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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.
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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