Creating menus

Creating a menu in Photoshop is similar to creating buttons as described in Basic layered buttons. A Photoshop menu has two layers, which must be named “Background” and “Overlay”. DVDit Pro rejects files with other layer names. For details, see:

DVDit Pro bullet Creating menus  Background layer

DVDit Pro bullet Creating menus  Overlay layer

See also Recommended image sizes. To create menus using these files, see Using layered Photoshop files to create menus.

Background layer

The Background layer contains the full-color menu background, including all button graphics and text:

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If you create artwork using multiple layers, remember to merge those layers into the Background layer.

The “Background” layer name must not be italicized in the Photoshop Layers window.

If the Background layer name is italicized:

  • Double-click the layer name in the Layers window. The New Layer window appears.

  • Change the Name to Background.

  • Click the OK button.

Overlay layer

The Overlay layer contains the subpicture images that change color when a button is selected and activated This layer must be above the Background layer in Photoshop’s Layers window:

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In this example, the overlay images are all black heart shapes, but you can use up to four colors; see Basic layered buttons for more information about overlay colors.

When you create a menu in DVDit Pro using a layered Photoshop file, you must define each button by drawing a highlight rectangle around the button’s subpicture image. See Adding the button highlight areas for instructions.

Creating menus