Drawing tools

You can use the drawing tools in Adobe Captivate to create artwork for your projects. Drawing tools help you create basic shapes within Adobe Captivate so that you don’t have to create and import them from other applications. Drawing objects are converted to Flash drawing objects when they are imported into Flash.

Note: You can search for drawing objects, and text within them, using the Find dialog box.

If the drawing toolbar is not visible, select Window > Toolbars > Drawing.

The following drawing tools are available in Adobe Captivate:

Selection Tool 
To select, move, and resize objects. It is used to toggle the different drawing modes. You can exit the drawing mode at any time using the selection tool. The selection tool is enabled by default in the drawing mode when you are not working with the other drawing tools.

Draw Line 
To draw straight lines.

Draw Free-Form Polygon 
To create free-form polygons.

Draw Rectangle 
To draw rectangles and squares.

Draw Oval 
To draw oval shaped objects and circles.

Set Stroke Color 
To change the stroke color of an object.

Set Fill Color 
To change the fill color of an object.

Set Stroke/Fill To Black/White 
To change the stroke color of an object to black and its fill color to white.

Swap Fill/Stroke Colors 
To interchange the color of the stroke and fill for the selected object.

Drawing objects

To draw an object once, click the corresponding icon in the toolbar and drag the pointer on the Stage to create the object. Adobe Captivate resets to the Select tool after an object is created on Stage. To draw the same type of object many times over (multiple drawing mode), click the corresponding icon on the drawing toolbar while pressing the Control key.
Free-form polygons
For free-form polygons, define the sides by clicking where you want the node to appear. To complete drawing the polygon, double-click the final node to automatically join it to the starting node. To redraw a free-form polygon, select it, and click Redraw Shape in the slide toolbar.

Squares and circles
To draw a square or circle, click the rectangle or oval icon, press Shift, and draw the object. If you want to create a rectangle or square with rounded corners, double-click the rectangular object, and increase the value of the corner radius.

Horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines
You can rotate lines by 45 using the selection tool. Hold the end of the line, press Shift, and move the mouse at different angles. This way, you can draw horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines.
Note: An object is not visible on a slide with a white background if both the stroke and fill of objects are set to white.

To exit the drawing or multiple drawing mode, do one of the following:

  • Click the selection icon.

  • Press Escape.

  • Click the Stage.

  • Right-click outside the Stage.

Change the stroke and fill properties of drawing objects

Double-click the object, and set the fill and stroke properties for the object in the dialog box that appears. You can change the fill/stroke properties of legacy objects like highlight boxes and rollover objects using the fill/stroke options in the drawing toolbar.

You can set the following stroke properties for straight lines:

  • Transparency of the line

  • Style of the stroke, such as dashes or dots

  • Color of the stroke

  • Thickness (width) of the stroke

  • Arrowheads, circles, diamonds, or squares at the ends of a line

You can set the following stroke and fill properties for the other drawing objects:

  • Fill color

  • Transparency of the fill color

  • Style of the stroke, such as dashes or dots

  • Color of the stroke

  • Width of the stroke

  • Corners of the object: You can smooth the corners of a rectangle or square to varying degrees by changing the values for its corner radius.

To change the stroke color of object to black, and its fill color to white, click Set Stroke/Fill To Black/White in the Drawing toolbar.

To interchange the color options set for the stroke and fill for the object, click Swap Fill/Stroke Colors.

Resize drawing objects

  • To manually resize objects, use the selection tool. Adobe Captivate does not have a separate transformation tool. You can resize any object after selecting it. Move the cursor over the corners of objects, and when the relevant cursor appears, resize the object to the required dimensions.

  • To resize an object to specific dimensions, select the object, and change the dimensions in the Stage toolbar.

Resize rollover area to the bounding box of drawing objects

 Right-click the rollover area, and select Auto Adjust Rollover Area.

When you now move the rollover area over an object, it assumes the shape of the bounding box of that object.

Edit free-form polygons

When you edit the free-form polygon, the sides of the polygon are displayed along with the connecting nodes. You can alter the shape of the polygon by dragging the nodes. The clarity provided by this skeletal structure is especially useful when editing complex polygons.

  1. Select the free-form polygon.

  2. Click Edit Points  in the Stage toolbar. The skeletal structure of the polygon is displayed.

  3. Drag the required nodes.

  4. To restore the fill and stroke, click outside the polygon.

You can redraw a selected polygon by doing one of the following:
  • Click Redraw Shape  in the drawing toolbar.

  • Right-click the object, and select Redraw Shape.

  • Press Control+Alt+W.

Duplicate drawing objects

Select the object that you want to duplicate, and do one of the following:

  • Click the Duplicate Selected Objects icon in the standard toolbar.

  • Press Control+D.

Place text inside drawing objects

  1. Select the object, and click Add Text  in the Stage toolbar.

  2. Add text in the text area that appears within the object, and use the text edit toolbar to format the text.

To edit text within objects, click the Add Text icon. The text in the text area within the object is made available for editing. The text option is not available when you have selected the line tool.

Snap lines to objects

When drawing straight lines, you can make them snap to the contours of other Adobe Captivate objects, including free-form objects. Use this option when you want to precisely connect the end of a straight line to the periphery of an object.

To snap lines to objects, do the following:
  1. Draw the object (rectangle, oval, free-form polygon, and so on).

  2. Click the Snap To Object icon .

When you now draw a straight line, the line snaps to the contours of objects with which it comes in contact.