(Last Updated: March 30, 2020)

Spotlight is a useful annotation object in ActivePresenter. It helps you easily direct your audience’s attention to a specific part of a slide. So, in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a spotlight effect in ActivePresenter 8.

How to Insert

To create a spotlight effect, do the following:

Step 1: Click the Insert tab > Spotlight.

Insert a spotlight

A spotlight object will then be inserted into a slide. It retains the original brightness of a particular area while darkens the rest of the screen.

Spotlight in ActivePresenter 8

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

Customizing Spotlights

You can change the spotlight shape as you want. In the Format tab, you first need to click Change Shape, then choose a new shape.

Change shape

Moreover, you can adjust the transparency level of the area surrounding the spotlight shape. Just select the spotlight object, then click the Properties pane > Style & Effects > Fill > Opacity.

Change opacity

Besides, it’s your choice to use Gradient Fill to make more effects for your spotlights. 

Tips: When adding another spotlight right after the first one ends, you should add entrance and exit effects to those objects to make a smooth transition between them. Also, the entrance effect of the second spotlight should appear exactly at the time when the exit effect of the previous one starts. 

entrance and exit effects

Note: You cannot highlight several parts of your screen at the same time, which means you cannot add multiple simultaneous spotlights.   

That’s all about spotlight effects in ActivePresenter. Take advantage of this effect to attract your audiences’ attention. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

See Also:

Insert and Style Shapes
Insert an Image
Animate Objects
Insert Text Captions
Insert Equations
Use Zoom-n-Pan
Add Close Caption
Add Animation Effects for Text