Getting my layers to show

Jan 23, 2014

I have a different issue with layers.  I'm new to Storyline (yesterday!) but I've been using Studio for years.  Anyway, I have a static slide with 3 images.  At first I wanted the images to be washed out. Then as the audio progresses, have the images turn to full color one at a time.  I can do this without any layers right now (just copy the images and place the full color ones on top of the washed out ones and introduce them when I want on the timeline).  But I thought layers might be easier to use, since when I copy and paste, the images always move slightly down and to the right.

Here is a screenshot of how it appears in Storyline.

 I've watched the video and read through the tutorials, but it's not working like I want. Can anyone help me or let me know if there is an easier way to accomplish the same thing?

Thank you,


5 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi there Rachel! Welcome to Storyline :D

First, I think the problem may be that you cannot trigger an action off of the timeline itself. So, you can't have a specific point in the timeline trigger an action or open a layer.

However, having said that, there is a pretty nifty way around this. What you would do is place an object outside of your slide in the "gray area". Position this object (it could be a button or a shape) where you'd like it on your timeline. Add a trigger to open the layer when that object's state meets a specific state.

So, let's say for example, that I wanted a layer to open 5 seconds into my timeline. I could place a rectangle shape, with the initial/default state of "Normal" in my slide, but off of the slide work space. Adjust that rectangle to appear at the 5 second mark in the timeline. 

Here's how you'd set up the trigger:

Note: Click on the image above to view a larger version.

I'm also attaching a very quick example file, if you'd like to take a closer look at this.

Let me know if this works for you! :)

Michael Hinze

Rachel Frost said:

Hmmm... I just tried out Michael's version, I'm thinking that my initial "copy and paste the image" might be the fewest steps to achieve the same thing.  Thanks so much for your assistance though. I think as I become more familiar with Storyline, I'll come back to this for other courses.

Rachel, if 'cut&paste' is easier for you, go for it! That's the great thing about Storyline, there are often several ways to accomplish the same thing

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