Create a Custom Brush in Photoshop

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Is there a special shape, symbol, or logo that you are always stamping on your graphics? Do you have a watermark that you want to add to all of your pictures before you post them to the web? One of the best and fastest ways to do this is by creating a custom brush in Photoshop! It only takes a few minutes to create and will be there for you whenever you need it.

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Sharing an Outlook Calendar

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Does someone in your office need to see your calendar? Are you sharing you calendar with someone while you’re away? Indiana University’s Outlook accounts are set by default to allow sharing of only your Free/Busy time, so you can view anyone’s calendar this way as long as they haven’t already changed their settings. But what do you do if you want to share more details? Read the rest of “Sharing an Outlook Calendar” »

Understanding the Cloud Storage Options at IU

Do you understand the cloud storage options at IU?

Do you understand the cloud storage options available to you at IU? If not, or if you’re not sure, the recording of our recent webinar on this topic will help to clarify.

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Much of the discussion was based on information from Tom’s recent blog article, Pros & Cons of Using Different Types of Cloud Storage at IU.

In this webinar, we covered:

  • strengths and weaknesses of cloud storage options
  • which cloud storage options are supported by IU
  • what kinds of data can be stored on each cloud service
  • how cloudstorage.iu.edu works

These links were shared during the webinar for additional information:

If you liked this webinar, find and register for similar events or resources from IT Training.

Learn with Lynda.com

Title image that showcases the Lynda.com logo and says "Learn with Lynda.com"Lynda.com is an amazing resource available for free to all Indiana University students, faculty, and staff. This site offers training Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, desktop publishing, graphic design, multimedia and video development, programming, statistics, web development, and more!

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Creating a Pattern Fill in Illustrator

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One of the awesome things Illustrator can do is let us turn our art into a repeating pattern that we can use for the fill or stroke of our art objects (and even text)!  Figuring out how to do it, though, can be a little tricky.  In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the process of creating a pattern. Read the rest of “Creating a Pattern Fill in Illustrator” »

Going Paperless: Annotating & Commenting PDFs

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This is part of a series of articles that will appear over the next few months as part of the Go Paperless initiative at Indiana University.

Adobe Acrobat permits you to treat a PDF document as you normally would a paper document, even using the actions of active reading strategies (such as SQ3R): highlighting, underlining, and taking notes or leaving comments. These annotations you create are then embedded in the document, so you may easily share them with others, or review them yourself later.

While there are some differences between the last few versions of Acrobat in performing these tasks, the methods remain pretty similar across all of them. This post has information for those using Acrobat X, XI, DC, and the last three versions of Apple’s Preview application.

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Web Publishing: An Overview of Tools & Resources Webinar Recording

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Wanting to know what sorts of resources are available for publishing to the web? Start here!

Intended for anyone new to web publishing, this workshop and presentation provides an overview of basic web publishing issues and resources. Emphasis is placed on web accounts and support at IU. Participants will not create completed web pages in this workshop.

In this webinar, we:

  • review common terminology associated with Web pages
  • discuss the required applications and accounts for publishing on the Web
  • explore the pros and cons of different Web authoring and editing tools
  • learn about university-supported training options

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Watch the webinar to learn about several tools available today for creating a web presence!

Is there something we didn’t talk about that you would like to know more about? Let us know in the comments!

Going Paperless at IU: an Overview

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This is part of a series of articles that will appear over the next few months as part of the Go Paperless initiative at Indiana University.

Reducing paper consumption

Everyone at IU needs to know about how to reduce paper consumption.Paperless systems take up minimal space, they save energy and landfill space. Using digital documents allows easy collaboration with others and on-the-go access wherever you have Internet. In comparison to file cabinet systems, good paperless document organization can help you find the information you need at lighting speed. And there’s no need to worry about fires or floods; using digital documents, it is very easy to create back-ups of all your important data. Moreover, with the security available in backup and storage programs, your digitally stored information has stronger protection from theft. Finally, no need to shred when you are done; virtual documents can be easily  purged.

In keeping with that spirit, IT Training has developed a series of articles under the heading, “Go Paperless.” Read on for the  many reasons to leap into the modern method of document storage. Here are the articles in our “Go Paperless” Series:

About paperless, digital storage:

Using Box at IU for Storage and Sharing:

Collaborating with Others:

Going Paperless in the Classroom:

Adding GIFs to Facebook

Several months ago I spent a fair amount of time thinking about how to spice up my Facebook banner. As part of this exercise, I played around with a number of different file formats within Facebook, and I tried to get one of my self-created GIFs to load in my status bar.

That is why I got so excited this morning when I read that as of today, May 29th, 2015, GIFs will now work on Facebook!!!

Since I have not yet experimented with this new functionality, I will not attempt to describe the process for posting GIFs. Instead, I will simply provide several links to information that I have found this morning. I’m sure there will be plenty more in the days to come, but I wanted to be the first to make this announcement on the IT Training Tips blog!
Animated GIF: Smiley Faces Doing the Wave

Check out these links for more information:

Or, these, if you want to design a new Facebook banner:

Easily Collaborate on Any File Type Using Box Apps

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This is part of a series of articles that will appear over the next few months as part of the Go Paperless initiative at Indiana University.

Two Box apps that can make your life easier

Using Box at IU along with two Box add-ins, you and your project group can work on a single file — without having to keep a local copy on your device and then sending your document around via hard copy or email.

In his article about Box, Tom Mason has extolled the merits of using Box Edit. Let’s talk about this Box App a little more. With Box Edit, you can simply open a file directly from the preview page on Box, make edits instantly, and save the new version back to Box automatically. Then, when you share your document with others, your collaborators can use Box Edit to work on the same document in the same way—without ever having to download and re-upload it! As long as you have the application on your computer, you don’t have to worry about the file type.  PSD files, presentations, images, CAD drawings, Illustrator files – any file you can edit on your computer’s desktop you can now edit without leaving Box. Install Box Edit once and it will work on all your browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (Mac).

Another app,  Box for Office, allows you to start up an Office Document such as Word, PowerPoint, or Excel on your own computer–and when you choose Save As, you can save directly to your Box account without having to upload it. Once there, share it with others and they can use Box Edit to edit it.

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