(Last Updated: November 27, 2018)

Spotlight is a useful annotation object in ActivePresenter. It helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a spotlight effect in ActivePresenter 7.

Inserting Spotlights

To create a spotlight effect, do the following:

Step 1: Click the Annotations tab > Spotlight.

Spotlight helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide.

A spotlight object is immediately inserted in a slide. It retains the original brightness within the spotlight shape while darkening the rest of the screen.

Spotlight helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide.

Step 2: Resize and reposition the spotlight object as you wish. You can drag the resizing handles (green dots) to change the size and drag the object to a new position.

Step 3: Optionally, change the spotlight shape by clicking the Format tab > Change Shape > choose a new shape.

Spotlight helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide.

Step 4: Optionally, adjust the transparency level of the area surrounding the spotlight shape. Just select the spotlight object, click the Properties pane > Style & Effects > Fill > Opacity.

Spotlight helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide.

Note: Another way to draw attention to an area is using highlight objects. Highlight is a transparent, colored rectangle shape that can be placed over a certain area on a slide to highlight that area. Insert this object to a slide by clicking the Annotations tab > Highlight.

Creating a Spotlight Effect of Your Own

Do you want a spotlight effect that casts a focused beam of light like a flashlight? Something like this:

Spotlight helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide.

ActivePresenter allows you to create this effect by using shapes and gradient background fill. Let’s see how to make the effect from scratch.

Step 1: Create the light source. Do the following:

1. Draw an oval (Annotations tab > Shapes > Oval).

2. Change the Solid Fill color to yellow (Properties pane > Style & Effects > Fill).

3. Switch from No Line to Solid Line (Properties pane > Style & Effects > Line). Change the light color and width if you want.

Spotlight helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide.

Step 2: Create the light beam. Perform the following:

1. Draw a trapezium for the light beam using the Freeform Shape drawing tool. Then, place the light beam under the light source.

Spotlight helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide.

2. Switch from Solid Line to No Line.

3. Change the fill color and reate a gradient fill for the light beam. In the Fill section, select Gradient Fill > Linear gradient type with a 90-degree angle (to make the fill direction straight). After that, add three gradient stops:

  • Stop 1: Position 0%. Yellow. Opacity 255 (non-transparent).
  • Stop 2: Position 50%. Yellow. Opacity 100 (semi-transparent).
  • Stop 3: Position 100%. White. Opacity 0 (fully-transparent).

Spotlight helps you easily direct your audience attention to a specific part of a slide.

Now you can spotlight the object by placing it right under the light source, or make interesting effects like this:

Create amazing spotlight effect in a flash.

That’s all about spotlight effects in ActivePresenter. Hope that this helps. Don’t forget to subscribe to our website so that you’ll be alerted with all future tutorials.