Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding object effects, part of Learning Captivate 8.
In the previous chapter, we took a look at how we can take a single slide and have the slide pause when it starts playing. We then added a continue button so the user could move to the next slide at their own convenience. Every now and then throughout the presentation note, you may want to have a slide that's just only on screen for few seconds to introduce an idea or concept, and then automatically move on after a certain period of time. Here I've created a really basic slide. I'm once again using one of the Master Slide templates. And I've just added a picture to the middle of it. I've added some text to introduce this new section of our learning.
Which is Your first day on campus. And the fact that it's going to talk about registration. Choosing classes schedules as well as moving into the dorm. The slide is here just to introduce a section and I only really want to play for three seconds. But I also want to grab the learner's attention, so we're going to use some affects and some animation to do that. Let's go and open up the timeline just we can see what's happening with the slide currently. Here at the bottom I'm going to click on the timeline, and I can see that every single element on the slide is there for a duration of three seconds. What we'd like to do is to have Your first day on campus.
Kind of grow onto the slide. And maybe also go from a more opaque state. To the white state that it's currently in. To do this I'm going to go ahead and select the Your first day on campus from the timeline. Now I'd like you to be there for the full three seconds. I just want to animate part of this. Or add an effect to part of this. Now there's several ways that I could do this. One way is I could simply right-click, I could scroll down in the menu that pops up, and select Apply Effect. If this is your first time adding an effect, and you're going to add several effects throughout your presentation, then I'd recommend going to Window and choosing to turn on the Effects pane.
This is going to split the bottom work area into both a timeline section as well as an effects section. On the timeline section, I can see all of the elements on this particular slide. And if there was an effect that went with them, on the effects bar I be able to see those effects. What I can now do from the effects work area with effects selected, I can click Add Effect. Now it's really important if you're going to click Add Effect to double check and make sure that the item on your slide that you want to add the effect to is what's currently selected. Here we're going to add an Entrance effect and we're going to do a FadedZoomIn.
When I add the FadedZoomIn effect you can see that here's my title slide lasting for three seconds and the effect is only going to impact this item. For the first two seconds. So by the time we get to two seconds, the text will be perfectly in place and stay on the slide for the rest of the duration, which is one second. And then this whole slide's going to automatically move on to the next slide. When I select an effect on the left-hand side under Properties, if there's any properties that can be changed in the effect, this is where they'll show up. So this particular one, I can see that it's starting with an Initial Alpha, or its transparency at zero.
Meaning, it's completely transparent. It's also showing an initial scale on the x axis, and initial scale on the y axis, as zero. So essentially, if I was going to leave the effect the way it currently is. It's going to start with nothing. No color and no size to it. If I scroll down the properties I can see that its Final Alpha is 100% or completely white, and it's final scale x and final scale y is 100%, or the size that it currently is in the slide. Let's just go ahead and preview how that looks currently. I'm going to click the Live Preview button in the left-hand side of the Effects menu.
It's going to automatically zoom in to that item, and it's going to show me what it looks like. I'll go and press the play button again so we can see it one more time. It's coming in from absolutely nothing. Like way off in the horizon coming all the way towards us and at the same time becoming more and more clear. But, maybe we'd like this slide to start with a little bit of the text there and for it to just grow slightly. I'm going to go and scroll back up on the Properties menu. And I'm going to change the Initial Apha to about 20%. Now, what I just did is I clicked on the number, and then I scrolled left or right to change it. If you know the exact number you're looking for though, sometimes it's faster just to click once. For example, with the Initial Scale x, let's start at 50%. And I'll click again on Initial Scale y and just type in 50%. I'll click way from it, and you can now see a preview of what it's going to look like when I start this effect. So when the slide first comes on screen, students can start reading your first day on campus, but over the next two seconds that's going to increase in size, as well as become brighter text as the opacity goes to 100%. Once we're happy with the effect, we can go and click Edit View to go back to our Regular Slide View. And if we'd like to hide these menus at the bottom, all we have to do is simply double-click on them, and it will be hidden at the bottom so we can continue working on our slide. Please notice also that I now have an effect icon on the slide. This is important because some effects will completely hide objects until that particular slide is played. And so the only way you may know that there's something on that slide or something in that position is by looking for these small effects boxes. Let's go ahead and preview our entire project just to see how things are taking shape. I'll click the Preview button, select Project. Here in the web browser, I'm going to go and press play. Now remember our first slide had three seconds to it, and then it automatically changed to our second slide which is a message from the President.
Here you can see that it automatically paused because we told it to pause. We created a button that when users click on the button will automatically advance them to the next slide. And here you can see the animation we just added, as well as the fact the slide played for three seconds. Now typically the slide would automatically advance to the next slide, but we haven't got there yet.
- Choosing a project layout
- Applying and changing themes
- Adding text, media, and shapes
- Inserting interactive elements and widgets
- Adding audio and video
- Adding closed captions to video
- Using responsive templates, text, and images
- Accessing elearning
- Creating software simulations
- Publishing a Captivate project