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Workshop

Review the questions and answers in this section to try to sharpen your DVDit! authoring skills. Also, take a few moments to tackle my short quiz and the exercises.

Q&A

Q1:I imported some old family photos to use as stills, menu backgrounds, and buttons, but they look squashed or elongated when I bring them into DVDit!. What's going on?
A1: DVDit! alters images to match a standard TV 4:3 aspect ratio. If your images do not exactly fit that ratio, DVDit! will stretch or squash them to fit. Images for menu backgrounds should be at least 640×480, and stills should be 720×540. If your images are less than those resolutions, DVDit! will expand them, causing them to lose some sharpness. When you scan your photos, do it at 72 dots per inch. TVs can't display at a higher resolution.
Q2:I created a set of layered buttons in Photoshop and saved them directly into the DVDit! Buttons folder. But all I see is a white frame with one button in it. When I drag that to a menu, there is no way to remove that white frame or use the other buttons. Why is that?
A2: You need to let DVDit! actually import that graphic. It's not enough to put it in the proper file folder. Open DVDit!, select Theme, and then select your theme from the list or select Open Theme to find and open your theme. Go to the Button palette, click Theme, select Add Files to Theme, select your Photoshop PSD file, and then click Open. DVDit! will now note that this is a layered Photoshop file with an alpha channel transparency and split up the file into its constituent buttons.


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