A background image sure enhances the look of a slide any day. Captivate has always supported background images, so what’s new with Adobe Captivate 5?
Adobe Captivate 5 now allows editing of an image which is inserted as a background. By editing, I mean you can apply some basic filters and do some transitions.
All the edit operations for a background image are available in the Resize/Crop dialog. For large images (images that have a resolution greater than that of the project), this dialog opens up on the selection of an image – similar to the behavior seen in Adobe Captivate 4.
The highlight in Adobe Captivate 5 is that the background images can be now edited at any stage later by using the edit button in the slide PI. Thus, for any small image inserted as a background the editing can be done.
The picture below shows the dialog.
The controls in this dialog are mostly self explanatory. However let me explain the exact behavior of apply and reset controls.
Apply All Button
When you want the same edit operations to be applicable to all the images, use this button to do the tedious task for you.
Reset All Button
This will reset all the changes made to all the images.
These set of edit operations were always available for an image object through an image edit window. In Adobe Captivate 5, the same is available in the PI. This makes it more accessible for the user. The edit operations are available as long as the image object is selected.
Personally, my favorite is to use some hue and transparency on a background image. It gives a rich look to the slide as you can see below.