Managing Shapes

The Palette contains a Shapes tab. You can use this tab to view thumbnails of the shapes, drag the shapes to the Menu Editor to use them as buttons or drop zones, and import shapes that you have created.

Figure. Shapes tab of the Palette.

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

Two Types of Shapes

There are two types of shapes that are available: normal and patches. You can create your own normal shapes; however, patches only come with DVD Studio Pro, and you cannot create your own.

What’s a Patch?

Patches are shapes that are able to modify the assigned asset. For example, a shape may add a tint or a blur filter to the assigned asset. Some patches have a motion element although most are static. Patches can be positioned and sized just like normal shapes, and have still or video assets assigned to them.

Unlike normal shapes, you are not able to create custom patches.

Patches appear in the Apple group of the Shapes tab along with the normal shapes. You can tell which shapes are patches by choosing Patch Shapes in the Button Inspector’s Style tab.

Applying a Shape

You can apply a shape to an existing button or drop zone (or group of buttons or drop zones) on a menu, or you can create a new button when you apply the shape. The method you use to apply the shape (use the Apply button or drag the shapes) determines what you are able to do.

Shapes are sorted into three groups:

  • Apple: The shapes provided by DVD Studio Pro. These are available to all projects.

    Note: Not all shapes supplied with DVD Studio Pro support highlights. Some are intended to be used only with drop zones and do not include the highlight layer used by buttons.

  • Custom: The shapes you import and designate as available to all projects created on this system
  • Project: The shapes you import for use only in this project. These will not appear when you are working on other projects.

The Shapes tab in the Palette includes buttons so that you can choose which of these groups of shapes to view.

To apply a shape using the Apply button
  1. In the Palette, select the shape’s group (Apple, Custom, or Project), then select the shape you want to apply.

  2. In the Menu Editor, do one of the following:

    • To apply the shape to an existing button or drop zone: Select the button or drop zone.
    • To apply the shape to a group of buttons or drop zones: Select the buttons or drop zones by holding down the Shift key while clicking them.
  3. Click Apply.

The shape is applied to the selected items.

Note: The Apply button is disabled if you select more than one shape in the Palette. You cannot create a new button or drop zone using the Apply button.

To apply a shape by dragging
  1. In the Palette, select the shape’s group (Apple, Custom, or Project) so that the shape’s thumbnail appears.

  2. Drag the shape from the Palette to the Menu Editor, then do one of the following:

    • To apply the shape to an existing button or drop zone: Drag the shape to it.
    • To create a new button or drop zone: Drag the shape to an empty area of the menu and when the Drop Palette appears, choose either Create Button or Create Drop Zone.

Note: You cannot apply the shape to multiple existing buttons or drop zones by dragging.

To assign a shape in the Button Inspector
  1. In the Menu Editor, select the button to which you want to apply the shape.

  2. Click the Style tab in the Button Inspector.

  3. Choose a shape group from the Shape pop-up menu, then choose the shape to use from the submenu.

Figure. Shape selections pop-up menu in the Style tab of the Button Inspector.

A thumbnail of the shape appears in the Button Inspector and the shape is applied to the button.

When you create a new button by dragging a shape to the Menu Editor, the shape is added to the menu at its actual size. This can be important if you intend your shapes to be a specific size when used on a menu. (When shapes are applied to an existing button, they are squeezed to fit it, which can distort it significantly.)

Importing a Shape

You can import shapes that you create. See Creating Shapes for information on creating shapes.

When you import shapes, you choose whether they are specific to a project or shared.

To import a shape
  1. Click Import in the Shape tab in the Palette.

  2. In the selection dialog that appears, locate and select the shape (or shapes) to import.

    Figure. Shape import dialog showing the checkbox for using the shape only with this project.
  3. Select the Project checkbox if you want the shapes to be used only with this project. Deselect the checkbox to make them available to all projects on this system.

  4. Click Import.

The imported shapes now appear in their group (Project or Custom).

For custom shapes, the shape file is copied to the [root]/Library/Application Support/DVD Studio Pro/Shapes folder. For project shapes, the shape is copied to the project bundle. (Apple shapes are contained in the DVD Studio Pro application bundle.)

Updating a Shape

When you create a custom shape, you will often find, once you’ve applied it to a button or drop zone on a menu, that you need to make an adjustment to it. For example, you might need to make the highlight area larger.

To reimport a shape
  1. Click Import in the Shape tab in the Palette.

  2. In the selection dialog that appears, locate and select the shape (or shapes) to reimport.

  3. Select the Project checkbox if the shapes are used only with this project. Deselect the checkbox if they are available to all projects on this system.

  4. Click Import.

    A dialog appears, stating that the shape already exists.

  5. Click Replace to import the new versions of the shapes, replacing the existing ones.

To see the new versions of the shapes, either in places they are already in use or in new places you want to use them, you must save your project, close it, and then open it again. Any older versions of the shapes are updated to the new versions.

Deleting a Shape

You can delete one or more shapes.

To delete a shape
  1. In the Palette, select the shape’s group (Apple, Custom, or Project) that contains the shape or shapes to be deleted.

    Note: If you delete an Apple shape, you must reinstall DVD Studio Pro to get the shape back.

  2. Select the shape or shapes to delete. Use the Shift key to select multiple shapes.

  3. Click the Shape tab’s Delete button.

The shape’s file is deleted from its location (as determined by its group).

Note: You cannot delete a shape that is currently in use on a menu.