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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.
Most design applications have rulers that allow you to precisely align your objects to each other. Rather than rely on mathematical measurements, you can use Ruler Guides to help position your objects to various locations on your page. In order to use Ruler Guides, we have to make sure the Ruler is visible. If it isn't visible, you can go to the View menu and choose Show Rulers. But in our case, it's showing. To bring down a guide, just go to the top Ruler and click and drag to put it into place. You can also bring a Ruler Guide from the left-hand ruler to drag it over.
If you want to move a guide, just select it and then click and drag to move around. You can even move more than one at once by clicking and dragging. However, if you try to select something else on the page in addition to a guide, it won't work. For example, if I try to grab this guide in this background, it's going to grab those objects, and not the guide itself. If you want to duplicate a guide, all you have to do is select it and click and drag while holding the Option or the Alt key. To remove a guide, you can just hit the Delete key. One of my favorite ways to use a guide is to position it to a very specific spot.
So in our case, let's say I want to put a guide exactly at 600 pixels, what I'll do is go up to the Ruler and double-click at that tick mark. When I double-click, it puts it exactly at that spot. This is really useful for trying to create a grid in your layout. If you want to hide the Guides temporarily, just go to the View widget and turn off Guides. You can also do this from the View menu, and you can see the keyboard shortcut is Command+Semicolon, or Ctrl+Semicolon. If you want to lock the Guides so you don't have to worry about selecting them, just go to View > Lock Guides.
If you need to select them again, just go back and go View > Lock Guides to unlock them. If you want to get rid of all of the Guides on the page, just select one of them, right-click, and choose Delete All Guides. That will immediately delete the Guides on the page. Using Guides is a great way to achieve a consistent appearance on your site. Try adding Guides to your master page in order to put them on every single page. But remember, you won't be able to edit or remove the Guides unless you go back to that master.
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