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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.
Now we're going to look at the code for creating a Replacement layer. Now this layer here is the ship here called Replacement. I'm going to go ahead and click this arrow to open it up. We got a few effects here, a few things going on. Just so we could see this a little bit more clearly, I'm going to hold the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on the PC and click the eye icon next to the Replacement layer. So we could just solo this layer and get rid of all the other pretty junk around it. And basically, we have this Gradient Overlay Effect. So if I click the eye icon for the effects here, I can see this is what the original layer looked like. This original layer had a mask.
And that's the original layer. Shift+ Click again to see with the layer mask. Click the eye icon or where the eye icon used to be see to see the effects back on. So we have this gradient coloring. So it's kind of giving it this like sunset look. We also have this kind of painterly, sparkly mask around the outside edges. And this is what we want to carry over into Encore so we can replace this image of a ferry with something a little bit more attractive later on. So, I'm going to hold the Option or Alt key and click that eye icon again.
This time let's go ahead and double- click in the name of the layer, go to the beginning of the name of the layer and in parentheses, just put an exclamation point, and that is it. That's all it takes to create a Replacement layer. Now, let's do Ctrl+Shift+S on the PC or Command+Shift+S on the Mac, and do a Save As, and I'm going to just type this as Replacement Layer FINAL, and I am going to save this in the PSD folder, inside the Media files that come with the training. I'm going to go ahead and click Save there. Go ahead and click OK on Maximize Compatibility.
Next, I'm going to hop on over to Encore, right-click in the Project panel, choose Import As > Menu, go to the PSD files here, and find the Replacement layer FINAL menu here, click on Open, and if we select this menu in the Menu Viewer, actually I have the Type tool selected, I got to hit Escape here to cancel out of that. But if we have the Menu Viewer selected, go to the Layers panel. We could see that we actually have now a Replacement layer. We are not seeing the cool icon that we normally see. We're just seeing the Replacement layer icon here in the Layers panel. It worked.
So now I'm going to take this other image that I have, the beach_houses here, and you could see the coloration is complete different, the size is fullscreen. Let's go ahead and drag and drop the beach_houses image onto the ship here, and once we let go, we could see that our beautiful, painterly, sparkly mask held over, as well as did our color scheme. So, mission accomplished.
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