Add effects to objects


Object effects help you make your Adobe Captivate objects interesting and eye-catching. Adobe Captivate provides you a wide range of effects you can choose from. You can also create your own effects in Flash and use them in Adobe Captivate.

This tutorial explains how you can apply the default effects to objects and how you can save object effect sequences.


  1. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the object and then select Effects.

    Effects palette

  2. In the Animation Trigger drop-down list, select a trigger for the effect. By default, the time-based trigger is selected. To apply the object effect when a specific event occurs, create an event-based trigger, and then select it in the Effects panel.

  3. Click fx and select the effect to apply to the object. To use an already saved effect, click Browse and locate the XML file that corresponds to the effect.You can create a sequence of effects by applying multiple effects to a single object.

  4. Click Live Preview Mode to preview the effect on the object. Click Edit Mode to return to the editing mode.

  5. To apply the effect to multiple objects, click and select either:

    • Apply To All Items To apply the effect to all objects that belong to the object type.
    • Apply To All Items Of Same Style To apply to all objects that use the same object style.


Apply effects to the objects in your projects to bring users’ attention to the object, thereby emphasizing a specific concept on your slides.

Adobe Captivate lets you add multiple effects to an object and save the object sequence as an XML file. Reuse the object sequences within the project or across other projects by importing the XML file.


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