Using and styling Images – Web design tutorial
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Using and styling Images – Web design tutorial


In this video lesson, we’re going to cover
the image element. Unlike setting the background image of another
element like a section or a div block, an image element is its own element; an image
we’ve dropped into the project. And of course we can move it anywhere we want independent
of other elements. We’re going to cover four major sections here:
adding images, replacing images, styling images, and alt attributes. Let’s start with adding images to our project.
Couple ways to do this. If we go to add, and look under our Elements Panel and we go down
to image, and bring it into our project? We get a placeholder image. Upload lets us do
just that: we can upload an image. Make our selection, and that’s it! And anytime we bring in an image? We have
the option to specify our own pixel values for width or height. We can also grab the
corner of our image and drag. Of course, as we resize here, it won’t get bigger than its
parent element. We also have the HiDPI option. If we brought
in an image that’s 600 pixels wide, HiDPI will set the image element at half that: 300
pixels wide. This pixel density will ensure the image looks
great on HiDPI displays. Like the MacBook Pro. Or the Surface Book. Or the Tamagachi™. Now you’re not required to do this; you don’t
have to specify values here at all. You can enter these as placeholder values, and you
can always change them or override them over in the Element Style Panel. We’ll get to that
in a moment. The other way to add images to our project
is through the Asset Manager. From there, we can choose a file and upload
that right into our Asset Manager. We can grab it and drop it right into our project.
So the Asset Manager is another way to add images into our project. What about replacing an image? Well it’s as simple as selecting an image.
We can go up and press Show Settings, or we can simply double click the image to do the
same thing. From there? We simply hit Replace Image. That’s
it. If we want to use an existing image? We can pull it from our Asset Manager. Or if we
want to upload? We can do that here, too. That’s replacing an image. When it comes to styling images, we have access
to most of the same options we have for other elements over in the Element Style Panel. Of course that means we can adjust the margin
on our image — how much space it creates outside of its boundaries. It also means we can control size. Now before
we covered Image Settings. As you already know, we can control image settings regarding
our size in here. But changes to size in the Element Style Panel
will override these settings. This is a huge time saver because we can apply
the class to multiple images. Like in this section. The same class is applied to each
of these images. Changes we make to that class now affect all of these. And this is especially helpful to us because
we can avoid having to manually set sizing for each and every image as we add it to the
project. Now in addition to all the other style properties
we can control on an image element, a helpful one is controlling corner radius. We can set
up rounding on one or more corners. We can also add other style attributes. Like
drop shadow. Those adjustments will of course show up behind the boundary of our image. That’s styling images. Finally, let’s cover alt attributes. Regardless of how you brought in the image
element — you can also access properties via the Element Settings panel. From here,
we have those same controls, and the ability to add an alt attribute. Generally, we want to write a brief description
of the image we’re seeing here. This is really helpful for accessibility and for search,
like Google Images. So. We add image elements through the Elements
Panel or through the Asset Manager. We can replace an image by double clicking on that
image and pressing Replace Image. We can style images and create classes which we can apply
to other image elements, and from our Element Settings Panel, we can add helpful alt attributes
for accessibility and search. That’s the image element.

4 Comments

  • Brian Dugan

    Great work guys, I wasn't sure what'd I'd do after Adobe announced the end of support on Muse. I've been steady working on an amazing website for my community using your platform & it is going great so far. The only thing I can't figure out is how to add an external link to images. I.E sponsor logos that, when clicked, will open a separate tab to the link of my choosing. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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