I am a pretty detail-oriented person… Wait, what am I saying? I’m actually a bit of a perfectionist! Consistency in e-Learning development, for me, is fairly important. I love when people in class ask, “How do I change my default font size and/or color?” because that means I may not be alone!
In the first day of training, we talk about Theme Colors in Storyline 360 and maintaining color consistency. By setting up your theme beforehand, you can ensure that each object you create can begin with the same color. In addition to Theme Colors, you also have Theme Fonts, which can ensure that each text object you create will be based on a font you’ve first decided in the Design Theme.
Here’s an example of a few objects and how they look if I were to use the Apex Theme Color and Open Sans Theme Font:
Creating Default Shapes
Although creating your theme allows you to have consistent color and font, quite often, I might decide to make all my caption bubbles a different color and font style. Or, I might make my buttons a different shade or font size. Format Painter is a huge life-saver, and if you’re not using it, you should be! It copies formatting; it copies states; it’s a home run!
However, what if you want some of your objects to have a certain look each time you draw them or use them? For example, I might like my caption bubbles to be white with black outline, no shadow, italicized, and use Bradley Hand in size 16 in a particular Storyline file.
Once you make your caption bubble (or text box, or button, or shape, etc.) look just the way you want, all you have to do is right-click on that object and choose Set as Default Shape (or text, etc.).
Then, viola! Every time you create that object in that Storyline 360 file, it will have those formatting attributes! These shortcuts not only help you become a consistent e-Learning developer, but a rapid designer as well!
“I don’t call it a shortcut. I call it being efficient!” ~Anonymous