Digital Media Commons (DMC) Workshop

Advanced 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 (Adobe Creative Cloud)

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

Introduction to Adobe After Effects: Creating Motion Graphics (Adobe Creative Cloud)

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to Adobe After Effects. Participants will learn how create a motion graphic video using animation, effects and transitions. Participants will incorporate the 12 basic principles of animation in their video.

  • 12 basic principles of animation
  • Precomposing compositions
  • 2D transformations
  • Using effects
  • Using expressions to automate animations
  • more

 

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator: Creating a Promotional Flyer (Adobe Creative Cloud)

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to Adobe Illustrator. The training will cover key concepts and functions. Participants will incorporate elements of design in an illustrative process. The topics to be covered are:

  • Raster vs vector art
  • Creating Bézier curves
  • Using Photoshop and Illustrator Effects within Illustrator
  • Object effects and styles
  • Using pathfinder to create complex shapes
  • Clipping and Gradient masks
  • Fill and Stroke

Creating a Digital Illustration in Adobe Photoshop Advanced (Adobe Creative Cloud)

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to more advanced features of Adobe Photoshop. The training will cover key concepts and efficient workflows. The topics to be covered are:

  • Raster vs Vector art
  • Blending modes
  • Selection Tools
  • Managing layers
  • Using clipping masks
  • Creating textures with filters
  • Using a displacement map
  • Lighting effects
  • Using 3D layers
     

Introduction to Blender: Creating a 3D model for Absolute Beginners

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to open source 3D program Blender. This workshop is an introduction to Blender’s interface and will cover basic modeling techniques. Participants will learn to efficiently model in 3D while avoiding common pitfalls. This short course is intended for absolute beginners. The topics to be covered are:

  • Modeling operations
  • Polygon normals
  • Types of polygonal faces (N-gons, Quads, tris)
  • Smoothing operation

Creating and Adding Subtitle to Your Video

Subtitles enable deaf and hard of hearing users to watch videos. This is important for all video publishers especially educational institutions who need to comply with accessibility laws and internal policies. Subtitles can be translated into different languages which help you reach broader audience and they also act as metadata that helps your videos show up in more places on YouTube. 

Come to this one hour short course to learn the tools to create/encode subtitle and how to add subtitle to your YouTube, Vimeo videos.