Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding shapes, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
In addition to adding images to our slides, we can also add shapes. Shapes are a great way to create a background, let's say, for another image. In this video, we're going to go ahead and add the university logo in the upper right hand corner. Now the university logo has some blue in it, and so if I just put it directly on top of this blue box, it wouldn't look very good. In order to help the logo stand out, I'm going to create a white rectangle with rounded corners that we can place our logo on. If you're just joining us, you can pick up with this movie by opening up the adding shapes starting Captivate 8 project in the chapter two folder of the exercise files.
I've also opened up the final project folder so we can take a look at what we'll be creating. See here on the second slide we can see what our goal is. We've got the Orange Valley University logo on top of a white box. Let's head back to our adding shapes starting file, and let's go and create this box. Now the shapes drop down menu is directly above where the file name's at. And when we look at the drop down menu, there's a variety of shapes that we can choose from. I'm going to go and select the rounded rectangle. Now that I've selected it, it looks like nothing happened. The reason is is I'm now able to draw out the rectangle. Notice how the cursor became a plus sign. This plus sign is telling me the tool is now loaded and ready to be used. To get started I'm simply just going to click and hold, and then drag out my rectangle. I'm going to try to make the rectangle line up with this text box that's currently on the page. Now as I release, you can see that the rectangle is selected. With the rectangle selected I can now modify its properties in the property panel on the right-hand side of the screen. The first thing we're going to do is to go ahead and make it white. As I look down the properties panel I want to come to the fill section.
And I'm going to change the fill color to white. One thing I'd like to point out is that there's additional shapes available. I chose a rounded rectangle, but using the drop down arrow next to the shape in the properties panel, I can see that I can quickly switch to another shape type. So for example, if I decided I wanted to have square corners, all I'd have to do is select it in the properties panel, and my rectangle will automatically change. I'm going to go and switch it back to the rounded corners, and then I'm going to click away from it to see how well it's lined up. I think it actually come down a tiny bit more so I'm going to select it and then just use the arrow keys on the keyboard to nudge it down.
The next step is to go ahead and add the logo on top of it. We can come to media and select image the same way we did in the last video, or if you've already used an image, it's going to be available for you in the library. I'm going to go ahead and place this first logo, using the dropdown menu. And then, when we add this logo throughout this presentation, we'll be able to select it from the library. To get started, let's go ahead and click image. In the chapter two folder of the exercise files, there's an images folder. And inside the images folder, we have the Orange Valley logo. I'm going to go ahead and click Open, and it's going to be placed in the center of the page. I'm going to grab the logo, and it's going to go to its general position, lining up one of the corners. And, again, I'll hold down the shift key, while I use one of the anchor points, to make it a little bit smaller. And once I think that it's where I'd like it, I can go ahead and position it inside of my white box.
Now if you added the logo first and the white box second, you might actually end up with the white box on top of your logo. The reason is, is that even though this looks like a flat image there's actually depth or layers to the various items I've been adding. If I would like to change those layers, I can simply right click on an item, come down to Arrange and I can choose to send it backwards or send it forwards. For example if I click the logo and select send it back, it's now directly behind my white shape. I can do the same thing with my white shape though is I'll right click on it, come to Arrange and then select send to back and it'll make sure the logo is in the front.
At this point, we know how to add shapes and images to our slides. The next thing we need to tackle is how the slides work together and how we move from one slide to the next
- 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