Master Slides were first introduced in Adobe Captivate 5 and I've written a couple of articles about them including: Creating Master Slides, Placeholder Objects on Master Slides and how to Keep Master Slide Backgrounds at Bay.
Adobe Captivate 6 took the concept of Master Slides to a whole new level by creating two different types of slide master: a Main Master Slide and Content Master Slides.
In each project, there is always a single Main Master Slide and multiple Content Master Slides. During this article, I'll teach you the differences between Main and Content masters, and how best to utilize them.
In the image below, I've created a new project, applied the Blank theme (Themes > Apply a New Theme) and then inserted several blank slides (Insert > Blank Slide).
Each new project includes a collection of Master Slides (even if you use the Blank theme). In the image below, the Main Master Slide is the larger slide at the left; the smaller slides are the Content Master Slides.
If you make a change to the Main Master Slide, the change will affect every slide in the project (Filmstrip, Content Master Slides... everything). Changing the Main Master Slide is like using a very broad brush. If there's something on the Main Master Slide that you don't want to use on the other slides, you're pretty much stuck.
For instance, I want every slide in my project to use the same background image. In the screen capture below, I've inserted the image on the Main Master Slide.
Having modified the Main Master Slide, every Content Master Slide and every slide on the Filmstrip now sports the same image. Since there are Content Master Slides for regular Filmstrip slides and Question Slides, should I insert a quiz down the road, the question slides will automatically include my corporate branding. And that's awesome.
Now I wanted to add a copyright notice to some of the slides on the Filmstrip... to some Filmstrip slides, but not all. If I added the text to the Main Master Slide, the text would appear on every slide of the Filmstrip and every Content Master Slide. Since that wasn't my intent, I created a new Content Master Slide by right-clicking within the group of Content Masters and choosing Slides > Content Master Slide.
I used the Properties panel to name my new Content Master Slide.
Next I inserted and positioned a text caption on the Content Master Slide.
The final step was to select the slide(s) on the Filmstrip that I wanted to follow the new Content Master and, on the Properties panel, select the Content Master Slide from the Master Slide drop-down menu.
The Filmstrip slide below is using two Master Slides: the graphic is coming from the Main Master Slide; the copyright notice is coming from the Copyright notice Content Master Slide.
Note: If you'd like to see the process of working with both Main and Content Master slides, check out this video demonstration on our YouTube channel.
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