Templates and Styles in the Palette

Templates and styles are contained in the Palette’s first two tabs.

Figure. Templates tab of the Palette showing buttons that select the group of templates or styles to display.

See Managing Shapes for information on the Shapes tab, and Media Tabs for information on the Audio, Stills, and Video tabs.

You can choose either small or large as the size for the thumbnails that appear in the Palette in the General pane of DVD Studio Pro Preferences. See General Preferences for more information on the preferences.

Template and Style Groups

To see the available templates and styles, you click the buttons at the top of the tabs. There are three choices for templates and four for styles:

  • Apple: The templates and styles provided by DVD Studio Pro. These are available to all projects.
  • Custom: The templates and styles you create and do not designate as “Project.” These are available to all projects.
  • Project: The templates and styles you create for use only in a specific project. These do not appear when you are working on other projects.

    Note: You must have saved your project before you can create a template or style belonging to the project group.

  • Current: For styles only, these are the styles that have been linked to the template assigned to the current menu. See Linking Styles to Templates for more information.

Style Types

In addition to the style group you select, when you click the Styles tab in the Palette, you also need to select the type of style.

Figure. Styles tab of the Palette showing the buttons that select the style type to display.

There are four style types you can choose from:

  • Buttons: Contains almost all settings (except navigation and jump settings) from the Button Inspector.
  • Text: Contains the font, size, color, rotation, and default text.
  • Drop Zones: Contains details about drop zones.
  • Layouts: Contains locations, sizes, shapes, and other attributes of one or more buttons on a menu.

Linking Styles to Templates

You can link, or associate, styles to templates. That way, if you apply a template to a menu and then want to use a different button style on one of the buttons, you can choose to see only those button styles that have been linked to that template. This makes it easier to create menus based on families of templates and styles, helping you maintain a consistent look while creating a project.

Once you have applied a template to a menu, you can see which styles are linked to that template by selecting the Current view in the Styles tab in the Palette. When you select a style type (buttons, text, layouts, or drop zones), only the styles linked to that menu appear.

Note: You can only link the styles you create to templates. The supplied Apple styles are already linked to the Apple templates.

To link a style to a template
  1. Control-click a style, then choose Link to Templates from the shortcut menu.

    A selection dialog that lists all templates appears.

    Figure. Shortcut menu used to link styles to templates.
  2. Select the checkbox next to all templates that you want to link this style to.

Because menus keep track of the last template applied to them, you can open a menu at any time and, by selecting the Current view in the Styles tab, see those styles linked to the menu’s template.

Note: If no template is applied to the menu, or no styles have been linked to the template, no styles appear when the Current view is selected.

About Template and Style Properties

Properties define the look and content of templates and styles. For example, properties define what kind of menu background a template has, how many buttons a layout style has, and where the buttons are located on the menu. Not all templates and styles need to use all of the properties available to them. For example, you can create a set of templates that have no menu background—when they are applied to an existing menu, the menu’s current background is maintained while other template properties, such as groups of buttons and text objects, are added to the menu.

A template contains the properties of each of the four styles plus some additional properties. See the following sections for details:

Button Style Properties

Button styles and all buttons in a template contain the following properties. Templates also contain the following properties as the default button style, used when a Drop Palette action requires new buttons to be created on the menu. See Setting Default Styles for information on setting a default button style.

  • Size: The width and height of the button’s active area
  • Asset: The asset file assigned to the button and the timecode setting below the thumbnail. When a button style is applied to an existing button, this asset only appears if the existing button does not already have an asset assigned.
  • Motion: Whether or not motion has been enabled for the asset
  • Shape: The shape file assigned to the button
  • Shadow: Whether or not the menu’s drop shadow has been enabled for the shape
  • Color Set: Which of the three highlight sets the button uses
  • Auto Action: Whether or not Auto Action has been enabled for the button
  • Invisible: Whether or not the button has been set to be invisible
  • Default Text: The actual text that the button uses. When a button style is applied to an existing button, this text only appears if the existing button does not already have text.
  • Font: The font’s name and size used for the button text
  • Text Color: The text’s color
  • Text Position: The text’s position on the button (top, left, right, center, or bottom)
  • Text Offset: The offset values for the text’s position
  • Text Shadow: Whether or not the menu’s drop shadow has been enabled for the text
  • Text in Highlight: Whether or not the text is included in the button’s highlight

Text Style Properties

Text styles and all text objects in a template contain the following properties. Templates also contain the following properties as the default text style, used when you double-click the menu background to create a text object. See Setting Default Styles for information on setting a default text style.

  • Default Text: The actual text that the text object uses. This text does not appear when a text style is applied to an existing text object.
  • Font: The font’s name and size used for the text object
  • Text Color: The text’s color
  • Rotation: The rotation setting used for the text object

Drop Zone Style Properties

Drop zone styles contain the following properties. Templates contain the following properties for each of their drop zones.

  • Size: The width and height of the drop zone’s active area
  • Asset: The asset file assigned to the drop zone and the timecode setting below the thumbnail. When a drop zone style is applied to an existing drop zone, this asset only appears if the existing drop zone does not already have an asset assigned.
  • Shape: The shape file assigned to the drop zone
  • Shadow: Whether or not the menu’s drop shadow has been enabled for the drop zone
  • Rotation: The rotation setting used for the drop zone
  • Motion: Whether or not motion has been enabled for the asset

Layout Style Properties

Layout styles and templates contain the following properties.

  • Position/Size: The position and size of all buttons in the layout
  • Button Assets: The assets assigned to the buttons. This asset does not appear when a layout style is applied to a menu with buttons already containing assets. This asset only appears if the existing buttons do not already have an asset assigned.
  • Button Shapes: The shapes assigned to the buttons
  • Button Text: The text assigned to the buttons. This text does not appear when a layout style is applied to a menu with buttons already containing text. This text only appears if the existing buttons do not already have text assigned.
  • Default Button: The button number of the button assigned as the default button. This is the button selected when the menu appears, unless the connection to the menu specified a different button.
  • Guides: The guide configuration, including the number of guides and their positions

Other Template Properties

In addition to the button, text, drop zone, and layout style properties, templates contain the following properties:

  • Default Button Style: The default button style is used when a Drop Palette action requires new buttons to be created on the menu. See Setting Default Styles for information on setting a default button style.
  • Default Text Style: The default text style is used when you double-click the menu background to create a text object. See Setting Default Styles for information on setting a default text style.
  • Background Asset: The name of the asset assigned to the menu as the background
  • Overlay: The name of the asset assigned to the menu as the subpicture overlay
  • Audio Asset: The name of the audio asset assigned to the menu
  • Drop Zones: All drop zones added to the menu. Each drop zone includes its own settings.
  • Text Objects: All text objects added to the menu. Each text object includes its own settings.
  • Color: The color mapping settings for the menu. These include the color and opacity assigned to each button state for each of the three color sets, as well as the Color Palette’s 16 colors.
  • Mapping Type: Whether the menu uses the chroma or grayscale mapping type
  • Motion: The timecode values for the start, loop point, end, and duration settings, as well as the action for the menu’s end
  • Shadow: The drop shadow settings that the buttons, text objects, and drop zones can use
  • Display Mode: Whether the menu uses a 4:3,16:9 Pan-Scan, 16:9 Letterbox, or 16:9 Pan-Scan & Letterbox display mode
  • Resolution: The video resolution of the video background
  • Transitions: All transitions assigned to the menu and its buttons