Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Utilizing master slides and content master slides, part of Captivate: Advanced Techniques.
If you want to add objects like logos, headers, footers and copyrights to your project that need to be displayed on lots of slides, using master slides and content master slides will be useful to you. For example, instead of manually copying and pasting a logo to every slide that needs it, you can add it to a master slide and it will appear automatically. Let's check this out. Down near the bottom of the captivate interface next to the timeline is the Master Slide tab. I'll click it. If you don't see it, you can go to the Window menu and choose "Master Slide." Each Captivate project contains one main master slide and multiple content master slides.
We'll start with the main master slide, which is this one. It's labeled "Blank". Think of this as the granddaddy of all the slides. Anything you put on this slide will show up basically on all the slides everywhere in your project. Let's try this out. With the main master slide selected, I'll go to "Insert", "Standard Objects", then "Text Caption". As soon as it's brought in, you can see that the text caption shows up on all of the content master slides. That's these ones here.
It also shows up on all of the regular slides in the film strip. I'll click back to the main master slide and move the text caption around. Note how it updates it's position on all of the other slides as well. You can see it if you look in the filmstrip. So let's make this text caption a copyright line. I'll double click on the text to edit and type in "KinetEco Inc, a fictional company." I also want a copyright symbol in this, so I'm gonna put my cursor at the start of the text, open up the format accordion in the Properties panel, and click the "Insert symbol" button.
Now let's use copyright. For formatting, I'll choose Myriad Pro 12 point font. And from the color picker, choose the grade of 9A9A9A. I'll also left align the text. The green caption style looks silly for a copyright line, so I'll close up the Format tab and up in the General tab change the caption type from Halo Green to Transparent. Now I'll resize the box itself so it's not unnecessarily large. And finally, I'll open up the Transform accordion in the Properties panel and type in an x of 14 and a Y of 510.
I'll scroll down so we can see that. Now that specific position is important. When I click to any of my project slides in the filmstrip, you can see that the copyright line lines up quite snugly in the lower left corner. When I click back to my content master slides, specifically the ones that control formatting for question slides, the copyright is still visible despite all the stuff that's going on for question slides. So that's fine. Now, let's build all the rest of this project and use content master slides to help format them.
This project needs a title, an introduction and ending slides so the user has a nice smooth transition in and out when they go to view the project. From the exercise files for this chapter, I'm gonna open the file called "CopyMe.cptx". It contains the text and content for introduction and ending slides so we don't have to spend a lot of time creating those. There's a total of five slides here. The first four are introduction slides. So, I'll select Slide 1, hold down the Shift key on my keyboard to multiple select and then click on Slide 4.
Now I'll right click and copy, then flip back to my lightbulbtraining project. I'll select Slide 1 in the filmstrip, right click and choose "paste". Captivate pastes slides after the slide I'd selected. So now what with slide 1 shows up before my introduction slides. I'll just click and drag slide 1 down the filmstrip so it ends up as slide 5 in the project. Now for the ending slide. Back in the copyMe project, I'm going to select the last slide in the filmstrip, right click and copy.
Then, back in the lightbulb project, scroll to the bottom of the filmstrip, select the last slide, right click and choose "paste". There's my ending slide. So I'll go back up to slide 1 in the filmstrip and now preview my entire project. So as the first four slides play, the content looks fine but what all four of these are missing is maybe a KinetEco logo.
I'm gonna close the preview. Now, I can just put a logo on slide 1 and then copy and paste it onto the other slides. But I could use a content master slide to do the job for me instead. The content master slides are like submaster or second tier master slides. They show what the main master slide has on it, but you can add additional stuff to them. So to add a logo, I'm gonna look at the master slide tab and choose my content master slide. You'll notice underneath this slide it has a name of "Blank".
But to help make it clear as to what's going on, I'll go to the Properties panel and type in "logodots". We're actually going to put two images on here, a logo and then some style dots just to make things look pretty. Now, you can see the name update under the content master slide down below. Now I'll also click my main master slide and give that a name of "Mean". So clicking back to the "logoDots" content master slide, you can see that it's already got the copyright displayed since it's copying that from the main master slide.
Now, I'm gonna go to the Insert menu and choose "image". In the Start folder in the exercise files, I'll choose the image called "kinetEcoLogo". I'm also going to "Insert", "Image" and bring in the "dots" image. I'm gonna click on the logo, and in the Transform accordion in the Properties panel, give it an X of 13 and a Y of 17. Clicking on the "dots" image, I'll give it an X of 353 and a Y of 460.
So now, look what's happened in the filmstrip. I'll scroll to the top and click on Slide 1 and maybe zoom out to 75% so we can see everything. The logo and the colored dots show up here and on slide 2 and slide 3 and slide 4. And they look good. All of these are basically repeating what's on the "logoDots" content master slide. You can tell not only just from looking at them, but clicking on any slide in the filmstrip and looking in Properties under "General". It says that this slide is displaying what's included on logodots content master slide.
Well that's great for slides 1 through 4, and also for the very last slide in our project, the ending slide. But now I'll go back up and select slide 5. The logo and dots here don't work. The logo is confusing since there was already a KinetEco logo on the Light Bulb Price Calculator that was captured during our recording. The dots are kind of silly too. While they don't cover anything up, the focus on these slides should be the calculator, not decorative shapes. So, what to do? Well we're not stuck with just one content master slide.
You can make as many as you want. We need a content master slide that still keeps the copyright info from the main master slide but doesn't have the logo in the dots. That's easy enough. So back in the master slide tab, I'm going to right click on the logodots content master slide and choose "Duplicate". The duplicated slide appears. I'm gonna click it and name it "JustPlain". Now I'll delete the logo and the "dots" image off of it. So the new content master slide is set up. Now let's apply it to the appropriate slides.
To do that, I'll click on slide 5 in the filmstrip, the first one where we don't want the logo in the dots. In the Properties tab where the information on the master slides appears, I'll click to open the drop down and our new "JustPlain" content master slide appears. And I'll select it. The problem is solved for this slide. It's still got the copyright from the content master slide. That's really being piped through from the main master slide, but it's got nothing else. So now we need to apply "JustPlain" to other slides in the filmstrip. Instead of doing them one-by-one, I can click on slide 6, hold down Shift on my keyboard to allow for multiple select, and scroll down and select the second to last slide, which is slide 16.
Now on the Properties tab, I can choose "JustPlain" and the change is applied to all the selected slides. So now you can see how the main master slide and the content master slides can be used to apply formatting to all or just some of the project slides that appear in the filmstrip. Remember that you can create as many content master slides as you want. There's just a quick trick that I want to show you. I'm going to select slide 2 on my filmstrip. Notice how at the bottom left, the copyright line from the master slide is behind the image of the girl, so you can't read it.
To fix this stacking order, in the Properties panel, I'm going to check the box for "Master Slide Objects on Top". That puts the copyright line on top of the girl so we can read it. I'm gonna do this for slides 3 and 4 as well. There's a kind of similar item to know about as well on the content master slides. I'll click to the "logoDots" content master slide. Note the box in the Properties panel for "Show Main Master Slide Objects". If I de-select that check box, the copyright line from Main Master Slide goes away.
It also disappears on all filmstrip slides that are using "logoDots". For instance, slide 2. I'm gonna restore "logoDots" to show Main Master Slide Objects. You may have also noticed the "Use Master Slide Background" option. That appears on both the content master slides and the filmstrip slides. I'll click back to "logoDots" and turn that off.
I'll also do it for "JustPlain". For this project, it doesn't really matter because our master slide background in this project is just white. If you watched the lesson about exporting and merging backgrounds earlier in this course, what a slide background is will make sense to you. So now you've seen how you can use Master Slides and Content Master Slides to display information common to all or just some of the filmstrip slides in your own projects.
- Recording multiple types of projects at once
- Creating and applying custom styles
- Using templates and skins
- Working with master slides
- Aggregating multiple lessons
- Creating and populating question pools
- Capturing and displaying a user's name
- Using conditional actions to control object visibility and navigation
- Choosing and configuring interactions
- Using Text-to-Speech to create voiceovers
- Recording a video demo
- Adding accessibility features to projects