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.
You can see the following options:
- Themes used in this project: Indicates the theme that your project uses. For a new project, the default theme is used.
- Other themes available: Lists all pre-installed themes. These themes are located in C:\Users\Public\Documents\Adobe\eLearning Assets\Layouts\11_5\en_US.
On the Asset Panel, to apply any theme, select a theme. You have the following options:
- Apply: When you click Apply, the chosen theme gets applied on your project. If your project already had a theme applied, the new theme will overwrite the old theme. The new theme also gets copied in C:\Users\Public\Documents\Adobe\eLearning Assets\Layouts\11_5\en_US.
- Download: When you click Download, the theme gets downloaded to C:\Users\Public\Documents\Adobe\eLearning Assets\Layouts\11_5\en_US. You can then use the theme later.
When designing your eLearning project, you often need to comply with the branding guidelines that your client provides. These guidelines could relate to the fonts to be used in the project, color schemes to be used, or other guidelines.
In earlier versions of Captivate, if you wanted to incorporate new fonts in your project, you would navigate to the Object Style Manager, and change the font to the required font across all types of objects, types of captions, and apply the change everywhere.
This approach to changing the fonts is time consuming and also prone to errors.
The Update 2 of the 2019 release of Captivate introduces the ability to change the fonts and colors of a theme with minimal clicks while maintaining high productivity.
You can also change the colors of the theme that you had applied to your project. On the Theme Properties dialog, choose the color scheme that you want to apply to the existing theme.
To save the changes, click Done.
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.
In Update 2 of the 2019 release of Captivate, you can copy theme from a source project and apply the theme to a destination project. In other words, you can copy and paste with source formatting applied to the destination project:
Destination paste is based on the theme of the currently selected slide in the destination project. The theme of the slide selected before paste gets applied upon toggling to be pastes to the destination 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: