Digital Media Commons (DMC) Workshop

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

Creating a 3D model in Blender 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

Advanced Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X is a powerful yet easy to use professional video editing software. In this 2.5 hours session, we will explore some of advanced features in FCPX, such as multicamera editing, motion effects, video animation, advanced audio adjustments, color correction, chroma keying or other cool effects.

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. 

Getting Started with GitHub

Would you like to better manage software versions and collaborate with other researchers? GitHub is a widely-adopted code repository that supports collaboratively developing software and other text-based projects. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the basics of GitHub, such as setting up GitHub, creating a branch, and committing changes. We will also look at a few examples of how researchers are using GitHub. Please bring your laptop!

How to Manage Your Data

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Drowning in data? Not sure how to organize and back it up? This hands-on, interactive workshop will share tips for effectively organizing, documenting and storing research data. Participants will walk away with ideas for completing a data inventory and data storage/ backup plan for their own data, as well as tips for writing data management plans (as required by many grant agencies).

Introduction to Text Analysis

Note: This short course is not offered this semester. If you are interested in taking it, email

By using text analysis tools, we can explore patterns and anomalies across thousands of texts--or in a single document. This hands-on workshop will provide a basic grounding in text analysis, focusing on: