Using States to Create Visual Effects in Articulate Storyline

Written by Mike Enders — Posted in Articulate Storyline

A hover state is a design nuance that really impacts how warm and responsive your course feels. With a simple hover, or rollover, you can change the state of an object and send a visual signal to your learner. Perhaps you’ve used this already in Articulate Storyline with the button tool, where the hover state is a built-in feature.

Image of the button states in Storyline

Hover states are incredibly versatile. You can apply them to buttons, characters, images, shapes, and other objects. They give your learner important visual feedback—such as, highlighting certain information on your slide, or indicating which character their mouse is hovering over. Setting up a hover state is quick and easy—see how:

View Screenr Here

You can also use hover states as a design element—as they were in this interactive state map. For large areas or lots of objects, use your freeform shape tool and format painter to make the job easier. Take a look at this screenr to learn how to apply hover states to multiple objects in Articulate Storyline:

View Screenr Here

Want to learn more about object states? Watch this tutorial by Jeanette Brooks.

2 responses to “Using States to Create Visual Effects in Articulate Storyline”


great stuff

tom // Posted at 4:03 pm on January 3rd, 2013

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