Design Tab

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Use the Design tab of Slide View to define settings for your design parameters.

To manage the Design tab:

  1. Select and open an existing question in your quiz or survey or create a new question.
  2. Click the Slide View from the top ribbon.
  3. Select the Design tab from the menu.

There are two main sections to the Design tab:

  • Themes
  • Backgrounds

Themes

This section allows you to define a theme for a particular question. (If you want to define a theme for a series of questions or an entire quiz, you can set the theme via the Slide Master -> Slide View -> Slide Master.)

  • Select a Theme: Choose one of the seven visible themes or click on the up or down arrows to scroll up and down through the available selection of themes. Clicking the bottom arrow brings up all the available themes as well as options to Browse for themes on your computer (keyboard shortcut: M when all theme drop-down is expanded), or to save a theme for later use. Themes are saved in the format: Articulate Themes and Themed Documents (.athm).  [Video Tutorial]
  • Change the Color of a Theme: You can apply different color palettes to a theme by clicking on the Color button to the right of the Theme selection window. A variety of ready-made palettes are available which will change how shapes, hyperlinks or other aspects of your theme will appear. If you prefer, you can create your own color palette by clicking on Create New Theme Colors (keyboard shortcut: C when Colors drop-down is expanded).This open a new dialog box called Customizing the theme colors. You can select which colors to apply to which parts of your template and then save you selection under a new name by clicking on the Save button.
  • Theme Fonts: Clicking the Theme Fonts button allows you to define a group of fonts for a particular theme. A selection of Theme Fonts are available to choose from or you can create a new Theme font by clicking on Create New Theme Fonts (keyboard shortcut: C when Fonts drop-down is expanded). This opens a new dialog box where you can choose a Heading font and a Body font that make up the Theme Font. You can save your customized Theme Font by clicking on Save.  [Video Tutorial]

Background

The Background section of the Design Tab allows you to apply affects to the Theme that you have selected.

Background Styles

Background Styles are powerful tools to alter the overall appearance of your question or quiz.

Clicking on Background Styles brings up a selection of 12 background styles, which, when applied to a particular theme, will change its appearance. Right-clicking on one of the available styles allows you to apply this style to Only This Question or All Questions.

Format Background

Clicking on Format Background (keyboard shortcut: B from the Background Styles dialog box) brings up a new dialog box called Format Background.

Available options include:

  • Fill: The Fill tab has a number of options:
    • Solid Fill: Selecting Solid Fill gives you a plain color background style to your question or quiz. You can opt to hide the background graphics giving you just a plain color as background.
      • Colors: You can also define the color of your background style by clicking on Color, and selecting a color from a Theme Color, a Standard Color or by creating a Custom Color (select More Colors - keyboard Shortcut: M when the color palette drop-down is expanded).
      • Transparency: You can define the transparency of your background style by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
    • Gradient Fill: This option enables you to have a gradient effect in your background style. There are a number of parameters available to customize your gradient effect.
      • Preset Colors: You can choose to use Preset Colors by clicking on the Preset Colors button. Twenty-four preset gradient colors are available.
      • Type: You can choose from four types of gradient; Linear, Radial, Rectangular and Path.
      • Direction: According to the Type of gradient chosen (see above), various settings are available to fix the direction of the gradient. These include up to eight preset directions settings and the possibility to fix the angle oneself. Not all Direction types allow the customization of the direction settings.
      • Gradient Stops: You can add and remove Gradient Stops to give a further effect to your background style by clicking on the Add and Remove buttons, and define the Stop position for each Gradient Stop by dragging the cursor from left to right or by entering a percentage to the right.
      • Colors: You can also define the color of your background style by clicking on Color, and selecting a color from a Theme Color, a Standard Color or by creating a Custom Color (select More Colors - keyboard Shortcut: M when the color palette drop-down is expanded).
      • Transparency: You can define the transparency of your background style by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
    • Picture or Texture Fill: Selecting this option allows you to define an image or texture rather than a plain color or gradient as your background style.
      • Texture: Clicking the Texture button brings up a choice of 35 textures which you can apply to your question or quiz. These are preset textures.
      • Insert from:: You can customize your texture background by selecting a file from your computer or by importing an image. Click the File... button to import an image from your computer. Click the Clipboard button to paste an image from your Clipboard.
      • Tile picture as Texture: This option allows you to tile the image file over the entire background style. It therefore allows you to apply a background while minimizing the image file size, as the same image is copied several times. it can also be useful to create certain effects.
      • Tiling Options: You can apply X and Y Offset parameters, X and Y Scaling, choose from a variety of Alignment options as well as choose one of four Mirror type options: Horizontal, Vertical, Both or None.
      • Transparency: You can define the transparency of your background style by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Picture: If you’ve inserted a picture, click the Picture tab to set options for your picture.
    • Recolor: You can recolor your picture by clicking the Recolor drop-down and choosing one of the options under 4 categories of recoloring: No Recolor, Color Modes, Dark Variations, or Light Variations.
    • Brightness: You can define the brightness of your picture by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the brightness you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
    • Contrast: You can define the contrast of your picture by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the contrast you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
    • Transparency: You can define the transparency of your picture by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.