Adjusting for Responsiveness
Learn how to identify and resolve responsiveness issues in your customized, template-based modules.
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In this guide we’ll go over the specifics of what to check your modules for in regards to responsiveness, and how to use the module editor [?] to resolve any issues you find.
Note: This guide is intended to help you with the task of ensuring responsiveness in template-based [?] modules, where the bulk of the responsive functionality is already in place.
However, you will also learn some of the fundamentals of handling responsiveness in Slider Revolution [?] , and we will build on that foundation later, in the manual section on making modules from scratch. For that reason we recommend you read this guide whether you are currently using templates or creating your own custom designs.
Find Issues Through Scrubbing
The best way to find potential responsiveness issues is to slowly scrub the playhead forwards and backwards through your animations on the timeline [?] , paying attention to each layer’s size and movement on the canvas [?] .
While you should also use the real time animation playback on the canvas and in the popup preview, these functions will be most helpful for testing modifications you make after finding problems. It will be easier to first spot those problems through scrubbing, rather than realtime playback.
This is because through scrubbing you can easily control the exact speed of playback, as well as stopping or reversing playback at will, giving you plenty of time to examine things as closely as you like.
Adjust Larger Layouts First
After you finish customizing your initial “default” layout at desktop size, always start the responsive checking and adjusting process on the laptop size layout first, followed by the tablet size layout, then the phone size layout.
The reason for this is that by default each size variant inherits layout settings from the size above it. For example, the tablet layout will inherit settings from the laptop layout unless it is specifically given settings of its own.
So in some cases you may find when you make adjustments to larger layouts, they are inherited by smaller layouts, and that turns out to be all you need to get them in shape as well.
Common Issues, and How to Apply Their Solutions
Let’s step through some of the most common ways that a module’s layouts might run into issues at smaller screen sizes, and how you can solve these issues if you spot them.
Note: These issues are listed in the order we recommend you check for then solve as required. You can think of this as a “to do” list for ensuring responsive modules.
Issue: Layer Sizes Seeming Too Large
If the edges of a layer [?] are clipped at any point, or if it seems to crowd other layers, it’s probably too large.
Solution: How to Adjust Layer Sizes
Larger image layers on the left where there is a lot of space. Smaller image layers on the right to in a smaller area.
To adjust a layer’s size, click and drag any of the grab handles on its container rectangle.
This resizing method works equally well for most layer types. Images and videos will have their height and width altered, while most text will have its font size changed.
Alternatively, select the layer then go to its Size & Pos sub-section and edit the width and height fields directly in the Position & Size panel. Or, in the case of a text layer, go to its Style sub-section and edit its font size directly in the Font & Icon panel.
After making size adjustments, you may find there is too much crowding on the canvas, causing things to appear too busy or cramped.
Solution: How to Fix Over-Crowding
Layout rearranged into a vertical shape to avoid crowding. Menu items hidden from view.
Your first option is to move layers around to see if rearranging them can alleviate any feeling of cramping in the available space.
If this doesn’t do the job you may need to hide some of the less important layers on a per-layout basis, for example, hiding a layer only on tablet and phone sizes.
To do so, select the layer you want to hide and go to its Visibility sub-section under the Layer Options tab. In the Visibility panel you will see icons and toggle switches for each of the four layout variants.
For any layout size on which you wish to hide the selected layer, toggle the corresponding switch to OFF.
Issue: Layers Moving Out of Bounds During Animation
If you have made modifications to animated layers, such as replacing images, replacing text, or altering sizes, you may find that those layers now unexpectedly move partially out of bounds during their animation on smaller size variants.
Solution: How to Adjust Animation Positioning
Generally speaking you will want to adjust for one animation keyframe at a time, i.e. the keyframe(s) at which the layer is moving out of bounds.
What you don’t want to do is click and drag the layer on the canvas, because that will move the whole animation and all its keyframes at once. You also don’t want to modify the position values in the Size & Pos sub-section because that will have the same effect.
Instead, select the keyframe in question by either clicking the corresponding animation strip on the timeline, or in the Keyframes panel under the Animation sub-section.
Then directly modify the X and Y settings under the Animation sub-section, Advanced panel.
The X field represents horizontal position – increase the value to move right, and decrease it to move left. The Y field represents vertical position – increase the value to move down, and decrease it to move up.
Note: When you click in a field that relates to responsive layout you will see a little readout of the settings being used by each of the other three sizes.
4 Step Cheat Sheet
All the above can be boiled down to a 4 step cheat sheet to guide you through ensuring your customized, template-based modules are properly responsive.
Complete this process first on your laptop size variant, then tablet size, then phone size.
Intermediate Editing, Complete!
That brings our manual section on “Intermediate Editing” to a close. You should now be well equipped to leverage the large library of ready made content that comes bundled with Slider Revolution.
Of course, nothing quite compares to the creative freedom of designing your own modules completely from the ground up.
And that’s exactly what you’ll learn to do in the next major section of the manual, “Modules from Scratch”, which we are working on for you as we speak.