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Idea Factory - Creative Station

Please Note:The Library Elf service will be discontinued in Jan. 2019

You can use an iMac multimedia computer at the Idea Factory. This special workstation is easy to use and is fully loaded with software from the Adobe Creative Cloud. These programs are useful for doing all sorts of creative visual media projects:

Creative programs and links to tutorials:

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Photoshop

Resize, re-color, edit, and artistically combine photographs from your camera or phone. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Adobe Photoshop.

Illustrator

Create beautiful signs, logos or drawings that can be scaled up for professional printing. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Adobe Illustrator.

InDesign

Make your own newsletter, book or publication with this professional layout program. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Adobe InDesign.

Premiere Pro

Edit videos from your phone or digital camera into movies, commercials or music videos! You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Adobe Premiere Pro.

After Effects

Create amazing special effects and animations, the limit is your imagination! You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Adobe After Effects.

Lightroom

Resize, re-color, and work with digital photographs from your camera or phone. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Adobe Lightroom.

Dreamweaver

Create professional quality websites for your personal or business needs. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Adobe Dreamweaver.

Additional creative programs include the following:

Garage Band

Score, arrange and record musical tracks with digital and real instruments. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Garage Band.

Tinkercad

This is a wonderful introductory 3D modeling program. It is intuitive and easy to use and creates nice solid models for 3D printing. It runs directly from a web browser and is free to use. You can click HERE to sign up for Tinkercad and start using it today.

Sketchup

Design architecture and engineering objects in 3-D with this modeling and design program. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Sketchup.

Blender

Create advanced 3D models for animation or 3D printing with this fully-featured open-source modeling program. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Blender.

Audacity

Record sound from a microphone directly into the computer and edit it. You can even add simple and fun effects! You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Audacity.

Apple Keynote

Create smooth beautiful slideshow presentations. You can click HERE to view tutorials about how to begin using Apple Keynote.

Quicktime

Create screen-recordings of your own computer activities, record yourself via webcam and do basic editing of your video clips for upoad to social media. You can click HERE to learn about how to begin using Quicktime.