One way to customize the appearance of your course is to change the colors, font, and font size in your player. Complement the design elements in your course, or match your organization's color and font guidelines.

To change your player colors and font, go to the Home tab on the ribbon and click Player.

When the Player Properties window appears, click Colors & Effects on the ribbon.

Use any of the following options to adjust the colors and font, then click OK to save your changes.

Switching to a Different Color Scheme

The Color scheme selector shows the name of the color scheme you're currently using, while the preview area on the right side of the window shows what your player would look like if it were published with that color scheme. You can see how different color schemes look by choosing schemes from the drop-down. There's a section for Custom color schemes and another for Built-In color schemes.

Customizing Color Schemes

If you want to create a custom color scheme for your player, do the following:

  1. Click Show advanced color editing to reveal additional color options.
  2. Use the Edit item selector to choose the portion of the player you want to change. Here's a diagram of color items for reference.
  3. Use the color selector(s) to choose a new color. If you see both a Top color and a Bottom color, it means the item is a gradient composed of two colors. The color selectors show several options from your theme colors as well as several standard colors. If you don't see the color you want, use the Eyedropper options to match a color on your screen or click More Colors to specify a color value. If you choose More Colors, a window will open where you can do one of the following:
    • Click the color you want (either a square color swatch or a color in the spectrum area).
    • Enter color values in the Hue/Sat/Lum fields, the Red/Green/Blue fields, or the Html field.
    • Use the eyedropper tool to choose a custom color from anything visible on your screen.If the color you've chosen is something you want to save for easy selection later, click Add to Custom Colors. The color will be added to the bank of Custom Colors in the lower left corner of the window.

      Click OK to close the Colors window when you're done.
  4. To apply transparency to the item you're modifying, enter a percentage in the Transparency field. (Transparency is only available for some items.)

Resetting a Modified Color Scheme

When you edit a color scheme, the name in the Color scheme field changes to include the phrase "in project." If you want to undo your changes, click the Reset button:

Saving Custom Color Schemes

Custom color schemes are saved with your project files. However, they won't be available for other projects unless you save them separately. To save a custom color scheme, click the Save button and give it a name, then click OK.

Saved color schemes are stored in your project files and in the following directory on your computer:

%AppData%\Articulate\Storyline\2\Frames\StoryFrame\ColorSchemes

Deleting Custom Color Schemes

To remove a custom color scheme, select it from the Color scheme drop-down and click the Delete button (looks like a trash can). The deleted scheme will no longer appear in the Color scheme drop-down. However, if you delete a color scheme that's applied to another course, it won't be removed from that course—it'll just be stored within that particular project file.

Tip: Built-in color schemes can't be deleted.

Changing the Background Color

Page background refers to the color that appears behind the player when learners view your published content. Depending on their browser size and the size of your published course, learners may see this color around the perimeter of your player. If you made the base of your player fully or partially transparent, the page background color will show there, too.

Use the Page background selector to choose a color. The color palette comes from your theme colors and some standard colors. If you don't see the color you want, use the Eyedropper to select a color on your screen or click More Colors to specify a custom color.

Changing the Player Font

To change the font for player elements—like buttons and prompts—use the Player font drop-down. Your font selection will show in the preview area on the right side of the window.

Changing the Player Font Size (Flash Only)

The default player text size is 100%, but you can adjust it. Just enter a number between 75% and 200% in the field provided.

Note that this only affects Flash output. HTML5 output will still use a player font size of 100%, and the Articulate Mobile Player uses a font size optimized for mobile devices.

Saving Player Changes

When you click OK to close the Player Properties window, Storyline saves your player customizations in your project file. However, if you'd like to use the same customizations in other projects, click Current Player on the ribbon and choose Save. Enter a name for the player if you're prompted and click OK.

To learn more about the Current Player options, see Saving Your Player or Switching to a Different One.