Changing Colors in Photoshop

There are many different ways to change colors in Photoshop, but one of the easiest ways to target a specific color is by using the “Selective Color” tool. Here I have an image and I want to alter the red color.

In Photoshop I go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color.

 

 

Then select the color you are targeting, such as how I selected “Reds” below. Then, adjust that color by using the sliders below until you are satisfied with how the new color looks! You can adjust a specific part of that image only, by utilizing  the layer mask.

I then repeated the same process but for yellow colors. Here is the finished product!

 

What’s Up With The New iPhone

Just 2 days ago Apple release their new (RED) iPhone, that are- believe it or not- red. Other than the magnificent new color the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus are the same in make and model.

They are both equipped with IOS 10, and although I was weary about updating my iPhone 6 the new and improved imessage animations made it 100% worth it. Another cool feature of the iPhone 7 is the camera, the iSight camera has a 6 element lens and the optical image stabilization, that’s originally only been seen on the iPhone plus  The iPhone 7 and 7 plus will be available in 128GB and 256GB starting at the low low price of $749. This may seem like a hefty price to pay, but the iPhones are being released to celebrate Apple’s 10 year partnership with (RED) and 50% of the proceeds will be donated through (RED) to the Global Fund to help fight the spread of AIDS/HIV.

Now this organization is really worth talking about- their partnerships with various companies such as Apple, Starbucks, and Bank of America has been able to raise over $465 million over the last 10 years. All of this money is sent directly to The Global Fund to finance HIV/AIDS programs in Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia. This program has had a huge role to play in decreasing the amount the children born with HIV/AIDS in these countries, and Apple’s partnership alone has been able to raise more than $130 million with the goal of creating an AIDS free generation. So next time you’re wondering if getting a new iPhone is worth the dough you can feel confident that your purchase is contributing to an organization that truly makes a difference.

The Many Uses of the Cell Phone Tripod Kit

The cell phone tripod kits we own here at the SMDC, while still only a year old, don’t get checked out as frequently. This makes sense as most patrons check out equipment that professors specifically asked them to use or simply may not need a tripod for what they are trying to achieve. Cell phones as we know it are rapidly being equipped with very good quality for video (and photo capturing) such as the LGV20 (with a 16 MP rear camera), and using the cell phone tripod kit can be an easier and faster way if all the SMDC cameras are checked out, or you simply need to use your phone.

Granted, everyone’s use for equipment differs, and I am in no way knocking our Manfrotto tripods (they are excellent); however, what if you need an in-between? What if where you’re recording there is simply not enough space? What if it’s not convenient to have such a large tripod?

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Such was my case. If you don’t want to lug around a Manfrotto, normally there is the CowboyStudio Mini Tabletop Tripod, but it is currently out of service.

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Never fear! I caught on to a possible solution…

 

Do you see where I am going with this?

It just so happens that the Cell Phone Tripod Kit comes with the same exact screw that fits the bottom of all of our cameras! So should you be in need of something smaller, say, for your desk or something along those lines, this is actually an option! Therefore, the tripod kit can work for lighter video/photo cameras as well. Just a warning though, should you be using a front heavy camera, the tripod may not be as sturdy and work as well as you need it to.

Yay for multiple uses!

 

Checking Equipment Availability

Have you ever come up to the SMDC desk to borrow a piece of our equipment, but when you get here it isn’t available? (This often happens with our computer and phone chargers and our VGA and HDMI adapters.) Don’t want to have to keep coming back to our desk every hour to see if the equipment you need has been returned?

You’re in luck!

Next time you want to borrow something from the SMDC, check its availability on our website!

It’s easy! Let’s say I want to see if a MiniDisplay Port to VGA adapter is available. Simply go to our website through the library homepage, or click this link: https://library.udel.edu/multimedia/

Once you are on this page, click “Equipment Kits”.

Then click on “Cables”

Then click “Check Availability” to the right of MiniDisplay Port to VGA adapter. From there you will be able to see which of the cables are available, which are currently being borrowed, and when each cable is due.


So long are the days where you have to repeatedly visit the desk waiting for equipment to come back in! Happy borrowing!

Basic Guide to Typography

Here is a short guide to typography for amateurs. There are some basic do’s and don’ts for typography that can make or break a resume, design.. etc. Following these rules can really show that you are attentive to details!

Do

  • Do pay attention to kerning, leading and tracking! Leading is how much space is in between lines. Kerning is how much space is between the letters and tracking involves the space between letters throughout an entire word. Under character in Photoshop look for these three symbols to adjust them.

leading-

tracking-

kerning –

  • Do use Helvetica! When in doubt, this is arguably the best font to use mainly because it is easily read and simple
  • Do pay attention to the typeface you choose. Most typefaces have baggage and convey certain feelings. For example if you want something clean and simple use a san serif. If you want something classic and fancy try a serif font. Heavier weighted fonts are usually loud, while thin stroked fonts are often softer.

 

Don’t

  • don’t make the text too small- I wouldn’t recommend going any smaller than 12pts. It is also really important to have a hierarchy, so if something needs to be emphasized make sure it holds more value than body copy.
  • DON’T USE ALL CAPS. Lowercase was created for a reason so use it! Uppercase is also more difficult for people to read so it is wise to stay away. (it also just seems like you’re yelling at the reader)
  • don’t use more than two different fonts on a page. It starts to get confusing and really distracting. Remember, you want to keep a hierarchy so too many fonts can take that away

The Upgraded Studio 6: What’s New and How Do I Use It?

I know it’s been a little while since winter session, hopefully the new semester is going well for all of you. But, I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to some changes that were made during everyone’s winter break. We made some serious changes to our dedicated sound studio, Studio 6. First of all, what is Studio 6 and how can you use it? Studio 6 is a reservable room here at the SMDC that focuses on the recording, editing, and production of music and other audio. There’s a studio quality mic for recording anything from vocals, to guitar, to voice overs and more. There’s also speakers as well as headphones in the studio, in addition to a mixer that can be used to control specific aspects of the sounds you’re recording and playing. For editing there are several programs of varying power/difficulty of use; from the easy to use Audacity to more powerful programs such as Logic and Ableton Live. This studio can be reserved like any other studio here at the SMDC by simply coming to the desk and asking a staff member if you can reserve the room. So, now that you know what Studio 6 is, what exactly changed and what’s the best way to use it now?

There were several pieces of equipment that got replaced over the winter, the first being the speakers. The old speakers while not bad, were unimpressive in their sound quality. Nothing ever really sounded sharp, and the bass was always came out a little bit muddied. To the average user this might not be a big deal, but to someone producing music or recording a song it makes a world of difference. So, we replaced the old speakers in the studio with a nice new set of Mackie CR Series Monitors, and let me tell you the sounds you create and record never sounded crisper.

The biggest change we made in the studio was replacing the old mixer with a nice and clean looking, simpler to use but still powerful new one. To those of you not familiar with music equipment and terms surrounding it, a mixer (or audio interface) is used to do several things. You can plug headphones, speakers, and microphones into it, adjust the input/output volume of each of them separately, and adjust some minor details regarding sound such as the amount of high/low frequency sound you want to allow through something. The old mixer we had was really large and bulky, and it was also confusing. There were somewhere around 40 knobs on the thing and trying to figure out exactly what you were changing was extremely frustrating to someone that isn’t a pro. So, this piece of non user-friendly technology was replaced with something smaller, more powerful, easier to use, and better looking. Introducing the Focusrite Clarett 8Pre, this sleek red box has only 11 knobs, and only 3 of them are really important for the everyday user. The one on the far left controls the input volume of the microphone, directly to the right of the led bars is the output volume of the speakers, and the left of the silver knobs controls the volume through the headphones. Everything else probably won’t be needed for the average user. If when using the studio you get confused, there’s a laminated instrction sheet on the table in front of the mixer with everything you need to know!

That about sums up the changes in Studio 6, I highly suggest reserving it and trying some of the new equipment out at some point! Thanks for reading, and I hope your creativity can be better transformed into something you can be proud of in our new and redesigned Studio 6!

Need help with setting up 2FA? Fear not!

The deadline’s officially passed for Two Factor Authentication registration. The extra security is nice but you’re not used to the switch. What’s a user supposed to do?

Fear not! For the University brings great resources!

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Here are four ways to make the 2FA transition much easier to handle!

1. Turn on your wi-fi.

If you have a smartphone that’s equipped with wi-fi calling, turn on your wi-fi and it’ll receive the authentication texts whether you’re with us at the desk or out on campus!

Have an old school cell phone or left it in your humble abode? No problem! (Out of juice? Feel free to borrow one of our charging kits!)

2. Email the code to yourself.

If you’re away from your default device, you can email to yourself. Press “Don’t have your default device?” and send the code to your preferred address.

Too much going on? No data available?

3. Install the Google Authenticator.

UD’s email system is Google so it makes sense to go with the source for your authentication app. It’s available for all smartphone models.

Confused? Need an extra hand?

4. There’s no need to fear – the IT site is here!

The IT department has made a great page showing all you need to know to set up your 2FA account from fast setups to detailed explanations. Click here to go to UD’s IT site about Two-Factor Authentication.

Now go out there and be the next multimedia superhero!

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Tired of fooling around with the USB outlet on your computer?

Do you have a MacBook Pro? Are you tired of fooling around with plugging in your flash drive? Do you try to put it in correctly multiple time?

You don’t have to worry any more! Here’s a great tip to speed up this process!

  1. Find the squares: Look at the base of the cord you are trying to plug into your computer. You will see two squares.
  1. Hollow side facing up: Each time you plug this wire into your MacBook Pro you want to make sure the hollow side (side where the squares are hollow) is facing up.

 

If you do this, you will always put your wire into your computer correctly and you wont have to worry about having to flip your wire multiple times and wasting precious moments of your time.

*Also sometimes the USB symbol will be on the side where the hollow squares are located (not always).

 

 

Test drive? How about OneDrive

Microsoft Office 365: OneDrive

If you have ever used a computer in your life (hopefully) you probably familiar with “Microsoft” and “Microsoft office”(hopefully). Whether you are working on the user-friendly MacOS or Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office has been integrated into our computers for a commendable amount of time. However, the capabilities of Microsoft Office are constantly changing, for the better, and becoming more interactive. The latest version of Microsoft Office offers the following software: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, OneDrive, Publisher, Access, and InfoPath. However, the main focus of this post isn’t going to be a research paper on how to use each individual application. Instead, I will explain some of the newest abilities of OneDrive.

OneDrive: Microsoft Cloud Storage

By definition, a cloud drive is a Web-based service that offers storage space on a remote server. Cloud drives are usually accessed over the Internet using client-side software and are used to back up files. People that use Apple devices use iCloud as their cloud storage which comes with 5 gigabytes of free storage. What was commonly known as SkyDrive, OneDrive allows users to save files that can be accessed anywhere. This is a great way to backup your computer or saved projects so they are guaranteed to be accessed again. You start with a standard 5 gigabytes of free storage and can later upgrade with a Microsoft subscription if needed. OneDrive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 and 8.1. Amazingly OneDrive is also available to download for Windows Vista, 7, and 8. To do this simply visit the Microsoft website https://www.microsoft.com:

  1. Click on the Products tab
  2. Click on Software and Services
  3. Click on OneDrive
  4. Click on How-to
  5. Then scroll down the list and select the desired version of OneDrive needed.

 

And we’re Mobile

OneDrive is available on PC, Mac, Android, and iOS giving you full access to all of your saved data. You can work on your mobile versions of Microsoft Office, save your work to OneDrive and then pick up where you left off on your PC or Mac. Living in the 21st Century it is uncommon not to have access to a mobile device which makes OneDrive a valid option for not only backing up your work but also continuing your work on the go. OneDrive doesn’t have to be used strictly for Office based files either. You can upload your mobiles devices photos and video also.

Say Goodbye to Google Drive

Ironically people have gotten used to using Google Drive’s multiuser capabilities for group work. What you didn’t know is Microsoft OneDrive has that same exact feature on all of their applications. For example: by clicking share on a word document you will be prompted to add an email address. Once the person is shared with the document they will receive an email of the document. They can then begin to edit and make changes to the document in live time, just as Google Drive does. You can also change the control that users have in your document. If you don’t want someone editing your document you shared with them you can change their settings to “view only”.

You even get notifications from your mobile devices when someone begins to edit a document you shared with them. However, there is a downside to this glorious feature. To be able to utilize this feature both users must have the latest 2016 version of Microsoft Office.

Xbox “One” is Onboard

Another cool feature of OneDrive is its cross-platform capabilities with the Xbox One. If you are a gamer and tend to save your game clips for editing purposes, you can directly upload your gaming clips to OneDrive from your Xbox. Not to get too into detail you simply do this from your video clip library. When sharing, choose to upload to OneDrive and you now have a digital copy. This also helps prevent filling your consoles internal memory.

Pros & Cons of OneDrive

  • Pros:
    • Free cloud storage integrated into Microsft Office
    • Supports mobile devices
    • Compatible with Mac and PC’s
    • Available on older versions of Windows (Vista, 7, 8)
  • Cons:
    • Not everyone has the newest version of Office
    • People are already used to Google Drive
    • Other cloud storages exist such as box, google drive, dropbox, iCloud, etc.

 

 

The Most Basic of the Basics- Novice Photography

Do you want to step up your photography game and adopt a new hobby? Not sure what direction to take your next step in? I feel you.

Or can you simply not paint/ have no drawing abilities but love art and expression? I also feel you on that. I hope this post gives you some direction on how to become a better photographer and upgrade from the iPhone camera to something more advanced, where you can have more creative expression. Since I am a mind-reader, I can sense you have some inquiries about the SMDC equipment and what steps to take next. Let me answer those for you!

  1. What camera should you check out from the SMDC? FujiFilm FinePix HS25EXR

A lot of novice photographers immediately are drawn to more advanced cameras, either because they think they make them look cooler, or because they don’t realize that they do not need a big, bulky camera to take the kind of pictures they need. Definitely check out the Canon T4i if you want to look like a boss or just show off to fellow students even though you have no idea how to use it. BUT, if you actually want to develop and bring out those picture-taking skills of yours, start of with something more simple like the FujiFilm.

2. What are some of the features on the FujiFilm that I can adjust to enhance my photos?

Alright, time to go through some basic adjustments that you can make to capture the best photo possible in different conditions such as a bright sunny day, a dark evening, an action picture or a close-up photo.

White Balance: The color balance. Different settings have different lighting, as well as objects which give off different amounts of light and colors. To adjust the color balance there is a WB button on the camera that will allow you to select the lighting condition you’re shooting i. so the camera can adjust itself accordingly.

ISO: The light sensitivity. This is the setting you would adjust to account for a very bright setting, or dark setting. Setting to a lower ISO like 100 or 200 is best in a bright scene, and a higher ISO like 1600, or 3200 is best for a dark scene. Shutter speed is faster at a higher ISO, meaning less light is required to capture the picture. A high ISO would also be beneficial in capturing action shots, because the camera sensor is exposed for less amount of time, therefore freezing the action more precisely.

Macro Shooting: Shooting up close. (Something your iPhone definitely does not do well.) Good for focusing on objects up close and for capturing fine details.

And the last reason why you should step up your game is because of the multiple shooting modes the camera supplies. Landscape mode, portrait mode, panorama, advanced mode and auto mode (which is my favorite lol.) Unfortunately, explaining all of these different shooting modes would take an eternity. If you check em out let me know from one novice photographer to the next 🙂

3. What additional equipment can I use with the FujiFilm?

A tripod is an essential piece of equipment for shooting still-life photos. It eliminates any blur that can come from moving the camera while taking a picture! You’d be surprised how much sharper an image becomes when you use a tripod. Check it out  Manfrotto Photo Tripod Kit

Well, I think I covered the most basic of the basics. I hope you explore these new features and steer away from your phone camera, as I will too! Happy shooting !

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