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Digital Media Commons (DMC) Workshop

Introduction to Adobe Animate

This workshop will provide a guide to the first steps of creating a simple 2D animation using Adobe Illustrator and Animate. Participants will practice using basic animation techniques such as motion and shape tweens in order to create a custom line drawing animation. We will also explore the use of mask layers and nested animations for more complex effects

Basics of Whiteboard Animation

In this workshop participants will be guided through the process of filming a whiteboard style animation using the DMC's video equipment and studio. Special attention will be given to the lighting and camera settings required to obtain high quality, shadowless recordings. The beginning steps of post processing will also be addressed.

Using PDFs effectively

Ever wonder how to get more out of your PDF files? This short course will show how to optimize PDFs for both search engines and searchers, techniques for handling common problems when creating PDFs and methods for exporting content.

Data wrangling with Microsoft Excel

Do you have texts but need a table? Do you have raw data but need to organize it? This workshop will cover techniques to clean, append, parse and analyze your data using advanced excel features and formulas. Learn simple methods for converting and modifying textual data into a tabular format.

Excel 101

 Introduction to using spreadsheets for beginners or a refresher for the sometime user. Covers basic features and options of Microsoft Excel, including how to organize and navigate tabular data, creating and using simple formulas, formatting worksheets and other helpful tips.

Introduction to Tableau 

Tableau is a fast rising and award-winning visualization software tool in Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics Platforms.  It helps people see and understand data. In this short course, we will cover the following topics:

• What is Tableau?

• What can Tableau do?

• Why is Tableau so successful in BI in recent years?

The hands-on part will cover how to use Tableau Public, the free version of the software. Specifically, we will use a small set of DMC equipment circulation data as an example. We will cover:

Blender Animation and Rendering

Participants will get an overview of the Blender UI and then learn basic concepts of modeling, parenting and rigging in order to animate a mechanical device. The second half of the workshop will go over applying materials, adding lighting and render options and features. The topics covered are:

  • modeling
  • grouping and parenting
  • rigging
  • animating with keyframes
  • applying materials and shader overview
  • rendering options and features
  • compositing and final video output

Animating Blood Cells in Blender

Participants will get a short introduction to Blender then create red and white blood cells to animate in a blood channel. The fundamentals from this workshop can be applied to making a variety of biological renderings. The features and topics to be covered are:

  • Creating and applying Blender materials
  • Using the subdivision modifier
  • Using Particle systems
  • positioning camera and lights
  • basic modeling

Introduction to Photoshop

This introductory workshop will cover Photoshop basics. Participants will be able to:

  • Familiarize with the Photoshop interface
  • Crop images with crop tool
  • Resize images for web, video, and print
  • Use clone stamp tool, sponge tool, and spot healing brush tool
  • Use quick selection tool and magic wand tool to make selections
  • Understand layers
  • Save a transparent image
  • Add text and change text color

Building and Managing Your Online Profile as an Academic

To reach potential employers, collaborators, students and readers, academics need to establish and maintain a compelling web presence. This hands-on workshop will explore how to develop such a online profile, including:

  • creating a cohesive online presence

  • sketching out an academic website