Introduction to Adobe Muse

Introduction to Adobe Muse online course
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Introduction to Adobe Muse

Many people, not just Web designers and Web developers, want or need to create Websites, but few have the desire or the time to learn how. Whether you hand-code (write the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from scratch, typing each line of code manually, one at a time), or whether you use a sophisticated Web design program (such as Adobe Dreamweaver), both methods are complicated and take some time to learn—unless you use a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) design program, such as Adobe Muse, that is. Muse lets you create professional-grade Web pages and Websites without having to know how to (or having to) compose HTML or any other code. Muse makes each step of the design process, from planning to publishing, easy. In the planning stage, for instance, you layout your site’s basic structure with Muse’s master pages, a concept Adobe borrowed from hardcopy page layout, or desktop publishing, programs, such as Indesign. In the design phase, Muse does all the heavy lifting. All you do is place your site elements—text, graphics, photos, digital video, menus, photograph galleries, and so on—on your pages, and Muse does the rest. This exciting new design program does everything from creating links and menus automatically to resizing images and making sure content fits properly on various-size screens—the smallest smartphones displays, tablet screens, and huge, high-definition desktop computer monitors. Adobe Muse helps non-professional Web designers create professional-looking sites quickly and economically, and it provides professional designers a utility for performing their craft without a lot of tedious, hard-to-learn, programming.

Applicable Job Roles: web designers, print media designers, professional designers, web app developers, content managers, office managers, novice Web designers

Week 1: Getting Started with Muse
  • What is Muse?
  • Designing Websites in Muse – an Overview
  • WYSIWIG Design versus Hand-Coding
  • What You can do with Muse
  • The Muse Interface
  • Creating Your First Muse Web page
Week 2: Planning a Site in Muse
  • The Plan Mode Interface
  • Master Pages – an Overview
  • Planning Site Structure with Master Pages
  • Managing Metadata with Master Pages
  • Laying Out Master Pages
  • Managing Master Pages
Week 3: Designing a Site in Muse
  • The Design Mode Interface
  • The Tools Panel
  • The Control Panel
  • Other Mission Critical Panels
  • Drawing and Formatting Boxes
  • Typing and Formatting Text in Muse
  • Using Web Fonts
Week 4: Working with External Content
  • Importing and Formatting Word Processor Text
  • Understanding Paragraph Styles
  • Placing Graphics and Images in Your Pages
  • Formatting Graphics and Images
  • Working with Graphic Styles
  • Digital Video and Animation
Week 5: Content from other CS6 Programs
  • Muse’s Creative Suite Integration
  • Using Photoshop Images in Muse
  • Creating Buttons in Photoshop
  • Using Illustrator Graphics in Muse
  • Using Fireworks Graphics in Muse
  • Using Edge Animate Content in Muse
Week 6: Creating Interactivity
  • Simple Buttons and Hyperlinks
  • Mouse States
  • Interactivity Triggers
  • Page Navigation with Targets
  • More Advanced Interactivity with Edge Animate
Week 7: Creating Content with Widgets
  • A Template by any other Name…
  • The Composition Widget
  • The Forms Widget
  • The Menus Widget
  • The Accordion Panels Widget
  • The Slideshow Widget
  • Third-Party Widgets
Week 8: Publishing Muse Websites
  • Designing for Today’s Multiple Screen Sizes
  • How Muse Helps
  • Back to the Planning Stage….or not?
  • Designing for Smartphones
  • Designing for Tablets
  • Creating Screen-Specific Versions of Your Site
  • Uploading and Managing Your Muse Site Files
  • Hosting and Managing Sites on Adobe’s Business Catalyst
  • None.
  • Knowledge of computer graphics, digital video, HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript would also be helpful, but by no means required.
  • Software: Aside from Adobe Muse program itself, there are no other required software applications to complete this course; however, you'll find the following software useful:
    • Full or trial versions of Photoshop CS6, Fireworks CS6, Illustrator CS6: You can download the latest trial version from, but if you do, since the trial version is good for only 30 days, do not install it until the fifth week of the course.
    • Adobe Edge Animate CS6: A Web content animation and interactivity utility, free to all Adobe Creative Cloud members.
  • Web space: You'll need a website to which you can upload your assignments. There are several free Web hosting sites available. However, many of them place ads on your pages. This can be very annoying, but if you can live with it, so can I. Muse comes with a subscription for hosting one domain on Adobe’s Business Catalyst Web hosting and management service, though. If you have a choice between a free site and Business Catalyst, I suggest you use the latter.
Course Books
No Textbook Required
Course Price
  • Member Price: $140 US
  • Non-Member Price: $240.00 US
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Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

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How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures, reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class. Web Study certificate is also available. Click on the Certificates link on the top navigation bar for more information.


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