A theme is a prebuilt set of colors, fonts, and visual effects. When creating your Shape, you can take advantage of some predefined themes already available in Shape and you can also create your own themes.
A Shape theme is composed of two elements:
- the cover, which is shown in the Shape card, underlying the title.
- scenes, that is how text and logo are displayed in the Shape final presentation
The images and the sounds displayed in your Shapes are automatically chosen by the Shape artificial intelligence, on the basis of the input source, and cannot be included in a theme.
This article is a guide on how to create and manage themes in Shape.
Creating a New Theme
To create a new theme, log in to your platform as an Administrator, then click on your profile button in the top right corner of the page, and select the Themes option. You will access the Themes main page, a gallery listing all of the pre-built themes, as well as the themes you have already created in your platform.
In order to create a new theme, click on New Theme in the page header. In the right panel, first set a name for your theme so that you can easily identify it in the list of themes, on the Themes main page.
Optionally, you can upload a logo to be displayed on the theme cover, on the scenes, or in both. The logo position and size can be different depending on whether it is displayed on the cover or on the scenes, but you cannot have different logos on the two elements. Either drag and drop your logo image into the upload section or press the Browse button to find it on your device. The supported file types for the logo image are .jpg, .jpeg, .png and static .gif. The image maximum size is 20MB.
In the right panel, use the Cover and Scenes tabs to customize the two elements of your theme. Both tabs show the same options, allowing you to configure a different layout for the Shape cover and for its body.
Let’s start with the Logo. You can configure the logo position by selecting among the available options. Select None to hide the logo. Set whether the logo size will be small, medium or large by checking its preview in the theme preview on the left.
Move to the Font section to select the font among those available, or upload a new font by selecting the Company Fonts option and by dragging the font in the dedicated area or pressing the Browse button to find it on your device. Please note that the new font must be in ttf format.
Set now the font size, and the line spacing. The font size is expressed as a percentage of the screen size and resizes according to the screen dimension to provide you with a preview of how the text is displayed in both dimensions.
Configure now the colors for the background and for the text. When defining the cover layout, the background color is the color used for the whole cover background, while the title color is the text color. When defining the layout of the scenes, the background color is the color used to highlight the text, while the title color is the text color.
Finally, use the Text Position and the Layout sections to configure how the text will be displayed in your Shape. Please note the Text Position options change depending on the selected layout.
When ready, press Create Theme to complete the theme creation. Click Back to go back to the main Themes page.
The theme preview is always shown in the theme page. Click on the portrait or landscape options in the page top left corner to preview how the theme will be displayed in both view modes.
The system will automatically optimize the content for both orientations.
All of the themes available in Shape are listed in the Themes page.
Click on the ellipsis button in the theme card to take advantage of the following management options:
- Edit. Update the theme options
- Duplicate. Make a copy of the theme. Set a name for the new theme
- Set as default. Set the theme as the default selected theme for the theme creation procedure. The default theme is identified by a star in the theme card.
- Delete. Permanently delete the theme. When a theme is deleted, it cannot be restored. The theme of the Shapes created with this theme will be replaced with the default theme. If the Shapes are published, you will need to re-publish them in order to see the default theme applied.