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Zoom Masks for DVD Studio Pro 2

Part 1: Creating custom masks for zooming in on an asset
Solution 1: the image-specific mask
So the solution to this issue is to create a special mask for your button within Photoshop that will be tailored specifically to the asset you intend to use for the button. I'll show you an alternate method in our next installment in this mask tutorial mini-series. Here's how the first method works.

1. First, open up Photoshop and create your button file using the standard method with the proper layer order and naming conventions, as in the following example. Leave the Mask layer empty for the time being.





2. Next, get a frame from your footage that you can use as a guide for positioning. Open that up in Photoshop as well. Once you have it open, paste a copy of your shape image onto the frame and position it as you will want it to be positioned in your final button. For example, I'm going to paste my frame right around the subject's face.



3. Add a new layer between the background and position reference, and fill it with black.



4. Select all, and hit Shift-Command-C to copy the merged layers.

5. Now go back to your button file, select the Mask layer in the Layers palette, and paste in your image. Once it's there, use the Move tool to set it into position behind your shape. Don't worry about making it match perfectly because we're going to delete the visible contents in the next step.



6. So now you have a Mask layer that contains mostly black, plus your reference image. Now select all and hit the Delete key to clear the visible portion of the layer.




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