Video: How to Create a Custom Image Button in Adobe Captivate 7

Video: How to Create a Custom Image Button in Adobe Captivate 7

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Transcript for the video below.

Greetings, my name is Dustin, and this tutorial will teach you how to create custom image buttons in Adobe Captivate 7.

Specifically, I’m going to show you how to make the back and next buttons you see pictured in this design here.

To create a custom button, you have to work outside of Captivate.  For this video, I’ll be working in Adobe Photoshop, but you can complete these steps with any graphic editing tool capable of saving an image in the PNG format.

To create a custom button for Captivate 7, you have to create three different images, one for each button state:

–          One image for when the button is not being pressed (the up state),

–          One image for when the button IS being pressed (the down state),

–          One for when a cursor is hovering over the button (the over state).

Each of these images should have the same width and height, must be saved in the PNG format, and must follow the following file naming conventions.

  1. For the Up state image: <imagename>_up.png
  2. For the Down state image: <imagename>_down.png
  3. For the Over state imagE: <imagename>_over.png

For example, if your image name is “TheLearningSmith_next” you would name the three image files like this:

  1. TheLearningSmith_next_up.png
  2. TheLearningSmith_next_down.png
  3. TheLearningSmith_next_over.png

With the images saved in the PNG format and following the correct file naming conventions, all you need to do is paste them into the Captivate 7’s gallery folder.

If you’re working in windows, this folder is located here:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Captivate 7 x64\Gallery\Buttons

If on a Mac OS, it’s located here:

/Applications/Adobe Captivate 7 x64/Gallery/Buttons

Select the files.

Copy them.

Paste them into the Buttons folder.

NOTE: You’ll need Administrator rights to this file folder in order to place the buttons there.

There we go.  If you had Captivate open now, you’ll need to close it and then relaunch it in order to use your new custom image button.  So, let’s do that.

Once Captivate 7 is loaded back-up:

  1. Open your Captivate project
  2. Click the “Insert Button” button in the toolbar
  3. In the “Properties” panel under the “General” section, click the “Button Type” drop-down menu.
  4. Select “Image Button”
  5. Select your new button from the scrolling window that appears.
  6. Click the “Make Transparent” checkbox to make the white background in the button invisible.
  7. Move the button into position, and you’re done.

You’ll notice here, that the Back button is a different color then the Next button we just created.  The reason for this is because this is going to be the first page of our project, and there is not previous page to go back to.  So the back button is inactive on this page, which is why it is gray.  Making a button gray, or washed out is a best practice for indicating to user’s that a button is not functional.

So, to create the back button for this page, we just insert a gray image instead of an actual button.

That should do it.  Now you should have no problem creating your own custom image buttons for Captivate 7.

I hope this video’s been helpful.  If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to either contact me at or use the comments section on our YouTube video page.




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