With the release of Captivate 6, Adobe has introduced “Themes”. Themes are a great way to quickly brand your course content and to keep it consistent. You can built a theme and then share it with your team. The theme can have colors, layouts, placeholders, fonts, buttons, and much more pre-built into it.
There are multiple themes that come with Captivate 6. To view the themes, go to main navigation and choose Themes and then Show/Hide Themes Panel. You can then browse through the installed themes.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes up a theme.
To view the master slides go to Themes / Master Slide. A panel then appears where you can scroll through the master slides. By using master slides you can create lots of “template” slides to use throughout your course.
There are 3 types of master slides:
- Main Master Slide – There is only one main slide. It is the first one in the list and controls the background of all of the other master slides. Anything on the main slide will appear on all of the other slides. The master slide is a great place to create the background style for your course.
- Content Master Slide – You can have multiple content slides in a theme. These slides are great for creating lots of content layouts. Basically they become blueprints for slides that you’ll add to your course. Content slides have placeholders for content (text, images, etc.).
- Question Master Slide – There are 4 question master slides. Use them to build blueprints for inserting question slides.
When you create master slides you use object placeholders to create spots to insert images, text, and content. The placeholders let you designate where you want to put images and text on each slide.
You can use the Object Style Manager to control the formatting for text and objects on the master slides. Basically it’s just like defining CSS styles or styles in InDesign. You create various styles and save them so that you can apply them to text and objects. For example you can create various styles that you might use for text boxes in your course. You’d set a font, size, and color for the styles. You can also stylize smart shapes.
Object styles can be very powerful because it lets you control the formatting for an entire course from one area. You could change the font for an entire course by simply changing a couple of object styles.
A theme has a player skin saved with it. You can set the colors, buttons, and style of a player within a theme. So when you apply a theme to your project your player will automatically change.
Table of Contents
You can find the TOC within the skin editor or by choosing Themes / Table of Contents. Near the bottom of the TOC window click Settings. From there you can stylize the TOC by changing colors, size, and fonts. Make sure that you also look at the Font Settings for the other Text Levels.
Saving and Sharing a Theme
If you want to create your own theme start by modify an existing one. Once you get done modifying and/or creating a theme that you like, go to Themes / Save Theme As… You can then save your theme as a .cptm file (that’s a Captive Theme). You’ll see your new theme appear in your Themes Panel.
Now you can share that .cptm file with others. They can simply go to Themes / Apply a New Theme and choose the new theme file. The theme files get saved in My Documents / My Adobe Captivate Projects / Layouts / 6_0 / en_US.
Creating New Slides with a Theme
Once you have a theme that you like you can start to build slide based on it. Go to Insert / New Slide from and then browse for the slide layout that you want. You will see all list of the content and quiz master slides.
The eLearning Brothers’ Template Library has lots of templates that you can use in Captivate to build awesome training. View our Captivate Templates.
Here’s a free captivate template.