I've been spending a crazy amount of time "slicing" up menus in Photoshop so they work as pop up menus in Encore (with partial backgrounds etc to maintain the look). I'm wondering how others are accomplishing this. I'm hoping there is a method I'm not doing that will make it easier. My biggest problem is after taking the time to do it when I bring it into Encore, 9 times out of 10 I have I have some overlapping buttons, usually overlapping by a pixel and it is a pain to fix.
I've been using guides to layout all the buttons and then just using the marquee tool to select and then copy/paste-in-place. This seems to work except like i said, some end up being off a tiny bit.
It seems like slices would be the answer but there is no "slice to layer" option (only layer to slice). I've tried exporting all the slices as PNGs and then bringing them back in using Bridge > load files into Photoshop layers, but that doesn't seem to make it any easier (seems hard to re-aligned the layers then).
Can you tell what part of the button group is causing the overlap?
I'd just add a bit more "margin of error." Don't make them so close together. But I wonder if you're doing fine, except that you have some element that is larger than you think. As I assume you know, the button is as big as the smallest rectangle that will hold all the elements in the button group.
Yep if I zoom in like 1000% I can clearly see which layer is too big. It's like when I'm using the marquee tool to select the area, snapping to the grid of guides, some times it's selecting 1 row or column of pixels too many. I can then fix it but I basically have to redo it those sections (bring back in the original bg elements etc).
The margin of error has to be what it is. The buttons are not just floating in space, they are on a background that I want to be a part of the popup menu. So the background becomes part of the button on the popup. If it's not perfect it is noticable.
On some occassions the highlight is the culprit, it's too big or needs to be moved a tad to fit within the rectangle.
If there was a slice to layer option it seems it would solve everything.
I'm again wishing there was a better way to do this. Maybe an example,
I have a black square with 4 menu options on it (buttons). For a non-popup button, the black square can just be there in the background. But for a popup menu, if the black square is to show, it needs to be part of each button. The black square needs to be cut up into 4 pieces/layers and each new layer moved into the button group it belongs with.
How are others accomplishing this? My way is very not perfect.