Category Archives: Basic Trainings

Basic Training: Project Time Estimates

When do I need a Project Time Estimate? Hello STA! At some point, you may be asked to estimate the number of hours you think you will spend on a “Service Center Project” before starting actual work.  Service Center Projects … Continue reading

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Basic Training: HTML and CSS

In this training you will be introduced to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, the languages that can be used as tools to help you develop simple websites. This training is quite involved and can be frustrated or confusing, so be sure … Continue reading

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Cutting Objects Out in Photoshop

Introduction Not all images are created alike, which means some pictures are harder to cut out than others. This tutorial allows you to cut out more intricate things, like curly hair and feathers with Levels and smoother objects with Quick Selection. … Continue reading

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Basic Training: Studio Course Graphics

Courses taught in LAITS studios  One of the main services LAITS provides is online course production. Studio courses are recorded by the LAITS production team, including Video STAs, Audio STAs, and Design STAs, and are offered to students either live … Continue reading

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How to do Photoshop Color Corrections

Photoshop Color Correction The purpose of this basic training is to go over the various ways in photoshop to manipulate the light and color of a digital photo. When editing a photo for work, we tend to mostly want the … Continue reading

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Basic Training: Make a Magazine Spread with InDesign

InDesign is a powerful tool for typesetting (arranging type) and document creation. It is best for creating books, brochures, flyers, and magazines. Let’s make a 4 page magazine spread in InDesign to grasp the basics. Creating a document 1. Go … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Trace an Image

This basic training will introduce you to the image trace tool in Adobe Illustrator. The tool allows you to quickly convert any raster image (.png, .jpeg, .psd) into vector artwork (.pdf, .eps, .ai) without having to manually retrace the image. Vector … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Create Canvas Buttons

Canvas classes sometimes request a set of buttons to function as external links on their homepage. The buttons are used for things such as tech support, professor’s email, or outside websites that are used frequently for class. In this tutorial, … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Produce and Use a Color Wheel

In this training, you will go over color terminology and relationship to understand how colors interact with each other. This training will help you familiarize yourself with the basic relations of colors by placing them creatively in a re-invented color … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Create Flashcards

In this Photoshop training you will be designing a set of beautiful flash cards, you’ll sharpen your technical skills, and conceptual skills, such as: familiarizing yourself with choosing copyright-free icons from the Noun Project that look consistent in line wight/style … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Paint in Photoshop

In this training, we will go over how to use the brush tool in photoshop to create illustrations that could be used for animations, posters, graphics, blog banner updates, or the college’s magazine. There are many ways one can go … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Create a Brochure

When creating a design that will be printed, such as newspaper, flyer, or brochure, InDesign would be the ideal software as it offers easier multi-page/layout edits. But if you are not familiar with InDesign, Illustrator is also capable of creating … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Create Your Own 8-Bit Style Animated Gif

In this training, you’ll learn how to create your own miniature, infinitely-looping animated gif using the timeline tool in Photoshop. You will create between 5 and 10 Photoshop layers which will be converted into frames for your animation. Your design … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Manipulate Shapes

This training will get you acquainted with the tools you will need to transform basic shapes and into more complex shapes using Adobe Illustrator. Part 1: Basic Shapes Manipulation Please download this starter document here. The Ai document you’re given … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Edit Green Screens

This training will cover how to delete the green background of an image. Find an green screen image of your choice and follow  the steps below, your final product will be a PNG with a creative background of your choice. … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Design a Logo

This is a three-part training in branding that will involve the creating a logo, favicon, and design application in print and web layout.  Here at LAITS, you may be asked by a client to design a logo to help brand … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Scan Pages for Books and Magazines

The purpose of this basic training is for familiarizing yourself with scanning pages of documents that professors may bring to the office. The scanner used in the office is the EPSON PERFECTION V700 PHOTO. Step One: Setting up the Scanner … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Scan Slides and Film

The purpose of this basic training is for familiarizing yourself with scanning slides that professors may bring to the office. This process is more involved than simply scanning pages of a document. The scanner used in the office is the … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Create a Custom Layout and Buttons

   The purpose of these instructions is to show you how to create buttons within the cascade site by editing the code. Make sure that the edits you make are still related to the theme you have been using so … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Build a Test Site in Cascade – Part Two

   STAs, use the HTML editor in the body of your Cascade site editing page to create advanced features, such as displaying information within a table. This exercise is designed to prepare you teach a client how to make 3 different kinds … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Build a Test Site in Cascade – Part One

STAs, learn how to populate the content in a Cascade site, and how to use the COLA Web Editor for news, events and faculty/staff photo IDs! The purpose for this practice is to familiarize yourself with components of Cascade. This … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Edit and Process COLA Photo IDs

Follow these steps to edit a photo so that it can be made into a College of Liberal Arts Photo ID suitable for display on a webpage.  You will be making the “thumbnail” versions for the list of photo ID’s … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Add Pull Quotes to Text

How to create a fancy Pull Quote in Cascade You can add a pull quote style to a snippet of content that needs to stand out from its surroundings to grab the reader’s attention. Step 1: HTML Edit Cascade CMS … Continue reading

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