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Can I create a pick-list of customised colors in Cap 5?

Jul 12, 2012 10:51 PM

Hi Folks I am using Cap 5.

 

I am creating/updating a set of presentations. I can only use 5 specific colors as laid out in my employers brand guidelines.

 

I would like to create these 5 colors and add them to the color pick list that appears for text animations, fonts etc. Ideally I would like to just pick them whenever I need them.

 

At the moment every single time I need to use one of these 5 colors I have to enter in a hexdecimal number into tiny little fiddly field at the top of a color picker, EVERY - SINGLE - TIME.

 

It is REALLY slowing me down and driving nuts. It feels like I am going about this in the wrong way.

 

Can anyone point me in the right direction because I can't figure it out myself.

 

 

Thanks


M

 
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    Jul 13, 2012 4:39 AM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    Hi M

     

    Unfortunately there simply isn't a way to do this in version 5. But having said that, I can think of a simple way that you might make things easy. Create an image that has a "color strip". It can be vertically or horizontally oriented. Insert this image on the first slide and configure it to run for the rest of the project.

     

    That may seem a bit odd, but here is how I envision it working. When you are dealing with almost anything color related in Captivate, you typically have a color picker eyedropper that may be used to set the color. Soooo, my thought here is that while editing, you could click the eyedropper and just choose the color to set it. And that should prove infinitely simpler than repeatedly typing the hex codes, no?

     

    Once editing was complete, you then delete the image.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    Jul 13, 2012 4:50 AM   in reply to Captiv8r

    Hi Both,

     

    Captivate v5.5

     

    Rick's suggestion is one that I use and it works well.

     

    I have created a colour "chip" (see below) using my company's 2 prime colours and also the colours of the colour of the text box edges I use from Captivate. I place this on first slide and set "view rest of project".  During the creation of my project I just dip my dropper on the required colour on the chip.

     

    Not ideal but a good workaround.

     

    Colour Chips Adobe KN.png

     

    Noel

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 2:01 AM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    I have no love for Captivate either but have no choice but to suffer it.

     

    Having said that v5.5 is better than V3 which is when Adobe really fried my brain and put my blood pressure through the roof.

     

    Without the excellent help from this forum I  would have given up a long time ago.

     

    I have no problem about age and emoticons....

     

    Noel

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 5:55 AM   in reply to zzzzxxxxzzzz

    May I offer another suggestion? I'm not always confident in color picker, because it doesn't always return the correct color as defined by a code (too bad we are limited to the hexadecimal code).

     

    I'm a Kuler user, and I will put the palette (colors) with their hexadecimal code in a text caption in the scratch area, set to display for the rest of the project. Whenever I need a color, I copy/paste the code. Bit cumbersome but I'm sure to have the correct color. Bit like Noel's solution, but since I'm a math lover I do not pick the color but the code.


    Lilybiri

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 6:01 AM   in reply to Lilybiri

    Oh Sure.... offer a completely Adobe solution!

     

    Suck up...

     

    (In case you misread that. I was just teasing you a bit!)

     

    In my own experience, the color picker does a pretty good job. But I have seen instances where I used it to match, but after producing output the match was off. If memory serves, it was the Slide Quality setting that caused the shift.

     

    Happy Thursday... Rick

     

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    Jul 19, 2012 6:20 AM   in reply to Captiv8r

    Go ahead, do not mind teasing and learned to understand you better than some years ago

     

    I had some issues with color picker, and that is why I'm a bit hesitant to use it all the time.

     

    Lieve

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 6:34 AM   in reply to Lilybiri

    I use the colour pallet and colour picker as mentioned above, but I also double check that the correct HEX number is displayed on the top left of the dropper.

     

    So I use both dropper and hex - sort of!

     
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