Presenter '13: Changing the Player Colors and Font

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One way to customize the look of your course is by changing the colors or font on your player. It's an easy way to complement the design elements in your course or match an organization's color and font guidelines.

To change your player's colors or font, go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon, and 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 color schemes would look by choosing different options.

Customizing a Color Scheme

If you want to get very specific about the colors used for any particular element of the player or to apply custom colors that aren't available in the ready-made color schemes, you can customize your own colors. Here's how:

  1. Click Show advanced color editing. Some additional options will appear on the window.
  2. 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.
  3. Now use the Color selector(s) to choose a new color. If you see both a Top color and a Bottom color, it means the color for the item you chose is a gradient composed of two colors.Note: The color selector shows several options from PowerPoint's Theme Colors as well as several Standard Colors. If you don't see a color you want, click 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 the color you want (either a square color swatch or a color in the spectrum area).
    • Create a custom color by entering color values in the Hue/Sat/Lum fields, the Red/Green/Blue fields, or the Html field.
    • Use Presenter'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 that 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 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.

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've made some changes and want to revert back to the colors you previously used, click the Reset button:

Saving Your Customized Color Schemes

A modified color scheme becomes part of your course. However, it won't be available for other projects unless you save it separately. To save a color scheme, click the Save button and give it a name. Then click OK.

Once you save a new color scheme, Presenter adds it to the options in the Color scheme drop-down for other courses you build. The color scheme file gets stored in the following directory, depending on your version of Windows:

  • Windows Vista or later:
  • Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Articulate\Shared\3.0\Frames\StoryFrame\ColorSchemes

Deleting a Color Scheme

To remove a color scheme, select it from the Color scheme drop-down, and click the red X. The deleted scheme will no longer appear in the Color scheme drop-down. 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.

Changing the Page 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 PowerPoint's Theme Colors and some Standard Colors. If you don't see the color you want, click More Colors, and use the Colors window as explained above.

Customizing the Player Font

To change the font for player elements—like buttons and prompts—use the Player font drop-down. Just like other player customizations, your font selection will show up in the Preview area on the right side of the window.

Saving Your Changes to the Player

If you click OK on the Player Properties window and save your presentation, Presenter saves your player customizations in the project file. It's a good practice, though, to save your player separately, so you can apply the same player customizations to other courses.

To save your player, click the Current Player button 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 Saving Your Player or Switching to a Different One.