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Editing menus

From: Encore CS5 Essential Training

Video: Editing menus

So we have this menu that we created from scratch in the last movie, well, kind of, it looks terrible so we got to fix it here. So what I'm going to do is grab my buttons here and move these into place. I want these to be here. Make sure that if you have buttons that overlap, they will get this red rectangle so make sure that you don't have that red rectangle. We'll also talk in later movies about how we can automatically align these so that they are perfectly lined up and orderly. For now we're just going to eyeball it here, and actually maybe I'll move these around. Now, if we try to click on our text to select it, we won't be able to, and that's because we need to use a different tool for the job.

Editing menus

So we have this menu that we created from scratch in the last movie, well, kind of, it looks terrible so we got to fix it here. So what I'm going to do is grab my buttons here and move these into place. I want these to be here. Make sure that if you have buttons that overlap, they will get this red rectangle so make sure that you don't have that red rectangle. We'll also talk in later movies about how we can automatically align these so that they are perfectly lined up and orderly. For now we're just going to eyeball it here, and actually maybe I'll move these around. Now, if we try to click on our text to select it, we won't be able to, and that's because we need to use a different tool for the job.

So I'm going to actually move over and select this arrow here. This is called the Direct Select tool. This will allow you to select objects that are not selectable with the regular Selection tool. So now I could click on my menu text, and we'll put it up top here. And then now I could go ahead and click on my Type tool and click in this field, select this text, and we'll call this Happy Times, and then I'm going to click on the Direct Select tool, the white arrow, move this in to place. If I need to I can scale this down just by clicking on one of the corner points, I'm going to, actually hold the Shift key to make sure that the proportions are constrained, so we don't get this.

That's what happens if we don't hold Shift. It's easier to hold Shift and make sure everything's all nice and lined up. And then we could move this into place, click away, and we're good to go, and now I could go back to my Selection tool, put these buttons in a better place and there we have our custom made menu, made from scratch with elements from the Library panel. Now, what we could do, if we want a total control over the look of our menu, is we could actually select it in the Project panel and then click this button here in the toolbar this is Edit menu in Photoshop. This will automatically launch Photoshop and take this menu into Photoshop for editing.

Let's go ahead and try that. And you'll get a little warning here, just go ahead and click OK. And now we have this menu, again, for further editing. So we could go, open up the Layers panel here, and I'll double-click the Adjustments panel. And then I'm going to go down to the bottom of the Layers panel, click this little half-black/half-white circle here. Let's go ahead and select Curves, and then we could maybe drag this point down a little bit to darken the Chalkboard, if we wanted to, click this point in the upper right-hand to brighten the brightness.

And so we've basically increased the contrast of our menu, and it made it a little bit more striking. We could come back down to the Layers panel, and we can click the eye to see the before and the after. And if you're a Photoshop guru, let me just double-click the word Adjustments so we can see more of our layers here, then you can go in and really customize any component here. Let's say, for example, Happy Times, if you wanted to add a layer style to that here in Photoshop, you could do that. If you wanted to change the color of Lesson One, or the check box, or the chalk underline, or these pieces over here, anything you could do in Photoshop, you have access to it because these are all different layers, different little components that you could tweak in Photoshop.

Now, just so that the change is a little bit more dramatic, I'm going to add another adjustment layer by selecting the Curves adjustment layer at the top. Going back to the half-black/half- white circle at the bottom of the Layers panel, and then I'm going to choose Hue/Saturation right there. And I'm going to adjust the Hue a little bit, while is going to tweak things considerably, and I think I like that a little bit better. It's a little bit screwy, but I'm just trying to make a point here. I'm going to hit Command+S to save, and then if I go back to Encore, we could see that the changes that we made in Photoshop are automatically updated here in Encore.

So again, one of the things that we will keep stressing throughout this training series is is it's good to know Photoshop if you're going to be working in Encore seriously.

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Encore CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 43s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. What is Encore?
      1m 33s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 15s
    4. Reconnecting unlinked media
      58s
  2. 16m 10s
    1. Project overview
      1m 12s
    2. Importing content
      1m 55s
    3. Using included content
      2m 2s
    4. Adding a menu to a project
      2m 42s
    5. What are timelines?
      2m 3s
    6. Creating links and navigation
      3m 13s
    7. Exporting
      3m 3s
  3. 21m 28s
    1. Understanding disc formats
      3m 7s
    2. About television standards
      1m 40s
    3. What is transcoding?
      4m 47s
    4. Exporting video for Encore
      2m 39s
    5. Bits vs. bytes
      2m 3s
    6. The importance of bit budgeting
      1m 46s
    7. About pixel aspect ratios
      2m 52s
    8. About overscan and safe areas
      2m 34s
  4. 13m 5s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 57s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 44s
    3. Importing assets as Encore objects
      1m 35s
    4. Using the Project panel
      3m 49s
  5. 16m 47s
    1. Understanding menus
      40s
    2. Creating menus with the Library panel
      4m 37s
    3. Editing menus
      3m 41s
    4. The Menu Viewer vs. the Menus panel
      1m 20s
    5. Creating motion menus
      4m 16s
    6. About submenus
      2m 13s
  6. 20m 34s
    1. The anatomy of a button
      3m 42s
    2. Creating buttons
      1m 55s
    3. Editing buttons
      1m 24s
    4. Viewing and adjusting button routing
      3m 27s
    5. Creating video buttons
      3m 19s
    6. Understanding subpicture states
      1m 45s
    7. Changing subpicture colors
      5m 2s
  7. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Monitor
      55s
    2. Creating chapter markers
      3m 18s
    3. Setting poster frames
      3m 38s
    4. Creating chapter points automatically
      1m 47s
    5. Editing video in the timeline
      2m 35s
    6. The Timeline Viewer vs. the Timeline panel
      1m 22s
  8. 8m 9s
    1. Creating navigation with the Flowchart
      2m 45s
    2. Setting a "first play" object
      1m 12s
    3. Auto-selecting button names from links
      1m 20s
    4. Creating user permissions for a disc
      2m 52s
  9. 11m 13s
    1. Creating and adjusting text
      4m 5s
    2. Applying styles
      2m 27s
    3. Automatically arranging objects
      1m 8s
    4. Transforming objects
      3m 33s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Introducing slideshows
      4m 45s
    2. Adjusting slideshow properties
      3m 26s
    3. Adding motion and transitions
      4m 26s
    4. Syncing slideshows to audio
      3m 20s
    5. Slideshows and bit budgeting
      1m 33s
  11. 6m 43s
    1. What is a playlist?
      3m 45s
    2. Using chapter playlists
      2m 58s
  12. 17m 25s
    1. Using audio in Encore
      1m 47s
    2. Adding audio to a menu
      1m 1s
    3. Allowing users to change languages
      6m 27s
    4. Creating subtitles
      2m 8s
    5. Importing and exporting subtitles
      2m 47s
    6. Changing subtitle color
      3m 15s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. The power of end action overrides
      2m 52s
    2. Using replacement layers
      2m 4s
    3. Looping motion menus
      3m 7s
    4. Replacing a menu
      1m 54s
    5. Creating a chapter index
      2m 32s
    6. Using photos as subpictures
      4m 59s
  14. 12m 41s
    1. Creating "Easter eggs"
      2m 13s
    2. Making games
      2m 13s
    3. Using menu transitions
      1m 49s
    4. Using subpictures as art
      3m 22s
    5. Creating a video menu
      3m 4s
  15. 5m 17s
    1. Why use Encore as a presentation tool?
      37s
    2. Creating slideshows with manual advance
      1m 35s
    3. Creating captions on slides
      1m 29s
    4. Adding data content to discs
      1m 36s
  16. 11m 37s
    1. Making menus in Photoshop
      1m 42s
    2. The button set codes
      1m 41s
    3. The subpicture highlight codes
      1m 18s
    4. The replacement layer code
      2m 34s
    5. The video button code
      1m 42s
    6. The submenu navigation codes
      1m 38s
    7. Using pre-built menus as templates
      1m 2s
  17. 7m 33s
    1. Introducing Blu-ray discs
      2m 55s
    2. Creating Blu-ray pop-up menus
      2m 59s
    3. Previewing pop-up menus over a timeline
      1m 39s
  18. 11m 5s
    1. Encore's automatic letterbox
      2m 27s
    2. Checking your project for errors
      2m 18s
    3. Outputting to disc
      2m 40s
    4. Creating Flash web sites
      3m 40s
  19. 5m 36s
    1. Duplication vs. replication
      2m 8s
    2. About copy protection
      1m 6s
    3. About region encoding
      1m 9s
    4. Fixing the audio_TS problem
      1m 13s
  20. 4m 54s
    1. Importing sequences from Premiere Pro
      1m 42s
    2. Creating motion menus in After Effects
      1m 49s
    3. Making buttons and subpictures in After Effects
      1m 23s
  21. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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