Browse new creative content made by our very own Fountaindale Public Library patrons in the Community Content Collection. This special compilation features local content creators who share their podcasts, videos, artwork, and more. Also, several local authors share their ebooks.
The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Power Press Heat Press available for your heat transfer vinyl project. The 15-by-15-inch industrial-quality digital heat press includes Teflon on the heat platen. This heat press is compact and is an upward-opening model. Ideal for applying transfers, letters, numbers, and images on t-shirts, garments, bags, mouse mats, jigsaw puzzles, ID badges, ceramic tiles, and other items. Here are the details:
LCD Control Board: Fully digital temperature and time control.
Special Thickened Aluminum Heating Plate for even and stable temperature over the entire heating plate.
Teflon Coated Heating Plate. No need for coated sheets. Harmless to the cloth, convenient to clean, and provide attractive appearance.
Signal Indicator beeps when transfer it over.
Plate pressure is easily adjusted to accommodate different materials.
Integrated electric control system for accurate heat adjustments.
Stop by and check it out. Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to Noon.
Here are examples from a recent Studio 300 program where patrons applied designs to their own t-shirts.
The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the KNK Zing Air Computerized Cutter available for your vinyl cutting project needs. The KNK Zing Air allows you to create and cut your own custom designs. Here’s its specs:
Cutting width up to 12″ wide.
Print and Cut With built-in Laser alignment, the KNK Zing Air performs quick and precise cuts.
Now with 3 wheels, allowing users to cut 12″ x unlimited length.
Peel and stick vinyl is $1.00 / linear foot
Heat transfer vinyl is $2.50 / linear foot.
A heat press is available.
Stop by and check it out. Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.
These days our electronics are always close at hand. We take them everywhere and use them for everything from work to play. With such an abundance of devices in use you may want yours to stand out.
There are many ways to customize the look of your device: laptop skins or decals, customized cases, and more. The wide range of choices makes it difficult to decide. Or you may not get exactly what you want. At Studio 300 there are a few ways to easily customize your own device.
The Studio 300 KNK Zing Computerized Cutter allows you to cut vinyl into the design of your choice. These can easily be applied to your devices and will last a long time.
Another quick and easy way to customize your cell phone is to buy a clear case and then design an insert. You can change these up whenever you wish to update the look. You create the design and print it using the different paper stocks available at Studio 300. (Examples below).
Ready to get started? Studio 300 has two upcoming classes that can teach you how to use the tools and software to create your own designs.
Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Learn essential Photoshop tools and basic techniques.
The next time you feel like supporting your favorite band, game, sports team or just want to create something that represents YOU, visit Studio 300 and take advantage of all the tools and software available to you.
On Saturday, March 11, Fountaindale hosted our first Maker Faire. The event had huge support from our community and featured a bevy of activities including Spaghetti Bridge Building. Check out the highlight video below. And head to our Flickr page for even more pictures.
The popular GraphicStock.com recently added 10,000 stock photos to their already extensive library of stock media. Fountaindale Public Library cardholders get free access to this stock media in Studio 300. Having access to royalty-free stock photos is often requested by our patrons, and we are happy to offer these additional choices. You can browse the media available at GraphicStock, but you can only download the images in Studio 300.
If you need video stock footage and royalty-free music, check out the other sites we provide: VideoBlocks and AudioBlocks.
Join us for the latest 300 Seconds in Studio 300 podcast where we discuss what’s new in the Fountaindale Public Library media creation space. Jeffrey sits down with three Studio 300 staff members – Adriana, Anna, and Ryan – to talk about upcoming April 2015 programs including the Foto Forum photography club. Got five minutes? Give this podcast a listen!
Why is it that a picture that looks nice on your computer screen doesn’t look as nice when you print it? This degradation will happen if the resolution of the picture is lower than the size you want to print. Here are some tips to help prevent these kinds of printing disappointments.
Before you print a picture, check out its original size. To do this save your picture to the computer, right click on it, then click on “Properties” if using a PC or “Get Info” if on a Mac. See the pictures below:
For PC users, click on the “Details” tab and scroll down to “Image”. For Mac users, click on the “More Info” arrow. See below:
In both cases, the Width and Height of the image displays. In the examples above, the PC image (left) is 480 pixels for width and 359 for height — or 480 x 359. The Mac example shows 1243 x 902.
Two variables for printing are image Pixel size and the Dots Per Inch (DPI) of the printer which for most printers is 300. Using the formula:
Pixel Width / DPI
Pixel Height / DPI
yields the maximum width and height of your image (in inches). For example, if you want to print a poster-sized image with 18″ x 24″ dimensions, the formula says that your image needs to be 5400 pixels x 7200 pixels — a rather high resolution. It is acceptable to scale down an image but scaling up will result in a distorted, pixelated print. In short, always use higher resolution images when printing.
One distinctive and yet often overlooked way to transform, update, and change the look, feel, and mood of a project is the font you select. Media creation software usually includes dozens of classic and popular typefaces. But when ‘Times New Roman’ or ‘Garamond’ just won’t do, turn to these resources for finding, building, downloading, and then using new and exciting fonts.
Dafont.com is a user submission-based font resource with thousands of free fonts ready to download at the click of a mouse. Its friendly design lets you instantly dive into the seemingly endless sea of fonts. They have themed categories to narrow down your search and a ‘New Fonts’ area that lets you see the latest submissions. You can even submit and preview your own custom text in each font which is a good way to help you select the perfect font for your project. Each font has its own usage permissions, set by the owner/submitter, so take note of any restriction as you download and use them.
1001freefonts works similarly, but gives you a different selection of fonts along with the ability to ‘pin’ your favorites. This lets you browse for hours (don’t say we didn’t warn you!), choose the ones you like, and recall all the pinned fonts when you’re finished.
Know the look of the font you need, but can’t remember its name? Or maybe you have a small sampling, but still are unsure? Identifont has a database of popularly used and recognized fonts and some more obscure choices. Search by name, by looking at similar fonts, by publisher or designer, or use their unique quiz method to narrow your choices.
Whatthefont is ideal for times when you have a graphic sampling (jpeg, gif, png, etc.) but can’t identify the font. This often happens with logos. Its easy upload process scans, separates letters/symbols, and finds the font that fits closest to your submission. Their database will find the best match and will give you a list of alternatives and links to where you can purchase and/or download each typeface or font family. Of course there are some restrictions to the file you choose to upload, however Whatthefont is surprisingly accurate.