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Creating menus with the Library panel

We've talked previously about how you can create menus from the Library panel simply by double-clicking, but what we're going to do here is we're going to use the Library panel to create separate elements to actually assemble a custom menu. Now the ultimate custom menu, of course, is created from Photoshop, and we'll talk about how to do that later in this training series. For now, go to Library panel, make sure you're in the General Set here and make sure that we're only seeing menus by clicking this first button here, and then go to the top, and I want Blank Menu, not Blank Menu HD, not Blank Menu Wide, but just Blank Menu.

And if we double-click that, that will add this to our project, and now it's basically like an empty canvas that we can use to take other elements from the Library panel to our menu here to construct it. Now what I'm going to do is go to the Set dropdown, and I'm going to change this set to Education. Now, you notice that there was like a little bar that went very quickly through the Library panel as it loaded the Education Set, but the first time that you load any other Set besides General, it will take a very long time to load. So if you switch to the Education set, and you've never done so before, be prepared to wait a good 20 seconds for that to happen, depending on the speed of your computer, of course.

Now, with this first button selected, we're only looking at menus, but we've already got a menu. So let's go and look at other stuff here. To click the next button, we'll look at Buttons.Tthe next button will show us images, and they are none in the Education Set currently, and I could click on backgrounds. And so what I'm going to do is I'm going to take one of these backgrounds, and I'm going to apply it to my menu. If I want this Chalkboard background to be my menu background, all I have to do is just double-click it, and it will automatically go in as part of the background of my menu Set. Now, here is a little trick.

If you know ahead of time that you want a certain background, let's just say the Elephant background, let's just say we want to make a menu out of this image. All we have to do is drag and drop it into our Project panel. It will assume that we want to make a menu with that image as the background. So as you go from set to set, realize that these background images are basically menus waiting to happen. Just so this isn't confusing, I'm going to select this Elephant background menu. I'm going to press the Trashcan at the bottom of the Project panel to delete this, so we can get back to working on our Chalkboard menu here. Now, we need some buttons on our background, so I'm actually going to click the Button, and I'm going to go to the top, and I'm going to select the Chalkboard button.

And what I can do is drag and drop this button wherever I'd like, or I could just double-click it. And it will just kind of come in somewhere into my menu. Now, this is not where I want these. They should be here in this blank spot, but I'm going to fix that in next movie. For now, we need to move to get some text. So we could actually type out the name of our movie or that's a menu, or whatever, but just having buttons is not quite good enough. So I'm going to go over here to the T, and here we have different types of text. There is only three for the Education Set, but if we are in a different Set, like General, the different types of Type that you can use are really large.

A lot of different styles here to play with, some little outdated and little cheesy, but there are some good ones in here as well. So I'm going to take the Set back to Education, and actually I wanted this Chalkboard Button Text, so I can just double-click or drag and drop, and that comes into my scene here. If we click it, it will not be selectable anymore unless we click directly on it, so there are kind of challenging to edit. So what we're going to do in the next movie is to talk about how to edit this mess that we've created. Now these are all the elements that I need, the buttons and the text, even though they are not set up right, and they are not in the right place and all that kind of stuff, but I could add more stuff.

I could, for example, click on the Images button and add an image here. And we're not going to do that, but we could. There's no images, again, in the Education Set, so I could go down to General Set so we can mix and match. We don't have to take all elements from one set. Let's say I want to add a little plane here, just drag and drop. I put my cursor around the outside corners here, and we get a double-sided curved arrow, and if we click and drag with that, we'll be able to rotate this object while it's selected, and we could move that around and select that, but I don't really want that in my current menu.

I'm just going to hit the Delete key to get rid of it, but we can drag and drop elements from the Library panel in any category, in any set, into our menu. Now, one final step, I want to start here in the next movie, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to File > Save As, and then I'm going to go to the Chapter 05 folder of the Exercise Files. And then I'm going to type menu for Editing, and that way, my work on my menu will be saved, and I can start here in the next movie.

Creating menus with the Library panel
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