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Working with link styles


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Video: Working with link styles

When creating text hyperlinks in Muse, they will default to the color blue with an underline. Well, this does make it obvious that they are hyperlinks and unfortunately, may not match the look of your site. In order to control the look of your hyperlinks, you will need to create Link Styles. Let's go to the Volunteer page, and as we scroll down, [00:00:221.31] you'll see at the bottom of the page the text Contact us. I want this to link to the Contact Us page. So what I'm going to do is select this with my Type tool and at the top of the screen I'm going to change it to be a Hyperlink to Contact Us.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Muse?
      1m 4s
  2. 31m 11s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 23s
    3. What's new in the August 2012 update
      7m 15s
    4. What's new in the December 2012 update
      4m 34s
    5. What's new in March 2013 update
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    6. What's new in the June 2013 update
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    7. What's new in the August 2013 update
      2m 45s
    8. What's new in the November 2013 update
      4m 51s
  3. 18m 3s
    1. Understanding print vs. web design
      6m 9s
    2. Understanding web graphics
      3m 24s
    3. Creating web graphics
      6m 13s
    4. Understanding the limits of Muse
      2m 17s
  4. 26m 25s
    1. Working with the different views
      3m 36s
    2. Previewing a site
      3m 0s
    3. A tour of the Muse interface
      3m 11s
    4. Understanding the tools
      4m 7s
    5. Switching between the tools
      2m 46s
    6. Understanding the current selection
      2m 23s
    7. Understanding the hint label
      1m 37s
    8. Zooming and magnifying
      2m 59s
    9. Working with layers
      2m 46s
  5. 11m 31s
    1. Exploring the new site options
      4m 32s
    2. Creating a sitemap
      3m 7s
    3. Setting up master pages
      3m 52s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Changing page attributes
      3m 3s
    2. Creating a browser fill
      4m 50s
    3. Understanding page guides
      3m 39s
    4. Establishing headers and footers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing site and page properties
      4m 45s
    6. Adding page metadata
      3m 36s
    7. Creating a favicon
      2m 21s
  7. 47m 59s
    1. Importing graphics
      3m 3s
    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
      3m 39s
    14. Exploring the Muse Exchange
      2m 5s
  8. 40m 6s
    1. Transforming objects
      3m 58s
    2. Locking objects
      1m 39s
    3. Working with groups
      3m 12s
    4. Understanding stacking order
      3m 34s
    5. Using ruler guides
      2m 6s
    6. Using the Align panel
      2m 18s
    7. Aligning and distributing with Smart Guides
      3m 28s
    8. Rounding Corners
      2m 58s
    9. Using effects
      3m 1s
    10. Creating graphic styles
      3m 59s
    11. Wrapping an object around text
      2m 42s
    12. Creating 100 percent width objects
      3m 36s
    13. Pinning an object to the browser
      3m 35s
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    1. Getting text into Muse
      2m 18s
    2. Formatting your text
      4m 33s
    3. Working with web-safe and system fonts
      4m 4s
    4. Working with Typekit fonts
      2m 45s
    5. Create paragraph styles
      3m 15s
    6. Creating character styles
      2m 30s
    7. Setting style export tags
      5m 1s
    8. Understanding minimum height
      3m 6s
    9. Using spell check
      2m 30s
  10. 6m 48s
    1. Creating color swatches
      2m 10s
    2. Working with stroke and fills
      2m 35s
    3. Using gradients
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 35s
    1. Creating a hyperlink
      3m 53s
    2. Working with link styles
      6m 0s
    3. Using link anchors
      5m 42s
  12. 20m 18s
    1. Using the States panel
      4m 8s
    2. Importing a Photoshop button
      4m 44s
    3. Creating menus
      4m 58s
    4. Modifying menus
      6m 28s
  13. 40m 51s
    1. Understanding widgets
      2m 23s
    2. Building an accordion panel
      4m 50s
    3. Setting up a tabbed panel
      6m 49s
    4. Creating pop-up tooltips
      5m 38s
    5. Creating a thumbnail slideshow
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a lightbox slideshow
      4m 15s
    7. Understanding text form fields
      3m 55s
    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
  17. 1m 23s
    1. Next steps
      1m 23s

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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

Working with link styles

When creating text hyperlinks in Muse, they will default to the color blue with an underline. Well, this does make it obvious that they are hyperlinks and unfortunately, may not match the look of your site. In order to control the look of your hyperlinks, you will need to create Link Styles. Let's go to the Volunteer page, and as we scroll down, [00:00:221.31] you'll see at the bottom of the page the text Contact us. I want this to link to the Contact Us page. So what I'm going to do is select this with my Type tool and at the top of the screen I'm going to change it to be a Hyperlink to Contact Us.

As you can see it changes to the default appearance of blue with an underline. But I really want to change this to something that looks a little better and maybe matches the look of my site. To do that, we have to create a link style. There are two different ways we can do this. I can go to the Hyperlink menu here, click and choose Edit Link Styles or I can go to File > Site Properties and go to Hyperlinks and make my Link Styles here. It doesn't matter which way you go; the choice is up to you. I'm going to go back to Hyperlink and choose Edit Link Styles and we're going to make a new one.

I'll press the New button and we're going to name this internal link. The reason I'm calling this internal link is I plan on using this whenever I link internally inside Muse. There are four different appearances or states that are available to a Hyperlink. Normal is how it looks when you see it on your page, Hover over is the rollover appearance, Visited is when you've already clicked on this link at some point, and Active is when you're actually clicking on it. Next to each of these, we have some properties that we can change.

We change the color of each one, Bold, Italic or an Underline. In the case of the normal appearance, I'm going to change the color, I want it to be blue. I also want it bold and to not have it italic or an underline. If you notice the tiny square inside the checkbox, that means it's being ignored. But if I put a check or remove the check, that means it forces it to be this. For Hover, which is the rollover, I want it to be the same color, and I want it to be bold with no italic, but I want it to have an underline.

That way as you mouse over it, you'll see an underline appear. After visiting a link, I want that the color to remain purple, but I'm going to keep it bold with no italic and without a hyperlink. And Active, I'm going to keep as red, bold, no italic and have it underline. Now that I have all of this setup, we'll click OK. Now at first glance, you may be thinking it didn't work. Well the reason it's not working is we haven't applied the style to our text yet. So now I'm just going to select Contact us, go to Hyperlink at the top and apply the style internal link.

Now it's working the way we expect. But let's just double check by going into Preview mode. We're going to go up to Preview and right now it's bold and blue. As I mouse over, the underline appears. When I click, it turns red and we visit the site. We're going to go back to Design. Once you've created a hyperlink style you can create internal hyperlinks very easily. For example, if I want the word expertise to also go to the Contact Us page, I can go to the top of the screen and choose Contact Us, and it goes back to its old appearance.

But all I have to do is change the Hyperlink style to internal link. However, if we use paragraph styles, we can actually save ourselves a step. I'm going to press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to do an undo to remove the Link Style that I applied. I'm going to keep this Hyperlink with a default appearance. With my cursor in this paragraph, you'll notice that the Paragraph Style has a Plus next to it. That means there's an override. The override in this paragraph is the fact that I added a link style. If I redefine the style of this paragraph, it will pick up the link style, which means every hyperlink that I add to this particular style will look exactly like Contact Us.

So all I have to do, is mouse over that style, right-click my mouse and choose Redefine Style. As you can see, expertise in the top paragraph updated and I didn't even have to change the hyperlink style. In fact, if I try it again, I go to SAMOCA and add the hyperlink About Us, its appearance will change automatically. So adding a Link Style to your Paragraph Style is a great way to save a lot of time. We're going to create one more Link Style; this is going to be in invisible Link Style.

If I scroll up to the top of the page, you can see the word Volunteer. We're going to close the Volunteer page, and go back to the Plan view. Next, we're going to go to the Current Exhibits page. On the Current Exhibits page, you'll notice that Collections is blue with an underline. This is because this is a hyperlink set to go to the Collections page, and it has the default appearance of a Link Style applied. But I don't want it to look this way. I want it to look exactly the same as Current Exhibit. So what we need to do is create an invisible Link Style, so it doesn't change the appearance of the text.

To do this, we're going to select the text and go to Hyperlink > Edit Link Styles. In here we'll make a new Hyperlink style and we're going to call this Invisible. What we need to do is ignore the color for each state, we're going to remove the underline for each state, and then we're going to keep the bold and italic the way that they are, because they're currently set to ignore. With this set, we'll press OK and apply the Link Style of invisible.

Now that we have this set, this is a functioning hyperlink but at first glance, it won't look like that. So if we go to Preview mode, you'll notice when I mouse over, it's a hyperlink and I can go back to the page. While it is possible to change a lot of attributes for your Link Styles, remember that you can only control the color, bold, italic and underline. The font and size is not something that you are able to control. Even with these limitations, you still should be able to create beautiful links with Muse.

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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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