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DVD Studio Pro 2: Highlights and Overlays

Part 2: Exploring color options for menu highlights using overlays
To assign a different highlight color set to an individual button, select that button, and then choose the set you want to use in the Style tab within the Properties palette.

And you can do the same thing with the Activated state (the state the user views briefly when clicking on a button in your menu). That is, you can have three completely different highlight color sets from the sets you've assigned to the Selected state.

OK, so what if you don't like the list of available highlight colors? Well, that's simple enough to fix. You have the full RGB gamut to work with (though, of course, you don't want to mess up and use colors that aren't NTSC safe). Simply lick on the "Edit Palette" button located at the bottom of the Color Settings tab of the Properties palette.

When the color palette pops up, choose the color you want to replace by clicking on it.

Then use the RGB or HSB sliders (not sure why there are grayscale and CMYK sliders as well, but all right) to create your color. To store your colors for future use, clic on the big color rectangle at the top and drag it down to the little memory squares on the bottom.

And that's it. You can now map colors with standard highlights and overlays, and you've learned a few hidden tricks as well. In our next exploration of DVD Studio Pro, we'll move on to masks and discuss a a valuable technique for zooming into your asset by modifying your Shape's mask layer in Adobe Photoshop. After that, it's on to trickier techniques involving motion masks. Stay tuned! And be sure to drop me a line in the Apple DVD Studio Pro forum or any of my other forums listed below.

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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