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DVD Studio Pro: Customizing Button States

Part 1: Highlight Formats, colors and mapping
6. Finally, select the layer set ("Highlight") in the layers palette, click on the flyaway menu on the top right of the palette, and choose "Merge Layer Set" from the menu of options. (Command-E also works when you have the Layer Set selected.) This will result in a single layer called "Highlight" containing all of your elements at different opacities.

And remember, just becasue some of the elements look transparent or semi-transparent now, it doesn't mean they will when we're done ... unless you want them to. More on that in the next section.

Now you're ready to go. You have a Mask layer, Shape layer, Highlight layer (which we just created) and, optionally, an Icon layer. (Make sure that if you do have an Icon layer you put something on it. If not, just delete that layer entirely.) So now save your image. It's time to get funky inside DVD Studio Pro with the advanced color options.

Advanced color options for highlights
We're now so close to being done I can just taste it. Can't you? Right. So first import your button into your Shapes library. Remember that when you create your own buttons, they appear in either the Custom or Project library, rather than the default Apple library. (Note: Do not import this file as an Asset, or this process won't work. You must import it as a Shape.)

After you import it, drag it over to your menu, and give it a text in the Simulator. Note that at the default settings, only the layer with 100 percent opacity will show up in the Highlight when selected.

To fix this, select your button in the Menu window and then go over to the Properties palette. There, click on the Color tab. Make sure that the mode is set to Advanced before you go any further.

Now, you see how this Color tab is labeled "Overlay Colors?" That's because normally this functionality is limited to overlays (which we'll cover next week). But because we've effected our little opacity trick in Photoshop, we can now use these options with with a regular, old integrated highlight. So, see the little black/gray/gray/white boxes next to the sliders? These correspond to the opacities in our Photoshop file. Black corresponds to 100 percent opacity; dark gray corresponds to 90 percent opacity; light gray corresponds to 28 percent opacity; and white we're not using at all.

So now select the colors you want for each of the different shapes you created, corresponding tot heir opacities. I'm using red, purple and a muddyish yellow. And then set the first three sliders up to an opacity of 15.

Using this method, you should now have a properly functioning highlight with three different colors.

And that is, as advertised, pretty darned fancy.

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