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Jim Penson

I must be missing something. The tutorials I've seen, including the one linked to by Michael talk about setting up and using custom states, but not about how they are created. In the link above, she talks about creating custom states (characters with custom stickies, etc.) but not HOW she created them. I can created custom states, but I don't seem to be able to control the graphic element they are related to. I understand that by using states provided with the illustrations, I can create triggers that point to them, but how are the states themselves created? I'm just trying to do something simple, like make an empty check box checked after clicking. Am I missing some fundamental here? 

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Jim!

In the documentation that Michael shared above, it's in Step 4.

Assign a name to the new state, or use the drop-down list to choose one of the built-in states that Storyline provides.

The difference being choosing from the drop-down list vs naming a new one you are creating. 

Let me know if you have further questions.

Jim Penson

Thanks, Leslie. 

I apologize. I’m not using the right terminology. What I’m trying to do is to create the characters/icons/graphic elements that are used to create custom states. Step 4 talks about adding a state to a character that already exists.

I did figure this out, though, by creating a simple rectangle and assigning states to it. I think there is some confusion over the terminology referring to creating new states, and creating new characters that can have states applied to them (which is what I was trying to do.) Thanks for your help:)

Jim Penson

Sorry, I'll try again, Leslie. The tutorial talks about taking a character that already has preset expressions as states and creating new states based on those expressions. What I was trying to do is to create the character that the states are based on. Then add states to it. In other words, somewhere along the line, somone designed a set of characters and various versions with different expressions. This is what I was asking about.  In the tutorial, she uses these predesigned states associated with the character and modifies them for her needs. But she didn't create the character itself. That was what I was trying to do (although not a character, just something simple like a check box.)

I did figure this out, so I'm good to go. This any better explanation?

Jim Penson

Hi, Leslie. I understand this now, although I would suggest for people that intend to create their own custom state characters that the training talk about this a little bit. Everything I came across assumed you were going to use the things that already have states built for them. What I was intending to do is create custom objects with their own states. I didn't see anything about this in the training.

Suzette  White

Hi there,  I have the exact same question as Jim.

I'm an artist doing educational courses for children, and I want to create my own custom characters to put into states.  BUT... I can't for the life of me figure out where/how to import my drawings for this.  ;-p

For example, a picture of a dog with a happy smile, a picture of a dog with a quizzical expression, etc.

I also want to create my own picture-based buttons (as opposed to text-based buttons), and I need to create and store the images for these buttons.

So... pretty please with a cheery cherry on top, how do I import these things into Storyline so that I can assign "states" to the images?'

Thanks. ;-)

Mike Emmer

I am having the same problem. I am trying to create a 360 degree rotation, like the iphone or imac demo. For example I have lets say 36 different photos as part of a rotation of a product. Do I put them all in one slide or layers or how do I create the states associated with each image to create the slider?

Jonathan Quinn

Storyline has great characters and expressions through different states. However, I was looking into if it was possible to in essence create my own character and change its state. For example could I get different images of different poses of myself or someone my audience can relate to and change its state. I have not seen how I can do this thus far. I did not see anything about custom states in the Storyline 3 User Guide. I think I might be able to work around and make it work with multiple slide layers and triggers.  


Wuraola Ogunsanya

I have the same questions and i haven't seen a solution. So you know how in the results slide of this template-  https://community.articulate.com/download/storyline-multiple-choice-quiz-with-badge-awards the character has different badges depending on the score of the learner, which was made effective by changing states; how do i add the different states using the character with different badges? When i try to add state and rename, it just shows the same character image i had in the normal state. 

Wendy Farmer

HI Bev

here is a sample Peek video on how to create the states - I'm not sure what triggers you need to change state so I have added a button with one trigger just as an example.

This KB article may help you with adding and editing states

Sample SL file attached.