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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.
In this movie, we are going to look a little bit closer at Subpictures. Specifically, we are going to look at how to maybe use then in creative ways. I have here this menu, and I have Stars as a button and Lightning as a button. The Subpicture Highlights for these buttons are very unique. I am going to go ahead and select this menu, click the Preview button to preview this. Look at the Subpicture Highlights for Lightning. There are three colors, including these duotone lightning bolts, and look at the stars.
They are all over the place. Now, while it is common and standard to have Subpicture Highlights, they are just kind of like little icon next to your button selection, it is possible to do whatever you want with those Subpicture Highlights. As indicated here with the Stars, we could make it, so that when you choose that option, there's stuff that happens all over the screen. It doesn't matter where you put the Subpicture Highlights. It is just something that highlights somewhere on the screen when your users choose that option, or simply have it selected.
We've also discussed, but never really looked at an example of using the three Subpicture Highlight colors. You can have up to three in one Subpicture Highlight. So sometimes that might look like a circle with little highlight on it, or something like that. But here we have three colors. We have white, yellow, and orange. So let's look a little closer at what I did here. I am going to select this menu in the Menu Viewer and go to the Layers panel. As we talked about, and as we'll talk about much more later when we get into Photoshop and building stuff from scratch in Photoshop, buttons in Encore are just made up of layers grouped together in a folder in Photoshop.
So the Stars button contains the Stars text, and then we have the little Highlight, and then we have many, many, many, many little stars here. So you could have as many of these highlights as you want. The little =3 in parentheses tells Encore that this is a Subpicture Highlight. So there is really no limit there. Now as far as the Lightning goes, I use a little bit of a different code. I used =1 for the components that I wanted yellow, and =2 for the components that I wanted orange, and =3 for the components that I wanted white.
So again, you could have up to three Subpicture Highlights. These are determined in the Menu menu, going to Edit menu Colors Set, as we talked about. By default, it's set to Automatic. So Encore is going to look at the colors of the layer and determine what's the best Subpicture Color? It wisely estimated that yellow was my number one, orange is my number two, and white is my number three. Of course, if I wanted to change this, I could go to menu Default, and then when I previewed this, it would look very different. So I could change any of these colors from this menu here.
I am actually going to take this back to Automatic and click OK. So basically we have three choices with Subpicture Highlights. We can do =1, =2 or =3, and that's for each Subpicture Highlight, for one button. The downside of this is that we do get some jaggies. It's not perfectly smooth just because of whatever it is in the DVD system that makes it, so that Subpictures are a little bit blocky. That's the way they will show up on the user's screen as well. But you can be more creative and think about what we can do with Subpicture Highlights.
They can go all over the place. They could be multi-colors, and so maybe there's some room for creativity there.
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