Themes and Master Slides

When you start using Captivate, getting your project to look just like you want it to, can be a bit confusing. And time consuming.

Luckily, you have a number of tools at your disposal that can help make this easier for your.

Themes

A theme gives your project a layout of the various slides as well as defines the colour palette that is used consistently throughout your project. You may have used themes in the past in your PowerPoint presentations. If so, you will find the use of themes in Captivate easy.

If you have not, then here is how you can tap into this tool easily:

First, select “Themes” from your tool bar. You have a number of options that you can choose from. You can also upload a theme by clicking the “Browse” hyperlink and navigating to the theme on your computer.

Captivate Themes

You can then adjust the “Theme Colors” by clicking on the button, which will open a new drop-down dialogue:

Captivate Themes Color Scheme

Select either one of the pre-determined options or click on customize to create your own color scheme.

You can also create your own theme. Start with an existing one, make adjustments to objects and color scheme and then save the theme under a new name by navigating to Themes > Save Theme As

Captivate Save Theme

In the future, you can open this theme and start with a new project that has the exact look that you are looking for.

This is particularly helpful if you plan to create multiple modules of your eLearning course using the same design.

Master Slides

Another useful Captivate tool is Master Slides. Again, you may know this from your PowerPoint presentations. Master Slides define the layout of the slides. The positioning of text and image elements or clickable objects. Having Master Slides for various purposes makes it easy for you to create a project with a standard layout.

Captivate comes with a number of slides already designed, such as a title slide, various content slides and a variety of quiz slides.

Open your Master Slides under Themes > Master Slide

Captivate Master Slide

Now you can edit the Master Slides to be exactly how you like them and use them throughout your project.

You can also add new Master Slides in addition to the ones that come with your theme. Click on Insert > Content Master Slide or > Quiz Master Slide to add slides, then format them and add them to your project as needed. Don’t forget to save your theme for future use.

Other styling options

In addition to Themes and Master Slides that determine the look of your project, you can of course make adjustment to each individual slide, including replacing the background of the slide. There is no limitation to designing your project just the way you want to.

Conclusion

Using Themes and Master Slides will make it easier for you to design stunning projects with a consistent look.  Adding individual adjustments enables you to design a project that is exactly what you want it to look like. Spending a bit of time in the design of the Theme you’d like to use including the Master Slides will save you a lot of time down the road.

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