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

Working with the Styles Palette

The Styles palette is very similar to the Library palette in terms of how it is designed and organized. The main difference is that, although the purpose of the Library palette is to store, organize, and apply various items that can be used to make a menu, the Styles palette comes equipped with prebuilt drop shadows, bevels, gradients, text effects, and so on that can be applied to objects/layers in a menu. Like the Library palette, the Styles palette organizes the various styles in sets and allows you to add your own custom styles to the styles that come standard on Encore DVD.

There are three different categories of these predefined effects in the Styles palette: Image, Text, and Shape. Any of these types can be applied to a layer or object in a menu. (They behave somewhat differently when working with layer sets. More on that later in the chapter.)

In fact, because the Styles palette has the same structure as the Library palette, I'll introduce you to the basics of the Styles palette and then jump into using styles with menus. If you have any operational questions about displaying/creating/deleting or adding items to style sets, check back to the Library palette section earlier in the chapter.

To display a style set:

On the Styles palette, click the pop-up menu arrow (Figure 4.101).

Figure 4.101. Here's just one example of all the style treatments available.

The default style sets are displayed.

Select a set from the list.

The items available in the selected list are displayed in the Styles palette.

To apply a style to a menu:

  • Do one of the following:

    • Click on the preview image in the Styles palette and drop it onto an object in the Menu Editor.

    • Double-click on an item in the Style palette list.

    • Click the Apply Style button at the bottom of the Styles palette (Figure 4.102).

      Figure 4.102. And you can use the Apply Style button at the bottom of the Styles menus as well.

    • Select the preview image or an item from the Styles palette list and drag and drop it onto an object in the Menu Editor (Figure 4.103).

      Figure 4.103. In this example, a glass bevel effect is being dropped onto elements of the menu from the Styles palette.

    The style is applied to the selected element in your menu.

✓ Tips

  • Styles with a plus sign (+) in their name in the Styles palette can be combined with other styles from the palette (Figure 4.104). Other styles cannot be combined—each one replaces the one that preceded it when applied to an object in a menu.

    Figure 4.104. Some image effects are additive—you can just keep “piling them on” to a selected item.

  • The style you apply to a menu object is attached to that object. If the object moves or is changed, the style also moves or is changed.

  • A very useful feature in the Styles palette is found in the Images section of the General Styles set. It's the ability to clear any styles that you've applied to a menu item (Figure 4.105). Because many of the styles are additive, it's very nice to remove unwanted style effects easily.

    Figure 4.105. When you get a style or two applied that you want to get rid of, you can delete them with the Clear function.

  • When applying a style from the Image category to a layer set, the style is applied to all layers in a set. The Text category styles only affect text objects/layers, and the Shape category only affects shape layers. Style palette selections do not affect button highlights (subpictures).

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