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In Captivate 5 Essential Training, author James Lockman demonstrates the core features of Captivate 5, the popular tool for authoring e-learning content such as interactive presentations, click-through simulations, and customized assessments. He shows how to import and sync PowerPoint presentations, add interactivity, and incorporate audio, video, and voiceovers. The course also includes tutorials on assessment reporting and integrating with SCORM-compliant learning management systems. Exercise files accompany the course.
Captivate 5.5 also includes the ability to create shadows for objects in your projects. Let's take advantage of that now. Let's go to Slide #2. You'll see the" Please watch the video and then take the quiz." I'd like to make a shadow on that. Select it and then scroll down in your Properties panel to Shadows. If Shadows isn't open right now, you can open it by clicking the little triangle to the left of the word, Shadow. We can turn on the shadow by clicking Enable. Once we've done that, we see that there're some built-in presets for shadows.
There are nine presets and you can test them out now. If you'd like to adjust the shadow, we can change the color, we can change how blurry it is, we can change how far away it is from our object, and we can change where it shows up in terms of my original object. Let's make some customizations to the shadow now, because it's kind of hard to see. First, let's just change the color. Use the Eyedropper to select the color from the background by dragging over to the left-hand side here and then clicking. That will pick up that blue color that's in the background.
You can pick any color that exists on your slide. So feel free to explore the different colors that are here or in your own layout pick the colors that are there. Now let's adjust some of the other features of the shadow. You can change how far away the shadow is from the original object. You can do that by adjusting the distance here. You can click and drag, and you can see that it's very far away or you can type in a number. Let's type in the number 8. Now it's closer. You can also change the transparency and how blurry the shadow is.
The shadow is a little bit hard to see. So let's zoom in on that. I need to deselect first and then I can zoom in and then we'll slide it down so it's in the center. Now we can see the shadow more clearly. Select the caption and then we'll go and make our further adjustments. Adjust the blur by making it larger. Again, click and drag to adjust and you can see how it gets more blurry. Let's type in the number 6 there. Then we can change the Angle. Drag to change and you can see that the shadow is moving around.
We'll set it back to 45. Great! You could also set an inner shadow. Some objects will respond better than others to an inner shadow. In this case, it's hard to see it because it's a text object, but if you look really closely you can see that there is some type of shadowing going on there. It'll work better with a larger object. So if you draw a rectangle or if you draw other types of shapes, then that shadow would be more clearly applied. Let's go back to the outer shadow.
Now that you know how to apply the shadow, you can apply that to other objects inside of your projects. It's not limited to text frames. It could be any type of object. If you've got placed graphics, it will work on those. If you have placed video, you can put that around the outside. The shadow is enabled for all objects inside of Captivate.
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