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Andy Crowson
Adding a layer for DVD menu
on Aug 25, 2010 at 8:23:31 am

Hi. I'm just starting to use motion to create dvd menus, and have been shown how to add text and graphic items to the photoshop files I have for my menu, but cannot remember how to simply add another layer onto which I will put the blacked-out shapes of all the menu items, so that when a mouse hovers over them, they will change to black when the dvd is being used. I know I have to add a colour solid layer - but cannot for the life of me see how to do this simple operation! Thanks, Andy


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Mark Spencer
Re: Adding a layer for DVD menu
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:40:15 pm

I just create a new group, put a big white rectangle shape in it covering the full canvas, then add black shapes for the overlays. Then export this black and white image as a pict or jpg, and then turn off the group so that it won't show up in the actual menu. Import both the Motion project file and the image into DVDSP - apply the project file as the menu and the image as the overlay, then draw your buttons to expose the overlay (button highlights).

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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