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Chapter 4. Working With Menus > Working with Color Sets

Working with Color Sets

You can have as many color sets in a project as you like, and you can save and reuse color sets in different projects. Each menu references only one color set at a time, and each color set can have up to 15 colors (plus one opacity setting for each color) you can customize for the different button states.

Some facts and suggestions about color sets:

  • Encore DVD has a default color set, which you can use or modify.

  • For menus imported from Photoshop, Encore DVD calculates an Automatic color set, based on the colors chosen for the subpictures in Photoshop. This menu cannot be modified.

  • You can make changes to some or all of the color sets in a project via the Properties palette.

  • It's generally best to design one color set for all the menus in your project. Consistency will help your viewers navigate through the menus without being distracted or confused.

  • To help maintain consistency, Encore DVD “remembers” the last color set used, and applies that as a default for subsequent new menus.

  • It's also common to use the same highlights for both the selected and activated states of a button, as a color change on activation can sometimes be a distraction to the viewer.

  • The opacity settings in color sets can be used to “pop-on/pop-off” menu elements to indicate different button states.

The controls for these functions are in the Menu Color Set dialog.

To view a color set:

1.
Choose Menu > Edit Menu Color Set (Figure 4.133).

Figure 4.133. Preparing to edit the project's color sets.


The Menu Color Set dialog appears with the currently active color set displayed (Figure 4.134).

Figure 4.134. The Menu Color Set dialog in its default display.


2.
To select an alternate color set, use the pop-up menu in the upper pane of this window.

In a new project, the only color set available for a new menu will be Menu Default.

To create a new color set:

1.
Choose Menu > Edit Menu Color Set.

The Menu Color Set dialog appears with the currently active color set displayed.

2.
Click the Create a New Color Set button.

The New Color Set dialog appears, with a copy of the current color set as the default name.

3.
Keep the current name or type a new name in the New Color Set dialog (Figure 4.135).

Figure 4.135. The New Color Set name dialog.


4.
Click OK.

The color set file is saved and incorporated into your project file (.ncor).

✓ Tips

  • Although you can modify the Menu Default color set, it is a good idea to copy it and modify the copy.

  • Color sets saved as above are not available to other projects.


To adjust the colors in a color set:

1.
Follow the steps above to open the Menu Color Set dialog and either create a new color set or open an existing one.

2.
Select the color swatch for any of the color groups in the Menu Color Set dialog (Figure 4.136).

Figure 4.136. Getting ready to modify a color in a color set.


The Color Picker appears (Figure 4.137).

Figure 4.137. The Color Picker. Note that NTSC Colors Only is checked to keep colors within “legal” limits for TV display.


3.
Use the controls to modify the color. The box in the upper right displays the original color in the bottom pane and the new color you are picking in the top pane.

4.
Click OK.

The modified color appears in the color swatch you selected.

5.
Click the pop-up menu for opacity and select the amount of opacity for the highlight (Figure 4.138).

Figure 4.138. Selecting opacity values in the color set.


6.
Follow steps 3 to 5 for the other color groups.

7.
Click OK to commit changes and close the Menu Color Set dialog.

✓ Tips

  • The Preview check box in the Menu Color Set dialog allows you to see the changes you make reflected in the menu that's displayed in the Menu Editor window (Figure 4.139).

    Figure 4.139. You can preview the changes you make to the color set while you make them.

  • Check the NTSC Colors Only check box in the Color Picker to avoid colors that will be too saturated to display well on a TV.


To export a color set:

1.
Choose Menu > Edit Menu Color Set.

2.
Click the Export to Color Set File button (Figure 4.140).

Figure 4.140. Preparing to export the current color set.


The Save Color Set File dialog appears (Figure 4.141).

Figure 4.141. Save the color set file to a folder you can locate again when you want to reuse it.


3.
Name the color set file and select a folder.

4.
Click Save to save the color set to the folder.

✓ Tips

  • Exported color sets are available to other projects.

  • It's a good idea to create a specific folder to save your color sets in and be consistent in saving to that folder.


To import a color set:

1.
Choose Menu > Edit Menu Color Set.

2.
Click the Import from Color Set File button (Figure 4.142).

Figure 4.142. Importing a color set.


The Import Color Set File dialog appears (Figure 4.143).

Figure 4.143. Locating and getting ready to import a color set file.


3.
Navigate to the desired color set file and click Open.

The selected color set file is displayed in the Menu Color Set dialog.

To delete a color set:

1.
Choose Menu > Edit Menu Color Set.

2.
Select a color set in the Color Set pop-up menu and click the Delete Color Set button (Figure 4.144).

Figure 4.144. Preparing to delete the active color set.


The Delete Color Set confirmation dialog appears (Figure 4.145).

Figure 4.145. Confirming the color set deletion.


3.
Click Yes to confirm.

✓ Tip

  • The Menu Default color set and any Automatic color sets cannot be deleted.


To apply a color set to a menu:

1.
With the Properties palette open, select a menu from the Project tab, Menus tab, or Menu Editor window.

The menu properties are displayed in the Properties palette (Figure 4.146).

Figure 4.146. A menu's current color set is displayed in the Properties palette.


2.
Select the Color Set pop-up menu in the Properties palette, and choose a color set from the pop-up list (Figure 4.147).

Figure 4.147. You can choose another color set in the project from the list in the Properties palette.


✓ Tip

  • You can select multiple menus from the Project or Menus tab, then use the Color Set pop-up menu in the Properties palette, as above, and Encore DVD will apply the chosen color set to all the selected menus.


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