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Bring buttons to life with thumbnails created in Photoshop

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Create thumbnail shapes in Photoshop To create simple thumbnail shapes in Photoshop:
1 Create one or more layers in a button-layer set in Photoshop.
2 Label the layer as a thumbnail with the (%) prefix.
3 Choose a selection tool from the Tools palette. Because the default shape for a video or still image is rectangular, the Rectangular Marquee will generally be your tool of choice.
4. With the selection tool, draw a shape on the thumbnail layer. Exact proportions won’t matter. If the selection is not rectangular, Encore DVD will calculate the smallest rectangle in which the image can fit.
5 Define the shape by filling it with a color
6 Save the Photoshop file.
7 In Encore DVD, import the Photoshop file as a menu. The menu appears in the Menu Editor with the thumbnail shape filled in with gray as a placeholder for an image.
8 With the Properties palette open, select the thumbnail in the Menu Editor. The button properties appear.
9 Create a link between the thumbnail and a timeline or menu in one of the Project window tabs.The first frame of the selected image or timeline appears in the thumbnail.
Tips
• If you are linking to a timeline, you can select a specific chapter point to link to. That point’s frame will be displayed in the thumbnail. You can also use the Set Poster Frame feature to specify a particular frame for display. More details on poster frames later in the chapter.
• Encore DVD has a few default thumbnail buttons already built and stored in the Library palette. You can use them “as is” or use the Edit in Photoshop procedure to modify them in Photoshop.
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Posted By : Merin
On date : 10.06.09

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