In this video, I’ll show you how you can use text styles in Storyline 360 to determine the look and feel of text more specifically in your next e-learning project.
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In older versions of Storyline you could already use the theme fonts that you can find under design. Theme fonts to define your heading and body fonts in your e-learning module. But if you use more than two fonts in a module or you would create titles with both and a certain color, you couldn’t define it until now with this text styles functionality in Storyline 360. And the text styles functionality can be found if you go to your home ribbon, let’s select a text here, and you’ll see here that there is now your text styles options. As you can see, you have the option to determine four heading texts, two custom texts, for instance, for links or other stuff, and your body text, called your normal text, here.
Link your text styles to text boxes
So with text styles, it’s very easy to link your text styles to text boxes on your slide. For instance, if I select my text here and I go to a heading, you’ll see the text you will change and how all the text in this text box has the Heading One text style attached to it. And if I use the Heading One text style to hold my module and I later on adjust the Heading One text style, all the text that are attached to Heading One will adjust it automatically and you don’t have to do it by hand. So this can save you a lot of time when developing or adjusting your e-learning module. And if you hover over your text style here, you can see that Heading One has the font also applied with a font of 24 pixels, so you can see what the properties are of your text style.
Define text styles in Storyline 360
Now, let’s see how you can define the text styles in Storyline 360. Now, the easiest way to do this is to create a text box and specify the text box, so how you would like that your text style should look like. So you define the font, the font height, if it’s bold, italic, underlined, and if your font or your text style has a specific color, for instance, I chose red here. I selected the text, and if I go now to my text styles, go to Heading One, and I choose that style from selection, you’ll see this text box says now here Heading One. And if I go to Heading One, you see there’s this [Oswald Light 00:03:30] 20 pixels and bold. So any the next step is to applying a text style. So let’s create a new text box, and I type in, I have to type it in right, Title, for instance. Now, you’ll see a text box when you create it. It’s set to normal text standard.
Creating a text box
If I want to create a text box and I want to attach Heading One to it, what I can do is I select all the texts, go here to my text styles, go to Heading One, and say apply style Heading One, and you’ll see that this text box is now Heading One. You can style different paragraphs. So for instance, I could style all the text here, but what I can do in Storyline is select only the first paragraph, go to my text styles, for instance, for this example, choose Heading Two, and you’ll see that now only the first paragraph has Heading Two text style and this has still the normal text style.
Reset a text style
And in Storyline, there is also the option to reset a text style. So for instance, if you made a mistake or you want to start over again, you can reset your text styles to standard formerly. So to do this, go to your text styles and, for instance, do Heading One. If you click here reset style, you see it sets to the standard formatting and all the texts in a project will now have the new standard one look and feel that you attach to the text style standard one.
Now, some tips to use the text styles in your next e-learning project. For instance, if you want to change the font of all the text styles, now it’s Oswald Light. If I want to change it in one go, I don’t have to change all the text styles separately. What I can do is I go to design, go to fonts. If I choose here edit to my fonting and, for instance, it says here Oswald Light, it has to be this [Prata 00:05:48], you’ll see all the headings will be now Prata. And if you go to text styles, you’ll see that the headings are now Prata instead of Oswald, so I don’t have to manually change each heading separately.
Slide Master en Feedback Master
Another tip to save time with your text styles is to apply them to your Slide Master and Feedback Master. That’s the easiest way. And you can manually edit down the placeholder for text on your layout. And finally, if you need to override a text style on a content slide in your course, you can simply edit this text on that slide. So the hierarchy off your text styles inheritance is one, the slide master parent, two, slight layouts, and three, content layouts. I hope you have a idea how you can use text styles in your next e-learning project that will save you lots of time when working with texts.
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