Properties 'Effects' Box

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Oct 26, 2020 Oct 26, 2020

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I am new to Captivate and have created a responsive project. When I go to the Properties panel to format text in Buttons, text in Shape boxes, or text in Text entry boxes, there is no Effects drop-down box in the Style panel. Do I have to perform some action to enable it? I am on a 30 day trial version.

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Most Valuable Participant , Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020
Not really. If you find this so important for the learning efficency, you can create the text with all the effects you want in Illustrator or Photoshop and create an image which you import in Captivate.

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Oct 26, 2020 Oct 26, 2020

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Effects are in the Timing Properties panel, not under the Style tab of the Properties panel. If you don't see that panel (in the right docking station) open it from the Windows menu.

You can also use the right-click menu which has the option 'Apply Style' when you have an object selected. The Timing Properties panel will open automatically.

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Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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Thanks for the reply Lilybiri.

The Effects drop-down box is situated next to the Color and Highlight boxes on the videos that I have watched. This feature allows the text effects (and custom text effects) to be applied, such as Stroke color, Bevel and emboss, and Outerglow, amongst other text effects.

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Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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Terminology problem. You are not talking about Effects, but about Type effects. That feature is not available in all situations. Are you creating a non-responsive or a responsive project? What are you using as text container: shape or caption?

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Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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I am using a responsive project. I want to be able to create  titles on some slides, and to be able to format the text to add certain format features such as Outerglow, etc.

I am not using any template slides, I have added blank slides. I experimented on a couple of the slides and created a Shape awith text, a Text caption box, and a Shape with text - as a button. The Text effects drop-down box was not displayed for any of those boxes. I am a little frustrated as I cannot find any help for type effects, also I didn't know the correct name for the drop-down box, it is titled Effects.  

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Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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Type or Text Effects are not compatible with Fluid Boxes projects.

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Oh, that is a shame. Is there any comperable text effects for fluid box projects? I appreciate your help.

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Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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Not really. If you find this so important for the learning efficency, you can create the text with all the effects you want in Illustrator or Photoshop and create an image which you import in Captivate.

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Oct 28, 2020 Oct 28, 2020

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Yes, that thought had occurred to me after your last message. Thanks, appreciate your help. 

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Oct 28, 2020 Oct 28, 2020

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Did you explore the large library of Adobe fonts? You may find a font that doesn't even need effects...

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Nov 03, 2020 Nov 03, 2020

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I did what you suggested, added the effects in SnagIt and pasted it as a picture. Thanks

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