Fresh Community Content

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.

Our aim is to capture, curate, and share the knowledge and artistic creations that YOU produce and make them available to FPLD patrons in our Fountaindale Public Library Community Content Collection. To submit your own work, visit this link.

 

Staff Pick: Cintiq & Photoshop

Artwork courtesy of FPLD patron Chris Relo from ChrisRelo.com

A person’s hands can do amazing things. Computers can do amazing things. But often there is a disconnect between the two. The Cintiq drawing tablet bridges that gap.

Combined with software such as Photoshop opens up endless possibilities. Pressure sensitivity, screen mirroring – it’s an amazing feeling to work with a pen.

This Staff Pick brought to you by Steve. Stop by Studio 300 and try this device for yourself.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Power Press Heat Press

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.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

KNK-Zing-Air

KNK Zing Air Computerized Cutter

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.

Customize your electronics with Studio 300

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Create a custom look using vinyl.

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.

Vinyl Design & Computer Cutting Basics
Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Create and cut custom designs that can be applied to different surfaces.

Photoshop 101
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.

Maker Faire Highlights

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.

Stock photos

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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.

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300 in 300 – 004

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!

Fixing Pixelated Printing Problems

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:

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For PC users, click on the “Details” tab and scroll down to “Image”. For Mac users, click on the “More Info” arrow. See below:

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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.