Using built-in actors
Video: Using built-in actorsHere's a new feature in Captivate 6 you might like: the ability to import characters, or what we would call actors. These are various personalities in different poses that we can add to our slides to create some visual interest. We're going to do that with our Volunteer Orientation project here on slide 9. Now, if you need to get caught up with me, go to the Chapter3 folder, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA15. When we go up to the Insert menu, you'll notice something down near the bottom: Characters.
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Adobe Captivate is a program used to create interactive eLearning content and provide custom online training to employees or clients. In this course, author David Rivers walks through the Captivate 6 interface and the process of building an eLearning project from start to finish.
The course shows how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import Photoshop images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. It also demonstrates how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
- What is eLearning?
- Choosing a workspace
- Adding text, shapes, and images to projects
- Linking in Captivate
- Inserting interactive elements
- Using built-in actors
- Adding voiceover to projects
- Using different question types on quizzes
- Scoring tests and quizzes
Using built-in actors
Here's a new feature in Captivate 6 you might like: the ability to import characters, or what we would call actors. These are various personalities in different poses that we can add to our slides to create some visual interest. We're going to do that with our Volunteer Orientation project here on slide 9. Now, if you need to get caught up with me, go to the Chapter3 folder, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA15. When we go up to the Insert menu, you'll notice something down near the bottom: Characters.
A lot of people will see this and think keyboard characters, special characters, like symbols, and so on, but really if we click this, you'll see it's real characters. There are different categories to choose from, Business being the default. Now, if you haven't installed these yet, you'll be prompted to do so. So you'll want to pause this movie, go through the installation process to get these assets added. Depending on your installation options when you install Captivate 6, you may need to do this, or they may already be there like mine.
Let's choose a category dropdown, and look at the casual ones. Well there is only one character here dressed a little more casually, in various poses as we scroll down. There's one for Illustrated. These are not real life looking characters, but rather cartoon characters in similar poses. Even one for Medicine, and when we go here, you can see the two different characters: lab coat, or scrubs. Let's go back to Business. That applies to our slide, and look at the different characters we can choose from here.
We have different genders, we have different age categories, different poses; let's go back to our first guy here, and scroll down the list, and find one that will help illustrate our vision graphic on this slide. I'm thinking this guy down here; I'll select that, and click OK. So there he is in his original size. I'm thinking this guy needs to be over here, and facing the other direction, and we might want to size him down a little bit. I'm going to do that from the top right corner, but I'm going to hold down the Shift key, so I keep the same aspect ratio.
I don't want to make him too wide, or too skinny. That's about right; maybe a little smaller, because I'm going to move him up. And of course, he is facing the wrong direction, so we need to flip him, and that's where the properties come in. The image Name; you can see it's just Image, and then a number. Your number may be different than mine; it really doesn't matter. We're going to highlight that, and we're going to type in Actor. Other options include things like grayscale, if you want to go black and white; if your content's black and white, you can make it match.
This is the one that we really need here, and that's to flip the image horizontally. And when we do that, now he's pointing down at our vision. If we wanted to, we could do other things, like crop it, and you'll notice that when we move him over our graphic, there is already a transparency here, so we don't need to actually do that. We'll just position him in the right spot, maybe down a little bit, and there we go. We can add a shadow, make him three- dimensional, there are different shadow options to choose from. You can see a bit of a shadow around the outside; really doesn't work well, so I'm going to turn that off.
There are reflections as well, as if he's standing on water; there we go. Really not applicable, so we can turn that off. Now, as far as the timing, you can see here our actor is right at the top of our list, and that's where we want him. The Click Box should be on top, so let's move this down, so the Click Box is on top. Perfect! As for the timing, he should be there for the entire slide, I think. Let's go over to the Timing section, change it from specific time, where you can see the default of 3 seconds, to rest of slide, and now it's just as long as the rest of the graphics, and items that appear on this slide.
All right, there are some other options, or properties that can be adjusted; if we wanted to add audio, for example. Let's just leave everything as is, and preview this now. I'll go up to our Preview button, and preview From this Slide to see what it looks like. So it just takes a moment. We're going to see the special effect on our vision, our character's pointing directly to it, and now we have a click box here to move on to the next slide. There we go. We'll press Escape to return, and that's how we insert characters here in Captivate 6.
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