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Part: I The Basics > Working With Menus

Chapter 4. Working With Menus

Assuming that you've been working through each chapter in the order in which they appear, you've organized your disparate assets and created some timelines. Now you'll need to create some menus to link everything in your project together.

In menus, which are actually Photoshop files, you'll find some combination of four basic components:

  • A background, which can be made of either still or moving images

  • Foreground objects, such as text, logos, or other images

  • Buttons, which are specialized objects you will use to link to timelines or other menus

  • Subpictures, which are used to define the different states of a button (normal, selected, or activated)

These components are organized into layers and layer sets as you work with them in Encore DVD.

Although many Encore DVD users will design their menus in Photoshop, Encore DVD has a lot of menu-making capability built in. This chapter will focus on how you can use Encore DVD to create menus, starting with simple, static elements. For more advanced menu techniques, see Chapters 7 and 8.

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