Maker Mirror Magic

IMG_20180709_131027It’s the season for BBQs, fireworks and garage sales–especially items from the free pile. Case in point: this cracked mirror with a lot of potential.

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Using Adobe software to create a design and then cutting adhesive vinyl using the Studio 300 Maker Lab Zing vinyl cutter, this garage sale find became a unique object for the home.

What are you going to create next in Studio 300’s Maker Lab?

Staff Pick: Cintiq & Photoshop

Artwork courtesy of FPLD patron Chris Relo from

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.

Easy cart makeover

file_000Once upon a time there was a grey cart that lived in the Vortex. It had a bevy of amazing items that Teens could use to channel their inner artist and get creative.

There was only one problem: the cart was too plain.

Using Studio 300 technology we gave the cart a much-needed makeover. After designing the graphics using Adobe Illustrator, we sent the files to our vinyl cutter, and then installed the finished pieces on the cart. The pictures tell the story.


Visit Studio 300 and learn about how to use the vinyl cutter for your next project.

Stock photos

Sunflower isolated on white

The popular 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!

Painting with Photoshop

wacomWant 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.

Sign up here.


Stock images and graphics available

GraphicStocklogoNeed to enhance your digital media work? Studio 300 now gives you access to thousands of non-exclusive stock images and graphics … FREE! Our partnership with gives you access to:

  • Backgrounds
  • Icons
  • Patterns
  • Textures
  • Templates
  • and more

Click here to go to the GraphicStock site and browse what’s available. Find what you need and then let the Studio 300 staff know and we’ll download your selections for use in your projects.

Need video footage and music instead? We also partner with


Samples of stock media available for Studio 300 patrons.

New at

lynda_logo3r-d_144xMake a commitment in 2014 to learn new digital media creation and storytelling tools. Studio 300 can help. We have books, classes, and staff to assist.

You also might consider using (watch the story here). This unique training website teaches the latest software, creative, and business skills through high-quality online instructional videos featuring recognized industry experts.

You can access the vast library free exclusively from Studio 300. Browse the site to see what’s available to help you today. Some new topics just released include:

Get in the Mix with Logic Pro

  • Learn 23 advanced Logic Pro music mixing techniques as two engineers perform actual audio adjustments inside Logic. This includes files you can download and use inside Logic for hands-on learning.

Teacher Tips

  • Shows you how to stay up to date with the latest educational technology and classroom management techniques.

Creative DSLR Video Techniques

  • Focuses on the video capabilities of DSLR cameras. (There are videos available about DSLR photography, too.)

Business skills

  • Explore a wide range of business skills for developing your career,

Why doesn’t my print look like the project on the screen?

If you’ve ever created a colorful masterpiece of a graphic project only to feel deflated after seeing how it prints out, you may have fallen into the common RGB vs CMYK trap.  Knowing the difference between these color modes can save your project when displaying on screen and on paper.

RGB and CMYK are two of the most common color modes you can choose from when using programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.  Knowing when to use each mode will help your project be as true to life as you intend it to be.

RGB is an acronym for the color mode that includes Red, Blue and Green.  It is an additive mode, which means that as each of the red, blue and green colors are added together, they combine to form white, as seen below:


This mode is used when displaying for television or computer screens, mobile device screens, scanners, digital cameras as well as some stage lighting fixtures.  If your project is going to be displayed on screen (web design, for example) RGB mode should be used.

CMYK is, in many ways, just the opposite of RGB.  It is an acronym for the color mode that includes Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and ‘Key’ or Black (in most cases).  It is a subtractive color model, which means that as you add color, you take light away.  when all colors are combined, black will be the result.  This model acts just as if you were to physically add different colored paints or inks together.  An example is shown below:


If your project is to be printed, such as making invitations, flyers or business cards, CMYK color mode is what you’ll want to choose.

Will RGB print?  Sure it will.  You don’t have to convert it.  Behind the scenes, the computer will convert the color mode to CMYK in order to print it.  However, it won’t always look like what you’re seeing on the screen.  Here’s an example.



The two images above are of the same beach scene, however the top image was saved in RGB mode, and the bottom in CMYK.  Notice the difference?  You’ll see that some of the colors don’t seem to have changed at all, while some are a bit more dramatic.  The blue hues in the sky (especially the clouds) and the greens in the water seem much more subdued in the CMYK version.  The red hues of the sand in the shadows area are also not as rich, because of the subtractive properties of the color mode.  The lower image is a more accurate version of what will come out of the printer.

When it comes to saving an image for an on-screen application, what you see on your monitor will be pretty much what you get.  However, if your intention is to have a hard copy version of your project, using CMYK as early on as you can will display a better representation and save you from some unnecessary headaches down the road.

100% Photoshop 100% Fun

Space Scene

Created using only Photoshop tools. Click for a full-size view.

Fountaindale Public Library has plenty of great books that you can use to learn different creative techniques. And you can take what you learn and apply it using the tools in Studio 300. One interesting book it 100% Photoshop by Steve Caplin. The book teaches you how to use Adobe Photoshop (available in Studio 300) to create beautiful art pieces without using photos.

The author teaches you how to make a variety of textures using Photoshop filters and other tools. The tutorials in the book are easy to understand and follow. Examples include making an office hallway, a space scene (see the image to the left created by Anna), a drawer, and an attic. This book is a great way to learn how to digitally create using only Photoshop.