Choosing the Menu’s Background

Layered menus must use the same PSD file for both the menu’s background and the layered buttons. Because of this requirement, only PSD files with multiple layers can be used as backgrounds for layered menus.

For best quality, be sure your graphic:

DVD Studio Pro automatically scales the size of the background graphic to fit the frame size if necessary, which can result in the menu’s background color appearing along some edges.

There are several ways to assign a background to a menu. Use the method that you feel most comfortable with. In all cases, these methods also replace an existing background.

Assigning a Menu Background Using the Inspector

You can assign a menu background using the Inspector. With this method, you can only choose from assets already imported into DVD Studio Pro.

To assign a menu background using the Inspector
  1. Select the menu and make sure the Menu Inspector displays the menu properties.

  2. Click the General tab in the Inspector (if it’s not already visible).

  3. Choose a background from the Background pop-up menu.

The selected file appears as the menu background, with all layers hidden. You can choose which layers to show in the Menu Inspector.

Assigning a Menu Background by Dragging

You can assign a background to a menu by dragging the asset from the Assets tab, the Palette, or a Finder window.

To assign a menu background by dragging it to the Menu Editor
  1. Select the menu in the Outline tab, the Graphical tab, or choose it from the Menu Editor’s View pop-up menu to display it in the Menu Editor.

  2. Locate the background file you want to use in the Assets tab, Palette, or Finder window.

  3. Drag the asset to an empty part of the Menu Editor and pause until the Drop Palette appears.

  4. Choose one of the following:

    • Set Background—All Layers Visible: To show all layers in the file.
    • Set Background—No Layers Visible: To hide all layers in the file.

The background appears in the Menu Editor. You can choose which layers to show in the Menu Inspector.

To assign a menu background by dragging it to the Outline or Graphical tab
  1. Click the Outline or Graphical tab and select the menu you want to assign the background to.

  2. Locate the background file you want to use in the Assets tab, Palette, or Finder window.

  3. Assign the background file to the menu by dragging the file to the menu’s name or tile. A box appears around the name or tile to let you know the menu will receive the background file.

The background appears in the Menu Editor, with all layers hidden, when you select the menu. You can then choose which layers to show in the Menu Inspector.

Choosing a Menu’s Background from a Layered Photoshop File

You can choose a layer (or several) from an Adobe Photoshop format (PSD) file to use as the menu background. One PSD file can supply backgrounds and overlays for several menus.

To choose a menu background from a PSD file
  1. Either create a new menu or select an existing one.

  2. Click the General tab in the Menu Inspector.

  3. Assign the PSD as the menu’s background by doing one of the following:

    • Choose it from the Background Asset pop-up menu in the Menu Inspector.

    • Drag it to the Menu Editor and choose Set Background from the Drop Palette.

    The PSD file’s layer names appear in the Background area of the General tab.

  4. Select the checkboxes next to the layers that make up the background.

Figure. General tab of the Layered Menu Inspector section with the background file and layer selections.