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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.
There may be times that you wish to get closer to your layout so you can fine-tune your design. Rather than spending time squinting at the screen, you can take advantage of Muse's multiple ways to zoom in and out of your layout in order to work more effectively. In order to zoom in, the most common way of zooming is with the Zoom tool. So I can either press the letter Z or just grab it right up here. With the Zoom tool, I can click to zoom in and if I hold down the Option or the Alt key, I can also zoom back out. But very often I don't use the Zoom tool that way, instead I would rather zoom into a particular portion of the page and this is called a Marquee Zoom.
So for example, if I want to zoom into the text down here, such as New works from the SAMOCA Collection, rather than clicking, clicking, clicking and then having to pan around to the spot that I want, there's a much more efficient way of working. So first I need to zoom back out. So I'm going to go to View > Fit Page in Window. Now if I want to zoom into that area, when I have my Zoom tool, I'm just going to click and drag and do a Marquee Zoom, and you can do this by just dragging and drawing a rectangle and think of this is the area that you want to see zoomed in on the page.
When I let go, that area is big, front and center for me to work on. When I'm done with this, if I want to zoom back out, I still don't like to hold down the Option or Alt key to zoom out because that takes way too long. So I 'm going to go back and do that View > Fit Page in Window. In fact, if you use a menu quite often, it's a good idea to memorize the keyboard shortcut, and in this case it's Command+0 or Ctrl+0. If I plan on zooming in and out, instead of using the Zoom tool, I'll often use the shortcuts, such as Command+Equals or Ctrl+ Equals, or Command+Minus or Ctrl+Minus.
This way it's very easy to zoom in and out whenever I like and then I'll just add Command+0 or Ctrl+0 to fit on the screen. A few other shortcuts that you might use are Command+1 or Ctrl+1 to fit at 100%, Command+2 or Ctrl+2 to fit at 200%, or Command+5 or Ctrl+5 to fit at 50%. If you forget any of these shortcuts, you can always go to your View menu to access them. Another way to zoom in the document is with the Zoom toolbox right here. I can click and choose any of these presets if I want to zoom in to a particular area or even type in my own.
If I want to zoom out really far, I could type in 25%. If you have nothing selected on the page, there is even a keyboard shortcut to jump up to this box. All I have to do is press the Tab key; that will highlight the Zoom toolbox and I can type in any number at all. In this case, I'm going to jump to 233% and press Enter. Since zooming is such an integral part of working with Muse, I suggest you take the time to learn some of the keyboard shortcuts for zooming, so you can navigate your documents easier. The good news is that most Adobe applications use the same shortcuts for zooming.
Therefore, if you already know them for InDesign or Photoshop, you will also know them for Adobe Muse.
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