Thanksgiving break is just around the corner! As you prepare for your holiday plans and travels, don’t forget about any equipment you have checked out. The library will be open this Saturday the 18th through next Wednesday the 22nd. Overdue fines will still be calculated for those days, so make sure to return all equipment on time! Saturday and Sunday we’ll be open from 1:00pm-5:00pm, and Monday-Wednesday we’ll be open from 8:00am-5:00pm. The library will be closed Thursday the 23rd through Saturday the 25th.
Have a relaxing break and enjoy lots of turkey!!
As the University of Delaware attempts to make its internet connection more secure, it has somehow made it infinitely more difficult to connect to the wifi on campus. Many students have come to the desk completely frustrated because their computers are constantly connecting and disconnecting between the old wifi, UDEL, and the new wifi, eduroam. On my computer this problem was because my “priority wifi” was still the UDEL, so even when I successfully connected to eduroam, my computer would default to UDEL. This dance between wifi connections has caused tons of problems across campus, as most students require the internet to take notes and do homework.
In order to solve this problem on mac computers it is relatively simple. First the student needs to login to the eduroam wifi using their UD username (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password.
- After connecting, select the wifi icon on the top right corner of your screen and go to preferences.
- In the preferences window select “Advanced preferences” and you will come upon a screen that lists all the wifi sources you have ever connected to. What I didn’t realize about this, is that the wifi listed at the top is considered the “priority” wifi.
- In order to change the wifi your computer automatically tried to connect with, find eduroam in the list and drag it to the top.
- You can even go as far as selecting UDEL and UDELguest and clicking “remove” so that your computer no longer has a connection to them at all.
This little trick solved my wifi issues, and I hope it can help to solve yours too!
In a windows computer it is pretty easy as well.
- Select the start button and type in “view network connections”.
2.) Select this and press the ALT keyand you will see “advanced options”
3.) Click this and then select “advanced settings”
4.) Next simply use the green arrows to reorganize your priority wifi connections and select OK when you’re all done!
If not, remember we are always available to help at the SMDC desk 🙂
Do you hate it when you make a design/graphic and the unwanted background is still there when you want to use it? Well, I have one solution to this problem: Photoshop!
First, create/edit your design in Adobe Photoshop. Then, deselect the background layer (a pattern of gray and white boxes will then appear behind your design). Finally, after you save your Photoshop (.psd) file, save your project as a PNG image file. Now your masterpiece is complete!
“Goyard” image: HYPEBEAST magazine
Here are some awesome tools in Illustrator to help you get started!
Clipping masks allow you to mask parts of your project. You can let easily hide unwanted pieces of a layer or a group of layers.
2. Shape Builder Tool
This tool does exactly as its name suggests, it lets you create your own shape! Here’s an example of one.
3. Make Custom Brushes
Another great feature is the custom brush option! You can create different brushes for your specific project in order to make it your own. Check out the recent blog post on how to make a custom brush!
4. Appearance Panel
This tool lets you use just one shape,to affect properties like opacity, blending mode, stroke, and fill! This kiwi is made up of just one shape!
5. Opacity Masks
This tool lets you control the visibility of objects in your project. This is a great tool for adding texture.
Now that you’ve learned about these fantastic options, you can use them on your next project!!
If you or someone you know is looking for a paid job opportunity on campus using your audio and video skills, check out this position at Professional and Continuing Studies (You will have to join Handshake to see the ad and apply). Here is the job description for anyone interested:
A/V Specialist – Paid Internship
- Assist with the planning, production, and post-production of video content for online learning.
- Assist in the planning, recording, and editing of audio for online learning.
- Additional audio/video and quality assurance support as directed by supervisor.
- Applicants must currently be enrolled at the University of Delaware and pursuing a degree in Communication, Visual Communications, Fine Arts, or a closely related field.
- Knowledge of Adobe After Effects, Premier Pro, and Audition.
- Proficiency with GoogleApps, specifically Docs and Spreadsheets.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Superior attention to detail.
- Time management skills, including ability to switch between projects as directed to meet priorities and deadlines.
- Ability to work collaboratively on a small team and independently.
- A drive to share knowledge and learn new skills.
- An undergraduate degree in Communication, Fine Arts or a closely related field.
- Familiarity with Photoshop or other image editing software.
- Experience creating 360 video or interactive video.
$16 per hour.
15-21 hours per week.
Work onsite with flexible shifts during office hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).
4. Count every part of the equipment that was checked out and make sure you return each of those part that were checked out. Else we will have to (sadly) tell you to get those part/s back to return the entire equipment back in again.
When Adobe released their next generation of Creative Cloud, I was in awe. Watching their reel of new applications and updates was more than exciting.
Adobe released 3 new apps.
Adobe XD CC for experience design (XD is finally no longer in beta!). This app is great for mocking up apps and web pages, which I have personal experience in. (Check out my XD beta blog post.) I have yet to try it out of beta, but hopefully they now allow you to save prototypes as GIFs, which was not available before.
Adobe Dimension CC has the Visual Communication majors jumping for joy. Seriously, there is a video of us screaming in the studio out of excitement. Adobe Dimension allows designers to create 3D mockups easily. Think package design, billboards and more! You can now mock up anything branding related and bring it into real world environments.
Adobe Character Animator CC is exactly what it sounds like! Take still photoshop or illustrator images and turn them into 3D animations. It gives you pose to pose animations and even lip sync capabilities.
Another exciting addition is Lightroom CC cloud editing. You can share and edit photos from anywhere. Other exciting updates include Photoshop Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere and AfterEffects.
Adobe CC never disappoints.
If for some reason you were looking for a guide to making your own pattern brush in Adobe Illustrator, this is just what you need! By following these few simple steps, you’ll be on your way to brush-making excellence.
Start by creating a new document or an existing one, it doesn’t make a difference.
For my own preferences, I started by using Cmd/ Ctrl + R to bring up the Rulers on Illustrator’s interface. I then used my mouse to drag Guides onto the document.
Using the Pen Tool, you can easily draft up a simple yet effective shape. I made this simple geometric shape, that will soon become a pattern:
From here, select your shape and go to the Brushes Panel. Click the Add New Brush Option, and select the Pattern Brush option. In the Pattern Brush Menu, you can play around with the settings. I increased the spacing between individual shapes to make the brush more uniform. However, for the purpose of this tutorial, you want to make sure that under the Fix option, you select Approximate path.
And voila! You now have a new brush. Draw a path or make a shape, make sure there is no fill, and that it has a stroke, and change the pattern brush to the brush you just created. I created a circle using the Ellipse tool and applied the pattern brush that I made.
If you want a really cool effect, you can layer your brush by using the same shape in various sizes like this:
If you then go to Object > Expand Appearance, you can convert the brush stroke into a vector object and change the stroke, fill and anchor points at your will like so:
Hopefully this tutorial enabled you to create your own pattern brush using Adobe Illustrator!
It’s that time of year when all that is spooky comes out of the shadows and things go bump in the night.
For some of you that are brave enough and likes to go to haunted houses or grave yards and would like to capture evidence of these lost souls.
Here is what you can do. Go to the Student Multimedia Design Center and check out a DSLR camera. If you already have one great.
But wait ghosts come out at night. How do you take a good spooky picture at night?
Well first let’s check the ISO.
Your ISO is a sensor for light sensitivity. The darker the area the higher the ISO will need to be to get the best image. Since you would most likely be shooting at night you will need a High ISO. Because what’s the point at taking a picture of ghost when you can’t see them in the picture?
Next we need to check the Shutter Speed.
The Shutter Speed determines how fast the shutter will open and close to take a picture. In this case ghost tend to move pretty fast so we in return would want a faster shutter speed. If its set at a slow speed the blurrier the picture will be and your evidence of ghost would look like a weird blurry line.
Finally, we need to look at the aperture.
Now the aperture is the diaphragm of the camera’s lens that determines the amount of light in the sensor. The sensor is a little backwards in the sense that the smaller the aperture is the higher the number represents. Aperture and Shutter Speed plays off each other so depending on what your shutter speed is depends on what your aperture will need to be. For us since we’re using a higher shutter speed say 1/1000 of a second a good balance would be a wider aperture so a F 1.4
These settings will also work on video mode with the DSLR. Most cameras won’t let you fix these settings while you are in video mode. So take a few pictures to check your adjustments are on the right settings and then you can switch in to video mode.
Another suggestion is to have or check out a Tri-pod for the camera in case you want to shoot video in one area for a while.
Alright my little ghost busters your already to get that evidence of the paranormal. Good luck hunting.
Studying for exams? Trying to quiz yourself? Run out of flashcards?
Don’t worry! The Student Multimedia Design Center sells index cards! You can buy them individually for 10 cents each or a pack of 100 for $3.