Join Pooja Jaisingh for an in-depth discussion in this video Animated background, part of Adobe Captivate 2017: Animations and Effects.
- [Instructor] In the example animation, we learn how to take a static background image and convert it into animated background. I have the animated background start project open. You can open it from the exercise files folder, chapter six folder. Now to begin, let's set the magnification level for this project, from hundred percent to fifty percent. So that we can see the scrap area clearly. Now let's go to the library panel. I'll go and click library on the top right corner.
Here, notice that under images section, you have three images: Green.jpg, Grey.jpg, and Red.jpg. These three images were created from the Green.jpg image, and then I changed the hue to create the Red.jpg, and then made it greyscale to create the Grey.jpg image. Now let's drag the Grey.jpg image to the stage. And now we need to change the alpha level for this image to seventy percent to make it somewhat transparent.
For that, let's go to properties inspector and click edit image. Here, for alpha, I'll set the value as seventy. And then click OK. Now we need to align the top of this image to the top of the slide. So I'll place this image so that it is centered on the slide. To make sure it is centered, I'll right-click, select a line, and then select center horizontally on the slide. Now let's bring in the next image.
I'll go back to the library, and this time, I'll select Red.jpg and drag it to the slide. Similar to the gray image, you will change the alpha property to seventy percent. For this image, we will align the bottom left corner of the stage. Now let's drag the third image. We'll go back to the library and select Green.jpg. I'll drag it to the stage, change the alpha level to seventy percent, then align the bottom right corner of the image, with the bottom right corner of the slide.
Now let's start applying the animations. I'll go ahead and open the timeline, and here you can see all the three images listed. Let's hide the green and red image so that we can apply animation to the grey image. For the grey image, I will select the image and then go to the timing inspector. Open the dropdown list to select the category, and then select entrance. Here, I will select fly in from bottom.
Let's play this animation. You will need to adjust the animation here so that the animation starts playing from the middle of the image. And at no time, the slide is without the image. So let's test it out now. It's still moving upwards, so let me just reduce the size of this arrow. I'll press and hold the shift key and then move it upwards. Let me try it again, and let me just move this arrow a little down to make the further adjustments.
Let me preview one more time. OK, this looks perfect. Now let's apply animation to the Red.jpg image. I'll hide this image here and then unhide the red image. Here, we will have to apply fly in from bottom left animation. Let's select that from the entrance effect, and then select the fly in from bottom left animation. Let's preview it, and let's make the adjustments to the arrow so that it looks better.
I'm going play it again, and it plays perfectly. Let's do the same for the green image. And for the green image, we will apply fly in from bottom right animation. We will go to the basic category, and change it to entrance, and then go to the next page, and select the fly in from bottom right animation. Again, we will reduce the size of this arrow, and then preview the animation. This looks perfect.
Now let's unhide all three images, preview this animation. We'll go to preview and select project. You can notice that the animation is playing pretty fast. Let's reduce the speed of this animation and make sure it plays out for the entire duration of the slide. For that, let's close the preview dialogue, and then we will go back to the timeline. Now here, we will increase the duration of the slide. So let's increase it to say twelve seconds.
Let me just close the properties inspector so that I can see the timeline better. Now, I will increase the size of the slide to twelve seconds. And to increase the size of these objects, to the rest of the slide, I will select the first image, then press and hold the shift key on my keyboard and select the last image. This will select all three images for me, and then I will right-click, scroll down, and select show for the rest of the slide.
Now I need to open the twisty triangle, so that I can see the animations applied to these objects. Let's make it a little tall. And then we need to extend the duration of these effects. For that, I'll click and drag the end of the animation and bring it all the way to the end of the slide. Let's do it for the other two images as well. Now let's preview the animation. We'll go to preview project, and the animation plays beautifully.
This simple technique will help you convert your static background images to an animated background.
- Adding external animations
- Using slide and object transitions
- Applying timeline-based effects
- Applying trigger-based effects
- Applying effects to a group of objects
- Creating and saving custom effects
- Using while loops and delay actions
- Creating an animated background and title page
- Creating a moving car animation