Adobe Captivate Beginner Training (Live Online)

This is an instructor-led course taught by veteran trainers who are also experienced Adobe Captivate developers. We provide the training materials and project assets. You provide the Captivate software (the trial version works great). Together we'll create awesome eLearning projects complete with text, images, videos, buttons, click boxes, and text entry areas. During this 2-day course, you'll even learn how to import existing PowerPoint content, record voiceover audio, and publish Captivate projects for the widest possible audience including desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
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Adobe Captivate Beginner Training

This beginner Adobe Captivate course will introduce you to the core Captivate skills necessary to develop awesome eLearning projects.

As your class begins, you’ll get comfortable with the Captivate interface by exploring an existing Captivate project. You’ll learn to use the Filmstrip, explore the inspectors, and poke around other areas of the Captivate interface.

After exploring a bit, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. You’ll create a soft skills eLearning lesson from scratch (soft skills eLearning topics include, but are not limited to, onboarding, conflict resolution, and compliance training). You’ll work with themes, add slides, work with placeholders to add text and images. You’ll even add interactive buttons that will allow the learner to control the pace of the lesson. 

Once you’re comfortable creating projects, tap into Captivate’s powerful recording features and create software demonstrations, interactive software simulations, and Video Demos. You’ll leverage Captivate’s multi-mode recording features to record three lessons at the same time (one demo and two simulations). All that, and before the lunch break! 

Come back from lunch and you’re back at it… you’ll learn to add, modify, and control the timing of objects such as text captions, images, videos, and highlight boxes. You’ll learn to record, import, and edit audio, and how to further enhance the learner experience by adding interactivity via click boxes, buttons, and text entry boxes. 

Engage your learner by adding quizzes, knowledge checks, and random quizzes to a project. And you’ll leverage and enrich existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations by importing them into Captivate. 

Finally, you’ll learn how to distribute a finished Captivate project to the widest possible audience (publishing scalable HTML5) so that your content can be consumed by learners on just about any device including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

What version of Adobe Captivate is Taught During This Class?

We are currently offering training on Adobe Captivate 2019 (specifically, version 11.8.1). To attend this class, download and install the free trial version of Captivate. Once you enroll in the course, you'll receive a free digital version of our Adobe Captivate workbook.

Private Training

If you have a group of 6 or more team members who need Adobe Captivate training, we can offer a private class customized to your specific needs. Give us a call at 888.812.4827 to discuss your training needs.

Lessons Covered During this 2-Day Class

Note: The lessons outlined below comprise activities typically covered in a class of this skill level. The instructor may, at the instructor's discretion, alter the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

eLearning and Captivate

As your class ramps up, you won't just learn how to start Captivate and click the tools, you'll begin the process of creating eLearning lessons from the ground up. You'll not only learn how to create effective eLearning, but why those lessons will be effective. 

  • Explore the Captivate Interface
  • Zoom and Magnify
  • Navigate a Project
  • Preview a Project
  • Create a New Project 

Recording Software Simulations and Video Demos

Recording your desktop is one of Captivate's key features. You'll learn the value of a recording script and how to use each of the recording modes: demo, assessment, training, and custom.

  • Rehearse a Script
  • Edit Recording Settings
  • Set Recording Keys
  • Record a Demonstration
  • Record an Assessment
  • Record a Training Simulation
  • Record a Custom Simulation
  • Record and edit Video Demos 

Captions, Styles, and Timing

During these lessons, you will learn how to add text captions, work with object styles, and how to control the timing of slide objects via the Timeline.

  • Insert, Resize and Move Text Captions
  • Modify Text Caption Properties
  • Edit the Default Caption Style
  • Change a Callout Type Used by a Text Caption
  • Control Slide Timing
  • Control Slide Object Timing
  • Check Spelling
  • Align Slide Objects 

Images and Videos

Adding images and videos to your project enhances the learner experience. These lessons will teach you how to add and edit images, work with videos, and how to use the Library.

  • Insert, Resize and Restore an Image
  • Transform an Image’s Size and Position
  • Use the Library
  • Manage Unused Project Assets
  • Insert and manage videos

Pointers, Buttons, and Highlight Boxes

If you've created a demonstration, the demo pesky mouse can sometimes have a mind of its own. You'll learn how to tame that wild mouse during these lessons. Then you'll learn how to add some basic interactivity to a lesson via buttons.

  • Add a Visual Click and Sound
  • Modify the Mouse Pointer
  • Insert and Format a Text Button
  • Set a Button’s Pause After Timing
  • Work With Image Buttons
  • Insert and Format a Highlight Box 


eLearning lessons that contain voiceover audio and sound effects are more effective than lessons that don't. Learn how to add, edit and record audio during these lessons. You'll also learn how to convert Text-to-Speech.

  • Add a Slide Note
  • Calibrate a Microphone
  • Record Slide Audio
  • Import a Voiceover onto a Slide
  • Edit Audio
  • Insert Silence
  • Convert Text-to-Speech 

Creating Simulations out of Demonstrations

Interactive eLearning is generally thought to be more effective than passive demonstration videos. During these lessons, learn how to convert an existing demonstration into a highly engaging, interactive powerhouse.

  • Hide the Mouse
  • Replace Phrases
  • Insert a Click Box
  • Insert a Text Entry Box 

Working with Microsoft PowerPoint

Often times the eLearning project begins in Microsoft PowerPoint. Why not use that content in your Captivate project? These lessons will help you master the PowerPoint to Captivate workflow.

  • Import PowerPoint slides
  • Resize One Object and Apply to All
  • Round-Trip PowerPoint Edits
  • Synch With Source
  • Rescale a Project 


Captivate sports some robust quizzing tools. You'll learn how to set up, create, import, and edit question slides.

  • Edit Quizzing Object Styles
  • Set the Quiz Preferences
  • Insert Question slides
  • Format a Question slide
  • Import Quiz Questions from GIFT files
  • Create Random Quizzes


No project is finished until it has been published so that it can be consumed by your learners. Learn the best publishing format to use for the widest audience. Learn how to add a TOC to your lessons and the ideal settings for publishing.

  • Work with Skins
  • Name slides
  • Create a TOC
  • Check Publish Settings and Add a Loading Screen
  • Run the HTML5 Tracker
  • Publish as HTML5