I received a Photoshop file the other day for use in a Captivate project. Moments later, I received a frantic call from the person who sent it to me. He was in a bit of a panic because he had sent me a Photoshop file (PSD) instead of the .jpg image I had requested. He then remembered that I didn't have Photoshop on my computer and was wondering if he needed to head back to the office and send the jpg image instead.
I was able to save him the trouble. Adobe Captivate imports native Photoshop files, and you don't have to have Photoshop on your computer. All you need to do is choose File > Import > Photoshop File.
In the example below, I'm importing a Photoshop file named puzzle.psd. After opening the image, the Import dialog box opens. Even though I don't have Photoshop on my computer, Captivate recognizes that the file contains and image with two layers (Purple Piece and Background). From the Import as area, I selected Layers and then clicked the OK button.
The puzzle image, shown below, appeared on my slide without issue.
But here's where the awesomeness kicks in. Because the Photoshop file imported into Captivate with its layers intact, I was able to manipulate the purple piece (move it, resize it, even delete it) independently of the other part of the image.
Just as cool, I can use the Timeline to hide, lock, and control the timing of the layers/images (which are independent objects) as needed.
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