Captivate Training - Getting Started Course

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Create great elearning content with our Captivate course

Highlander's Captivate training course is designed to take participants through the development process of building software demonstrations and interactive simulations. The course is task-based, with participants learning by recording and updating projects. Along with covering the key features of Captivate, the course focuses on best practices to record Captivate projects.

This 2 day Captivate course can be delivered at our York centre, remotely online or offered at your own location, and is a great way to get up and running with Captivate. The course is suitable for anybody new to the product, so if you are looking for some Captivate training to get you or your colleagues up and running, look no further.

£495.00ex vat

The following are some of the topics we typically cover in the Captivate Getting Started course. The actual topics and order in which they are covered can vary slightly in order to best accommodate the size, ability and requirements of each group.

Adobe Captivate Basics

  • What is Captivate?
  • Planning your projects
  • Resolution and recording size
  • Guided tour of the Captivate user interface

Text Captions and the Timeline

  • Working with text captions
  • Editing an object's position and size
  • Using the timeline to control object timing
  • Showing an object for the "Rest of Slide"
  • Aligning captions
  • Hiding and deleting slide objects

Working with Object Styles

  • How object styles can increase consistency and make your projects easier to maintain
  • Creating a style for text captions
  • Applying a style to other text captions
  • Modifying a style
  • Using styles with other object types
  • Copying styles from one project into another


  • Inserting images
  • Setting image size and position
  • Setting image timing options and transition effects
  • Using the Library

Working with Master Slides

  • What Master Slides are, and how they can help you to work more efficiently
  • Creating a new content master slide
  • Applying a master slide to other slides
  • Modifying a master slide

Buttons and Highlight Boxes

  • Inserting a Text Button
  • Inserting an Image Button
  • Using colour to highlight an area of the screen
  • Highlighting an area by greying out the rest of the screen

Rollover Captions, Images, and Zoom Areas

  • Introduction to Rollovers
  • Working with Rollover Captions
  • Working with Rollover Images
  • Using Rollovers to provide a "true" Hint facility
  • Using Rollovers to enable users to explore on their own
  • Inserting Zoom Areas

Drag and Drop

  • When to use Drag and Drop
  • Setting up Drag and Drop scenarios

Creating interactive simulations and tutorials

  • Introduction to eLearning tutorials
  • Explanation of different types of recording
  • Recording in different modes at the same time
  • Hiding the mouse
  • Inserting and working with Click Boxes


  • Explanation of possible audio strategies
  • Adding background music to a project
  • Adding audio to a slide
  • Recording and editing audio

Skins and Themes

  • Editing and saving skins
  • Saving and using Themes

Compliant Movies and Publishing

  • Ensuring accessibility by enabling 508 Compliance
  • Adding Closed Captions (subtitles)
  • Setting Project Properties

Question Slides and Learning Management Systems

  • Devising an appropriate quiz strategy
  • Setting Quiz Preferences
  • Inserting Question Slides
  • Setting Question Slide options
  • Formatting and laying out Question slides
  • Adding Randomised Quiz Questions


  • Understanding the issues when publishing
  • Publishing locally
  • Publish for Devices
  • What is Adobe Captivate Prime


The Captivate Getting Started course introduces a wide range of skills for those who are new to Adobe Captivate, teaching you best practice right from the start.

You will learn

  • How to plan your elearning projects
  • To set up your recording properly
  • To use the Captivate interface properly
  • How to record a demo, assesment, and training animation
  • How to work with the timeline
  • How to add text captions
  • How to add images and use them effectively
  • How to manipulate master slides effectively
  • How to add buttons and highlight boxes
  • How to control the movement of the mouse within your animation
  • How to add rollover captions, images, and zoom areas
  • How to setup and use a simple quiz
  • How to export your project into multiple formats

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your professional training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - Our instructors are certified by Adobe, Google and CompTIA.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


For our classroom courses, each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our York centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.

For Live Online courses we provide full setup instructions, but you will require a machine running a copy of the software being taught. Additionally a reliable internet connection is a neccessary requirement to complete the course online.


At our centre hot drinks and water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  

There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  For those attending face to face, we are located on the well known Bishy Road in York, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

You get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides. Additionally post course instructor support is also available as required.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed an Adobe Authorised Training Course.

Who should attend this course

This course is targeted at those who are looking at getting started with Captivate.  You should have good general computer skills, such as the ability to copy and paste, open files and applications and resize windows.  Prior experience of working with Adobe Captivate is not needed.

Some past comments from delegates that have attended

"He was very patient with us all and explained everything very well"
IT Training Team Administrator, Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust

"Her knowledge of the subject and being able to apply the use of Captivate for our purposes was brill. The way she structured the course for our use of Captivate was also incredibly useful and I feel confident to be able to go out and start tinkering about with the programme to build my confidence and knowledge."
Project Manager, Legal Services Commission

"I would not have been able to work in Captivate without this course. It is very fiddly and I find i needed the course to show me where to find things."
Learning, Development and Quality Manager, International SOS

"The instructor had a great relaxed manner which helped the class but also with the content. By not sticking to the manual he helped bring the class together regardless of their skill level."
Training Communications Lead, Walt Disney

"Nicely paced - not too rushed. Plenty of hands on opportunities. He knew his stuff!"
IT Trainer, NHS