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Building with gradients

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Video: Building with gradients

In this movie, we're going to take a look at gradients in Captivate 5.5. Let's move down to the quiz portion of the project. You can see the two master slides are in use. There is one that begins the quiz. Here it has the hansel & petal logo and you can also see it on Slide #1, but also from Slide 6 on there is no hansel & petal logo. I want to build that background using the new gradient feature inside of Captivate 5.5. The first thing we need to do is to look at the master slides. Under Window choose Master Slide.

Building with gradients

In this movie, we're going to take a look at gradients in Captivate 5.5. Let's move down to the quiz portion of the project. You can see the two master slides are in use. There is one that begins the quiz. Here it has the hansel & petal logo and you can also see it on Slide #1, but also from Slide 6 on there is no hansel & petal logo. I want to build that background using the new gradient feature inside of Captivate 5.5. The first thing we need to do is to look at the master slides. Under Window choose Master Slide.

Now go to Master Slide #2. Select it and then we'll be able to edit it. We need to draw a box on top of this existing background. Now this background is a Photoshop file, so it takes up a lot of memory in your project. We can reduce the amount of memory in our project by getting rid of some of these large graphics and we'll use the Gradient tool to do that. We need to draw a box. So move your cursor over to the toolbox and under Line select Rectangle. Now draw a rectangle that goes from side- to-side, but don't cover the entire box.

The easiest thing to do is to select the upper left-hand corner and then drag down to about midway all the way over on the right. I don't want you to cover up the entire slide because I need the original graphic there for reference. Now I need to change the fill and we're going to take advantage of the new gradient features. Over in the Properties panel, open up Fill & Stroke if you don't have it open already and then click on the fill indicator. You'll see now that in addition to the paint bucket, there is also a gradient fill. Select that to begin the process.

We have a number of gradients that are pre-built. You can see them here. Let's take a look at what this blue one looks like now. That's a very slight gradient from a light blue to a dark blue, but we need something that goes from the blue that's on the screen to white. We can change the orientation of the gradient by looking at the Custom Gradients panel here. I want it to go from left to right. So I'll select this to go from left to right. Then I can change my colors. I need the left-hand stop to be the same as the blue that's already on the screen.

Select the left-hand stop and you'll see that you'll get a color picker that will show up. Conveniently, there is an Eyedropper tool. Select the Eyedropper tool and then click way over on the left-hand side over on this existing blue gradient. Now we've matched that color. We need to set the right-hand stop to be white. Select it and then pick white. Now you can move the stops simply by dragging them to the left or the right. Click on the white stop and move it to the left. Now you can see what I've got is just about matching the existing graphic.

You also can see the different variations that show up here. If you want your gradient to go from corner to corner, you could choose this one, for instance, but let's pick the original choice which was left to right. If you want to add additional color stops, you can do that as well by simply clicking anywhere underneath the gradient. Let's do that now. Click over here in the empty area in the right and then we'll pick another color to go in that spot. Click on the color and then pick saya red, which would be very obvious.

I don't really want to keep this. So we need to remove this stop. I can click and drag it off to remove it. We can create custom gradients by adding them to the Custom Gradients panel. I'd like to save this gradient for use later. You can see right here there's a little icon that says Add to Custom Gradients. If you click it, it will add it to our Custom Gradients panel and then this will be available for us later. I have other options that include radial fill and swapping the end points. This will reverse the colors in the gradient. Let's shut off the Reverse and go back to Linear.

We're almost done with our gradient. We need to set it back to the original position and what I'll do is to use my existing custom gradient selection there. Now we need to be rid of the background image that's on the slide. Simply select it by clicking outside of the gradient and then delete it. Yes, I would like to delete the selected item. Now we can extend the gradient all the way down to fill the page. Select it and then drag the drag handle here in the center. Gradients can also be applied to strokes of objects as well. Go ahead and explore how you can apply gradients to strokes and fills on your own.

Now that we've made the change to the master slide, let's go take a look at the results. Select Slide #6 and there it is. Gradients in Captivate aren't just for filling in large areas. You can see on this screen where you might take advantage of the new gradients in Captivate. These buttons, for instance, on this screen are natural candidates for gradients. Go ahead and take advantage of gradients to make your designs more exciting on your own.

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Captivate 5 Essential Training

91 video lessons · 25002 viewers

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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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