Free guide to "Designing Custom DVD Menus" now available from Disc Makers CD & DVD manufacturing

Expert tips and techniques to show you how to create a DVD menu of pro quality

May 15, 2012, (Pennsauken, NJ) DVD authoring software makes it easy to create and design template-based DVD menus. But many of those templates have limitations and drawbacks that may produce a less-than-acceptable DVD menu. As a designer, you may need to abandon templates and create your own custom designed menu. With enough design talent and the right guidelines, it’s really not difficult. The first step is understanding the basic principles of designing for TV.

To this end, Designing Custom DVD Menus: Tips and Techniques to Do It Right the First Time, the newest PDF download from Disc Makers, provides detailed explanations for creating DVD templates in Adobe® Photoshop® CS, advice for using software like Apple's DVD Studio Pro and Adobe's Encore®, and actionable information to show you how to create a DVD menu of professional quality without any guess work.

Written by Craig Elliott Hanna, manager of The Authoring House at Disc Makers, Designing Custom DVD Menus gives plenty of detailed information while treading the line between technology-speak and plain English. Hanna combines years of hands-on knowledge and experience in the field with a real-world understanding of what novice and experienced designers need to know to ensure success the first time.

“Like anything, designing DVD menus starts with understanding the basics,” explains Hanna. “If you have a fundamental understanding of the way a TV monitor displays, and the specific things you need to do to design for that medium – as well as what you need to avoid – you're already a step ahead. Taking the time at the beginning of the process to avoid mistakes, rather than having to fix something that isn't working later on, is definitely recommended.”

Disc Makers, the nation's leading independent CD and DVD manufacturer, maintains Echoes, a DIY music and business blog, and has published dozens of guides aimed at helping filmmakers, business people, and musicians sustain their careers and produce professional product. Designing Custom DVD Menus joins five other guides designed to speak to the audio-video market.

Also available as free downloads from Disc Makers are, How to Produce a Flawless DVD, Fundraising with DVDs: Share Content, Tell Your Story, and Raise Money; Marketing with DVDs: How Discs Can Increase Response, Build Communities, and Boost ROI; DVDs and CDs by Direct Mail; and Getting to Know Blu-Ray.

About Disc Makers

In business since 1946, Disc Makers is the nation’s leading independent CD & DVD manufacturer, offering a wide variety of products and services, including state-of-the-art automated printers and duplication systems as well as complete CD & DVD duplication, CD & DVD replication, custom disc packaging, and vinyl record pressing for independent musicians, filmmakers, and businesses for the last 70 years. Disc Makers also offers a variety of additional services including download cards, posters, custom USB Flash drives, music distribution, in-house audio mastering and post production, DVD and CD-ROM multimedia authoring, award-winning graphic design, and their Blog, which offers free tools and professional advice from industry experts. Disc Makers’ main office and plant is located near Philadelphia in Pennsauken, NJ, and the company has regional offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and Nashville.

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