Tips for Editing Background Frames

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Tips for Editing Background Frames

Postby vmarm » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:56 am

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As a Viewlet Author, you know that, overtime, training videos need updating to remain relevant. You might think you need to shoot the entire video over again. In some situations, that may be true. But, in many cases, minor edits or modifications are all that is needed.

When it comes to background frames, it is very easy to edit these in ViewletBuilder and ViewletQuiz, if you know a few tricks. This post will focus on a process I've shared with many Viewlet Authors over the years (and it's time to share it again). It's a skill I like to call 'patching'.

First, you should already know that any image embedded into a slide is known as the background frame. You can 'patch' a background frame by placing a shape or image over a particular area of the slide (such as a sensitive area) and then change its opacity level to hide or blur what's underneath. Next, you need to decide how you want to make sure the patch doesn't move as you edit the slide. You can do this by:

  • Locking the 'patch' layer so that it prevents it from being edited again until the layer is unlocked, or

  • Exporting the background frame out as an image file (PNG recommended) and then importing it back to the SAME slide, replacing the patched slide/background frame so that the new background frame is seamless and its patched areas are a permanent part of the newly imported background frame.


Check out the video below for more details and try this technique the next time you decide it's time to update your Viewlets.

Patching Background Frames

In the next major release of ViewletBuilder, be on the watch for a new feature that will make this process even easier than ever...'nuff said.

That's it for this blog.

Until next time (and all patches in between)...
Happy Viewleting!


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