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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.
Encore actually allows you to turn anything into buttons. As we saw in the last movie, buttons can be a component, like a graphic component. It could be text, a subpicture or any one of those, and Encore allows you to just select one and make it a button. So let's go ahead and right-click in the Project panel, go to Import As > Menu, and let's go to the PSD Files folder, in the Media folder, in the Exercise Files. Let's go ahead and choose Hansel and Petal menu.psd. Let's go ahead and choose Open, and notice that we have a menu here. Let me just resize this so this is a little bit bigger.
Now what I neglected to do when I created this menu is to specify a button. So if we go over to Layers panel, and actually let me click on the Menu Viewer to select our menu here, you could see that we don't have any menu buttons. There are no codes here. So what I want to do is take this flower and this text, which is grouped into this folder, Group 1, and make this into a button. Even if I don't know the codes, I can select this group, and I can go over to the Object menu and simply choose Convert to Button.
It adds the codes for me, and now we have our text, and we have our little graphic representation. We don't really need either one of those, but both are a good idea. And so now we have them. But again, we could pretty much turn anything into a button. We could go to Library panel and in the General set, I'm going to go to images here, and I might choose a rocket, which is awesome, and drag and drop that on to our Hansel and Petal ad, which thematically does not work really well, but we're going to go with it. With the Rocket selected, I'll go to Object > Convert to Button and boom! That is now a button.
When it's selected, we can create links to this or from this, so if someone chooses the Rocket, it can go somewhere. So basically, anything that we need, any text that we create in Encore here can be converted to a button.
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