Modifying characters

Aug 17, 2012

Hello Heros!

I have a client that wants to use an illustrated character in our storyline module to represent her.  The only problem is that she is white with long black hair.  There is no character like this in the character pack.   Can I somehow access the source files for the characters?  I could do a quick skin tone change to get what we need.


62 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Martina! 

I'm not aware of a way to do so and with 145+ poses for the character, that would be a lot of work. 

Perhaps you could do a screen recording of some of the options as you go through them in Storyline or even of this character information page on our website.

You could then publish the file, upload, and insert the link into your presentation or even export the mp4 from Storyline to use in your PowerPoint perhaps. Just a suggestion, perhaps others in the community can pop in to share as well.

Laura Blair

Hi! Thanks so much for the technique. I got my character's top changed (she needed to look more Chef-like). But now she isn't saving right. I played around with this before and it saved fine but I didn't understand that neck thing so I needed to do again. First one saved great, second one...see attached. 

Karen Gordon-Brown

At the end of the day, you are not modifying the character.  You will be "stealing" the Storyline character image in order to design your own custom image by modifying the character in Power Point.  

Then, you will simply save your new modified and "custom image" as a Picture that you can upload anywhere such as Storyline.  This is no different than using a Picture of your family to upload anywhere. sure choose your character poses and expressions wisely before customizing.  And, if you need multiple poses and expressions, plan to spend the time needed to create your customized set of character Pictures to upload as needed.  

IMPORTANT:  This is now manual and not automated in Storyline.  Once you have created your character set, you will no longer need (or be able to use) the Character Tools to change poses and expressions.  You will just import the images as needed on each slide.  

You will be bypassing a really cool feature of Storyline and entering a manual and labor-intensive mode.  So yes!  We need this tool in future versions.

Christin Lundberg

Hi, there - I've used the method detailed in this thread for editing the colors of character clothes for many years. 

  1. First insert the character you want to change on a Storyline slide.
  2. Then right click and "save as picture." Save it as an EMF file.
  3. Now, open powerpoint and insert the .emf file. Select it and ungroup it. When Ppt asks, YES you want to ungroup it.
  4. Now, select it again and ungroup it again.
  5. After the 2nd ungroup, look at your selection pane. There is one group with over a hundred shapes, and then two other images that are not grouped. Those two are little strips across the neck, one colored and one white. Get rid of them. They'll just cause you trouble.
  6. Now, ungroup a third time.
  7. Finally you get to do the painstaking work of clicking on the hundred little pieces and recoloring them.

It's now stopped working. 

I tested this approach with an Illustrator image that I saved as an EMF file and everything worked flawlessly on the PPT side of things. This tells me something has changed on the Storyline side. Can anyone shed light on this? The process worked as recently as February 10 of 2021, but I don't know what build I was on at the time. It's possible I had an old build and hadn't updated in a while. 

More info...

  • I am on April 27, 2021 (Build 3.51.24979.0)
  • A co-worker is on April 6, 2021 (Build 3.50.24832.0)
  • Another co-worker is on November 17, 2020 (Build 3.46.23620.0)

This process doesn't work for any of us.

Becca Levan

Hello Christin, thanks for reaching out!

Editing the colors of character clothes is outside of our realm of support, but I encourage you to continue reaching out to the community for input. Hopefully the folks in this thread are still subscribed to offer feedback, but feel free to contact them directly via the 'Contact Me' option on the user profile if needed!

In the meantime, I'm excited to see if other community members chime in with ideas!