The Guided Image interaction lets learners examine important parts of an image or diagram. Use the Guided Image interaction to:

  • Step through details of an image.
  • Explain significant parts of a graphic.
  • Describe the steps in a process.

Exploring the Editor

The Guided Image editor has three columns with the following panels:

  • Steps: Located on the left side of the screen, this panel is used to manage labels for the Guided Image.
  • Preview: Located at the top of the middle section, this panel is used to arrange labels on the Guided Image.
  • Text: Located at the bottom of the middle section, this panel is used to add text to each label.
  • Audio: Located in the upper right corner of the editor, this panel is used to add and edit audio.
  • Media: Located in the lower right corner, this panel is used to add pictures, characters, videos, and Flash files.

Here are some tips for working with the editor:

  • Change the width of a column by dragging its boundary with your mouse.
  • Expand the text panel by dragging its top boundary upward if you need more room to work with text.
  • Click the triangle in the upper right corner of the Audio panel to collapse it if you need more room to work with the Media panel. Click it again to reopen the panel.

Switching to a Different Image

To change the image for your interaction, do the following:

  1. Go to the Guided Image tab on the ribbon, and click Change Image.
  2. Browse to the image you want to use, and click Open.

Changing the Size and Position of the Image

To change where the image appears in your interaction, do the following:

  1. Go to the Guided Image tab on the ribbon, and click Position.
  2. Select Left, Right, Top, or Bottom.

To choose how much room the image occupies on the screen, go to Interaction Properties, and enter a percentage between 30 and 75. The image will scale down if you choose a percentage that makes it smaller than its original dimensions; however, it won't scale up if you choose a percentage that would make it larger than its original dimensions. (Note that you can also change the position of the image in Interaction Properties.)

Tip: The content for each label in your interaction will appear on the opposite side of the screen from the image.

Adding Labels

Each step in a Guided Image interaction is called a label. Labels are managed in the Steps panel on the left side of the screen, and they appear as arrows in the preview panel in the middle of the screen. To add a label, do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+M.
  • Go to the Guided Image tab on the ribbon, and click Add Label.
  • Click the Create a new step button in the lower left corner of the Steps panel.
  • Click the Duplicate button at the bottom of the Steps panel to copy the currently selected label(s).

New labels get added just below the label that's currently selected in the Steps panel—unless the summary is selected, in which case new labels get added above it.

Tip: A Guided Image interaction can have up to 100 labels (not counting the introduction and summary).

Renaming Labels

To rename a label, do either of the following:

  • Double-click the label in the Steps panel to open it for editing. Enter the new name, and press the Enter key.
  • Select the label in the Steps panel, and type the new name in the title field at the top of the text panel.

Tip: You can rename the introduction or summary in the same way.

Rearranging Labels

There are two aspects to arranging labels: sequential order and spatial layout. Sequential order refers to the order of labels in the Steps panel, which is also the same order they'll appear in the published output. Spatial layout refers to how labels are distributed across the image.

Sequential order:

To change the order of your labels, select one or more of them in the Steps panel, and do any of the following:

  • Drag them to a new location. An orange line will move with your mouse to indicate where the labels will be when your mouse is released.
  • Go to the Guided Image tab on the ribbon, click Move Label, and select either Up or Down.
  • Use the Up and Down arrows at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Spatial layout:

Spatial layout is easy to control. Simply drag the arrows to a new location on your image in the preview panel.

Tip: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard for more precise placement. Hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the arrows keys for even tighter control.

Changing the Arrow Color

To change the color used for arrows, do the following:

  1. Go to the Guided Image tab on the ribbon, and click Arrow Color.
  2. Choose one of the predefined colors, or click More Colors at the bottom of the drop-down and specify a custom color.

Note: All labels in the same interaction use the same arrow color.

Deleting Labels

To delete a label, select it in the Steps panel or the preview panel, and do any of the following:

  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  • Go to the Guided Image tab on the ribbon, and click Delete Label.
  • Click the Delete button at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Tip: You can't delete the introduction or summary, but you can hide them.

Adding Content to Labels

To add text, audio, and media to each label, see the following tutorials:

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