I'd like to have a couple more words for the middle button currently shown as 'start'. I imagine that means extending the box to the right but whatever tool and key combination (CMD, alt, shift etc) I try all that ever seems to happen is that the text gets stretched sideways. Can someone please tell me what I should do?
Many thanks in advance.
Thank you Alan. I have now managed it by using different tools, selecting different layers and double clicking on selections but I currently have no idea what specifically made it work at last. I'm going to have to keep trying.
Highlight just the layer of the button
Alan, to clarify, did you mean just the "text layer" of the button? Meaning in the Encore layers panel, expand a button, and select the button layer with the text.
In any event, I cannot get this to work. Any of the 3 main tools (Selection, Direct Selection, or Move) do nothing except to change the text box size and distort the text. The text tool is not able to change the selected box.
What does appear to work is selecting the text layer, then selecting the text tool, and type the additional type desired. This changes the text box size.
I don't use these methods often; I like to edit in Photoshop.
And here is a thread that shows tyhat I really don't understand how this works for some menus:
I do my editing of menus in Photoshop too, as I know what I am doing there, and more importantly what will happen when I do it. I do not have that confidence with the Encore editing tools.
What actually happens in the Encore llibrary menus when you attempt to change the size ofan object or add text depends on how the object layers are grouped - most are grouped logically, but some are very odd.
You are correct that the Encore "text layer" expands automatically as you type extra text. But this can mess up other things such as alignment of a set of buttons, or you run unwittingly into the problem of overlap that Bill warns against.
You can change the size of any component in the menu independently by selecting its layer in the layers panel and then using the left hand of the three tools to drag its boundary. As you note, if you do this with a text layer, you end up with distorted text, then you have to highlight all the text layers, and change the font.
I often use round button highlights in my menus, and need to change the size of these between DVD and BR versions of the menu. You can adjust them all in parallel by selecting all the groups by holding down CTRL as you click on them. This really simply parallels what can be done much more neatly in Photoshop
Many thanks all of you - I think I'm getting there. It's good to know this can all be done using Photoshop but that's not one of my stronger apps and it comes up with scary messages when I open a menu so I'd prefer to work within Encore.
For the moment I'm typing my text in the Properties:Button:Basic:Name area and then coaxing the text box larger to accomodate things. It's now working more times than not so yes, I'm getting there