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iDVD '09 connects with other iLife '09 applications to create slick, professional-looking DVDs incorporating pictures, movies, and music. In iDVD '09 Essential Training, Garrick Chow takes a detailed look at how to create a DVD using Apple's built-in shortcuts or the provided customized templates. Users will see how to build menus and submenus, automatically create scene selection menus, and archive the final project on a disk or as a disk image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Before we add more content to our DVD project, let's pause for a moment and talk about some more ways we can customize the look of our theme and project. Specifically, I want to take a look at how we can customize the buttons in our menus. Basically any items on your menu that have been Clicked takes you to somewhere else on the DVD whether it's to another menu, or to a video or slide show, let's consider a button and each theme has a default look for its buttons and often times the button appearance is going to differ depending on which menu within that theme you are using. For example, on this main menu of the Modern theme that I'm using, we have two Text buttons. Let me go ahead and play this so you can see how they work.
(Music plays.) So you can see they highlight when I roll over them and that's pretty much it for these buttons. That's their behavior. (Music plays.) Same thing for the menus on the Deleted Scenes menu, if I Click that and go to Deleted Scenes. (Music plays.) Again we have these Text menus that are highlighting in orange. Let's go back to the main menu and let's go to our Scene Selection menu.
(Music plays.) Here on the Scene Selection menu, we have different types of buttons. You can see here that there are actually movies playing inside these buttons and they also highlight in orange with an outline appearing around the thumbnail of the video. These types of buttons are called Shape buttons. Let's go ahead and stop the playback. So these are all nice looking buttons within this theme but you are not stuck with whichever type of button happens to appear in whichever menu you are using.
Let's go back to the main menu. I'll now use the Southern Utah button as an example to show you how to customize buttons. With up on selected I can go to the Buttons pane and here you can see that we have all sorts of different appearances we can select from, from our Buttons. This menu at the top is divided into Text, Bullets, Shapes and you see a divider line and then we have Frames, Artistic, Rectangle and Rounded. For the most part, the three categories at the top of the menu deal with Text buttons, these are best applied for changing the look of buttons that are primarily text and the items at the bottom are for when you want to add videos or photos to the buttons like we saw on the Scene Selection page. So with text selected, the items here affect how the text is really highlighted and you can see the different highlights appear as I select them. So if I select this highlight, you can see a little orange underline has appeared under Southern Utah.
This highlight is more of a straight line; this highlight is more of a hand-drawn line. It's kind of hard to see when you have the button self-selected and you can't see it when you deselect. So I'm going to play this so you can actually see how this looks. (Music plays.) So there is that highlight. (Music plays.) And if I had the other one set that way as well then I would see the underline appear under the Deleted Scenes menu when I rolled up over here, but currently I'm only working with the Southern Utah button. Let's Click Stop.
Let's select that button again, and we'll switch over to Bullets and I can see the different bullets that are available here to add as Bullet highlights. Now you may have a larger or smaller collection of Bullets in your copy of iDVD, if you had older versions of iDVD installed previously. But if you just have a fresh copy of iDVD you might not have as many bullets as you see here or you might have more. But again just selecting them shows me different highlights. We have several different star bullets that lack as highlights, triangle, or stars, got hearts, there are cubes, there are squares something that looks like molding and of course we don't want any highlights other than the text itself highlighting and Click the no symbol at the top.
Each one of these different sections has a no symbol available so you can remove any sort of highlight or change to the button that you might have applied and we also have Shapes and these added shape highlights around our button. We have some really large highlights. Let me show what that one looks like. (Music plays.) It looks something like that. Probably don't want that for this particular menu. But you know you can run through here with the button selected and to see what these different shapes look like and so on and so on. I kind of like that hand-drawn underline look from the Text menu, so I'll go ahead back to Text and select that highlight. I'm going to add that to both buttons on my main menu.
So I'm going to select Deleted Scene and also add that highlight. So now we can see what that looks like. (Music plays.) So we see that underline appear each time I roll over button. Now if you don't like the color of the highlight used in the button, you can change that as well. Just open up the Menu Info window and make sure that you have nothing selected when you Click the Info button, otherwise we have a button selected, you will see the Button Info window and that's not where we want to be. So I'm going to make sure I have nothing selected and here on the Menu Info window we have this Highlight color well. And I can Click that to open the Color Picker to pick another highlight color, and I often like to pick colors that are already present in the menu. So I'm going to use the magnifying glass to sample another color for my screen and I'll just pick the color of maybe one of these lighter rocks in here. Maybe right about there. I'll close the color picker.
I'll close the Menu Info window and let's see what that looks like now. (Music plays.) So there we go, nice lighter color instead of that bright orange. (Music plays.) So these are the types of changes you can make to Text buttons. Let's go back to the Scene Selection menu and look at how we can customize the Shape buttons. So again we have four Shape buttons here, so I just need to have one of them selected to change its look and let's go to Frames and here we have a large number of frame shapes to put around the button. So you can just select one and see whether it's appropriate or whether you like it. Now just because these are here doesn't mean you have to use them. It's up to you to determine what's appropriate for your project. Maybe little birds are not appropriate for your DVD Shape buttons.
But you can see that there is a wide selection to choose from here. We also have Artistic, which sometimes gets even more elaborate, lot of hand-drawn looking frames here. Got a little filmstrip look. We have a heart shape look and we also have Rectangle, which as you might imagine are mostly rectangle shapes, and we also have Rounded. These are kind of cool.
If you end up picking one of these you probably want to apply the same shape to all of your buttons just for consistency sake. So we can really go wild here and drastically change the original look of the button. Now word of caution, if you change your mind and decide not to change the shape of the button and you Click the no symbol that will actually take away the shape formatting and turn your button back into a Text button. So I could try to hunt around in here and try to find the one rectangle that kind of looks like all the other buttons here and I don't actually think I'm going to find it because I think the button shapes here are sort of custom for this particular theme. But you can always go back to the original look of a button by selecting the button and then choosing Advanced > Reset Object to Theme Settings and that will take it back to its original look.
So you are free to experiment as much as you want and if you change your mind, you can always go back to the original look. Also this divider line that I mentioned in the Buttons menu is just sort of a guideline. You are not really limited to applying only the items under the divider line to Shape buttons. If you want to convert a Shape button into a Text button, just select the button and then choose a look from Text, Bullets or Shapes. But I don't really want to do that, so let's set that back. Similarly I can go back to the main menu and turn any of these Text buttons into a Shape button just by selecting something from one of the four categories underneath the divider line. But again I don't really want to do that here either. I kind of like the Text buttons on the main menu here. So again Advanced > Reset Object to Theme Settings.
Although I guess I did have an underline highlight selected, so again we'll go back to Text and I'll add that highlight selection back. So that's yet another way to customize look of a standard iDVD theme, in this case by changing the look of the buttons to really make the DVD theme your own.
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