Over the past few weeks, I've written about the enhancements you'll find in the recently-released service patch for Captivate 7 (an enhanced lock feature and a new Star Smart Shape). This week I'm going to show you how to use the new Swatches panel.
In the image below, I've added a logo onto a Captivate slide. I'd like to use the green contained in the logo on the Highlight Box you see to the left of the logo. I'd also like to be able to use that same color in other Captivate projects.
To begin, I opened the Swatches panel (Window menu). Then I selected the Pick Color tool (the eye dropper shown in the image below).
Using the Pick Color tool, I clicked on the green color on the logo. In the image below, you can see that the color is added to the Swatches panel (#90B000).
The Enter swatch name dialog box opens. In the image below, I named my new Swatch LogoGreen and then clicked the OK button.
The LogoGreen swatch appears on the Swatches panel (it's the last swatch you see in the image below). I can now use the swatch and apply the color to any slide object.
Keep in mind that Swatches are shared by all Captivate projects so you won't have to recreate the Swatch every time you create a new project. In addition, you can import existing swatches from either Adobe Photoshop or Kuler by clicking the Load tool on the Swatches panel.
If you'd like to see a demonstration of the new Swatches panel in action, check out this video on the IconLogic YouTube channel.