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DVD Studio Pro 2: Highlights and Overlays

Part 2: Exploring color options for menu highlights using overlays
Once I've done that, I'm simply going to click and drag on the stage over each of my zodiacal signs, making sure there's enough overlap to include the elements of my overlay that I want to include. Remember, only the portions within the boundaries defined by your button will be included in the highlight generated from your overlay.

In my particular case, I cut things pretty close in terms of button positioning and overlap, but it worked out anyway. A quick test in the Simulator confirms that things are working and that I get a nice dial-like effect when moving from one button to the next.

So now it's time to move on to my color settings.

Color options
We explored color mapping in the previous tutorial on working with highlights. To recap just a bit, click on your background in the Menu window (which I've been referring to as "the stage"), and look at the properties palette. There, click on the Color Settings tab. Select the Advanced mode, and also choose the appropriate type of mapping: either Chroma (color) or Grayscale, depending on you you created your overlay.

Each of the colors or grays listed under the heading "Key" represents the colors or shades in your overlay file. The colors listed in the "Color" category represent the colors that will be assigned as a highlight.

In total, you can have four colors per highlight, though normally you'll use at most three because mapping all of the colors in your overlay file will cause your button to become completely hidden, as in the example below.

So normally you will leave the fourth color (typically white) at 0 percent opacity.

In addition to your three or four colors, you can have up to three highlight sets per menu so that different buttons can use different colors. By default, buttons are set to use set 1, but you can alter the color settings of each individual button to assign a different set. To do this, simply click on Set 2 in the properties palette and assign the colors you want. Then do the same with Set 3. Below you see changes I made to Set 2.

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