Digital Media Commons (DMC) Workshop

Excel 101

 Introduction to using spreadsheets for beginners or a refresher for the sometime user. Covers basic features and options of Microsoft Excel, including how to organize and navigate tabular data, creating and using simple formulas, formatting worksheets and other helpful tips.

Introduction to Tableau 

Tableau is a fast rising and award-winning visualization tool in Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics Platforms.  It helps people see and understand data. In the presentation part, we will cover what Tableau is, what Tableau can do, and the different versions of Tableau.
The hands-on part will cover how to use Tableau Public, the free version of the software. Specifically, we will use a small set of DMC equipment circulation data as an example. We will cover:
 • how to load a data set
• how to create workbooks, charts and visualizations

Blender Animation and Rendering

Participants will get an overview of the Blender UI and then learn basic concepts of modeling, parenting and rigging in order to animate a mechanical device. The second half of the workshop will go over applying materials, adding lighting and render options and features. The topics covered are:

  • modeling
  • grouping and parenting
  • rigging
  • animating with keyframes
  • applying materials and shader overview
  • rendering options and features
  • compositing and final video output

Animating Blood Cells in Blender

Participants will get a short introduction to Blender then create red and white blood cells to animate in a blood channel. The fundamentals from this workshop can be applied to making a variety of biological renderings. The features and topics to be covered are:

  • Creating and applying Blender materials
  • Using the subdivision modifier
  • Using Particle systems
  • positioning camera and lights
  • basic modeling

Introduction to Photoshop (Adobe Creative Cloud)

This introductory workshop will cover Photoshop basics. Participants will be able to:

  • Familiarize with the Photoshop interface
  • Crop images with crop tool
  • Resize images for web, video, and print
  • Use clone stamp tool, sponge tool, and spot healing brush tool
  • Use quick selection tool and magic wand tool to make selections
  • Understand layers
  • Save a transparent image
  • Add text and change text color

Creating Motion Graphics in Adobe After Effects (Adobe Creative Cloud)

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to Adobe After Effects. Participants will learn how create a motion graphic video using animation, effects and transitions. Participants will incorporate the 12 basic principles of animation in their video.

  • 12 basic principles of animation
  • Precomposing compositions
  • 2D and 3D transformations
  • Using effects
  • Using expressions to automate animations
  • more


Creating a Promotional Flyer in Adobe Illustrator (Adobe Creative Cloud)

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to Adobe Illustrator. The training will cover key concepts and functions. Participants will incorporate elements of design in an illustrative process. The topics to be covered are:

  • Raster vs vector art
  • Creating Bézier curves
  • Using Photoshop and Illustrator Effects within Illustrator
  • Object effects and styles
  • Using pathfinder to create complex shapes
  • Clipping and Gradient masks
  • Fill and Stroke