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Brian Brandt
Photoshop Menus look lo-res in SD widescreen
on Sep 5, 2010 at 1:59:23 am

I have been creating my layered menus in Photoshop to get the most design possibilities. With my current DVD project, in SD widescreen, the menus look somewhat low-res, with the type especially not looking sharp. The entire project was shot and edited in HDV, compressed to SD to for the final authoring.

The Photoshop files were set up as:
1440 x 1080
72ppi
Using the preset: HDV 1080/DVCPOR HD 720 (1.33)
The aspect ratio looks correct on the screen and on burned DVDs,no distortion. Just not as sharp as the actual DVD footage.

What's wrong?

Thank you,
Brian


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Noah Kadner
Re: Photoshop Menus look lo-res in SD widescreen
on Sep 5, 2010 at 3:17:36 am

Design at 853x480. You gain zip by designing HD menus for SD DVDs

Noah

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Brian Brandt
Re: Photoshop Menus look lo-res in SD widescreen
on Sep 5, 2010 at 6:22:11 pm

Hi Noah

I recreated the menu using your 853x480 specs and at 300ppi. The menu is a little shy left to right in my screen. And, unfortunately it doesn't appear any sharper. Am I missing something?

Brian


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Noah Kadner
Re: Photoshop Menus look lo-res in SD widescreen
on Sep 6, 2010 at 2:52:38 am

resize to 720x480 before leaving Photoshop. And don't expect miracles in Standard Definition...

Noah

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Michael Sacci
Re: Photoshop Menus look lo-res in SD widescreen
on Sep 6, 2010 at 3:11:36 am

Also ppi should always be 72 for video graphics.

You have to take all the guess work of the DVDSP handling of the image.


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