Build Your Color Palette (Themes)

Learn how to create and apply themes to quickly apply styles to callouts, shapes, arrows, and assets to match your personal or corporate brand.

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Themes

A theme is a set of preset fonts, colors, and logos used to customize assets in your video. Quickly apply theme presets to maintain consistency across a series of videos.

Export and share individual themes with your team or add to a Camtasia package to share custom resources.

Create a Theme

  1. Select File (Windows) or Camtasia 2022 (Mac) > Manage Themes.
  2. The Theme Manager appears. Click the Create New Theme button.
    Create New Theme button
  3. Enter a theme name and click OK.
  4. On the Colors tab, set the theme colors:
    Theme Manager window
    • Change a Color: Click a dropdown and select a color from the palette, enter a Hex value, a RGB value, or click the color picker to select a color on the screen.
    • Add a New Color: Click the Add button and select a color.
      Add button
    • Annotation Background: Select a theme color to use as the annotation fill color. See Apply a Theme.
    • Delete a Color: Click the Delete icon icon.
  5. On the Fonts tab, set the theme fonts:
    Theme font window
    • Change a Font: Click the dropdown and select a font.
    • Add a New Font: Click the Add button and select a font.
    • Delete a Font: Click the Delete icon icon.
  6. On the Logo tab, click the Browse button to select an image such as a corporate logo, icon, or company name.
    Theme logo window
  7. Click Save to save the changes to the theme.

Apply a Theme

  1. Click to select the annotation or asset on the canvas or timeline.
  2. Click the Properties button to open the Properties panel.
  3. Complete one of the following to apply a theme or theme property:
    • Automatically Apply Theme Settings: Select a theme from the Theme dropdown.
      Apply theme in Properties panel
    • Apply a Specific Theme Setting (color, font, etc.): Select a theme from the properties dropdown you want to change. If the theme is available for the property, the theme presets appear in the dropdown.
      Theme preset examples

On Mac, you must have the system color picker disabled to view the theme colors. Select Camtasia 2022 > Preferences > General tab > uncheck the Enable System Color Picker option.

Tip: Apply theme settings to grouped properties to create a custom asset.

  1. Group annotations on the timeline. See How to Use Group Tabs.
  2. Link properties in the Quick Property Editor to create subgroups and apply theme elements. See Create Custom Assets.

Add Annotations Based on a Theme

  1. Click the Annotations tab.
  2. Select Callouts, Arrows and lines, or Shapes subtab.
  3. Select a theme from the Theme dropdown.
    Theme selection dropdown for callouts
  4. Camtasia automatically applies the theme colors and fonts to the annotations on the tab. Drag an annotation onto the timeline to add to your video.

Edit a Theme

  1. Select File (Windows) or Camtasia 2022 (Mac) > Manage Themes.
  2. The Theme Manager appears. Select a theme from the Theme dropdown.
  3. Make desired edits to theme colors, fonts, and logos.
  4. To change the theme name, click the gear icon Gear icon and select Rename.
  5. Click Save.

Export a Theme

  1. Select File (Windows) or Camtasia 2022 (Mac) > Manage Themes.
  2. The Theme Manager appears. Click the gear icon Gear icon and select Export Theme.
    Export option in theme settings dropdown
  3. Select the location to save the .camtheme file and click Save.
    Camtasia saves the theme to your computer.

Import a Theme

  1. Select File (Windows) or Camtasia 2022 (Mac) > Manage Themes.
  2. The Theme Manager appears. In the Theme dropdown, select a theme to import.
  3. Click the gear icon Gear icon and select Import Theme.
    Import option in theme settings dropdown
  4. Locate the .camtheme file and double-click the file to open into Camtasia.
    Camtasia imports the .camtheme file into the Theme Manager.