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Changes to IT Training Certificate Series

Preview of Canvas course module.

Preview of Canvas course module.

We’re changing how the IT Training Certificate Series works. Keep reading to learn more.

The first thing you need to know is that you can no longer sign-up for an IT Training Certificate. That doesn’t mean the series is going away; it’s just moving to a new format. In Fall 2017, content from our workshop-based Certificate Series will be available in Canvas courses. When you’ve completed all requirements in the Canvas format, your certificate will be issued.

If you’ve already started work on a certificate, you can register for the appropriate workshops that are offered this summer, or take them as Canvas course modules in the fall. So while the delivery method of the series is changing, the content and benefits are the same. As a reminder, here are some facts about the IT Training Certificate Series:

  • Earning a certificate from IT Training is a great way to enhance your skills in areas like Microsoft Office, web development, and creating graphics.
  • You’ll take a series of related IT Training workshops designed to build your skills in applications or topics in a comprehensive way.
  • After you’ve attended all of the workshops in a series (within a one-year period), you’ll earn your certificate.
  • In the new format, you’ll be able to “test out” of topics you’re already familiar with.
  • At the end of the Canvas-based training, you’ll take a quiz before receiving your certificate.

Find a list of Certificate Series offerings on this page, and please contact us if you have questions or suggestions.

 

Rotating Guides in Illustrator

Image of guides and trianglesI was creating triangles in Illustrator recently when I accidentally rotated one of the guidelines in Illustrator. I didn’t even realize this was possible.

If you ever need to rotate guides so you can align an object to the guide, here are the steps:

  1. Create a guideline.
  2. Right click the guideline, point at transform and click rotate.

The Rotate dialog box will appear.

Rotate dialog box in Illustrator CC 2015

  1. Specify the angle you want and click OK.

If you want to see this demonstrated take a look at this video on YouTube:

Guide Tricks in Illustrator

Adjusting Perspective in an Image with Photoshop’s Perspective Crop

Recently I was taking photos of control screens for technology in classrooms around campus. To make these screens easier to view they are often mounted at an angle. This made getting a photo at a 90-degree angle difficult.

The control panel for technology in a classroom

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8 Tutorials on Making Selections in Photoshop

Peacock being selected in Photoshop.

Making selections is a skill that all would-be Photoshop experts must master. It’s also something that can be accomplished using many different tools and techniques. This post points you to some tutorials illustrating various ways to make selections in Photoshop. The tool or set of tools you use to make selections depends on the image you’re working with and what you want to accomplish. You can really open up creative avenues by being adept at lots of different selection techniques.  And remember, to get good at anything, you have to practice!

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Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 is Here!

The Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 What's New website. Click to go!

The day we have all been waiting for has arrived!

 

Yesterday, Adobe started rolling out their updated version of Creative Cloud, Adobe CC 2015. This update brings with it many enhancements for the core Adobe applications. If you’re already using Creative Cloud, simply launch the Creative Cloud application (from the system tray on Windows or the notifications area on Mac) and you should be able to update any or all of the applications.

Some of my favorite updates include:

  • Artboards in Photoshop
  • Auto-save in Illustrator
  • Bootstrap and Emmet integration in Dreamweaver
  • Faster zooming and scrolling in InDesign

You can read more about the update by visiting the following resources on Adobe’s website:

If you’d rather watch a video, you can watch Lynda.com videos from the following playlist:

Over the next several months, IT Training staff will be busy updating our in person and online workshop materials to teach the Adobe CC 2015 applications. Check back in the fall semester to sign up for our course offerings!

Create a Custom Brush in Photoshop

a title image that says "Creating a Custom Brush in Photoshop" and has an example of a watermark made by a custom brush

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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How to organize your files

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I’m sure this isn’t going to be the most advanced tip you have ever came across, but this new way of organization changed the way I manage my files. Today I’m going to show you how you can Photoshop, paint, PowerPoint, or whatever your favorite software is for creating simple block graphics in order to make your very own custom background.

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The best way to save your images

One of the biggest space fillers on your computer right now is probably images and movies, especially if you’re a designer. Digital images take up a lot of space all over the place–in our emails, computer memory, webpages, etc. It’s such a pain when you don’t have any more space on your devices, and absolutely everyone hates when those pesky large files take FOREVER to load. When working with digital image files there are certain file types that work better depending on what you are doing.

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Try out and save effects with Photoshop Layer Comps

You can save different versions of an image using the Layer Comps panel, and then choose one later. You may want to try on effects by enabling visibility, position, and appearance of specific layers of that image. A common example would be  where you want three or more versions of the same image; for example, one version may be black and white, one tinted, and one in full color.

image showing visibility of two layers in the Photoshop Layer Comps panel

image showing visibility of two other layers in the Photoshop Layer Comps panel  image showing visibility of two layers in the Photoshop Layer Comps panel

With Photoshop Layer Comps you don’t have to save three different images. Instead, as long as you save your changes in layers, you can save and compare each of these adjustments in the same image.

The beauty of Layer Comps is that when you save your document as a Photoshop document, you can always return to all your settings by returning to each of your saved Layer Comps. You may close the document and still return to all your settings later when you open the document. Layer Comps will remember some, but not all, of your modifications.

To start using Layer Comps, show the Layer Comps panel: from the Photoshop menu, choose Window -> Layer Comps.

With the Layer Comps panel in view, to save specific layer combinations, simply show and hide the layers you want in the Layers panel. With each variation, click the Create New Layer Comp button  Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 5.27.19 PM in the Layer Comps panel. The visibility of the layers will be saved just as you specified. Name each Layer Comp so you will know at a glance which set of layers will be viewed when you select them later.

Convert a frame’s shape in InDesign

If you want to try on shapes of image frames in InDesign, you don’t have to keep re-drawing frames and re-placing images.

From InDesign’s menu bar, choose Object>Convert Shape and choose the shape of your choice.

InDesign will convert your existing shape into the one you want.

image of flower stand in square frame

image of flower stand in elliptical frame

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