Have you ever inserted a screen recording into your Articulate Storyline project as step-by-step slides? It’s super easy to do using the View mode, and Storyline auto-generates helpful captions for each step. To format those captions for a specific color theme or font, you can change each one manually, or you can make a few simple changes to your design theme settings to adjust them automatically across your entire project. 

The design theme has certain color settings that determine caption color. To change them, you can choose a color you like from another existing color theme or take full control over the color with a custom scheme. I’ll walk you through the steps for both.

1. Switch to another existing color theme

Here’s how you can switch to another existing set of Theme Colors:

  • Click the Design tab on the Storyline ribbon.
  • Click the Colors dropdown.
  • Select the color theme you want to apply.

Note that the caption color is the third color displayed in each theme. 

2. Create new custom theme colors

Here’s how you can create a new set of theme colors:

  • Click the Design tab on the Storyline ribbon.
  • Select the Colors dropdown.
  • Select Create New Theme Colors from the bottom of the list.
  • The color theme editor appears. 
  • Accent 1 is the fill color applied to screen recording captions.
  • Text/Background - Light 1 is the text color applied to screen recording captions.

You can learn more about working with theme colors in this tutorial.

It’s just as easy to update the fonts in your captions as it is to update the colors. Simply create a new set of theme fonts and set the body font as the one you want to use in your captions.

3. Create new custom theme fonts

Here’s how to set up your own custom theme fonts:

  • Click the Design tab on the Storyline ribbon.
  • Select the Fonts dropdown.
  • Select Create New Theme Fonts at the bottom of the list.

Then, you’ll have your own custom font scheme that includes your caption font. To see these steps in action, check out my screencast where I change the formatting on screen recording captions in my project:





You can learn more about working with theme fonts here in this article.

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