What is Adobe Muse?
Adobe Muse CC allows you to design a high-quality website without writing computer code. Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, Muse includes a wide variety of fonts, images, and starter designs. The free-form canvas and layout tools ensure that your website looks incredible on desktop, mobile, and tablet devices. It's easy to reference a single URL for all device views, and this can improve your search engine rankings. Muse also comes with widgets, which makes it easy to add eCommerce, animations, and blogs to your site.
Building a Muse Website
1. First, open the Muse application and choose "File" > "New Site" to start a new project. In the dialog box, you can specify whether your initial layout is structured for desktop, tablet, or phone. When you're happy with the site settings, click OK.
2. In the main project window, you can switch between four different layouts: Plan, Design, Preview, and Publish. In the Plan view, click on the Homepage to select it. If you click on the plus sign icon, it will add more pages to your site. Make sure to rename your pages as you create them (i.e. Blog, Contact), so that you don't get confused.
3. At any point in the creative process, you can drag the pages to reorder them, or move a page underneath another one to create a hierarchy. These sub-pages are also known as "child pages". Clicking the Collapse icon will hide these child pages so that you only see the top page in the stack.
4. If you include your company name in the page title, it will boost your search engine rank. You can also right-click on the Master page, select "Page Properties", choose the Metadata tab, and enter the company name in the "Page Title Suffix" box.
5. Next, double-click on the Master page to open it, so that it fills the entire window. Select the "View" tab to enable Rulers, Guides, and Smart Guides. On the left side of your project, you'll see a series of blue arrows, which correspond to the Header, Footer, and Browser area. You can drag on any of these arrows to change their dimensions. Anything added to your Master page will automatically apply to all other pages.
6. On the right side of your screen, you'll see a variety of Muse panels, which allow you to add colors, text, widgets, and other assets to the site. Any tool you select will have advanced settings above the main project window, such as Fill, Stroke, and Hyperlinks.
7. When you're ready to preview the site, choose "File" > "Preview Site in Browser", and it will automatically open in your default browser.