Adding Buttons to Your Layered Menu

There are two button types you can add to a layered menu: layered buttons and overlay buttons. In both cases, the first step is to create a button active area. See Creating Menus Using the Standard Method.

Once you create the active areas, you can configure the buttons. For overlay buttons, see Using Simple Overlay Color Mapping and Using Advanced Overlay Color Mapping for details. For layered buttons, see Configuring a Layered Button.

Mixing Overlay Buttons with Layered Buttons

So that you can combine overlay and layered buttons on the same menu, the color mapping settings are active at all times—even when you aren’t adding an overlay to the menu. If you see an unexpected color appear in the active areas in any of the button states (normal, selected, or activated), you need to configure the color mapping settings.

If no overlay file is assigned to a layered menu, a plain white image is used in place of the overlay file. If the color mapping settings apply a color to white, that color will appear in the active areas.

When working with a layered menu without an assigned overlay file, you must either:

  • Select Simple as the Overlay Colors setting. This automatically sets white to be fully transparent.

  • Select Advanced as the Overlay Colors setting, then set the opacity for white to 0 for each selection state.

Configuring a Layered Button

Configuring a layered button is a matter of selecting layers in the menu’s PSD file to display in the three button states (normal, selected, and activated).

To configure a layered button
  1. Click in the button’s active area.

    The Button Inspector appears.

  2. Set the button’s connection by choosing an element from the target pop-up menu in the top section of the Button Inspector.

  3. Click the Layers tab.

    A list of all layers in the PSD file appears.

    Figure. Layers tab of the Layered Button Inspector, showing the normal, selected, and activated button state columns.
  4. Select the checkbox in the Normal column next to the layer to display when this button is not selected or activated. You can select more than one layer.

    If the normal state for the button is already part of the background, you do not need to select layers in the Normal column.

  5. Select the checkbox in the Selected column next to the layer to display when this button is selected. You can select more than one layer.

  6. Select the checkbox in the Activated column next to the layer to display when this button is activated. You can select more than one layer.

  7. To verify the layer settings, use the Menu Editor’s button state icons to select the state (normal, selected, or activated) to display.

Figure. Portion of the Menu Editor showing the normal, selected, and activated state selection buttons.

You need to repeat this process for each layered button in your menu.