How to stop Storyline from scaling down inserted pictures?

Sep 17, 2013

I am trying to Inset .png or .jpg  format picture whose size is larger than the story size. The image is 900 pixels x 5,000 pixels. I want this picture to be able to scroll within a scroll panel. The story size is 1024 x 768.

However, Storyline is reducing (scaling down) my inserted picture to the story width of 768.  If I then adjust its size with the 'Size and Position' panel to a width which fits the panel, the quality of the image unacceptably corrupted. The elegant alternative would be to insert the .pdf itself into a scroll panel but I haven't found a workable way to do this either.

Does anyone know of a way to stop Storyline from reducing my inserted picture size? This problem is preventing me from including long scrollable, illustrated documents. The .png files are exported from .pdf documents. They are good quality in Acrobat and in Photoshop. The alternative approach of cutting the long image into chunks which don't exceed the story height, putting each chunk on a separate layer with 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons is far too tedious and inefficient to update in the future.

Thanks, Tim

6 Replies
Tim Neill

Hi Leslie and Michael - many thanks for the response and the reference to an earlier thread which I'd missed.

I understand the Storyline maximum image size limitations now. They are a nuisance! I was already adjusting the image scale setting but the fuzzy outcome is unacceptable. As far as inserting a Web Object to display the pdf, nowhere is the content of the required 'index.htm or index.html file explained. Why not? I can't find guidance this anywhere and there is an (as yet unanswered )posting about it on the forum.

For now I have simply cut the long (5000 pixel) jpg into four images and inserted these as contiguous images into the scrolling panel. This preserves their quality but is inefficient to do, especially if the document needs updating later.

Justin Wilcox

Hi Tim.

Here's a great article about how to add web objects to your content. You could try using something like Scribd or Dropbox to upload your PDF and then add the link as a web object. You could simply upload the PDF somewhere and add a hyperlink to the file which would give them the native file.