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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.
As we've lightly touched on previously in this training series, Encore menus are really nothing more or less than just Photoshop files. So in this chapter, we're going to break it down and see how to create menus from scratch in Photoshop. Let's go ahead and dissect one of the menus that comes with Encore and see what it's made of in Photoshop. I'm using the Entertainment menu, found in the General Set in the Library panel. I'm going to select this menu and click this handy button that I use very often, Edit menu in Photoshop.
If you see this warning, it's nothing you can do or change, so don't even worry about it, just go ahead and click OK. And here we have our Encore menu in Photoshop. If Photoshop was not open, Encore will even launch it for you. Now, here's the way this works. Let's go over to the Layers panel. If it's not showing, you go to the Window menu and choose Layers, but this is where we could really, again, dissect and take apart this menu. Now a lot of the magic that happens with menus is actually just done in the background. It's just the design.
So if I took off eye icon for this beautiful background, this is what we're left with. It's not unbelievable without this beautiful background. That really makes it. So again, knowing Photoshop, knowing how to design, that really is the one of the great keys to designing a successful project, or at least a successful menu, in Encore. Really what's going on here are these folders, and when you see this little Plus, this is an indication that this is, in fact, a button. This really is what makes this Photoshop document a menu.
In the next movie, we're going to go from scratch and create a button using all the codes and the elements just from scratch.
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