(Last Updated: February 12, 2018)

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

Inserting a Spotlight

To create a spotlight effect, go to the Annotations tab > Spotlight.

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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.

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Adjusting the Spotlight Effect

Resizing and Repositioning

Spotlight objects have their default size and position. So, you need to resize and reposition them to the size and position you want.

  • Drag the resizing handles (green dots) to change the size.
  • Hover over the object until the pointer turns into a four-way arrow, then click and drag it to the position you want.

Changing the Spotlight Shape

By default, a spotlight shape is a rectangle, but you can change the shape to any type of shapes ActivePresenter provides.

To do that, select the spotlight object, then go to the Format tab > Change Shape and choose a new shape from the list.

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Adjusting the Transparency Level

Regarding spotlight objects, the Style & Effects tab in the Properties pane shows the properties of the area that lies OUTSIDE the shape (not inside it). That area is made semi-transparent, so you can go to the Fill section and drag the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency level of that area.

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Note: Another way to draw audience’s attention to an area is use 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 going to Annotations > 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:

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

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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.

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  1. Switch from Solid Line to No Line.
  2. Create a gradient fill for the light beam. In the Fill section, select Gradient Fill. You’ll use 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).

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

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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.

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