Monday, September 18, 2006

Layers Magazine, Sept/Oct 2006 issue

The new issue of Layers magazine has arrived at the lab. There are some good articles on flyer and logo design, importing your designs from Photoshop and Illustrator into Flash and After Effects, workflow in InDesign, and Deke McClelland gives an introduction to JavaScripting in Photoshop.

There are also tutorials on wireframe illustration in Adobe Illustrator, working with cue points in Macromedia Flash, and webdesign with layers using Dreamweaver 8. Rod Harlan also has an interesting article that makes a case for using Flash video rather than MPEG-4 on the web.

This issue also includes reviews of Nickon Capture NX, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5, Canon PowerShot S3 IS, the Epson Perfection v750-M Pro, FontExplorer X 1.0.1, and more.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Welcome to the Lab!

Welcome to the Vitale Digital Media Lab blog. We're located in the Weigle Information Commons, on the far west end of the 1st floor of Van Pelt Library. The lab was made possible through a generous donation from Alberto Vitale, and is funded jointly by the Library, the Provost's Office, and the College of Arts & Sciences. We're unlike other labs on campus in that not only do we offer high-end software and hardware aimed at video, audio, scanning, graphic and web design, and poster printing, but we're also open to all current students, faculty, and staff at Penn. Our assumption when you come through the door is that you're not an expert, so we always have someone on duty who can show you how to use the software and hardware in the lab, and get you started on your project. You can see our hours on the Penn Library website. Check back often for updates about things going on in the lab, news, tips, tutorials, and more!