I feel a bit like a broken record, but I can honestly say that Articulate 360 is jam-packed with timesaving tools for streamlining your workflow. And one of my personal favorite tools is Content Library.
In case you’re not in the know, Content Library is an ever-expanding source for over 1.5 million course assets—all part of an Articulate 360 subscription. Content Library includes:
- templates with flexible layouts and interactions that are prebuilt with all the triggers in place;
- over 100,000 photographic and illustrated characters with different poses and expressions—many in industry-specific gear like scrubs or hard hats;
- access to over 1.5 million stock photos, videos, and vector graphics—all royalty-free assets available to you right from within Storyline 360.
Beyond the creative possibilities and sheer convenience of Content Library, I can’t stress enough what a huge timesaver it is to have professional-looking prebuilt interactions right at your fingertips—especially when those last-minute change requests hit your inbox.
I don’t know about you, but urgent requests to shoehorn new content into my courses used to send me into panic mode. I’d either scramble to quickly adapt an interaction from another project or try to create an interaction from scratch. And when you’re in a rush, it’s really easy to overlook things like pixel-perfect alignment or missing triggers. But now, with Content Library, I can quickly browse for and insert an interaction that fits the bill, and then easily customize the appearance, add my content, and go. It’s a game-changer.
Here are some step-by-step instructions with two quick (and silent) videos to show you how easy it is to adapt a Content Library template for your projects.
Step 1: Browse & Insert a Slide Template
Don’t let last-minute changes derail your productivity. Save yourself hours of searching and design work by browsing for a Content Library interaction to customize on the fly.
Here’s how it works:
- Click on the slide that will come before your soon-to-be-inserted slide.
- Select the slides ribbon and click on the Content Library option.
- Scroll through the template browser. You can speed up your search by using the filters on the left. In my case, I wanted an interaction, so I used the interaction filter. You can also filter by color theme, either light or dark.
- Click to select the slide you need and then hit the “Insert Slide” button. Your new slide is inserted into your project.
Pro Tip: You can select and insert multiple slide templates from the Content Library browser just by holding down the Shift key while you click on the slides.
Here’s a quick Peek video I made to show you these steps in action.
Step 2: Add Content & Customize
If the idea of customizing the look and feel of a template seems a little intimidating, I’ve got news for you: it’s a lot easier than you think.
Here’s how I tackled it …
- After I looked over my new slide, I selected and then deleted the elements I wouldn’t need. Since I wasn’t creating a timeline interaction but rather a sleek click-and-reveal interaction, I took out the “date” boxes and the divider lines.
- Then I started swapping out images. I already had the ones I wanted to use saved in a folder on my desktop, so all it took was a quick right-click on each placeholder image. Then I just selected “Change Picture” and browsed to the location of each new image.
- Adding in my text content was also painless. Content Library slides are professionally designed with all elements of the layout clearly named and easy to identify on the timeline in Storyline. To add in text, just click to select the text boxes you want to change and start typing.
Bonus: If you’re new to e-learning, Content Library templates use placeholder text that gives you tips and guidance on how to get the most out of each layout so you can design more compelling and effective e-learning.
- With your newly inserted slide selected, navigate to the design ribbon. Click on any of the prebuilt color themes or create a color theme that matches your project. I had one already designed for my project, so I just clicked to apply it to my slide.
Never used design themes before or not sure how they work? Here’s an article about what they are and how to use them.
- A few more clicks to fine-tune the look, applying my lighter text color to the layer text, etc., and then … voila!
Here’s another Peek video run-down of this step.
How cool is that? Adapting Content Library templates instead of creating something from scratch makes a whole lot of sense when you’re a busy e-learning developer—especially when you’re a one-person training department.
There are so many more creative uses for Content Library assets. Will you share your favorites with us? Leave your Content Library tips, tricks, and creative ideas in a comment below.
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