Out with good, in with the AWESOME!

We’ve been busy behind the scenes at Studio 300 working to improve your experience in every way possible. And now we are happy to report that we finished updating all of the iMac computers in the lab with new, improved, and upgraded software. Here’s a brief overview:

Upgrades:

  • We installed the (huge!) 2017 update to our entire Adobe Creative Cloud collection including Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more.
  • There are fresh updates to our most popular Mac programs, too, including Keynote, Pages, GarageBand, and, of course, Logic X!

New software:

Stop by Studio 300 and experience these new software updates.

(Note: this upgrade applies only to our iMacs at this time (November 15, 2017). The MacBook Pro laptops are still in the upgrade process. Stay tuned.)

Lesser known Adobe products

af530eab0b9a9d40edd56f42acc4ccc2Adobe is well known for their industry-standard software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and AfterEffects. In Studio 300 you have complete access to all of these tools and more, including some of Adobe’s lesser known software.

Adobe Muse

  • Adobe Muse is web design software that allows you to create interactive websites without knowing any HTML, CSS, or JavaScript coding.

Adobe Prelude

  • Prelude is useful for complicated video projects by helping you import, log, select, and export digital media and prepare it for editing. It allows you to create rough cuts and do speech transcription as well.

Adobe InCopy

  • InCopy is word processing software intended to work with InDesign.  With InCopy you can share and have multiple users working on the same project updating the stories together.

Topaz Labs plug-ins for Photoshop

  • Though not strictly an Adobe product, we also have a useful set of photo restoration tools from Topaz Labs that work inside Photoshop.

Magic Bullet Photo Looks

  • Another Photoshop plug-in, these creative tools from Red Giant can really make your photos more memorable.

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After the basics

0781a99e5c7aa5bc45e91f387cab2321So you’ve learned the basics of some software. Now what? There are several avenues to follow so that you can expand your skills. Here at Studio 300 you have access to lynda.com, a video-based training website that can lead you beyond the basics and into more advanced levels. Lynda.com is a paid subscription service, but you can access thousands of its training videos for free from the Studio 300 computers.

Learning in the digital age has become easy and convenient. There is also a wide variety of other learning tutorials online. Most software companies offer their own tutorials. For example, Adobe TV offers tutorials for their entire collection of software (the software you can use in Studio 300). Most developers even have their own YouTube channel. Speaking of YouTube, mixed along with funny cat videos are many other free tutorials from software developers and other industry pros who share their secrets. The classroom can still be the best way to get in depth learning in any field, but having online resources can help you get through challenges when out of the classroom.

Studio 300 offers a large collection of media creation software that you can also use to learn, recreate projects from tutorials, and create original projects of your own. Come see what Studio 300 can offer you by taking our new Discover Studio 300 Macs and Software program where we will share examples of various projects created with our collection of software and hardware. Register today!

Recently, Adriana used a tutorial from a YouTube channel to create a 3d animation in Blender 2.66. By following along, she was able to recreate the animation from the tutorial. See the video below: