Menu window - Gen-EFX DVD-lab allows you to apply various effects to objects and backgrounds.
Menu: Menu - Effects
Simple Object Effects You can apply one of the simple effects to objects: Sharpen, Blur and Deinterlace.
Special Haze Effects These two special effects will allow you to apply Bold Color Haze and Light Haze to images or video still, that will soften details and make the image look more "dreamy". To make the effect stronger, use it repeatedly.
If you don't select any object, the effect will be applied to background. This is great way to apply some smoothing to various images used as backgrounds or backgrounds generated by GenFX.
Auto-Deinterlace By default, DVD-lab always deinterlaces a graphic which is dropped from the Preview Window to a Menu or added as Chapter Point image.
It is recommended to leave this set unless you notice it creates an unwanted side-effect on some video still images.
DVD-lab has much more effects at your fingertips. These are special algorithmic effects commonly named Gen-EFX.
The Gen-EFX can be applied to Selected Objects (such as images, buttons or video stills), a Background or Background + Object
When you apply Gen-EFX to Background or Background+Object the result will be inserted as a new background.
The menu GenEFX applied to object GenEFX applied to Background GenEFX applied to Background + Objects
Working with Gen-EFX The Gen-EFX window will present a preview of 12 thumbnails in outer ring and one larger thumbnail in the Center. The Center (working) image is the effect that will be applied when you click OK. The 12 smaller thumbnails are preview of random effects or variation of the effect.
Random First you can simply press Random Button. This will change 12 thumbnails randomly. If you like a particular effect simply click on the thumbnail. The effect will be applied to the Center (working) image.
More of this kind This button will randomly variate the effect applied to Center image in the 12 thumbnails.
Smaller Variation steps If you click on the Center image, the 12 thumbnails will variate based from on the effect applied to the Center image.
Library Since Gen-EFX works randomly and there are many thousands of possible effects and variations you can save current variation set to a library and then be able to recall it at a later time.
Clicking New will present a prompt to create a new *.eff Library. You have to "save" it in the DVD-lab folder in order for it to be visible in the Library list.
Libraries work like a folders in Explorer.
To open an existing library simply click on it in the Library view. The view will move "inside" the library where you can select or add a variation.
Add new item variation to library You can save the current variation as item to any currently opened library
First enter the new name and then click Add. The item will be appended to currently opened library.
Delete Item To delete an item, first select it and then click Del.
Tips and Tricks There are basic image adjusting functions already pre-defined in the Basic library. Many of the other effects are perfectly suitable for creating interesting backgrounds. Some are grouped in the "The Background Maker" library.
Some of the effects may seems to be a little unusual and chaotic at first. But they are specially generated for creating backgrounds and interesting textures from almost any image possible. The role of background is to make the image interesting, yet it shouldn't draw too much attention to itself. Putting a simple video still as background doesn't meet these requirements and looks amateurish.
By combining the Background+Objects you can easily add a text in various fonts into the background itself which often enriches the texture.
On the image above the text buttons were also mixed into the background itself under various angles by simply using Gen-EFX applied to Background+Objects.
Repeating Gen-EFX is the key. In order to create suitable backgrounds, you can repeat the Gen-EFX function as needed. For example, the green image above was created from a normal video still and by repeating various Gen-EFX on the background we got the result which has very little in common with the original image, yet we achieved an interesting texture with it.
It is up to you as to what kind of effects you want to apply and how many times you repeat the Gen-EFX. There are hundreds of thousands of combinations you can achieve, so no two backgrounds will look the same unless you want them to. Just bear in mind the background should not draw too much attention to itself . You can later apply Light Haze to soften it.
- Note: To add a video still as a menu background, drag the frame from Preview onto a Menu while holding the SHIFT key.
Convert to Bitmap.
In order to apply effects to text or vector objects you need to convert it to bitmap.
Merge with shadow
This will convert the object to bitmap and merge it with its shadow. Then you can apply another shadow to it and repeat the process. The shadows may be creative - using different colors and creating outlines and glows.