Create different types of projects in Adobe Captivate

Create a project to include software simulation

You can create an Adobe Captivate project by recording events in an application or screen area on your computer. The following modes of recording are available.

Automatic Recording

Adobe Captivate captures screenshots automatically and places them in separate slides. For more information, see Automatic recording.

Manual Recording

You can manually capture screenshots using this option. The chosen set of screenshots appears sequentially in separate slides after the recording is complete. For more information, see Manual recording.

For more information, see Recording Projects.

Adobe Captivate : Create a Simulation

You can also watch Paul Wilson's videos on recording a software solution.

Adobe Captivate – Software Simulation Part 1

Paul Wilson

Adobe Captivate – Software Simulation Part 2

Paul Wilson

Create a project from PowerPoint presentations

You can import an entire PowerPoint presentation, or only selected slides into an Adobe Captivate project. Each PowerPoint slide is imported as a separate slide in the Adobe Captivate project. You can later edit the PowerPoint presentations from within Adobe Captivate.

For more information, refer Importing PowerPoint presentations.


While importing PowerPoint presentations, you may have to adjust the size of the presentations. Refer the blog, Right size your PowerPoint imports.

Paul Wilson has created a fantastic YouTube tutorial on importing a PPT presentation into your Captivate project.

Adobe Captivate - Importing PowerPoint Workflow

Paul Wilson

Create a project from images

Projects created from images can be viewed as a slideshow. Each image is imported into a separate slide.

  1. Select File > New Project > Image Slideshow.

  2. In the New Image Slideshow dialog box, set the dimensions of the project.

  3. Click OK, and select the images that you want to add to your project.

  4. If the Resize/Crop image dialog box appears, set the following options:

    Note: You see the Crop/Resize dialog box only when an image exceeds the height or width limits of the project. If you are inserting more than one slide, only those images that exceed the dimension limits are displayed in the dialog box.

    Resize and crop image
    Resize and crop image

    Fit To Stage

    Resizes the image to fit the dimensions of the slide.


    Displays a bounding box with dimensions corresponding to that of the project. Resize the handles of the box to select the area that you want displayed on the slide. If you selected Constrain Proportions, Adobe Captivate maintains the height-to-width ratio of the bounding box.


    You can zoom in and zoom out of the image by moving the slider. Alternatively, you can choose from a list of standard zoom sizes from the menu.

    Constrain Proportions

    Maintains the height-to-width ratio of the bounding box used to crop the image. This option is enabled only when you choose to crop the image. When you disable this option, resize the bounding box, and enable the option again; the new dimensions are used thereafter to calculate the ratio.

    In addition to the above options, you can also set tone controls (brightness, sharpness, and contrast) and adjust color ranges (alpha, hue, and saturation). You can also flip or rotate the image.

Advanced Actions & Variables: Image Slideshow

Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

Create a project starting with blank slides

You can start with a blank project, and then import slides or images from PowerPoint presentations, images, or other Adobe Captivate projects. You can also add a software demonstration, or interactive simulation by recording additional slides.

  1. Select File > New Project > Blank Project.

  2. Select a preset size in the Select list, or specify a custom width and height for the project.

  3. Click OK.

The default theme is applied to the new project. The theme contains a set of master slides that you can use for title, content, and question slides. For more information, see Themes.

Adobe Captivate : Create a New Project


Create a responsive project

You can create a project whose content and design can be viewed across multiple devices such as desktop, tablet, and mobile.

For more information on creating responsive projects, see Responsive project.

Adobe Captivate 2017: Responsive eLearning with Fluid Boxes

Dr. Pooja Jaisingh


You can also create responsive simulations using Captivate. For more information, refer Dr. Pooja Jaisingh's blog in the eLearning community portal.

Create a VR Project

Nothing captures your attention like a 360° image or video. Such assets give you a perception of being there in the scene, without actually being there. A 360° image or a video is an abstraction of a real-world panoramic image, which is shot using an omnidirectional camera.

A 360° is an immersive experience. In eLearning, 360° images or videos, apart from giving you a sense of presence, makes you relive an experience. You can focus on multiple aspects, while gaining a high degree or recall.

360° images and videos have disrupted industries across multiple verticals. From new-hire orientation to medicine, from armed forces to athletics, 360° have captured the imagination of trainers and instructors to deliver a cutting-edge, world class training program.

Typically, on a 360° image or video, you interact via Hotspots, which you can click and display some text, launch a video, launch a quiz, or play an audio.

For more information on creating a VR project, see VR project.

Create template-based projects

Adobe Captivate templates allow you to improve consistency across similar projects or modules of a project and reduce the effort required to create new projects.

Create a storyboard and workflow

No matter what project you want to create, it is helpful to do some planning before you start taking screenshots. Consider first what you want the user to do, learn, or achieve as a result of viewing your project. Defining this goal allows you to create a comprehensive plan for success. Once you have defined the action you want the audience to take, you can create the “core” of the project.

Every movie tells a story. A storyboard is a written version of that story either in the form of text or graphics. It tells you whether you have a clear understanding of what you are about to present to your audience. You can use the 5W, 1H rule adopted in journalism to get your story straight—who, what, when, where, why, and how.

You can create a workflow readily when you have a storyboard in place. A workflow is the flow of information in a project that follows the rules you create for it. For example, you can have a nonlinear presentation in which you can move back and forth between slides, skip slides, or set rules for slide sequence. Defining the workflow in advance helps you complete your project earlier, with minimal changes during the editing cycle.

If your project includes a great deal of text (captions), a script is the best place to begin. Scripts use text-based pages. They are like pages in a book: logical, sequential, and containing as much detail as you care to provide.

Create project templates

When you want to create similar projects or similar modules in a project, use project templates to ensure consistency and save time. Project templates are especially useful when multiple authors are working on different project modules or on similar projects.

Project templates help achieve the following:

  • Consistency across Adobe Captivate projects.

  • Reduced development time for multiple projects due to reuse of design.

  • Reuse of project preferences across multiple projects.

In a collaborative environment where the designers work separately from the people creating the content, designers use templates to ensure consistency across projects. Content developers do not have to worry about the workflow of the project, the various standards involved, or the creation of the layout. All they have to do is follow the instructions in the template and provide the required content in the relevant placeholders.

Creating a repository of templates requires a disciplined effort involving all stakeholders. However, the effort pays for itself over time in terms of reduced development time for projects.

An Adobe Captivate project template consists of the following:

  • Slides with placeholders for various Adobe Captivate objects

  • Placeholders for the following:

    • Recording slides

    • Question slides.

  • Master slides. For more information on Master Slides, see Master slides.

You can define and use object styles along with the project templates to ensure a uniform appearance for your projects.

When you create a project using a template, the placeholders in the template are marked with a placeholder icon. The icon disappears when you insert an object into a placeholder.


The placeholder objects are not visible when you preview or publish a project created with a project template.

In addition to placeholders, you can add all Adobe Captivate objects and supported media to templates. The template serves as a ‘stencil’ only. Users can change the objects and placeholders without any restriction when creating a project from the template.

To make a project template more effective, add slide notes providing information or instructions. Include information on the recommended types and properties of objects, media, or slides that users are to insert in the placeholders.

  1. Select File > New Project > Project Template.

  2. Specify the dimensions of the project template, and click OK.

  3. Set preferences for the template using the Edit > Preferences dialog box. The preferences are automatically applied when you use the project template to create a project.

  4. Choose the look and feel for projects based on the template by clicking Themes > Themes. The Themes bar appears. Click the required theme from the Themes bar.

    You can also modify the theme to suit your requirements. For more information on themes, see Themes.


    If you do not want to use themes, you can create your own layouts by inserting placeholder objects on the slides (Insert > Placeholder Objects).

  5. To insert placeholders for slides, select Insert > Placeholder Slides, and choose the type of slide placeholder.

  6. Insert other Adobe Captivate objects, and required media.

    Best practice is to add all objects or media that do not change from project to project (for example, a logo) as actual objects. Use placeholders for objects or media that are specific to the project.

  7. Save the file. The file is saved with a .cptl extension.

Create projects from project templates

  1. Select File > New Project > Project From Template.

  2. Navigate to the template file and click Open.

  3. Double-click the placeholder and do the following:

    • For placeholder objects, use the respective dialog box to add objects to the placeholder. The placeholder is converted to a concrete object.

    • For recording slide placeholders, double-click the placeholder slide to start recording.

    • For question slide placeholders, double-click the placeholder slide to insert a question slide.


For more information and to download a sample template, refer Dr. Allen Partridge's blog in the community portal.


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