Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating visual interest with themes, part of Up and Running with Captivate 7.
One aspect of any good E-Learning project is that it be visually interesting. You want to keep your learner's attention. And one way to get a head start is to use themes built into Captivate 7 here. We're going to explore them now. As we continue working with our KinetEco Orientation project that we started in the previous movie. If you've jumped to this movie you need to get caught up go to the chapter two folder of your exercise files. And open up KEOrientation0202 and you'll have what I have. We're going to leave this here for a second and start a new project.
Because we can apply themes to existing projects or we can apply themes to new projects on the fly. Let's go up to File, down to New Project and we'll click Blank Project. Cmd+N is the keyboard shortcut here on the Mac, Ctrl+N on a PC. We'll just leave the default size of our project. I'm using the 16 by 9 aspect ratio, 1280 x 720 and click OK. So as you start any new project, something called the Themes panel will pop up across the top.
Not only does it give you the ability to select from preset themes designed for you. But you'll also see the current theme that is selected by default and that is the white theme. We saw that with our previous project as as well. But from here, if we wanted to, we can apply a new theme before we even get started. And as you hover over them, you'll see the name at the top. Black and white, for example or Blackboard. Let's go over here to this one here called Clouds. We'll give it a click, you'll see a warning message that you are about to override any object styles or properties that you may have applied.
We haven't done any of that. It's a brand new project. We're safe, so click Yes. Just takes a moment to apply the theme. And will be applied to our brand new blank title slide. That's all we've done so far. And if we want to good look at what that's going to be like, we can then zoom out by going up to the Application Bar. Click the Zoom drop-down and select Best Fit. There we go. So that's a title slide. That's what it's going to look like with this theme. Notice the background, the clouds, the color. Notice the fonts that are being used and the font sizes. That's all part of the theme.
If you want a better idea of what it's going to look like on other slides, Just go down here next to the Timeline tab and click Master Slide. That shows thumbnails of the various slide layouts down below like Blank, Caption and so on. And as we scroll down through those, you can see what it looks like with the theme applied. So if that's a theme that you like, you simply leave it. If it's not, you can change your mind. How do we get that Themes panel back? All we do is click this little button up here. But we can't be in our Master slide view. So let's just go back to our first thumbnail in the filmstrip.
Give it a click and now we can click the Theme Show/Hide Button. And there they are, they're all back. And now we can select from something different if we wanted to. Let's just scroll over using this right arrow and select the green one. Again, we see the same message about overriding object styles and properties. We'll click Yes and that theme will now be applied to our new project. And as we add new slides, this is the theme that will be used. Notice there are certain different fonts being used here and font sizes for example.
Okay, if we no longer need our Themes panel, we can click the same button to hide it or just click anywhere on the slide. It disappears and we can continue working on our project. Let's switch back now to our existing project KEOrientation. Now this one uses the default white theme. But we can apply a different them after the fact even though we have a few slides here. Let's go up to that same button, Show/Hide Themes and select something different. I am thinking as we go over through the list here of this first one called black and white.
I'll give it a click. Click Yes and we'll give it a moment because it's going to be applied to three slides now, it's going to look a little different. Notice the font is definitely a different font, different sizes and as we go through our slides. You can see some of them have this silhouettes, some don't, if there's not space for it. And we have all of our placeholders, just like we did. It's just a very different look and feel. I'm not sure it applies well to an orientation. So let's go back to our Themes panel and choose something different.
I'm going to go with the green and click Yes. So this might be the one we want to use going forward and again we' would continue adding slides and the theme would already be applied. Just click anywhere down below on the slide to hide the panel. And you can also create your own themes. For example if you like this theme, but you want to make some adjustments, you can do so on the master slide. Let's say we go to the introduction here. Click the Introduction type slide. And I think this should be a little bit bigger. Why don't we just click the placeholder and over here in Properties on the right hand side, you'll notice that it's 56 points.
And there's the font family and the style. Well, let's change that. We'll bump it up to 60, let's say and press Enter. Alright the double click to add title doesn't quite fit all in one line. But we can adjust that. But we can stretch out this box if we wanted to. I'm going to stretch it from side to side. I think that should be centered inside it. We can change that by going to the Format section of our Properties panel. And we've made some adjustments. You could adjust the color in the background. You could adjust anything you see here from the master slide.
Now when we go back to our regular view by clicking any of the thumbnails in the filmstrip, you'll see those changes have been made. So, if this is something that you want to use across multiple projects, you would then save it as your own theme. We'll go up to Themes, down to Save Theme as. And the name that's going to appear is the same name as the name of your project. In this case, KEOrientationO2O2 for me. And then theme, and you can see the extension's a little different, CPTM. I'm going to change this name a little bit, KEOrientationtheme, like so.
We can choose where this is going to go. I'm just going to put it on my desktop. And click Save. What this does is creates a new theme that you can apply to future projects. In fact, you could go to other projects you've already created and apply it there as well. And you'd do it from the Themes menu. You won't see it showing up on the Themes panel, but you do have access to it by going up to that menu. Let's try it. We'll go back to that one we just started. It's going to be untitled. We'll go up to Themes from here. Apply a new theme.
And we need to go to the desktop to find it. There it is. KEOrientation theme. Select it. Click Open. There's that same override message. You'll click Yes. And it gets applied to your brand new project. There, it's a little bit bigger and centered. So not only do you have a number of themes to choose from. But you can create your own themes. And they could be based on existing themes. You could even start from scratch if you wanted to. I'm going to switch back to timeline. And, in fact, we really don't need this project. We can close it up, without saving it.
And continue with our KEOrientation project. So that's a quick look at themes. Anything you can think of in the way color schemes, font schemes, etcetera. Can be adjusted to create your own themes and apply them to existing and future projects here in Captivate 7.
Learn how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. Plus add built-in smart learning interactions to your projects, which add more complex interactivity. You'll also discover how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
- What is Captivate 7?
- What's new in Captivate 7?
- Setting up preferences
- Creating a project from scratch
- Creating a project from PowerPoint
- Adding text, shapes, and images
- Using hyperlinks, widgets, and interactive elements
- Inserting smart learning interactions
- Recording a software simulation
- Setting up a quiz
- Using multiple choice, true/false, and input questions
- Publishing your project