Learn how to modify an existing course theme to suit your project requirements by changing the theme colors, adding logo, modifying master slides, adding placeholder objects, buttons, and graphics and then save it as a new theme.
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- [Voiceover] Now that we are familiar with Captivate interface and have learned how to use some of the basic interactive and non-interactive objects let's apply this knowledge in creating a simple eLearning project. We'll begin with modifying an existing Captivate theme to suit our requirements and then start developing the project. Whenever you modify or save a theme it's advisable to create a responsive project and them modify the theme and save it.
This will ensure that nothing breaks if you use the modified theme for a responsive project. So let's first create a responsive project. I'll go ahead and double-click the responsive project thumbnail. I'll go ahead and change the magnification to 66% so that it fits my screen right. We will not be touching any responsive properties for the theme right now. We'll modify those properties in the a last chapter when we use this theme to build a responsive course.
For now, let's concentrate only on the desktop break-point. In Captivate, you can either create a theme from scratch or pick your favorite theme and the modify it from there. We'll be doing exactly that. We'll go to the themes panel and select one of the themes. The theme that I have selected for this course that we will be developing together is this theme named Chick. I'll go ahead and select it and click yes. This theme is now applied to this project.
Now before we make any changes to it let's go ahead and save this theme as a new theme I'll go to themes and click save theme as. Go to the exercise files folder chapter five folder and here go ahead and save this theme as colors and click save. When you get this message that the theme has been saved successfully, go ahead and click ok.
Now we need to modify the master slides associated with this theme. So we can go to the properties inspector and from there, we can click Master slide view. Now go to the title slide, and select this image and then go ahead and delete this image in place of this image you will be using a video. Also, go ahead and delete this placeholder text. We'll be using a variable to display the titles automatically in our course.
For that, let's go ahead and add a text caption. I'll go ahead and click text, and select text caption. Place this text caption on the title bar. Go ahead and adjust it's size and position and make the formatting changes. So I'll go ahead and change the color of this text to white I'll make it center and middle aligned and then I'll go ahead and change the size of this text to 48 points.
I'll go ahead and increase the size all the way to the right so that it appears at the center of the screen. I'll go ahead and add some dummy text here for now which we will be replacing later when we create the course with the actual variable name. So just go ahead and type some text here. Now that the formatting changes are done let's go ahead and save this style as a splash title. To save it as an object style I'll just go ahead and select this caption and then go to the drop-down next to Style Name click it and select Create New Style.
Here I'll go ahead and type Splash Title and click ok. Now it's time to add a logo and this is the appropriate position for adding the logo. So I'll just go ahead and click Media and select image. Now I need to go to the excercise files folder chapter five folder, and select theme. Here I'll find logo.png you can go ahead and click open and this image is now added to the slide.
Let's go ahead and position this logo on top of this particular shape. Our splash screen is ready now we need to create a content slide. So let's go ahead and take a look at the other slides that are available. I kind of don't like this blue colored slide what I want to do is I want to continue with this green slide. So what we can do is, we can move the slide after the title slide, and then this can be our content slide. Let's go ahead and name this as content slide.
Let's make some changes here I'll go ahead and get rid of these captions on the screen because we are going to use minimalistic text in our course. So I'll go ahead and hit delete, and click ok. We also need to get rid of this text caption go ahead and delete it, and then what we can do is, we can go ahead and select this caption here that we just created copy it, and then past it on the content slide. You need to make some changes to this particular text placeholder so that it fits well for the content slide.
First we will go ahead and reduce the font for this particular caption to 36 and then we'll move it a little up re-size the caption, and then we will also reduce the size of this bar, so that we have more area to place the content. So just go ahead and reduce it just a bit. This looks nice, and now that the style is ready let's go ahead and save this particular style as a new style So again, I will select the caption go to the drop-down next to style name open it, and select create new style and here, this time, we will name this as content title.
and click ok. Let's go to the title slide again, copy the logo and paste it on the content slide. Now for some of the slides you will need the back and the next buttons as well. So let's go ahead and duplicate the slide rather than doing all of these steps again. To duplicate the slide I'll go ahead and right-click the slide and select duplicate. Now we need to add buttons here but before that let's name this slide as content slide with buttons.
Let's go ahead and add a next button shape. For that you can go to shapes and select one of the next button shapes and go ahead and select this one. Go ahead and draw the shape here on the bottom right corner and position it to the right. This looks good, let us go ahead and increase the width a bit. Ok, this looks nice, and then I will go ahead and change this color to the gray shade on the top bar.
For that, I'll go ahead and open the fill color select the eye-dropper, and then place it on the top bar to pick the color. My next button is ready. I'll go ahead and select use N as button and then I'll get the actions panel I just want to make sure the action is set to go to the next slide. So the next button is ready... let's go ahead and create the back button and the best way to have the backbutton is to make a copy of this button, and make the modifications to duplicate this button, I'll go ahead and press the command key on my keyboard, and drag this button if you are on Windows, go ahead and press the control key on your keyboard, and drag the button and just placing it to the left and now I see this rotate button.
This will allow me to rotate the shape and go ahead and click and drag so that I get the button rotated, and pointing towards left. You can see it's not precise to have the precise angle for rotation we can go to the options tab in the properties inspector and change the angle to a precise number of 180 degrees. Now it looks good, let's go ahead and align this properly so that it looks nice. We'll go ahead and select both the buttons, right click and then select align, and then align top.
This will ensure that both the buttons are at the same level. One last thing we have to do for the back button is to select the back button, go to the actions and select the action as go to the previous slide. The side is ready. Now what we need to do is we need one more option of this slide where we have the title text, we have the buttons and we have some instructional text here on the screen. So let's go ahead and add that screen. To do that I'll go ahead and duplicate this new slide that we just created.
After duplicating it, I'll go ahead and change the name to content slide with buttons and text. This time, the text that will be appearing on the screen will be changing. So we can't add the normal text caption. We'll go ahead and add a placeholder text caption. For that, we'll go to insert....placeholder objects and then select text caption. Let's go ahead and position it on the top left corner and then, increase it's size.
Let's go ahead and make some formatting changes as well. Let's change the color to a darker shade of gray maybe this one, and change the size of the text to 24. That's done. Let's go ahead and save this style as well so that we can reuse it, we'll go to the style name and click to drop-down, and select create new style. Let's name this as OnScreen Text and click ok.
With this ready, let's have one more variation where we have the title, we have the text but we don't have the back and next buttons. Maybe you can use that for some of the interactions that we will be developing. Let's go ahead and duplicate this slide right-click the slide, and select duplicate. Now here, we need to get rid of these buttons. Go ahead and delete them, and our slide is ready. The only thing we need to do is change the title of the screen.
We need one more slide here which is this blank slide which doesn't have the title text. We'll be using this for our video demonstrations and simulations. So let's go ahead and finish this screen and to finish the screen, we just have to add the logo. So let's copy the logo from here and let's paste it in the blank slide. The slide is ready. Let's go ahead and add one more slide with just the buttons. So I'll go ahead and copy the buttons from the other slide.
Copy it.... and come to the blank slide and paste these buttons. We'll name this as blank with buttons and as we forgot to duplicate this slide then we just have one blank slide let's go ahead and duplicate this and in the next slide, we'll go ahead and remove the buttons. So here, I'll just go ahead and change the name to blank change the name to blank and then, I'll go ahead and remove these buttons. So we have these seven variations of the slides that we will be using.
The rest of the content slides that are available in this particular project like this one, and the rest of these content slides we'll go ahead and delete these slides. Then go ahead and move to the slide which is the last one. So here you see the question slide we will need this slide, so we will leave this and we will go ahead and delete the slides from slide number eight...to slide 19. So I'll just go ahead and select slide number eight then shift select slide number 19 and then right-click and delete.
This will delete all the unnecessary content slides form our course. Now we need to modify the question slides. This slide looks a little empty on the top bar so what we can do is, we can go to the blank slide copy the top bar, and the logo and paste it on the question slide and the best way to copy it is to click and drag a rectangle around these objects. This will select the logo and the artwork for the top bar.
I'll go ahead and copy this, and then I'll go ahead and select the first question slide press and hold the shift key on my keyboard and select the last question slide. Now I'll go ahead and press control plus V on my keyboard to paste the top bar and the logo, on all these slides so that I don't have to do it one by one. Now let's go and make some more changes to the question. I'll go ahead and select the question title the font looks a little big so let's go ahead and make changes to that.
I'll go ahead and change the font size from 58 to 40, and hit enter and now that I have made changes to the question title in this particular question, I'll go ahead and save the style to the existing default question title style. To do that, I'll go ahead and click the drop-down next to style name, and then say save changes to existing style. This will change the title in all the questions.
Let's go ahead and make some more changes let's see if the question title looks good with the answer options, let's go ahead and change it to 24 so that it's more visible and similarly, we'll go ahead and save this style. So we'll go and click this option and say save changes to existing style. All the required changes in this project are now done. Remember one thing, this theme can be modified as and when required.
So it's not a one time thing that you're doing. There are a lot of other options like going to the object style manager and making changes over there. Or changing the recording defaults. You'll be learning more about it as and when we create the course. For now, it's time to save this theme. So I'll go ahead and click exit master to come back to the normal slide view and now, I'll go to themes and say, save theme. This will save the changes that we just made to the colors theme that was available.
We need to do one more thing so the next time we create our project this theme is automatically applied to the course. For that, we'll go to the themes panel and here the colors theme that we just created is mentioned. Just right-click on the thumbnail of this theme and say, save as default theme. With that done, you will see a check mark here and we can close this... we can close this project safely without saving any changes because our changes have already been saved in the theme.
So we'll go ahead and click don't save and now next time when I create any project whether it's a responsive project or a blank project I'll get a new project with the new theme applied. Our theme is ready now. So let's begin creating our course.
- What's new in Captivate 9
- Creating a storyboard in Captivate Draft
- Adding text, audio and video, shapes, and animations
- Inserting interactive elements such as buttons and rollovers
- Creating a new Captivate project
- Creating timeline animations
- Applying effects
- Creating a drag-and-drop interaction
- Creating a simulation
- Adding assessments
- Adding closed captions for narration
- Enabling accessibility
- Enabling LMS reporting
- Enabling accessibility
- Creating responsive projects
- Publishing a Captivate project