Sharing a Color theme with other Storyline users

May 08, 2014

My organizationg created PPT templates that we import into storyline for a certain look and feel. I have gone in and created a custom color theme to match the PPT templates. I have saved the new color theme but I am wondering if I can export it or save it as an .athm file to share with other developers I work with? I did not see how to do this. When I look where the color theme is stored on my computer it is empty - is that becuase I have not created the "design theme" in storyline?

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Heather Ross


Thanks for responding. I reviewed the information in the link you sent. I have been able to save a player theme. The color theme I am trying to save was done when I was in the design tab. The theme that is applied to the buttons, text boxes and check marks is what I woul like to share with other designers. I created a custom theme for all of the accent colors and text etc... Is there a way to save/export that and share with other designers on my team?



Christine Hendrickson

Hi Heather, 

Sure thing :) You'll probably want to create a template, instead, if you've set up a project that contains an actual design versus just colors.

A template includes the content of all slides and scenes within that project—in other words, all the slide objects, audio, video, animations, triggers—everything that you've inserted on a particular slide is reusable when you use templates.

Using and Creating Storyline Templates - E-Learning Heroes

An additional option, and one I prefer is to set up a project just the way I want and share the .story file with others. When they need to make a new project, they'd just open this file and use the "Save As" option. Saving under a new name creates a new file. They can now add all the content they want to the project, but still maintain the original design. Whenever they want to make a new project with the same options and design, they'd just need to open the file again and follow the same process. 

Let me know if you have any trouble with this, or any other questions.


Heather Ross

Christine -

Creating a Template sounds like a really good idea! I think we may have approached this a little backwards. We created customized templates in PPT that we import into Storyline - The problem was then that we wanted to change the accent colors in storyline to match our company colors so I then created a "color scheme".  I can get the color scheme and color theme mixed up in my head.

In any case I created a color scheme but it is acting strangely.  I set the text/background dark 1 to be all 64 for Red, Green, and  Blue so it is a slate color - however if I apply the color scheme to all slides all the text on the slides changes to a ligther grey color(112 for red, green and blue) and not what I set for the text which is 64. Not sure what I am doing incorrectly. Any thoughts? 

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Heather,

"I can get the color scheme and color theme mixed up in my head."

No problem with that at all, I've done that as well and it's pretty easy to do :) I am glad, however, that the template idea will work for you!

Are you selecting a slate/gray color from the color wheel/palate, or are you entering the numbers for the color manually? 

If you can let me know how you're choosing this, I'll see if I run into the same thing on my end.


Christine Hendrickson

Hi Heather!

I'm not seeing the same thing on my end.

Here's what I did:

I added text to 2 slides and created a new color using 64 (Blue, Green and Red) to make the slate color for the "Background - Text - Dark 1". 

The text in the slides adjusted successfully. I also used the "Apply to all slides" option in the color drop-down and didn't see a change. I checked the color by clicking on the "Edit" option in the color drop-down and the 64/64/64 gray is still in place. 

How are you checking the color? Are you selecting "Edit" as well, or a different option? 

It may have something to do with the original content, but without seeing it, I cannot say for sure. 

If you'd like to share the .story file here, I could take a peek :)


Heather Ross


I just uploaded a slide from the project for you to see what is happeneing through the support link - I added your names to the description.  I am hoping it is an easy thing to figure out - probably user error. I am going to venture a guess that it has something to do with the way the "master slidess" are set up in the PPT that we imported. Fingers crossed we figure it out.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Heather,

Thanks for sending it along - I see Christine replied, and I just wanted to include that reply here as well:

I'm not sure what steps you're taking for this, but try to make sure you're using the "Colors" drop-down to apply the colors to your additional slides. From what I'm seeing, there are quite a few "Untitled" themes listed under "Design". Those may default to a system gray if you use this method. 

With the slide open, click on the "Colors" drop down. From here, you can right-click to edit the colors, or right-click and use the "Apply to all" option. This looks like it's working well in the file you shared and the color seems to be maintaining the "64" options. 

If you're still having difficulty feel free to reply to Christine's email from or let us know here! 

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