating background graphics is just another way to work with graphics inside Muse. In fact, it is possible to place a graphic and then another graphic as a background image.

Try combining a transparent PNG with a background JPEG and see what kind of graphics you can end up creating.

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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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