Advanced DVD menu creation in TMPGEnc DVD Author 2.0 to beginners.
Creative DVD menu in Adobe Photoshop :
Select from photoshop Preset size of frame NTSC or PAL
Build menu as you like
Hide buttons in layers
In my case its 3 cake
save file as Main menu.psd photoshop file
File -> New..
select like in screenshot and most important set background to Transparent
drag and drop image of button to new file
Adjust size of image to size of button with Crop Tool
save image as name CakeButton.psd
Follow menu wizard of TMPGEnc DVD Author
Drag to bottom all titles
select all titles and select Memu item setting
Set Opacity to 0 to hide titles
Select Background and audio settings
Click on File browser and select Main menu.psd file
Select one of button and enter with right click to Menu item settings
Click on File browser and select CakeButton.psd file
Disable in Effects, Frame option and select OK
Repeat to 2 left buttons
Select Highlight of buttons from Global DVD menu settings
If Highlight of buttons have shape of square, you don't have save buttons separate.
Like this for example:
Load to the background photophop file with buttons
Select all 3 buttons and select Menu item settings
Disable Keep aspect ratio and all effects in Effects tab
Make shape and position correct to the image
Select again all 3 buttons and select Menu item settings
Set effect Opacty to 0, in Effects tab
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Any way of doing this on a tighter budget? After blowing $90USD on DVD Author 2.0 you would have to blow another $100USD on Photoshop Elements 5.0 all to produce what is still a rather static, simplistic menu. How about a guide to producing some animated menus or syncing audio to an animated menu? Friends of mine have done this quite effectively with Author 2.0, so I'll get them to give me a run through on how it's done....
If the Highlight of buttons shape of square, you don't have save buttons separate.
This is a great guide, thanks. I don't understand the second option, something was lost in the translation
If Highlight have shape of square.
Highlight indicate that button selected on menu
Highlight its orange thing on this image:
Excellent, roma_turok! Thank you so much for spending the time to explain all this. I love it!
As TimA-C said, I will have to find the time to experiment with this too.
One question: in the first example with the 3 cakes as buttons, is there a way to hide the cakes when they are not highlighted?
Rules/specifications of DVD not allow to hide button when its not highlighted.
What I meant was that only one cake is visible at one time in front of the title/chapter that you select. So I guess that would be a sub-picture? I am not familiar with the technical terms but I don't think it's a background graphic.
I would think it should be allowed in the specs because I have seen it in commercial DVDs where a symbol or object is used as a pointer to show you what chapter is selected.
Is this explanation clearer?
You explanation cleared in fist post on this topic.
I understand you like on this image simulation:
But features or technology of DVD not allow to do this.
I only guess what you see commercial DVDs,
its illusion where a symbol or object is used as a pointer
actually you jumping from menu to menu, when you moving the symbol.
Its possible to build menu like you wanted,
but if you have for example 5 buttons in 1 menu, you need to build 5 different menus.
Its became a mess, I not recommended
Only will be done with Adobe Encore DVD,DVD-lab or other they have more control on menu.
Please read this post: https://forum.videohelp.com/viewtopic.php?t=256913
Please read this guide to make menu as you asking: http://www.mediachance.com/dvdlab/tutorial/switchmenu.html
Yes, roma_turok, this is exactly what I had in mind. Thanks for posting the animation to show what I meant!
Ok, so I understand that it's more involved than what is explained in your guide. I will take a look at the links you posted.
Thank you for your help!
Or you can set in buttons Opacty to 0
with only highlights left, this can help?
Originally Posted by roma_turok
Originally Posted by Pinstripes23
I not talking about hiding buttons in menu.
I talking about moving button with full 256 color button, not 1 color highlights
Originally Posted by roma_turok
Has anyone tried this in Tsunami Pro 2? I can't get rid of the black box around my cake!
Try disable Frame option like I write in the guide
Still no luck. Tsunami doesn't like transparency
You have option to upload file on replay post, on the bottom
Please ZIP the button file, and upload zip file
I take look on the file.
Convert image to RGB color and save file different name.
Can you post your cake button so I can see if it shows transparency in my program?
I'm using corel draw and exporting psd. I also tried Gimp. Same thing.
This is what yours looks like.........same as mine........I must step out for 1 hour. Thanks
Thanks so much roma_turok. You have proven its my corel draw thats incompatable. Your edited file works fine. I'll have to try other drawing packages.