What is lightboxing?

Nov 12, 2012

I've been seeing this term "lightbox" a lot lately, even in Storyline you can set a condition based on it.  Can someone explain what this is? 

14 Replies
Jeanette Brooks

Hi Keithia! A lightbox effect is just when everything grows dim except for the content that you want your learners to focus on. Here's an overview of how lightboxes work in Storyline. A lot of folks like to place lightbox content on their Storyline player, which allows learners to click a tab on the player to see the content you want to show them, displayed in a lightbox. You can also cause a lightbox to open when learners click a button on a particular slide, like the example shown here by Tom. And if you don't want to go with the built-in lightbox trigger, you can even create a similar lightbox-ish effect with just a button and a slide layer, like David shows here.

You can also create lightbox effects in PowerPoint & Presenter by just using a hyperlink and a duplicate slide, and place a semitransparent shape over specific parts of the duplicate slide to make the content appear dimmed...check out Tom's idea here.

Does that help?

Bruce Graham

Hi Keithia,

...and don;t forget that, in addition to all of Jeanette's links above, there's a high-quality tutorial on Lightboxes provided by "StoryLion" - which you can find here....

Bruce

(Please not this tutorial is not endorsed by Articulate, created officially by any member of Articulate but is occasionally mentioned when all other avenues of effective learning have been exhausted. May contain nuts. Warning - coffee may be hot...you reckon?)

Bruce Graham

Jerson campos said:

The voice over is great on that.


LOL - thanks.

He's a lot of fun to work with  

He's currently trying to work out if there's any mileage in creating a short broadcast on the end of the World, (which is due on Dec 21st if you listen to some Mayan catastrophe theorists...).

Bruce

Daniel Brigham

Jeanette Brooks said:

Hi Keithia! A lightbox effect is just when everything grows dim except for the content that you want your learners to focus on. Here's an overview of how lightboxes work in Storyline. A lot of folks like to place lightbox content on their Storyline player, which allows learners to click a tab on the player to see the content you want to show them, displayed in a lightbox. You can also cause a lightbox to open when learners click a button on a particular slide, like the example shown here by Tom. And if you don't want to go with the built-in lightbox trigger, you can even create a similar lightbox-ish effect with just a button and a slide layer, like David shows here.

You can also create lightbox effects in PowerPoint & Presenter by just using a hyperlink and a duplicate slide, and place a semitransparent shape over specific parts of the duplicate slide to make the content appear dimmed...check out Tom's idea here.

Does that help?

Thanks, for all the links, Jean

Jeanette Brooks said:

Hi Keithia! A lightbox effect is just when everything grows dim except for the content that you want your learners to focus on. Here's an overview of how lightboxes work in Storyline. A lot of folks like to place lightbox content on their Storyline player, which allows learners to click a tab on the player to see the content you want to show them, displayed in a lightbox. You can also cause a lightbox to open when learners click a button on a particular slide, like the example shown here by Tom. And if you don't want to go with the built-in lightbox trigger, you can even create a similar lightbox-ish effect with just a button and a slide layer, like David shows here.

You can also create lightbox effects in PowerPoint & Presenter by just using a hyperlink and a duplicate slide, and place a semitransparent shape over specific parts of the duplicate slide to make the content appear dimmed...check out Tom's idea here.

Does that help?

Thanks for all the links, Jeanette. Seems to me that lightboxes are a nice way to show the hierarchy of content.