While You’re Waiting…
Can’t wait for the new second level studios to open at Richland Library Main? Start learning and making this summer by taking free online classes with Lynda.com for Richland Library. Lynda has more than 3,500 web-based video courses and step-by-step tutorials covering topics that will keep you entertained through this famously hot heat. Draw, improve your blogging skills, edit family pictures using Adobe Photoshop or even start writing your own story- all thanks to your Richland Library card. Try out our list of recommended courses for the studios or log in and browse Lynda.com’s complete class directory. There is a class for everyone’s interests!
Up and Running with Arduino (1 hr. 45 min.) Start programming interactive objects (everything from wearable tech to robots!) with Arduino open-source microcontrollers.
Wacom Essential Training (2 hr. 9 min.) Wacom tablets are a popular alternative to the mouse for painting, drawing, and navigating your computer in a more natural position. In this course, artist and teacher John Derry shows how to get up and running with a variety of Wacom tablets (Intuos, Cintiq, and more), covering everything from setup to stylus selection.
Introduction to 3D (4 hr. 23 min.) No matter what software you use or final product you create, all 3D modeling and rendering packages share the same underlying concepts. In this course, expert George Maestri provides a broad overview of these concepts and the techniques that apply to all types of 3D artwork: character designs, product shots, animation, visual effects, and more.
Color for Design and Art (1 hr. 45 min.) Color for Design and Art removes the mystery from color theory, showing artists and nonartists alike how to confidently choose, apply, and modify palettes of eye-catching hues.
Foundations of Figure Drawing (2 hr. 29 min.) Learn the foundations of figure drawing: techniques for bringing the human form to life on paper. Artist and teacher Amy Wynne breaks down a classical approach to figure drawing into simple steps: capturing gesture and motion, mapping out structure and form, understanding the common "landmarks" of the body, drawing proportionally, and adding volume with shapes and shadows.
Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape (3 hr. 2min.) Learn how to quickly capture the atmosphere and mood of a landscape like an artist, and take the next step from sketching at home to sketching outside. This course includes an introduction to the materials you'll need to draw outdoors, as well as 7 practical principles to creating successful landscape sketches, combining drawing theory, on-location drawing demonstrations, and studio-based drawing tutorials.
Audio, Video and Graphics
Green Screen Techniques for Video and Photography (3 hr. 16 min.) This course takes you through the steps of shooting both photography and video on green screen. Topics include preparing a live-action set, from hanging the backdrop to lighting the subject with strobes; positioning and posing your subject; and completing the scene with postproduction techniques in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. Learn how to composite your footage against a new digital background plate, match the color and exposure, adjust focus, and perform keying for motion.
Ableton Live 9 Essential Training (7 hr. 24 min.) Create music in real time, on stage, or while producing in the studio, with Ableton Live. In this course, music professor Rick Schmunk shows you how to compose, record, remix, improvise, produce, and edit your musical ideas. Along the way, get familiar with the Live interface, work with its views for recording and editing audio and MIDI, and explore its unique real-time recording and mixing capabilities.
Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Fundamentals (4 hr. 21 min.) Learn how to set up your GoPro HERO or HERO4 to start capturing stills, video, or even time-lapse photography.
Preparing GoPro Footage for Editing (2 hr. 7min.) Learn how to get GoPro footage off your camera, edit it, and export it for sharing or use with other video-editing programs, all with GoPro Studio, the free editing app.
Up and Running with Studio One (1 hr. 55 min.) Start making music with the powerful, intuitive controls in Studio One and these tutorials from producer and remixer Josh Harris.
Lighting Design for Video Productions (46 min.) Learn how to raise the production value of your videos with important but simple lighting tools and techniques.
Getting Started in Photography (39 min.) Photographs are used to tell stories, sell products, and capture moments to share with others. Want to join in? Take a high-altitude tour of the core concepts of photography, and the courses that will help you learn them. Content manager Jim Heid covers topics such as, essential gear, including cameras, lenses, accessories, and smartphones, shooting skills, using software to manage and edit your images, sharing and printing photos.
Adobe Creative Cloud Software
Photoshop CC Essential Training (12 hr. 2 min.) Julieanne Kost filters out the noise and complexity often associated with Photoshop, so you'll feel empowered to get the image results you want. She concentrates on enhancing and compositing photos, as well as automating parts of the process for the most efficient workflow possible. She'll cover cropping, retouching, and combining multiple images, and working with non-image-based assets such as type, shapes, and even video.
Illustrator CC Essential Training (2015) (6 hr. 38 min.) Illustrator is an unparalleled tool for digital artists. Topics include: changing the size and shape of artboards, creating and editing layers, drawing basic shapes, scaling and rotating objects, adding color fills and strokes. Start here for everything you need to know to design, draw, and illustrate with Illustrator.
Lightroom CC Essential Training (2015) (5 hr. 48 min.) Corse starts with the Library module: the hub for importing, viewing, ranking and rating your photographs. Then he'll move to the Develop module and show how to make one-click enhancements, correct exposure, retouch distractions, and perform localized adjustments.
InDesign CC Essential Training (2015) (9 hr. 45 min.) Used to build everything from traditional print publications to interactive PDFs, digital magazines, and ebooks. This course presents a thorough explanation of the core features and techniques that make this page layout application so powerful, fun, and easy to use.
Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2015) (10 hr. 5 min.) Start here and learn how to professionally edit video using techniques from the experts. Topics include: setting up a project and a sequence, importing and organizing media marking and selecting the best takes from clips performing insert, overwrite, and replace edits trimming, splitting, moving, and deleting clips.
After Effects CC Essential Training (2015) (9 hr. 43 min.) After Effects CC Essential Training covers all of the fundamentals required to get new video editors and mograph artists up to speed with this powerful program. Topics include: Building graphics such as lower thirds, logos, and credit rolls, repairing and retiming video, keying green-screen footage, rotoscoping, animating a 3D logo, and motion tracking.
Dreamweaver CC Essential Training (2015) (8 hr. 7 min.) Build standards-compliant websites from the ground up with Dreamweaver CC, the industry leading web design and development application from Adobe. In this course, author James Williamson shows you all you need to get started, including a tour of the user interface and guidance on creating new pages, setting up a logical structure for content, and generating clear and accessible code.
Muse Essential Training (2015) (3 hr. 57 min.) Learn the ins and outs of Muse, Adobe's "playful" web design platform. Muse removes the coding and leaves you with the creativity. It offers a toolset familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator—and with a little training, it's easy for anyone to master. Join author Justin Seeley as he shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse. He covers the design process from start to finish, from setting up webpages and adding graphics and text to creating dynamic menus and adding special features such as widgets, slideshows, animations, a contact form, and social media integration.
Audition CC Essential Training (5 hr. 45 min.) Discover the powerful audio-editing tool set offered in Audition CC. In this course, author Maxim Jago shows how to navigate the interface and understand fundamental audio concepts. Editors who have traditionally completed audio work inside a nonlinear editing system will benefit from discovering the tools, workflows, and terminology used in professional audio post-production.
Acrobat 9 Pro Essential Training (9 hr. 34 min.) With Acrobat 9, Adobe continues to evolve the venerable PDF from a simple paperless document into a collaborative hub for many forms of digital communication. In Acrobat 9 Pro Essential Training, Brian Wood explores the many new and enhanced features in version 9 of Acrobat Standard, Acrobat Pro, and Acrobat Pro Extended. He demonstrates different ways to create and modify PDFs, including the enhanced OCR tool, and shows how to combine them with other files into a PDF Portfolio.
Creating Better Blog Content (52 Minutes) How to create compelling content that engages readers and helps achieve website goals. Virginia O'Connor begins the course by showing viewers how to evaluate their existing blog and clean up any infrastructure issues that might be hampering search engine visibility. Next, learn how to expand your blog's audience, by focusing on such basics as developing an editorial calendar to help keep the content flowing and fresh, integrating social media, and participating in other key venues to draw readers back to the blog.
Ebook Publishing Fundamentals (2 hr. 42 min.) Learn how to successfully self-publish: learn to create ebooks, upload them to major retailers like Amazon, and market them on social media and other websites.
Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story (1 hr. 59 min.) In this course, author Lisa Cron digs into the craft of writing a compelling story based on what the brain is wired to respond to in every story we hear. Whether you're writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples.
Writing in Plain English (1 hr. 51 min.) Plain English is writing that is clear and straightforward, targeted at the appropriate reading level, and free of jargon, wordiness, and clichés. It is also the standard for all business and government communication in the US. In this course, writing instructor Judy Steiner-Williams explains the characteristics of plain English and the importance of learning to write clearly, and introduces some online tools you can use to analyze your own writing.