Hi, Ive just started using Encore (CS4) but I am having problems with the button highlights. In photoshop when I create my menu files the button highlights look fine but when I import them into Encore they look pixelated. I thought this may just be in the preview but it still occurs after I have rendered my DVD as well. Tried looking round the forums and a few people have had the same problem but I cannot seem to see a solution.
[Rob McLoughlin]"Tried looking round the forums and a few people have had the same problem but I cannot seem to see a solution. "
And that is because there isn't a solution for it.
In the DVD-Video format, button highlights are 2 bit graphical overlay. 2 bits literally means pixels on or pixels off, so it will not support anything like shadows, gradients, glows, anti-aliasing, etc. - it can only represent up to 15 possible colors and up to 3 possible opacity values.
All that said, you can work around the limitations of the format by linking to duplicate menus and setting all menu buttons to auto-activate so that when the user selects the button, it goes to the linked menu - but this can be a lot of work and will not behave as expected in a software DVD player if the user mouses over the button (nothing will happen).