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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.
Sometimes, when you're playing around with menus from Encore's Library, I've noticed this particularly with the Wedding Set especially, but you'll see, sometimes images with this bowl with the downwards-facing arrow in it. This icon represents what is called a replacement layer. That is an object meant to be replaced by a layer of your own. Oftentimes, there is a certain cropping or maybe certain effects applied to them in Photoshop. Then those effects, or cropping, or whatever carry over onto your images as well without any work on your own.
So I've imported this beach_models photo here. What I'm going to do is just drag and drop on top of this replacement layer. As soon as I let go, you notice it's faded a little bit to blend it with the background. It has been tilted to fit in with this other background as well, kind of cool. Let's look at another example. I'm going to double-click of this Bride menu here. As we can see by this icon, this also is a replacement layer. So in other words, we're not supposed to use this image of this bride here. But we have a sepia tone.
We have some interesting contrast here. We have some feathered edges. So let's see what our image looks like when applied to this replacement layer. I select beach_models.jpg, our image, drag and drop onto this image. Let go. Boy, what a difference! Look at those beautiful effects with the soft, feathered edges with a sepia tone. We have a little bit more intense contrast, perhaps, or maybe that's just the way the image looks. But regardless, we have a lot of those same effects from the original image with the replacement layer, translated over into our image without really any effort on our own.
So, be aware that when you see that icon, that's what that means. It means that you are supposed to use one of your own images to replace what is there. Now later on in this training series, when we get to the chapter on Photoshop, and we'll talk about how to create menus from scratch and use those layer codes and stuff like that, I'll show you how to set up these replacement layers, so that you can not only utilize them with Encore's Library, but also you can create them yourself.
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