Chapter 17. Designing iDVD Themes

Some of Apple’s iDVD themes offer great backgrounds but weak audio. Others provide terrific sounds but so-so text. Some create a nearly perfect package, while others seem broken beyond repair. Fortunately, in the end it doesn’t matter, because iDVD lets you adapt themes to your taste and save them as new Favorites.

Favorites let you move beyond built-in themes and presets to create truly customized DVD menu systems. You can change fonts for titles, adjust the length of the looping background video, move buttons around and change their styles, switch the fonts and colors for button and menu titles, move text around the screen, substitute new background art or background patterns, replace or remove the audio loop that plays when the main menu is onscreen, and much more. Let this chapter be your guide.

iDVD’s Built-in Themes

In iDVD 6, Apple added ten new themes. Each actually includes several related designs: a main screen, a chapters screen, and an extras screen. Many of these new styles include fabulous motion backgrounds and moving drop zones, as described in the preceding chapters. These new themes are designed more for general use (like Reflections and Shelves) than the event-based themes of past versions (like Wedding White and Baby Mobile from iDVD 5).

iDVD themes vary in complexity. Some offer completely realized presentations. Others provide little more than colors and fonts, leaving it up to you to mold them. Either way, the built-in themes, ...

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