June 24, 2019
Theme Colors and Fonts
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June 24, 2019
Theme Colors and Fonts
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I am using Captivate 2019 Update 2 (11.5.0.476), I think this matters since I think the answer to my question may have changed from previous versions.

I can choose a theme, probably Blank Theme, and edit the fonts and colors.  I am thinking this is an excellent point to start with since then I can Save As the Theme into my own theme name.

Font 1, 2, and 3.  For Blank Theme, which fonts are used for which specific objects?  Or do I need to go through Object Style Manager and try to figure this out?  In other words, I’d like an easy way to to replace Font 1, 2, and 3 with my own fonts and know what objects they apply to without having to look up each object in Object Style Manager.

Same question for Theme Colors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.  What objects are each of these colors used for by default for Blank Theme?  Or do I need to go through Object Style Manager and try to figure this out?  I want to replace the default theme colors and need to know which objects each color is used for by default.

Wish there was some kind of printable Theme Report or, better yet, an Object Manager Report.  Has anyone created something like this or is this a feature of Captivate that I haven’t found yet?  I’d like a compact theme reference that I can look at as I’m developing my courses that shows, at minimum, the fonts and colors for at least the basic object types in Object Manager, and preferably all the object types and all of the properties for each of these object types in Object Manager for a specific theme that will be used in a project.

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2019-08-16 07:25:34
2019-08-16 07:25:34

I have published sthe start of a new blog series about colors. They have become even more important in version 11.5, which now allows to embed slides from Quick Start Projects, and allows having multiple Themes – each with their color palette –  in one course. My perception due to my daily presence in social media, forums, discussion groups is that  lot of users are confused by the half-truths in most books and training. I see a lot of promotion of old color management which was true before version 6 of Captivate (7 years ago) bu has never been adapted to the Themes workflow.

Articles will be in this community, but since I am waiting on moderation for a couple of thme since days, here is the link to  the intro on my personal blog:

http://blog.lilybiri.com/color-management-intro

 

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2019-06-25 07:26:59
2019-06-25 07:26:59

I plan an updated version of my articles about Themes and Theme colors, but the old ones will still provide you with some answers.

Replacing fonts was a real pain in the past, because Captivate has no real text styles, only  object styles. Lot of the objects in the Object Style Manager are text containers in both categories. Maybe partially due to my insisting, in 11.5 it is now easy to replace fonts for all objects using it. But still no Usage functionaliaty.

As for Theme colors, my insistent pleading and complaints are not heard yet. There Is NO way to see which color has been used by which object feature. Before this versiob some colors had a name like ‘Title’ but that color was not used for titles. At least my pleading to make the names generic has been answered.

I will post some links in a separate comment. You may know that personally I always start each project with the creation of a custom theme, which is not always but often based on the Blank theme. And when coaching personalized training, where often I am asked to train about advanced/shared actions, which I do with the learner’s projects, I detect that lack of understanding Themes (and Timeline, sometimes Quizzig) which is basic is needed before the real advanced topics.

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