You can easily customize your theme in Rise 360 by changing the photo, choosing an accent color, changing fonts, changing your cover page, adding a logo, and more. Just click Theme in the upper right corner of the course editor to access the following options.

Change the Cover Photo

A cover photo is added by default when you create the course. Courses without cover photos are automatically assigned a random image the first time they're opened.

The photo is used in various theme layouts. If you prefer not to use a cover photo in your course, that’s fine too. Select a cover page layout that doesn't include a photo and your selected accent color displays instead.

You can upload your own photo or search for the perfect image from an extensive library of gorgeous, royalty-free photographs. In the Theme menu, select Cover Page in the sidebar. Next to the photo, click Edit. From here you can upload an image or browse the Content Library for the perfect image. You can also edit the photo in the cover page settings.

From the edit menu, you can also crop the current image or adjust the text contrast for your cover photo.

Depending on your navigation settings, the cover photo also appears at the top of the sidebar in your course. If it’s hard to see your course title on top of the photo, try adjusting the Text Contrast percentage.

Note: Text contrast adjustments affect the image in both the cover page and sidebar navigation.

Change the Theme

New courses have the Rise theme applied by default. For additional themes, click the Change Theme button. Learn more here. Changing the theme reverts any style changes you've made, such as font or accent color.

Click Save in the upper left to commit your changes or Cancel to discard them. Click Back to return to the main themes menu.

Note: If you've changed your cover photo, you'll see that image previewed instead of a default image for each theme.

Modify the Cover Page and Add a Logo

Select Cover Page from the themes menu in the sidebar. Select an available cover page layout to see it with your current content in the main window.

Cover Page options

To add a logo, click the Add Logo button at the bottom of the sidebar to upload your image file. Once uploaded, you can change or delete the image by clicking Edit.

Click Save in the upper left to commit your changes or Cancel to discard them. Click Back to return to the main themes menu.

Select Course Navigation and Button Style

You have three options when it comes to displaying course navigation, the sidebar menu, compact navigation, and overlay navigation.

By default, Rise 360 courses use the sidebar menu. The compact menu is a small menu that appears as a minimized card in the bottom-left corner of your course. Overlay navigation is a large, persistent card that appears at the top of the course.

Select Navigation from the theme sidebar, then select Sidebar, Compact, or Overlay. There are several available navigation layouts. Select one to see it with your current content in the main window.

Click the Buttons tab for options to change the appearance of previous and next buttons. Select from full width:

Full width button

Or floating:

Floating button

You can also choose from white or dark color schemes or versions that use your selected accent color. Accent color options have a 3:1 color contrast ratio.

Click Save in the upper left to commit your changes or Cancel to discard them. Click Back to return to the main themes menu.

For information on the additional navigation control settings, click here.

Change the Lesson Header

Select Lesson Headers from the themes sidebar. There are several available header layouts. Select one to see it with your current content in the main window.

Lesson header options

If you'd like to use an image as your header, select the Image style and choose an image from Content Library 360 or upload one of your own. Modify the existing image by clicking Edit Image to access additional menu options. Use the drop-down menu contained here to modify the image overlay color.

Once you've selected a header style, change the header height by selecting an option from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the sidebar. Lesson count labels can be toggled on or off with the appropriate option.

Click Save in the upper left to commit your changes or Cancel to discard them. Click Back to return to the main themes menu.

Hide Author Avatars

There are three ways to hide the author avatar that appears on the cover page and in each lesson header.

  • Globally: On the cover page, click the author avatar and select Hide Author. This hides the author avatar on the cover page and all lessons.

  • For all lessons: Navigate to Themes > Lesson Headers and slide the Author Avatar option to Off. This hides author avatars for all lessons but keeps the author avatar on the cover page.

  • Per lesson: In each individual lesson, select Hide Author from the author avatar drop-down menu.

Set the Accent Color

Customize your course with an accent color in the Colors menu. The accent color appears throughout your course to tie it all together. Choose from one of the suggested accent colors or create your own custom color:

  1. In the Colors menu, click Custom.

  2. Add a color by entering the hex code or manually selecting one from the color palette. Button text automatically changes from light to dark as needed to preserve a 3:1 contrast ratio for accessibility.

  3. Click Done to close the color selector.

Click Save in the upper left to commit your changes or Cancel to discard them. Click Back to return to the main themes menu.

Change Fonts

In the Fonts menu, you can select and preview several recommended fonts based on your current theme.

GIF of font selection

If you'd like to mix and match heading and body fonts, click the More tab to add and manage your own custom fonts. Click here to learn more.

Click Save in the upper left to commit your changes or Cancel to discard them. Click Back to return to the main themes menu.

Modify Blocks

By default, non-text blocks animate smoothly into view as learners scroll through block lessons, but you can turn the animations off if you prefer. Select the Blocks menu, then toggle the Block Entrance Animations switch to Off.

Click Save in the upper left to commit your changes or Cancel to discard them. Click Back to return to the main themes menu.