Muse Tips and Tricks

While looking at tutorials and just working with the program I found a few ways to make work faster and easier. I know I still haven’t really started using Muse but I thought it would be helpful to start with the turials from now.

Paste in Place

With Paste in Place rather than normal paste, you can select any element that you consider already perfectly aligned, and duplicate it on additional pages with no change in positioning or layout. It’s really nice when you’re making a new page and you want some things to be the same as on other pages with but the page still is different. I read that InDesign also uses that.

Placing Photoshop Files

This is quite useful for files that are still not done and you might have more work on them. You just open them in Photoshop, edit it and then save it. The new file is shown in Muse after the edits are saved so it’s easier to have Photoshop Files if they still need editing. You can also select and import any individual layer in the PSD. This is really helpful for dropping in textures and logos.

Save New Versions

I found that it’s not really useful to save all changes on the same project because there might be a mistake you haven’t noticed and you changed something that doesn’t work the way it should. It’s nice when you can open a version in which it’s working fine and get it from there. It’s crucial that you retain previous versions of your layout in case of a crash. There is nothing worse than dragging a new widget into a really nice design that you worked a lot on, only to experience frozen software, a manual shutdown, and a .Muse file that is permanently unusable. Also constantly saving is also a good idea in case of the previous things decide to happen.

Grouping Elements

Another really simple thing that I didn’t think would be that helpful or important is Grouping Elements. It’s really annoying when overlapping elements on a site like text and background images can often cause strange layout shifts when the site is exported or published. Even if in the project they are perfectly aligned in the design view you just have to adjust the original design so they are like that when the site is exported or published as well. That gets really annoying and can take a lot of time but by grouping elements Muse actually groups them in the HTML code as well. It’s something similar as with CSS, this is  called a wrapper, and it’s used to wrap elements together in a nice little package. So if there are objects that are not properly aligned, grouping them helps.

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