One of the ways you can customize the look of your course is by changing the colors or fonts on your player. This comes in handy when you want your player to complement the design elements in your course content, or when you need to match an organization's corporate colors or font standards.
To change your player's colors or fonts, you'll first need to open the Player Properties window. Click the Home tab on the Storyline ribbon, and then click Player:
When the Player Properties window appears, click Colors & Effects:
Now you can use any of the following options to adjust the player colors or font. Click OK on the Player Properties window when you're done.
Switching to a Different Player Color Scheme
The Color Scheme selector shows the name of the color scheme you're currently using. The preview area on the right half of the window shows what your player would look like if it were published with that color scheme. You can see how different colors schemes would look by choosing a different option from the Color Scheme selector, or other options from the left half of the window. If you find a color scheme you like, after you select it you can click OK in the lower-right corner of the window to save that color scheme to your player. Next time you publish this project, that's the color scheme Storyline will use.
Customizing a Color Scheme
If you want to get very specific about the colors used for any particular element of the player, or you want to apply custom colors that aren't available on any of the ready-made color schemes, it's easy to customize your own color scheme. Here's how to do it:
- Click Advanced Color Editing. Some additional options will appear on the window.
- Use the Edit item selector to choose which part of the player you want to change. Need some help identifying which item is used for which part of the player? Here's a quick-reference diagram.
- Now use the Color selector(s) to choose a new color. If you see both a Top color and a Bottom color selector, this means the color for the item you chose is a gradient comprised of two colors, and you can make a selection for each.
Note: The color selector shows several options from your project's Theme Colors as well as several Standard Color choices. If you don't see a color you want to use, you can choose More Colors to open a window where you can choose a specific color value. If you choose More Colors, a window opens where you can do one of the following to pick your color:
- Click on the color you want (either a square color swatch or a color in the spectrum area).
- Or, create a custom color by entering color values in the Hue/Sat/Lum fields, the Red/Green/Blue fields, or the Html field.
- Or, use Storyline's color picker to choose a custom color from anything viewable on your screen. To do that, click the eyedropper button in the lower-right of the window, hover over any area of your screen, and click to choose a color.
If the color you've chosen is something you want to save for easy selection later, click Add to Custom Colors. The color will get added to the bank of Custom Colors in the lower-left area of the window.
Click OK on the Colors window when you're done.
- If you want to apply a transparency to the item you're modifying, you can enter the value in the Transparency field.
Resetting a Modified Color Scheme
Anytime you make changes to a color scheme, the name in the Color Scheme field changes to include the word "(modified)" after the scheme name. If you've made some changes and want to revert back to the colors you previously used, click the Reset button:
Saving Your Customized Color Schemes
If you modify a color scheme, then click OK on the Player Properties window and save your Storyline project, the modified scheme will become part of your project, but it won't be available to other projects unless you save it separately. To save your color scheme, just click the Save button and give it a name. Then click OK.
Once you save a new color scheme, Storyline adds it to the selections in the Color Scheme selector for any other course you build. The color scheme file gets stored in the following directory, depending on your version of Windows:
Windows Vista or later:
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Articulate\Shared\2.0\Frames\StoryFrame\ColorSchemes
Deleting a Color Scheme
To remove a color scheme, select it from the Color scheme selector and then click the red X. The deleted scheme will no longer appear in the Color scheme selector. If a color scheme you delete was previously applied to another course, though, it won't be removed from that course - it'll just be within the project file itself.
Changing the Page Background Color
The 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've made the base portion of your player fully or partially transparent, the page background color will be visible there too.
Use the Page background selector to choose a color. The choices consist of a color palette that comes from your course's Theme Colors as well as some Standard Colors. If you don't see a color you like, you can choose More Colors and use the Colors window as explained above.
Customizing the Player Font
The player font is what Storyline uses on player features that contain text — such as tabs, buttons, menu items, prompts, and the search window. You can use the Player Font selector to choose a different font. Just like other options you change on the player, any new selection you make in this field will show up in the Preview area on the right half of the window.
Saving Your Changes to the Player
If you click OK on the Player Properties window and then save your project by clicking the Save button above the Storyline ribbon, Storyline saves your player customizations within your project. It's a good practice, though, to save your player separately, because this allows you to apply the same player customizations to other projects if you like.
To save your player, click the Current Player button on the Player Properties window and choose Save. Enter a name for the player if you're prompted, and click OK.
For more details about using the Current Player options, see the tutorial called Saving Your Player or Switching to a Different One.