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In Encore CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins gives an extensive overview of Encore CS5, Adobe's powerful application for authoring DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and Flash-based video for the web. This course covers adding audio and subtitle tracks, creating image slideshows, and using Encore as a presentation tool. Also explained are the Blu-ray enhancements in CS5, and advanced techniques such as creating games and hidden content for disc menus. Exercise files are included with the course.
If you are feeling like the text that you've created is just a little bit too bland and boring, you could apply styles to it, and give it some extra pizzazz. What you can do is go over to the Styles panel, typically grouped with the Library panel in that frame. Click on Styles, and we have a group, or a series of sets here actually of different categories. So we'll start here with Basics, and as you could see, right now we have image styles, text styles and shape styles and by default, they are all selected. If you want to choose one, just like with the Library panel, we could click on text to see just text styles.
And I could see all of them again by clicking with the Option key held down on the Mac or the Alt key on the PC. Now to be honest with you, all of these styles work on everything. So the little T denotes a text style, the picture here represents an image style, and then the little pen represents styles for shapes. But I can click and drag on this style for shapes and apply it to my text. As you could see here, +Drop Shadow means add a drop shadow. The Plus icon means that I'm just going to add the style to whatever is there.
So if I add +Emboss Smooth Down here, then it's going to add this embossing to our text, and it's going to leave the Drop Shadow. So that's what the Plus means. It's not going to completely replace what's there. It means it's going to add to it. Now one of the image styles is Clear All Styles, so I could actually just drag and drop that on to my text and get rid of all the styles. Now as I mentioned, there are tons of categories here. There's Colors and Gradients. There is Glass Styles. So if we want to add some magenta glass to this, we can do that.
We can also undo by hitting Command+ Z on the Mac and Ctrl+Z on the PC. Now as indicated, these styles are not just for Text but for Shapes and Images as well. So we can go to the Library panel here, and we could go over to shapes by clicking the Pen icon, and then we could go and choose a shape, let's say this Brush stroke here. Drag and drop this into our project. Just want to do some decoration. Then we could go over to the Styles panel and take one of these styles, I'm just going to use Magenta Glass Down, and just drag and drop it onto our Brush stroke there.
Likewise, we can go back to the basics, and we can apply maybe a Drop Shadow. Just drag and drop a Drop Shadow if we want to. So again, just like the Library, the Styles area, it is another place that Encore really excels because it comes with tons and tons of free content. You don't have to worry about doing it manually. You could just drag and drop a style, and there you go!
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