Creating project templates


A template is a stencil that provides a consistent look for your projects. Templates are useful when you want to use a single design and layout for multiple projects. Templates can be created once and reused as many times as required and therefore, save a lot of time during content development.

Using templates in Adobe Captivate, you can create standard:

  • Sizes for projects. The size specified for a template is taken as the default size for all projects that are based on the template.
  • Sizes for objects such as images and videos within the project.

    The templates can contain the actual object itself or a placeholder for the object. If there are placeholders, the content developers insert the actual object at the time of authoring. The objects are resized to the size of the placeholders.

  • Set of preferences for projects, recording, and quizzes.
  • Skins—TOCs and playback controls—for project outputs.

This tutorial explains how you can create project templates.


  1. Select File > New Project > Project Template.

    File menu showing the Project Template option

  2. In the New Project Template dialog box, specify the size of the slides. This size is used for all projects that will be based on the template.

    New Project Template dialog box

  3. To insert new slides, click Insert > New Slide.

    • To modify the properties of the slides, click the slide in the Filmstrip and use the Property Inspector.

      Tip: To obtain a uniform look and feel for slides, use master slides.

    • To insert objects such as images and animations, select the appropriate option in the Insert menu.

      Tip: Add all objects or media that do not change from project to project (for example, a logo) as actual objects. To facilitate content developers to insert objects or media that are specific to a project, insert placeholders.

    • To add placeholders for objects, click Insert > Placeholder Objects and choose the required object. The actual objects inserted while authoring are resized to the size of the placeholder.

    • To add placeholders for slides such as recording or a quiz slide, click Insert > Placeholder Slides, and choose the required slide. The content developers can double-click these slides to record or type content.

    • To set the preferences, click Edit > Preferences. These preferences will be used by all the other projects that will be created based on this template.

    • To draw other shapes and objects, use the object tool bar.

  4. Save the project template as a CPTL file.


Templates help you achieve a uniform look-and-feel for all your projects. They also help you and your co-authors save time during authoring by letting you focus on content rather than the aesthetics of the project.


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