Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating visual interest with themes, part of Up and Running with Captivate 6.
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Here in Captivate 6, there's something new called Themes that will allow you to choose a look and feel, and formatting for your project, and give you a nice head start, saving you a lot of time, and allowing you to work more efficiently. We're still working with our Volunteer Orientation project that we started in the previous lesson. If you're skipping to this lesson, you can go to the Chapter2 folder of your Exercise Files, and find the VolOrientation. You can see the extension, CPTX. We're going to come back to this momentarily, and we're going to start by creating another new project.
To do that, we'll go to the File menu, down to New Project, and we'll see some options similar to what we saw on the Welcome screen when we created our blank project last time. So there are some options here including Blank Project at the top, which we're going to select. So here are the dimensions, and I'm going to keep 1280 by 720, that's my 6 by 9 dimension. I am going to click OK, and it creates a brand new blank project, but we're going to see the themes up here across the top, with White selected by default. Now we can scroll through the various themes, which will give us a nice head start in the formatting of the slides in our project.
And in fact, it doesn't really matter what the layout is; we're going to have a nice looking, consistent feel throughout our project. Let's try this one here. As we hover over them, we see the names. We'll go with Green. Select that. You will see the message that all overrides to any object styles and properties that we've already added to our project will be lost. We haven't done that, so it's okay; we can click Yes. Now, it just takes a moment to apply the theme to our existing slide; our one and only blank title slide here. If we were to add new slides, let's go up to the Insert menu, and from here we're going to go down to New Slide from, and you will see that the actual thumbnails we can choose from have the theme already applied to it.
So we'll go to Caption & Content - Right, select it, we have our brand new thumbnail over here in the Filmstrip, we can see the content, the fonts that are being used, the font sizes go well with each other, the colors, the background, it all makes sense, and we didn't have to worry about any of it, thanks to themes! Now, that's creating a brand new blank project, selecting the theme at the beginning. We can also apply it to existing projects by going back to the Document tabs here at the top, and choosing our Volunteer Orientation, which we started with pretty much a blank, or what we would call the White theme.
Let's try applying themes to this now. We'll go up to our Control Panel, and there is a button here for showing and hiding that Themes panel, where we can make our selections. We'll give it a click, it's displayed again across the top, and again, we can move through these, looking at the different options we have. Let's try the Green one again. We'll click Green. There's that same message. We'll click Yes, override anything we've already done in the background, which we haven't, and it will be applied to our existing slides, no matter the layout. You can see here in the Filmstrip, each of the slides in our project has the new Green theme applied to it, and we can click those to move from one, to the other, to the other to see the end result.
So what a nice timesaver here in Captivate 6; Themes, which can be accessed from the Control Panel, or when you create new projects, is going to save you a lot of time when it comes to the look, and feel, and formatting of your project.
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