How to make your words pop in Final Cut Pro X

You may already know how to put a banner behind your words using the paint bucket tool in Photoshop. But do you know how to do it in Final Cut Pro?

Already have a title layered over video in the timeline when you begin. Look to the left side of Final Cut and click on the “T.” It’ll list titles and generators. Click on the generators and you will see different bands of colors to put behind your text. I chose the “custom” generator. When you bring it down to the timeline, make sure you put it under the title. If you don’t do this, the generator will cover your title, and we don’t want that!

Make sure that your mouse selects the generator in the timeline. Then go over to the right side of Final Cut and click on the square at the top right that looks like a piece of cinematic film. There you can transform and crop the generator. Select “crop” and move the sides to shorten the generator strip. This can get tricky, so you may have to play with the sides a little to make it shorten. You can also click to the “T”on the right side of Final Cut to change the color of your font and change the color of the generator itself. The secret to changing something in Final Cut is to always select the part you want to change in the timeline first. If you’re wondering where a gif or picture is, I have attached a video showing this process below.

How to make your words pop!

Stress Less at the Lib!!

Finals week is well under way…but that just means summer is basically here. If you were one of the lucky ones to have left already, enjoy your summer!

For those of you, like myself, that are still stu..dying away. Don’t fret because the Library has some treats for you.

Monday, May 21st: Free Frozen Treats @ 1:30 p.m & Free Cookies and Coffee @ 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22nd: Healthy Hens Snacks @ 12-2 p.m. & Paws for a Break @ 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23rd: Healthy Hens Snacks @ 12-2 p.m. & Game Night @ 7-10 p.m.

All Week: Coloring, puzzles, magnetic poetry, and pop-up events!

Good Luck on Finals!!

How This Man Diversified His Email in 2 Minutes (Senders Hate Him!)

Are you a busy student who constantly sees a large influx of emails in your inbox? Do you wish there was a way to filter and organize these emails into their own, unique space? Well not to worry, the gurus at Google (not sure about Apple and Microsoft) have got you covered!

If you’re someone like me who works at the wonderful Student Multimedia Design Center (located on the lower level of UD’s Morris Library), you tend to get a large number of shift switch request emails throughout the semester, because, you know… life happens.

I have devised a means to send these waves of shift switch posts to their own folder so that I can look at them at a later time and possibly assist any co-workers in need! However, this post isn’t only for members of the SMDC family! I believe it can be very informative to everyone who comes across this, but I will be using the SMDC as my main example to better explain this whole process. This process can be done with all your e-mails – so let’s get right into it.

First, you open up your Gmail account on a desktop computer (sorry guys, mobile may be the future, but not the answer).

Then click on the “gear icon” on the far right top-side of the page and select Settings.

After this, select the tab titled Filters and Blocked Addresses and select Create a new filter.

These options should appear after, and you can use them to select the criteria for the messages you want to filter out (example: type in the words “Shift Switch” into the Subject box to filter out any email with the words “Shift Switch” in the subject):

Once you have completed this step, select Create filter with this search at the bottom of the filter menu and select what should be done to the emails with the criteria you have chosen (example: select Skip the Inbox (Archive It) and Apply the label to move your SMDC shift switch emails to their own folder. To create a new folder, select Choose label…, which is to the right of the Apply the label option, and click the New label… option that appears):

 

And that’s all it takes!

There are many ways to organize your email. You can select emails from certain individuals to go to their own folder (or straight to the trash depending on your relationship with them) or you can simply have certain emails be automatically marked as read. The possibilities are endless! All you have to do is poke around and explore!

(You’re probably wondering, “Why the random Hawkeye .gif?” That’s because he doesn’t get the love he deserves.)

The Clone Stamp Tool

So if you’re a mechanical engineer, or know any freshman/sophomore Mech-E’s, you’d know that we are currently building prototypes (but basically the real deal) of toys for children, ranging from ages 3-7. These toys are all completely unique ideas, and we are treating this project as if the toys will be produced on the market sooner or later. Because of this, every team building a toy has been assigned with the job of creating an advertisement of the toy. Much like this one pictured below:Image result for toy advertisement

So, being that my toy involved magnets, I scoured the internet for kids playing with magnets on a fridge. What I found was a picture of a kid playing on a fridge with cups. Thankfully, Adobe Photoshop offers the ability to change those cups completely into the surface of the fridge.

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Using the Clone Stamp tool, one can grab the surface of the fridge, and “stamp it on to any area in the picture. It can be found on the very left toolbar.

(I apologize for the blurry pic, the Blog website isn’t on my side today :’/)

After selecting the clone stamp tool, you should hover over the area you wish to clone, and Alt-Click it. Once you have selected the area you desire, hover back over to the area you wish to manipulate, and start stamping. The final product should look like this:

If you look closely, you can sort of tell that there has been some manipulation to the photo. But to the naked eye, the fridge looks completely normal and this allows you to replace the cups on the fridge with anything you wish (toys in our case).

 

So, that is the clone stamp guys. Hopefully this can be as helpful to you guys as it was to me!

Making a Resume in InDesign

It’s always a good time to revamp an old resume. You can bring a boring, unappealing resume to life with Adobe InDesign! Put Microsoft Word to the side, because it’s InDesign’s time to shine.

There are endless possibilities on InDesign, so if you’re overwhelmed with where to start, you can check out Adobe InDesign templates that are free to download. They have a colorblock, bold, modern, basic, and bordered option.

If you look at these templates and you don’t love any of them, InDesign makes it extremely easy for you to create your own. Just a few tips to get you started:

 

Setting up a Project File

  • Open InDesign and click on “Create New”.
  • Change your units to whatever works best using the “Units” drop down menu. I normally choose inches, but they also have picas, points, centimeters, and several other options.
  • Make sure to choose “Portrait” for your orientation.
  • Make sure to add columns (usually 2 is perfect for a resume). The default is set to 1.
  • Set your margins in the “Margin” drop down (usually a half inch or an inch on all sides is perfect). This will create a magenta colored box that acts as a guide for you to keep your content within.

 

Alignment using Grids, Guides, and Rulers

  • Once in the project document, there are tabs on the top bar. Go to “View”, then “Grids and Guides”
    • Choose Document grid for horizontal and vertical lines over document
    • Choose Baseline grid to show horizontal lines that will help with aligning text
    • Make sure “Smart Guides” are on which will allow Adobe InDesign to suggest alignment for an object in relation to others (i.e. if there are two separate lines of texts and one is they aren’t on the same baseline, moving one line of text near the other will activate smart guides to help align them on the same baseline)
  • Go to “View”, then “Show Rulers”
    • Once the rulers appear on the left and top of the document, click directly in the ruler and drag onto document to create guides. Clicking in the ruler on the left will create a vertical guide and clicking in the ruler on the top will create a horizontal guide. This helps with aligning text and objects to each other.

Hopefully, these basic tips will help you get a beautiful resume started. The rest is up to you. Add pops of color, different fonts, and play around with everything else that InDesign has to offer!

Google Got Your Back!

I don’t know how I didn’t know this, but Google just got even more helpful.

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Sure their great for looking things up for class, gmail, google translate, and other useful apps. But this one I didn’t realized they have.

Google Drive!

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Google drive is your hard drive on the internet. With your udel email or a regular gmail account you automatically have this option.

Simple to use. Just go to google, either click on the apps and find Drive or search Google Drive, login by using your email and password, then your in!

Once your in you can organize it just like your using an actual hard drives.  While it’s still nice to have a hard drive, having this extra backup is really helpful.

Something interesting that I didn’t know was going on was, when I would send pictures or videos through email, google had saved them automatically on to google drive.

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I hope you enjoy this helpful tip that you didn’t know or did know.

 

How to Reduce Background Noise on iMovie

How to get rid of Background Noise on iMovie

With project due dates approaching, we have had a bunch of student approaching the Multimedia desk with questions about improving the overall quality of their videos. Many students use iMovie because of its simple layout and easy to use approach. iMovie offers tons of different options for improving video quality and one of these includes reducing background noise in a clip without reducing the overall volume of the clip. This fix can be done in a few simple steps.

 

  1. In your timeline highlight the clip that you would like to adjust
  2. In the toolbars menu select the noise reduction and equalizer option
  3. Once you have selected this you can choose the “reduce background noise” option
  4. You can reduce background noise up to 100%
  5. Play back the clip to determine if the background noise has been sufficiently reduced
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Enjoy your newly edited video clip & impress your teachers with your audio know how 🙂

How to Record your Screen!!

Screen recording is a great option if you have a presentation coming up or need it for a special project! It is extremely versatile and can be used in so many ways!  It can be used to give a tutorial or show an error or bug that’s coming up on your screen. If you want to use this feature but don’t know how, you’re in luck!!

On a Mac it couldn’t be easier! The ability is already built into the Mac OS X software. Every computer has QuickTime Player, which you may know as the app that lets you watch videos. This app also lets you screen record by selecting the File menu, then “New Screen Recording”.

A black box will pop up and just press the red button in the center to start recording. To stop recording press the stop button in the black box or press ‘Command+Control+Escape’ on your keyboard. Your video will then automatically come up and you can save it however you like.

On a PC there is no built in software for screen recording but you can use PowerPoint to do the trick! Luckily, PowerPoint is free for all students! Select the Insert menu then click “Screen Recording” on the far right. Click “Select Area” to choose which part of your screen you want to record and you will be able to draw a box over the specific location. Then click the “Record” button and you’re good to go! To stop the recording press ‘Windows key + Shift Q’. You then have the option to save it as a separate file or embed it in your PowerPoint presentation.

Now you have all the information you need for the next time you have to record your screen!

 

 

Help, I’ve Been (Screen) Shot!

Do you ever want to save an image on your computer screen for any specific reason (hopefully academic purposes)?

Well, below are some ways to screen capture on Windows or Mac computers. So whether you are on an operating system that you’re unfamiliar with, or you just have absolutely zero brand loyalty, this article is for you!

Many Windows machines come equipped with a program called Snipping Tool, which allows users to save portions or all of their computer screen as an image file (you also have the option to save your file as a .JPEG, .PNG, and other image file types and you may choose where you want to save this file on your computer). Simply click on the Windows Start button and look for this tool in the search bar to complete this process.

If you have Dropbox installed on your PC, you can simply press the PrtScn (Print Screen) button on your keyboard, which will save however your computer screen looks at that moment as a image file in your Dropbox “Screenshots” folder.

 

For the Mac users, simply press the Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously on your keyboard to capture your entire screen, which will save as an image file on your Desktop. If you only want to save a portion of your screen as an image, press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously, which will cause your cursor to change in appearance. Hover close to your intended target and press down on the left side of your mouse, click and drag over the area of your screen that you wish to save, and then release your hold on the left side of the mouse. This option too will save your image file on your Desktop.

 

And that’s all it takes! Just remember, screenshot responsibly.

Time Saving Tips I Learned in Photoshop:

As an art major I use Photoshop pretty much on the daily, so I’ve had my fair share of struggles. Below is a list of shortcuts and tricks I’ve learned throughout the years, in no particular order.

*On PC replace command (⌘) with control.

  1. Command + J (⌘J) = Duplicate layer

This is good for when you want to quickly duplicate a layer. I personally use this one all the time and it makes your project a bit easier.

  1. Command + [ or Command + ] (⌘[ or ⌘] ) = Quickly arrange layers

This is good for when you have multiple layers and want to move things in front or behind each other.

Bonus Shift ⌘ [ or ] you can move all the way to the front or back.

  1. Right click and duplicate layer to a different document

I love this one. Instead of copying and pasting a layer into another document (which I don’t think you used to be able to do in Photoshop) you right click on the layer in the layers panel  and click duplicate. ­You can either duplicate to an already established document or to a new one.

 

  1. Shift + command + Z (⇧⌘Z ) to go back more than step/ undo

Unlike Illustrator, Photoshop is preset to only undo one step. You can change this in your preferences but for quick use Shift ⌘ Z is a great way to go multiple steps back.

  1. Shift + option+ command + B (⇧⌥⌘B) (semi) quick way to make a layer black and white

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