If you are looking to learn HTML, Java, CSS, and other coding languages, there are a few websites available that can help. Codecademy is a free site where you earn badges as you progress through the lessons. Lynda.com is a pay site that offers extensive video-based training, but is free for Fountaindale library cardholders (access it with your FPLD card through this portal). After you’ve mastered the basics, check out CodeWars and improve your skills by performing different tasks.
In late Summer we launched a new, ongoing Club Photoshop for our patrons. The club is for Photoshop enthusiasts at all skill levels — novice to advanced — who want to learn new techniques. Each month we demonstrate a project, provide instructions and project files, and then guide you through completing the project. Every month is different so there will always be something new to learn.
Upcoming projects for the Photoshop Club in 2015 include:
And more …
Photoshop Club meets the last Wednesday of each month in 2015: 1/28, 2/25, and 3/25. You can sign-up 21 days in advance.
This August Studio 300 will host Club Photoshop. This on-going club is for beginners, intermediate, and advanced Photoshop users. The first project will be a poster using multiple images, brushes and shapes, and includes Photoshop tools such as masking, typography, and basic compositing.
Club Photoshop is for you to explore techniques beyond our regular Photoshop classes and an opportunity for you to work with and learn from other Photoshop users. Future projects will include photo editing, HDR photos, digital illustration, and so much more. Your suggestions are also encouraged.
Recently Girls Scout Troop 51221 worked on their Silver Award by creating a website with help from Studio 300. Their challenege was to create a website that would allow other people to share their stories on how cancer has affected their lives. The Scouts used the free Weebly.com to make their site. Weebly allows you to quickly create your own web page using templates. Take a moment to visit the site they created.
Want to learn how to use the Wacom drawing tablet to paint on the computer? This April and May we are offering Photoshop 103 – Digital Painting. You will learn how the brush tool works, how to create your own brushes, how to upload free brushes, and how to use the Wacom drawing tablets. Use these skills for digital illustration, to create dynamic photos, and for scrapbooks.
We recently held an awesome MineCraft After Hours event for teens. Part of the program was to create tutorials using Minecraft, ScreenFlow, and iMovie. These short how-to videos worked from an in-house Minecraft server created by the Studio 300 staff. Overall, the videos went great except for a few deaths (make that a lot of deaths), a distressing silverfish incident that took out a building, and a few server crashes (silly sheep). Check out some highlights below:
Other activities included green screen pictures (see the results here), creeper duck tape wallets, buttons, and other paper crafts. The event was really successful and we received great feedback from the kids. The future of Minecraft at Fountaindale Public Library looks bright, sunny, and zombie free.