This article contains instructions and details about Absorb Create core functionality.

What Is A Model

Let us say that you have created a button to show a video popup.  That button has the branding of the organization, with specific colors, font, border size, and rounded corners, you get the idea.  Once that button is all set and ready to go, if you know that you will be reusing that button throughout the course and probably even throughout multiple courses, you'll want to save that button as a model.  That way, it will appear in your models' library and you will quickly be able to create multiple instances of that interaction with a single click.

How To Create A Model

Start by customizing your interaction the way you need it to be.  The parameters from the 'Appearance' tab will be the ones that will be retained when creating the model.  Once done, simply click on 'Save as a new model'.  You will be asked to name your model.  

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Congratulations!  Now your interaction is saved as a model.  You can view your models at various places in the platform, but mostly, you will see and access them from these two panels:

  • The 'Models Library' in the interaction menu:
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  • The 'Models Library' accessed from the 'Appearance Tab'.  From here, you can also click on the button on the right of a model to rename or delete that model.
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Accessing Your Models

  • To create an interaction from your model library, simply click on the interaction of your choice and click on one of your models.  Your interaction will appear in the content area with the settings of that model.  You can then continue modifying if you need to.
  • To add your model to an existing interaction, simply click on your interaction and then open the 'Models Library' from the 'Appearance' tab.  Then you can select your model in the models menu.  This will apply that model to an existing interaction.

Different Types Of Models

  • Text Interaction:  If you save a textbox interaction as a model, your model will appear in the textbox menu.
  • Button Interaction:  If you save a button interaction as a model, your model will appear in the button menu.
  • Shape Interaction:  If you save a shape interaction as a model, your model will appear in the textbox menu.  To apply that model to a shape, create/select the shape first, then apply the model to that shape by accessing the model library from the 'Appearance' tab of that shape.
  • Icon Interaction:  If you save an icon interaction as a model, your model will appear in the button menu.  To apply that model to an icon, create/select the icon first, and then apply the model to that icon by accessing the model library from the 'Appearance' tab of that icon.
  • Media Interaction:  If you save a media interaction as a model, your model will appear in the textbox menu.  To apply that model to a media interaction, create/select the media interaction first, and then apply the model to that media interaction by accessing the model library from the 'Appearance' tab of that media interaction.

Models And Slide Accent Colors

When creating models, unless you don't want to leverage the power of the slide accent colors, make sure that your models are created with any of the slide accent colors selected for the parameters of that model.  This way, when content creators create content by using interactions from your models library, these interactions will automatically be tied to the slide accent colors.  Thus when changing the slide accent colors later on, you will change the color of all of your models using that slide accent color, and that change will be reflected on all of the courses associated with that theme where you are modifying the accent color.  For more information about slide accent colors, please read the article about Slide Accent Colors.

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