Join Daniel Brigham for an in-depth discussion in this video Formatting a slide master, part of Articulate Storyline: Advanced Techniques.
Slide Masters save you time, and allow you to be more consistent, because you can apply layouts to many different slides in your course, rather than having to create a different layout for each slide. Here I've got a bumper slide that announces a new scene, the product scene. I'll show you how to create a new slide layout and apply it to a slide and also how to create a new slide master. To get to Slide Master from Slide View, go to View, and then select Slide Master. The keyboard shortcut here is F4.
So here we are in Slide Master, and you have the basic layouts for the course. There's a hierarchy in Slide Master. Here's the master slide and the layout slide. The layouts take their formatting cues from the master. So here we have the layouts for our course: the movie layout, text left, picture right, and the bumper slide layout. And if you import slides from PowerPoint, those layouts will be imported as well. You know, in a perfect world you'd get this e-learning vision and just know all the layouts you were going to use before you started a course.
But that's not usually how it works, at least not for me. I need to get knee-deep in the content and create a good many slides before a layout starts suggesting themselves to me. And once they do, I spend some quality time up here in Slide Master. So let's insert a new layout for that bumper slide. Go up to insert new layout, select the insert tab, and look at all the things you can insert - pictures, screenshots, shapes, captions, video, sound, web objects.
I'm going to select a character here. Select Illustrated. Female 1 has been working pretty well for me. She's going to be looking to the right and pointing. And then select Insert. And these illustrated characters are vector-based, so you can stretch them and they still look good. Using the arrow keys, I'll get her in position. Looks pretty good. I might make her a little bit bigger, and she's going to be pointing at some text. So, let's go to Slide Master.
We're going to insert a placeholder, and in particular a text placeholder. Let's click and drag where we want that placeholder to go. We'll format it. Trebuchet is fine for font. Let's go to 30 point font. Select the color, darker blue. And we're going to need this all caps. And let's close Slide Master. We'll go to Slide Master > Cose Master View. Keyboard shortcut to do this is F3. This was our original layout.
Let's go up to Layout, select our new one, and let's preview this by pressing Ctrl+F12. Looks good. Let's close this preview. Now let's insert a new master, say, an image for our quiz questions or knowledge checks. So we'll go up to View > Slide Master > Insert Slide Master, and it's always a good practice when you create a new slide master to rename it.
So we'll select to rename Let's call it knowledge checks. It's going to be the background for a knowledge check. Select Rename. Now, we're ready to format it. Let's select the background styles. Format background, picture or texture fill. Insert from file. We'll select this casey background image. Select open. Looks good. And now we have a new slide master for our knowledge checks. So now that you know how to format slide masters, let's turn to feedback masters, which you'll be using when you're giving learners feedback.
- Reviewing the core concepts: layers, triggers, and states
- Inserting slide layers, markers, and more
- Formatting a slide master
- Inserting and saving a Storyline template
- Adding variables
- Creating interactive video
- Working with screen recordings
- Publishing your Storyline course
- Customizing the player