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Chapter 4. Working With Menus > Working with the Library Palette

Working with the Library Palette

The Library palette plays a big role in menu building in Encore DVD. It comes standard with a number of useful templates, and is the place for you to store your own custom templates. It also helps manage the placement of elements in a menu, and has a lot of organizational tools to keep you well, organized.

When working in the Library palette, you'll be working with Library sets, groupings of items that you can customize to your needs, and using the various view toggle buttons on the Library palette to show or hide specific types of items in a particular set (Figure 4.24). Here's an overview of the different types of items you can find in a Library set (more detail on the more exotic items, such as buttons and layer sets, can be found later in the chapter).

  • Menus: Photoshop files that may include several layers or two or more button layer sets.

  • Buttons: Photoshop files that contain a layer set with layers that follow the layer-naming convention to indicate buttons, subpictures, thumbnails, and so on. (More on all this later in the chapter.)

  • Images: Graphics or still images that you can use for menu backgrounds or for creating buttons.

  • Backgrounds: A Photoshop file containing only a background layer.

  • Layer sets: Photoshop files that contain no background layer and one layer set (without the naming convention that would classify it as a button).

  • Text: Photoshop files containing one text layer and no background layers.

  • Shapes: Photoshop files containing one vector layer and no background layers.

Figure 4.24. The Library palette view controls.


To display a Library set:

1.
On the Library palette, click the pop-up menu arrow (Figure 4.25).

Figure 4.25. A list of default Library sets.


The default Library sets appear.

2.
Select a set from the list.

The items available in the selected list are displayed in the Library palette (Figure 4.26).

Figure 4.26. A preview image of the selected item is always displayed in the center of the Library palette.


To create a Library set:

1.
Click the arrow for the flyout menu (Figure 4.27).

Figure 4.27. Using the fly-out menu to access some options.


2.
Choose New Set from the menu.

The New Set dialog appears (Figure 4.28).

Figure 4.28. You can create a new set, and give it a new name.


3.
Name the set and click OK.

The new set is added to the Library set list.

To delete a Library set:

1.
Click the arrow for the fly-out menu (Figure 4.29).

Figure 4.29. Back to the fly-out menu to delete a set.


2.
Choose Delete Set.

A warning dialog appears (Figure 4.30).

Figure 4.30. Again, Encore DVD wants to make sure before deleting.


3.
Click Yes to delete or No to exit the dialog.

To rename a Library set:

1.
Click the arrow for the fly-out menu.

2.
Choose Rename Set.

The Rename Set dialog appears (Figure 4.31).

Figure 4.31. You can rename a set that you've created, but not any of the default sets.


3.
Type a new name and click OK.

✓ Tips

  • The Library sets that are included with Encore DVD cannot be deleted or renamed.

  • To display multiple types of items, you can Shift-click on multiple toggle display buttons.


To add an item to the Library palette:

Do one of the following:

  • Click the fly-out menu on the Library palette and choose Add Item (Figure 4.32).

    Figure 4.32. So, are you ready for several different ways to add your own items to the Library palette? Here's one...


  • Click the Add Item button at the bottom of the Library palette (Figure 4.33).

    Figure 4.33. …and here's another…


  • Right-click within the Library palette's item list and select New Item (Figure 4.34).

    Figure 4.34. …and another way to do it…


  • Drag and drop a selected item from a folder on your computer into the Library palette's item list (Figure 4.35).

    Figure 4.35. …and one more: you can drag your items right into the Library palette.


✓ Tip

  • Encore DVD will examine the new item and display it in the appropriate category. For instance, if you add a simple JPEG image into the Library palette, Encore DVD will store it as an image file, no matter what item type was displayed in the Library palette's list when you added the item. See the information about the different item categories earlier in this chapter.


To delete an item from the Library palette:

Do one of the following:

  • Select an item from the list, click the fly-out menu on the Library palette, and choose Delete Item (Figure 4.36).

    Figure 4.36. Here's a quick tour of the ways you can get rid of items in the Library that you don't want. You can use this method…


  • Select an item from the list and click the Delete Item button (the button with the trash can graphic) at the bottom of the Library palette (Figure 4.37).

    Figure 4.37. …you can use the trash can…


  • Right-click on an item in the list and select Delete Item (Figure 4.38).

    Figure 4.38. ...or you can right-click and get rid of the item here.


  • A warning dialog appears (Figure 4.39). Click OK in the Delete Item dialog.

    Figure 4.39. As usual, you are asked if you are sure about this.


✓ Tip

  • The items that are included as standard templates with Encore DVD cannot be deleted.


Drag and drop placement from the Library palette into a menu:

  • Select an item from the list, then drag and drop it onto a menu in the Menu Editor (Figure 4.40).

    Figure 4.40. Hey, I didn't know there was a rocket in the Library palette! I figure it's worth a try to see if it fits in the menu.


✓ Tips

  • You can also click on the preview image displayed in the Library palette and drop that into the Menu Editor.

  • The items will be placed where you drop them in the Menu Editor window. In the case of a Background item, however, Encore DVD automatically replaces any existing background in a menu with your selection, and centers it in the menu.

  • A good idea, no matter what method you use to assemble your elements into a menu, is to make use of the Lock function in the Layers palette. Your menu will consist of several layers, and as soon as you have a layer in the position you like you can apply a lock to prevent accidentally deleting it or bumping it out of place. Locking layers is discussed later in the chapter.


Using the Place function in the Library palette:

  • Select an item in the Library palette list and click the Place button (Figure 4.41).

    Figure 4.41. The Place function makes for precise placement. It's available here…


    Or

  • With the Menu Editor selected, right-click on an item in the Library palette and select Place (Figure 4.42).

    Figure 4.42. …and can be found here as well.


    The item is added to the menu in the Menu Editor, according to item type:

    • Buttons are aligned on the left edge of the Title Safe Guide (Figure 4.43).

      Figure 4.43. The Place function puts the first button in the upper left of the Safe Area grid.

    • Menus, images, layer sets, text, and shapes are centered in the menu.

    • A background item replaces the menu's current background.

✓ Tips

  • If you use the Place function multiple times, the selected items will be arranged according to item type. Buttons will line up in columns and rows, even if they are different shapes and sizes (Figure 4.44). Menus, images, layer sets, text, and shapes “pile up” in the center of the Menu Editor when the Place function is used repeatedly. (You can use the Layers palette to help sort them out, if you want. See the section, “Building a Menu with Objects and Layers” in the chapter.)

    Figure 4.44. If you keep hitting the Place button, it will continue adding buttons as neatly as possible.

  • Double-clicking on an item in the Library palette will also place it in the Menu Editor.


Using the Replace function in the Library palette:

1.
Select an object in the Menu Editor.

2.
Select an item in the Library palette.

3.
Do one of the following:

  • Click the Replace button at the bottom of the Library palette (Figure 4.45).

    Figure 4.45. Replace allows for precision in replacing elements in a menu, and has a button at the bottom of the Library palette...


  • Right-click on an item in the Library palette and select Replace (Figure 4.46).

    Figure 4.46. …and of course it can be accessed by right-clicking in the Library palette, as well.


The menu object is replaced with the item selected in the Library palette.

✓ Tips

  • Replace is not available for the Background item category. You can use either the Set Background button or the Place function to replace a background.

  • The replacement item is resized to fit the dimensions of the original object in the menu.

  • You can use the Replace function to swap items of different categories. Buttons, images, layer sets, text, and shapes can all be interchanged using the Replace function.


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