Trying to make Quizmaker background transparent

I am trying to make a Quizmaker background blend with my Presenter backgrounds and colors but there is one section of the player surround that I cannot seem to change, it always wants to be blue.  I have attached a picture of the Quizmaker output that I am trying to change.  I have watched a couple of tutorials on changing all of the QM frame colors 100% transparent which I have done and I have checked the box to allow slide masters to show through and I have looked at the job aids re color labels for Presenter and Quizmaker but the Quizmaker one does not show this nor does the Presenter color scheme show this.  thanks for any help, it is appreciated.

Doug

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Doug Thom

Thanks for all of the very quick replies, it is appreciated.  I used the techniques of Jeannette Brooks and Tom Kuhlman to enable transparency so that the master slide showed through and then replaced the center with my chosen background using the techniques offered by David Burton here http://www.builtbyburton.com/?p=653  This combined techniques so far seems to work great!  The only thing that I found to be a little tricky is that you need to download the file in the article which you will use to replace your own published file.

Doug

Doug Thom

After working with this for 2 full days I have decided that the effort to make it happen is just not worth it and I will use the canned options available in Quizmaker.  It is possible using the Brooks/Kuhlman and David Burton methods to use the same background as the Presenter slides, but the fill in the answer panel and the results panels overlap when people look at the answer, so I am going to pass on the whole process.

Doug Thom

Since I originally posted this question I have learned that inserting the Powerpoint/Presenter background into my Quizmaker slide is perfectly suitable for my needs.  I have applied the technique to create a master slide with a photo of my ppt background inserted as described in her video  'How to change the background color of quiz slides in Articulate Quizmaker 09'  by Jeanette Brooks.  So thank you very much Jeanette!  Jeanette makes the point that the stage size for PPT is 720x540 pixels, and Quizmaker is 686x424 so I have resized the background image created from PPT by using 'Save As .jpg or .png in Photoshop and then applying to QM as the master slide.  This technique has been very satisfactory.

Amy Kesman Rossi

Hi all,

I've run into something similar, but it's a different part of the screen that I can't get rid of. I've watched Tom's Screenr about four times, been through the template, etc. and I can't find how to change the transparency of the section in question. I attached a labeled picture with my questions on it.

I think the first question (about the white background) will be solved by the Screenr Brian posted above if I want to attempt that but I'm still curious how I get rid of the blue fade and the weird white haze at the bottom? I can't find anything in the template that's that color, so therefore I can't make it 100% transparent. Even if I can only get rid of the blue/white haze, I'll be content!

Also, opinions welcome: the entire rest of my presentation is in a handwriting font (as in the additional pages after the one with my questions). Would you do the quiz questions in the same handwritten font or leave them in a more formal one?

Jeanette Brooks

Hi Amy!

The blue gradient on the rectangle that holds your quiz question is coming from your quiz slide background. Here's how you can get rid of that if you want the background to be a plain color with no gradient. If you want the rectangle itself to go away (so that the center part of the quiz slide is transparent), there isn't a built-in feature that allows you to do that, but Dave Burton's solution which Doug shared above is something you could check out. 

And that partially transparent curved shape on the lower edge of your quiz player? That is called Frame>>Background Curve in the quiz player's color scheme editor. If you're having trouble making it 100% transparent, try changing it to a non-white color first, and then apply the 100% transparency, and see if that helps.

Therese Borge-Andersen

Hi,

I have made everything in Quizmaker transparent except the background which I have kept white to ensure that the feedback box is visible and in line with my white Presenter background. However, when I click the "check"-button, the white rectangle  in Quizmaker gets a grey shadow so that it is visible against the white background in Presenter. How do I get rid of the shadow? Thanx.

Therese Borge-Andersen

Thanks for the very quick reply, Jeanette:o) Much appreciated!

In the attached screenshot you will see that the background is white and as soon as you click the check (sjekk) button, the white background turns grey. Btw, the quizmaker is embedded as a web object to preserve some functions I have built into the Presenter template and which otherwise end up behind the Quizmaker.

Thanks for helping. Looking forward to your reply:o)

Jeanette Brooks

Hi Therese and thanks for including the screenshot. I see what you mean now, and unfortunately there's not a way to remove the semi-transparent gray effect that appears behind the feedback pop-up. What you might consider doing is, instead of using the default feedback pop-ups, you could create blank slides for the correct and incorrect feedback on each question, and branch the learner to those slides. That way you have complete control over the visual design and there won't be any default transparency applied. 

Therese Borge-Andersen

Good morning:o)

Yes, I'm aware of that, but with 150 questions I would have to create 300 slides as each question requries a separate feedback and that will take too long. I also thought about using the vanishing powder from eLearning Enhanced, but it does not work for quizzes published to web. Thanks anyway! Btw, are these issues solved in Storyline?

Jeanette Brooks

Yes, Storyline offers quite a lot of flexibility for how feedback is displayed. In Storyline, the feedback is contained on a slide layer, and you have complete control over the layer's visual appearance—you can add/remove/customize any of the content and text on the layer, and you aren't limited to just displaying a pop-up. Feel free to check out a trial if you want to experiment!