Themes help your project look better with coordinated colors, well-planned layouts for slides, fonts and effects. When you create a project, a default theme is applied to the project. You can change the theme by choosing one of the preloaded themes that are shipped along with Adobe Captivate. You can customize a theme, save it as a different theme, and reuse it for other projects.
Master slides (a minimum of seven)
Main master slide, prefixed with the name of the theme
Content master slide
Question master slides (5 numbers)
Object styles. For example, the 'Woody' theme contains styles such as Woody caption style, Failure, and Success captions.
Skin and TOC settings related to the theme
The difference between templates and themes is that templates decide 'when' and 'where' content (including media) is to be placed while themes decide how the project looks. For example, consider that you want a standard approach to all the elearning courses developed by your team. You require a pretest followed by content and then a post-test. You can create a template with the required type of slide placeholders and also decide the number of slides that each of these sections contain.
On the other hand, if you need an aquatic theme for the project background with coordinated colors for the slides, you apply a theme.
The recommended workflow is to use a theme within the project template. By doing so, you can ensure that the projects based on the template use a standard theme.
Each Theme comes with a collection of Theme colors. You can use those colors the way it is or customize them.
Click Themes in the toolbar, select any default or customized theme of your choice from the drop down and click. You get a dialog asking you to confirm if you are ok with overriding existing styles and properties with this new theme. Once you confirm, the theme is applied to your project.
You can browse for more themes from the drop-down, choose any .cptm file and apply the theme to your project.
For Adobe Captivate to apply themes effectively, ensure that you use uniform styles for objects. For example, all text captions can be of a one single style.
You can apply themes to projects directly or use them in project templates for a standard look and feel.
When you apply a theme to a project:
For each slide in the project, Adobe Captivate compares the linked master slide layout with those on the master slides in the theme you apply. If a matching layout is found, the slide is mapped to that master slide. If a match is not found, Adobe Captivate creates a new master slide and then maps the slide.
Objects, layouts, skin editor, and TOC that use default settings of the existing theme are mapped to the respective default styles in the applied theme. Any overrides to these elements are not retained in the project.
When you copy and paste a slide into another project, the theme of the target project is applied to the slide. If the slide contains objects and layouts that were overridden, the overridden settings are retained.
When you record a software simulation in a project, default captions and highlight boxes are mapped to the corresponding styles in the project theme.
Create Master Slides with backgrounds, logos, headers, and so on, so that you can apply them to the standard slides of your project.
You can customize a theme by editing the constituent master slides, object styles, skin, theme colors, and TOC settings.
For information on customizing: