How to Easily Expand Your Adobe Captivate Color Swatches

In my last post, I shared how to easily extract images from a PowerPoint storyboard given to you for use in Captivate course development. This is one way to ensure you follow a client’s branding guidelines. We all know the importance of making sure we use a client’s branding guidelines when it comes to creating training content.  This includes fonts, layouts, graphics, and colors.

Today, I have another neat tip to help you ensure you also use their branding colors.

Did you know that you can easily grab outside colors and bring them into Captivate while your are developing?

It’s really easy and a complete lifesaver.  You don’t need hex or rgb color codes, all you need is the Eye Dropper Tool in Captivate.  Here’s how you do it:

  1. Select the color picker in the Properties pane and
  2. Select the color window and then select the Eye Drop Tool (I call it the “color picker”).
  3. Drag the color picker to either an open website, open PowerPoint deck, or the client’s branding guide if they have color swatches available.

You can literally pick a color from any other item outside of Captivate, you’ll see the color swatch window change as you hover your mouse over different colors on your screen.

Check out my video below to see a quick demo:


Adobe Subscriptions – Captivate

Happy New Year (2015)!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. It seems that there just aren’t enough days in the week or time in the day. Time just keeps slipping through my fingers.  But, with the New Year come New Year Resolutions!  This year, my resolution is to post a few times a month on my blog – sorry for neglecting the blog folks! I promise to do better.

Anyway, this morning I received an email from Adobe regarding my Captivate 8 subscriptions.  For those of you who don’t know, Adobe Captivate is NOT included in Adobe Creative Cloud. It is a separate purchase but, you  can opt to purchase an Adobe Captivate subscription and pay monthly instead of coming up with the $399 all in one shot for an upgrade or $999 for a new license (ouch! hurts my purse strings just to mention that amount).

I purchased my Adobe Captivate subscription at the monthly subscription price of $19.99. The email I received this morning announced that the subscription price is going up to $29.99 a month for new subscription purchases as of January 8th (click the link to read more).

Subscription price increase

Subscription price increase

However, for those of us who already have subscriptions the price will not increase on our existing subscriptions and we will be able to renew our existing yearly subscription for an additional 12 months at the original price of $19.99 (Thanks Adobe!)

Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions continue at the same price of $49.99. For those of you who have not jumped on the Adobe Creative Cloud bandwagon and own a copy of Adobe CS3 or later, you can get your 12 month subscription at half price – $29.99 per month. Not a bad deal.



As an Instructional Designer, I find these tools invaluable and I’m no longer dishing out $1,200 or more at a time to upgrade my software.


NOTE:  This is not a paid post. The opinions in this post are solely mine.  Your opinion may differ and that’s great – it take all types to make this world interesting.