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DVD Studio Pro 2: Highlights and Overlays

Part 2: Exploring color options for menu highlights using overlays
So first, I create my background on a 720 x 534 pixel canvas with all the supposed "buttons." In this case, zodiacal signs, just to change things up a bit. (Note: These zodiacal symbols are from the freely downloadable font Signs of the Zodiac 2 from Listemagaren, found at Font Garden, an excellent resource for shareware and freeware fonts.)





Then, on top of that, I'm going to design my highlight elements.



Once I have everything positioned correctly, I'll go in and tint my overlay elements so that I'll be able to apply my color map within DVD Studio Pro. (Never leave anything white in your overlay.) Remember, DVD Studio Pro recognizes either four levels of gray or four colors to be used to map highlight colors. You don't have to be entirely precise about it because DVD Studio Pro will automatically shift values in the source image to the nearest key color value. In grayscale color mapping, the four colors are black, dark gray (R84, G84, B84), light gray (R171, G171, B171) and white. If you'd prefer to use colors (which may help you with visualizing your highlights better than gray can, the four colors to use are black, red (R255, G0, B0), blue (R0, G0, B255) and white. Me, I'm using the grayscale method.



When I'm done, I'll save the background and overlay as separate files, making sure to eliminate unused layers. So I'll have a background file (zodiacback.psd) with the zodiacal elements and an overlay file (zodiacoverlay.psd) containing only my overlay ornaments.

Bringing it into DVD Studio Pro
Then I'll launch into DVD Studio Pro and drag my two new files--zodiacback.psd and zodiacoverlay.psd--into my Assets tab in DVD Studio Pro. I'll then drag my background image onto the stage and select "Set Background" from the list of options that pops up.



Then I'll drag my overlay file onto the stage and select "Set Overlay" from the options that pop up.




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