(Last Updated: March 19, 2017)

In creating a project or expressing a presentation, a spotlight is used for highlighting information and drawing the audience’s attention to a specified part of the screen. Saying, a spotlight object retains the original brightness within the spotlight shape and darkens the rest of the screen. This creates an effect like we are watching a dark screen with a search light. In this article, I will show you how to do that step by step in ActivePresenter – The best elearning software ever..

Insert a Spotlight

To insert a spotlight, take the following steps:

Step 1: Open the ANNOTATION tab. (1)

Step 2: Click Spotlight icon. (2)


Adjust the Spotlight

After that, you will see a spotlight appears in the Canvas, take further steps to adjust it:

Step 3: Resize and reposition the spotlight.

  • Click, hold and drag its green handles to change its size and direction. (3)
  • Then drag to place it where you want to.

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This oval Spotlight is the default shape that ActivePresenter inserts for you. You can choose the right one for your work by taking following steps:

Step 4 (Optional): Change the spotlight shape.

  • Open the FORMAT tab. (4)
  • Click the Change Shape icon
  • Select the new shape that you like. (5)

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Step 5: Further customize the spotlight.

If you want to have more adjustments for your Spotlight so as to make it more customizable, go to the Properties Pane and do as followings:

  • Change the Spotlight Name. (6)
  • Change Time and Transition Effect in the Timing and Animations section. (7)

You can also adjust the spotlight Start Time and Duration by dragging the object along the Timeline.


  • Change the Spotlight Style. (8)


Delete the Spotlight

Now, if you no longer want to use a spotlight, just delete it:

  • Right-click it and choose Delete from the pop-up menu.
  • Or just select it and press Delete key on your keyboard.

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