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Zooming for emphasis

From: Captivate 5 Essential Training

Video: Zooming for emphasis

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can create what's called a zoom area in Captivate. This is an area that allows us to emphasize certain areas of our slides by making them larger and providing some animation. We will be using the Chapter 5_e file that we created in an earlier part of this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then go to slide number 4. I would like to emphasize the first quarter of this slide. I'm going to do it by using what's called a zoom area. I can insert a zoom area from my toolbar, right here, looks like a magnifying glass.

Zooming for emphasis

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can create what's called a zoom area in Captivate. This is an area that allows us to emphasize certain areas of our slides by making them larger and providing some animation. We will be using the Chapter 5_e file that we created in an earlier part of this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then go to slide number 4. I would like to emphasize the first quarter of this slide. I'm going to do it by using what's called a zoom area. I can insert a zoom area from my toolbar, right here, looks like a magnifying glass.

Select it and you'll see that we get two objects that will automatically appear on the Timeline. One of them is my zoom source, and the other is the amount of time that will be displaying. Now this is an animated feature, so the zoom is going to start in the original location and then it's going to grow to the destination location. That's why there is two squares here. The blue one is the area that's going to be magnified. Let's adjust that first. Select the zoom source and then move it over to this side of the graph.

You can see that the zoom destination has already updated. Drag down so that you can see all of the Q1 results. This will include some of the Q2 results, and that's okay. We will need to change the zoom destination to make it larger. You can see right now that it's actually reducing the content to fit into the smaller area. If we hover over, we can see that we have 197 x 275 as our dimensions. We will want to try and preserve these proportions if we can.

Select the zoom destination and drag it into the upper right-hand corner of this page. Grab the lower left-hand corner and drag it towards the middle. Look at your Position and Size. You can enter in precise values for the width and height of the zoom destination. You can also do this with a zoom source. If we select the zoom source and then open up Position and Size, we can see that it's 197 x 275. Let's make this easy to calculate by making it to be 200 wide.

We will change the height to 280. Before we type our change, however, we've got to uncheck Constrain proportions. Otherwise, when we change this to 280, this is likely to increase to 201. Select and type "280" and then Return. Select the zoom destination, and what we're going to do is to magnify by 50%. That means that the width is going to have to be 200 times 1.5, which would be 300.

And the height is going to have to be 1.5 times 280. We will need to shut off Constrain proportions to be able to get at that number. 1.5 times 280 is 420, so we can enter that number right here. Now we have the same proportions between the zoom source and the zoom destination. Let's turn our Constrain proportions on again, and we will move this over here so it fits in this space.

We can control the width of the outside stroke. By default, it's kind of pink and has a 1-point width. Let's set it to be 3 points wide and change it to blue. We will do the same with the zoom source: change its outline to be blue and set its stroke to be 3 points wide. Great! Let's preview the results. We will use preview from this slide.

You can see that zooming animation takes place, but it goes away very quickly. I would like the slide to last a little bit longer. We can adjust the amount of time it takes to zoom by dragging this bar that's in the middle of the zoom area on the Timeline. Click and drag it to the left to shorten the amount of time it takes to zoom and extend the amount of time that it lasts on stage. Let's make the entire duration of the slide five seconds. We can do that by dragging the slide duration here to the right to five seconds.

Click and drag and pull it out to five seconds. Let's move this Click Box to the end as well. Select the Click Box and drag it all the way to the end of the slide. That red arrow tells us that the Click Box has been pinned to the end of the slide. Let's preview one last time, and then we'll save our project. We will preview from this slide again. Now you can see that the zoom is hanging on for a longer period of time.

I've noticed that the zoom area is disappearing at the end of the slide. Let's fix that by changing the transition. Select the zoom source and change our Effect to No Transition. Now that we've made that change, let's save it as Chapter5_f. Zoom areas can be an effective way for you to emphasize specific content in your Captivate projects.

An important thing to remember though is that you want to maintain the proportions between the zoom source and the zoom destination. Your content in your zoom destination will distort if you don't maintain the proportions between the source and the destination. It's always good to keep a calculator handy when using the Zoom Area tool.

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Captivate 5 Essential Training

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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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