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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 are working with two or more objects, you might want to consider grouping them together. When you group them, you're temporarily joining them together which makes it easier to move and manipulate. On the right-hand side, we can see Upcoming Events and that arrow, and if we want to move this particular section, this might be pretty difficult because of all of the objects involved. For example, if I try to grab this object right here, it kind of gets in the way. So my first step is to lock this object. I'm just going to go to Object > Lock. Now I don't have to worry about selecting it anymore.
Next if I want to move this section, I have to click and drag to be sure to grab all of these items. Now I can move them around, but if I didn't grab one of them, such as this text, you might miss it and have to redo your operation. So what we can do is we can group these items to make it easier to manage. What I'm going to do is click and drag to grab all of these items. Now that they're all selected, I can go to Object > Group, or press Command+G or Ctrl+G on the PC. Now that they're grouped, you can see a light dashed line all the way around this object which is letting me know that I have all of them grouped together.
If I deselect, all I have to is just click anywhere, and now I have all of the objects selected to make it easier to move them around. If I want to move these items individually, such as this photo or this text, there's a few ways to do it. If I like, I can ungroup it to move them individually. I could go to Object > Ungroup, or press Command+Shift+G or Ctrl+Shift+G on the PC. Now they're all apart like it was before and I can move them around. But there's a better way in my opinion. What I'm going to do is have all of these items selected and I'll group them again.
But instead of ungrouping, I can just drill down to the item that I want to move. All I have to do is mouse over to that area and then slowly click. When I click, it'll grab the next item. Now I can move it around and put it where I like. When I deselect and go back, the items are still grouped together. Another way to organize this is to group multiple times. I'm going to ungroup this by going to Object > Ungroup, and this time I'm going to make smaller groups and then group those smaller groups together.
So I'm going to grab this Upcoming Events, hold the Shift key to select multiple items like the arrow and this top header, and then I'll press Command+G or Ctrl+G. Next, I'm going to grab the text and the photo and group them. Now that I have each of those items individually grouped, I'll grab everything all at once and group again. Now that I have these groups within groups, it'll be easier to manipulate. So if I want to move that text and the photo, all I have to do is go down and click once. Now I have that subgroup selected and I can move it around.
If I want to move just the photo, I'll click again; now I have the photo selected for moving. Like before, if I deselect and come back, I have the whole group selected again. Creating groups is a great way to stay organized in your layout. Be sure to group similar items together to make it easier to make changes in the future. In addition to helping you, it will also help others find their way around your files, in case they ever need to make edits.
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