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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.
We've seen before how you can add text to any menu, or project, or whatever you are doing, from the Library panel by going to the text area here, looking at the text items, and you could choose a font size or an actual font or a style and just drag and drop that into your project. But now I want to show you how to create text from scratch, and also how to tweak that text manually. What we are going to do is go to the toolbar here, and we are going to choose this tool, which is the Text tool. Click that, and I am just going to click here at the top of my menu. Actually this menu is just a background for the time being, so I am going to type My Movie Project.
Now, what I am going to do, instead of clicking the Selection tool to select this, I am going to change this. I definitely don't like a lot about it actually. I am going to click and highlight it. Then I am going to go over to the right side of my interface here, and I am going to choose the Character panel. The Character panel has all that you need to tweak your text. First thing I want to do is change this really clashing green color by clicking in this Color Swatch, and I'm actually going to click the radio button next to H, which gives me a different color scheme, a way to choose color, that I prefer much more.
So I am going to go down to the red- green area in this Hue bar here, this vertical bar, until I'm kind of in the ballpark of what's going on here in menu background. Let's make a text that's a little bit darker than that by going to the right-hand side here. That looks pretty good, so I will go ahead and click OK. Now, it's a little bit harder to see. But if we are going to click this Selection tool and click away, we could see that the text color now blends in with this background much better. Now, I am going to go back to the Type tool and again, once our brackets go away around the edge of our cursor with the Type tool, then we can click next to existing text to create it.
And I think I accidentally did that wrong. I am going press the Escape key here and try that one more time. There we go! Click and drag to select my text. Now, you could fiddle with it. You could change the font from the top dropdown here. Right now, the font that I am using is Arial Narrow. I kind of don't like that. Oftentimes, I've noticed when you have very thin, very wispy fonts, they don't end up looking that great when you burn things to DVD. There is a lot of variables at play as far as output onto a TV screen and whatnot. I find usually that thicker fonts, like Arial Black, work better.
If you want to use a thinner font, like Arial Narrow, what you can do is click on this Style button. That's Faux Bold on the bottom left. These are all different styles you could use for your text. Some of them aren't that helpful, like Strike Through, but it's still here. So I am going to click on this button here on the left, which is Faux Bold and it just kind of thickens these things up a little bit. If we have a paragraph of text to add, we could change the justification here, we have Align Left, Align Center and Align Right or Justify Alignment. I am just going to leave this set to Left Align for now.
We can also change the style of our font: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, and that's only for fonts where you have those other options loaded on your system. From this dropdown, we could change the size of our text. I like to keep things big and thick. If we go down too small, that's going to get broken up by the lines on our TV screen. So it's good to keep things substantial, if we can. It's here in your Character panel where you will also get access to basic text editing properties that you would find in Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as Premiere or After Effects. For example, we have Leading, which is just the space between lines.
So if we had multiple lines of text in the same text bracket, this would adjust the space between them. We could just the Tracking, which is the space between all the letters on a line of text. We could also adjust the Kerning, which is the spaces between just two letters. Also adjust the Vertical Height and Horizontal Width here. Typically, you want to keep these both at 100%, so that your text is proportionately scaled. But there might be times when you want to squash the text or stretch it out. Once you have the text the way you want it, go ahead and click on the Selection tool.
That's the black arrow on the upper left-hand corner of the Tools panel, and that will accept our text, and now we can click away from the text to deselect it as well. So that's how we create and edit text.
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