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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.
You may often need to reuse the same items in your layout from time to time. But having to go back to old Muse files to copy and paste those items can be quite cumbersome. Locally Muse has a wonderful feature to make this process easier, the library. If you're an InDesign user, this feature should feel familiar to you, since behaves quite similar to InDesigns libraries. Let's take a look at how it works. On our home page, we want to make sure we have the Library panel open. If it isn't, just go to the Window menu and choose Library.
Now to begin, let's add something very simple. What I'm going to do is just grab this grouped image back here. I'm going to come over and press Add Selected Item. When I do this, Muse creates a brand new untitled folder and we need to name this item. So I'm just going to call this, Hero Image. I also want to rename the folder that it's in, and I'll call this Home Page. Now if I want to bring this back into my layout, all I have to do is grab here image and just click and drag and put it where ever I want on my page. If I happen to delete this, it's not going to remove it from the library, even if I delete the original.
But right now I'm just going to do an undo because I want to keep that right there. If I want to add more than one item, I can click and drag. So I'm going to grab all of this little side bar over here. And I'll hold the Shift key because I don't want this back page item. And then I'll press the button to add that, and I'll call this side bar. I can bring these items into any page in my layout, and even other Muse documents. What I'm going to do is go to File > New and make a brand new site that we've never been at before. Now on this new site, if I just grab the sidebar item and drag it in, you'll see here it shows up in the entire layout.
Now if I go to my Assets panel, you'll see there is no problem at all, because it's linking back to the original asset which I have in my exercise file on my desktop. However, if I brought this to another computer that didn't have access to this image, that image might be missing. So you want to be careful with your library items that you keep track of the images that are associated with them. Because this is only a reference to the image, the actual image itself is not embedded inside this library. Now, if you want to share this library with others, what you can do is select the folder right here.
And I can download it to the disk. And I'll call this home page, which is nice. And I'll put this on my desktop. And I'll call it home_page. Now If I would happen to get rid of this. And this, it's the little delete button here. The item stays on my page but I no longer have it available in my library. Now if I would come over here and hit the Import button, I can browse to find this library, and here it is. It's .mulib which stands for Muse library. If I want to, I can put this on a server so other people could access it, or I could even email it to other users.
In this case I'm just going to select it. And here is everything that I was using before. So I can bring in the hero im, image now. Feel free to add as many items as you like. If you wanted to, you could grab practically every single thing on the page. If I just zoom out a little bit, let me just do a select all, and hit Add Item. Here it is, Homepage. Now, it didn't grab everything, because the header and the footer items are on the header and footers, so it didn't grab those. But in this case I was able to grab practically the entire thing. Libraries are useful and powerful tool for working on a lot of Muse projects.
If you work with a team, they're especially useful. Be sure to keep your Muse libraries organized and they'll help you work faster and more efficient.
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