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I have not done this in PE, but with PS and Encore have done it several times. In my cases, I have used =2 for a lighter color with lower Opacity (higher Transparency), that is slightly larger than my =1 Highlight. The creation is in PS, but unfortunately, the altering of the Menu Color Set must be done in Encore. I do not know if this will differ, with PS Extended, in say CS4. My use is to mimic a "glow," and as we are limited to only 3 colors, plus Transparency/Opacity, one has to plan carefully.
I do not know how PE handles Menu Color Sets, and hope that another persom with more familiarity with that program can step in with step-by-step instructions.
I've never employed (=2) in creating DVD menu templates for Premiere Elements.
The easiest way to make it work is to have all of the graphic elements for your highlight on the same Photoshop layer, named (%) Highlight.
There's a more complete discussion of the necessary naming conventions for the various version in my Steve's Tips article on creating custom DVD templates at Muvipix.com.
Putting them all on the same Layer (provided that one wanted to use the same color/transparency) would certainly solve the problem.
Only caveat would be that the Button will likely get a bit bigger, so watch for any overlaps. Other than that, it should work fine.
When you create your DVD menus with Photoshop and Encore as described, can these menus be loaded into Premiere Elements 4 or any other version of Premiere Elements and do these menus work in Premiere Elements 4 or any other version of Premiere Elements?
If I cannot go the (=2) highlight route, I have thought about creating a text layer (for the title under the thumbnail), simplifying (rasterizing it), then adding a the frame to that layer, and then coding the layer (=1) highlight. But, I have not done that yet.
Did you really mean ...., named (%) Highlight....in your suggestions or did you mean (=1). I have been through all the how tos and have a good handle on the conventions, except for this one point.
Thank you both. In the final analysis, at this point it is more a "why can't I" instead of "I have to have that dual highlight" to make the effect work. Thank you both for your inputs and am heading back to the programs to explore your helpful suggestions.
Sorry. Yes, you're right, Tony. It should be (=1) Highlight.
I have not tried any of these in PE, only Encore2. IIRC, one has to have both the main and scene selection menus in the same folder in PE. I'll construct one of each, using the PE naming conventions and test it out.
Now, one thing that I do not know is if PE allows one to change the Menu Color Set - I do not belive that it does, but maybe Steve can instruct me there. I do wish that PS allowed access to this setting, but have to use Encore2 to make changes there. Like I said earlier, maybe PS Extended, or similar has/will have that capability.
I'll post back my PE results.