Hello all

ReelCowboys wrote on 3/7/2019, 11:17 AM

My name is Charles Scott, the IT Manager for the Reel Cowboys non-profit organization (www.reelcowboys.org). Anyway, I am considering buying some Vegas software, but primarily have an immediate question about DVD Architect.


I know that it allows the importing of Adobe PSD files. The question is as follows:

In Adobe Encore CS6 (which no longer works and is not supported anymore), I was able to design my DVD menus in Photoshop and import them into Encore. Encore would atomatically know which parts of the file were menus, etc. Can this program do the same?


Robbie wrote on 3/8/2019, 12:33 AM

I haven't used the feature but the Help files indicate suggest menus can be imported from Files (eg PSD). menu elements are to be produced on specific layers using prescribed naming conventions. From the Help files:

Adding a Sub Menu From a File. From the Insert menu, choose Submenu from File to create a new menu using a .psd file that contains background, button, and mask images in a single layered file.


“Creating Custom Menus and Buttons Using Layered PSD Graphics. For the ultimate in control over the appearance of your menus, you can create custom menus using your favorite graphics application and import the .psd file as a menu. To create a menu with background media, thumbnails, and masks in a layered .psd file, use the procedures described in this help topic. This topic assumes an understanding of how masks are used in DVD Architect software.”

If you don't get any better answers, I'll happily have a play with it over the weekend (probably will do that anyway now :-) )

Cheers, Robbie

Steve Grisetti wrote on 3/8/2019, 7:06 AM

However, just to be clear, DVD Architect does not use PSD files the way Encore used to.

In Encore, the structure of the PSD file and its layer sets determined your disc menu's buttons and functions.

In DVD Architect, your PSD file is an illustration. You need to create your own buttons and set their structure in DVD Architect -- as I show you in the tutorials available at the top of this forum.

karma17 wrote on 4/17/2019, 4:56 AM

I could never get PSD files to work correctly in DVDA for making menu buttons. However, if you're creative, you can create a sleek background menu in photoshop, then add fairly professional-looking buttons (text only usually) and build your button layouts around your background image for the menu.