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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 in this first step, we're going to create the most basic of all Encore elements, and that is a button set. So, here we have the Play All button, and the Scenes button, and we have the elements for the Set Up button, but it's not a button. We have some set up text, and we have a cloud shape, which is just going to be a graphic representation of our button, just decoration basically, and then we have the Sun copy layer here that's going to be our subpicture highlight. So what we do to make this a button is that we create a folder.
So, I'm going to go down here to the bottom of the Layers panel, click a Folder icon, our Layer Group icon, and then I'm going to drag these elements, all of them into the same folder. Let's go ahead and click this triangle here, close up that group, make sure it's all nice and contained there, looking good. Now, just because they are in the folder doesn't mean anything. We have to name this properly. So what I'm going to do is double-click on this layer until I get the highlight field, and I can type in it. I'm going to create an open parenthesis, and then click the Plus sign and then a close parenthesis.
I'll go ahead and call this button Set Up. That's not really critical, but what is critical is the little code, that little Plus sign in parentheses. That is critical. That is what tells Encore that this is a button. Now, when I first heard of Encore several years ago, this whole idea of button codes and all those different little things that you could put in there was a little confusing to me, but if you did that, if you just made a folder and drag this junk into the folder and put the Plus sign in parentheses, you just made your first button. You did it.
So it's not super overwhelming, and again, we're going to keep adding to this throughout this chapter as we go.
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