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Creating visual interest with themes

From: Up and Running with Captivate 6

Video: Creating visual interest with themes

Here in Captivate 6, there's something new called Themes that will allow you to choose a look and feel, and formatting for your project, and give you a nice head start, saving you a lot of time, and allowing you to work more efficiently. We're still working with our Volunteer Orientation project that we started in the previous lesson. If you're skipping to this lesson, you can go to the Chapter2 folder of your Exercise Files, and find the VolOrientation. You can see the extension, CPTX. We're going to come back to this momentarily, and we're going to start by creating another new project.

Creating visual interest with themes

Here in Captivate 6, there's something new called Themes that will allow you to choose a look and feel, and formatting for your project, and give you a nice head start, saving you a lot of time, and allowing you to work more efficiently. We're still working with our Volunteer Orientation project that we started in the previous lesson. If you're skipping to this lesson, you can go to the Chapter2 folder of your Exercise Files, and find the VolOrientation. You can see the extension, CPTX. We're going to come back to this momentarily, and we're going to start by creating another new project.

To do that, we'll go to the File menu, down to New Project, and we'll see some options similar to what we saw on the Welcome screen when we created our blank project last time. So there are some options here including Blank Project at the top, which we're going to select. So here are the dimensions, and I'm going to keep 1280 by 720, that's my 6 by 9 dimension. I am going to click OK, and it creates a brand new blank project, but we're going to see the themes up here across the top, with White selected by default. Now we can scroll through the various themes, which will give us a nice head start in the formatting of the slides in our project.

And in fact, it doesn't really matter what the layout is; we're going to have a nice looking, consistent feel throughout our project. Let's try this one here. As we hover over them, we see the names. We'll go with Green. Select that. You will see the message that all overrides to any object styles and properties that we've already added to our project will be lost. We haven't done that, so it's okay; we can click Yes. Now, it just takes a moment to apply the theme to our existing slide; our one and only blank title slide here. If we were to add new slides, let's go up to the Insert menu, and from here we're going to go down to New Slide from, and you will see that the actual thumbnails we can choose from have the theme already applied to it.

So we'll go to Caption & Content - Right, select it, we have our brand new thumbnail over here in the Filmstrip, we can see the content, the fonts that are being used, the font sizes go well with each other, the colors, the background, it all makes sense, and we didn't have to worry about any of it, thanks to themes! Now, that's creating a brand new blank project, selecting the theme at the beginning. We can also apply it to existing projects by going back to the Document tabs here at the top, and choosing our Volunteer Orientation, which we started with pretty much a blank, or what we would call the White theme.

Let's try applying themes to this now. We'll go up to our Control Panel, and there is a button here for showing and hiding that Themes panel, where we can make our selections. We'll give it a click, it's displayed again across the top, and again, we can move through these, looking at the different options we have. Let's try the Green one again. We'll click Green. There's that same message. We'll click Yes, override anything we've already done in the background, which we haven't, and it will be applied to our existing slides, no matter the layout. You can see here in the Filmstrip, each of the slides in our project has the new Green theme applied to it, and we can click those to move from one, to the other, to the other to see the end result.

So what a nice timesaver here in Captivate 6; Themes, which can be accessed from the Control Panel, or when you create new projects, is going to save you a lot of time when it comes to the look, and feel, and formatting of your project.

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Up and Running with Captivate 6

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  1. 6m 51s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Viewing the finished project
      5m 30s
  2. 29m 57s
    1. What is Captivate 6?
      2m 0s
    2. eLearning basics
      4m 26s
    3. What's new in Captivate 6?
      4m 14s
    4. Touring the interface
      8m 19s
    5. Choosing an appropriate workspace
      3m 4s
    6. Setting up global preferences
      7m 54s
  3. 48m 19s
    1. Creating a project from scratch
      4m 1s
    2. Creating visual interest with themes
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a project from PowerPoint
      4m 32s
    4. Adding text
      6m 50s
    5. Editing the master slide
      3m 43s
    6. Adding shapes
      8m 40s
    7. Adding images
      6m 46s
    8. Using hyperlinks
      6m 45s
    9. Testing and editing hyperlinks
      3m 41s
  4. 32m 14s
    1. Importing from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 26s
    2. Importing Photoshop files
      5m 52s
    3. Inserting animations
      6m 42s
    4. Using widgets
      6m 3s
    5. Inserting interactive elements
      5m 43s
    6. Using built-in actors
      4m 28s
  5. 45m 55s
    1. Adding background audio
      6m 35s
    2. Using voice-overs
      4m 48s
    3. Adding video to a slide
      7m 33s
    4. Synchronizing video
      7m 48s
    5. Creating closed captions
      9m 5s
    6. Preparing a software simulation
      3m 29s
    7. Recording a software simulation
      6m 37s
  6. 39m 20s
    1. eLearning assessment basics
      2m 14s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      8m 48s
    3. Using different question types
      12m 22s
    4. Using remediation
      5m 4s
    5. Exploring partial and negative scoring
      4m 29s
    6. Working with a pretest
      6m 23s
  7. 26m 33s
    1. Preparing a project to publish
      5m 41s
    2. Publishing your project
      9m 0s
    3. Publishing eLearning content in HTML5
      4m 38s
    4. Publishing to YouTube
      2m 58s
    5. Reporting to a learning management system (LMS)
      4m 16s
  8. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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