Problem importing thumbnail frame into DVD Author

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by kk_oop, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. kk_oop

    kk_oop Guest

    Hi. In DVD Author, there is an option to import a file to be used as a
    thumbnail frame. I have another program that is not nearly as good as
    DVD Author, but I'd like to use some of the thumbnail frames it
    contains. These frames are stored on the hard drive as .psd files. I
    can import them into DVD Author, but when I do, I can no longer see the
    thumbnail picture. The frame is transparent, since I can see the
    background inside of it. It just seems to be making the thumbnail
    picture transparent as well.

    I can import the .psd into another drawing program and adjust it, but
    I'm not sure what settings are needed.

    So I guess my question is, what settings are needed to enable a .psd
    file to be imported as a thumbnail frame in DVD Author?

    A follow up question would be what is the best file type/settings to use
    in general to make homemade files to be used as thumbnail frames?


    kk_oop, Sep 9, 2004
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    The frame should be in pixel format, and you should not see the
    bacground inside it. There should be two solid black layers inside
    the frame, one named "Thumbnail" that is visable and one named
    "Highlight" that is not visible.
    The article below explains it all: (Basically the layers must have the
    correct names.)

    a.. Create a new RGB document 300 pixels wide by 240 pixels high with a
    transparent background.
    a.. Draw the shape of your thumbnail frame.
    a.. Apply a layer style and make adjustments in the layer effects palette
    until you're happy with it. If your layer style includes a drop shadow, you
    should remove it since TDA adds its own drop shadow.
    a.. Create a new blank layer and drag it to the bottom of the layers
    a.. Select Layer > Merge Visible. This converts your layer styles into
    pixels and they can no longer be edited as a style. TDA requires that layer
    styles be converted to pixels.
    a.. Name this layer "frame."
    a.. Select the magic wand tool and click inside the empty space in the
    center of the frame.
    a.. Create a new blank layer above the current layer.
    a.. Fill the selection with solid black (Alt-Backspace if black is the
    current foreground color).
    a.. Duplicate this layer.
    a.. Name the middle layer "Thumbnail" and make sure it is visible.
    a.. Name the top layer "Highlight" and turn its visibility off.
    a.. Deselect.
    a.. Save the document as a PSD file. It is ready for use in TDA.
    If you want to make buttons for TDA, the process is basically the same, but
    you don't need the Thumbnail layer.
    Ken Maltby, Sep 9, 2004
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