Category Archives: Misc

Installing WordPress Locally

Before starting this training, please make sure you’ve already completed the Installing MAMP training. WordPress is an open source CMS used to create websites, blogs, and web apps. It is one of the most popular content management systems used today … Continue reading

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Grav: Building Your Own Site Using Gantry 5

This training will go through the basics of the Gantry 5 framework for Grav. Note: Basic knowledge of CSS/HTML is required to complete this training. Before starting this training, complete the following tutorials to set up a local Grav site … Continue reading

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Exporting Logos for Clients

Prior reading: Exporting: When to Use What File Types Exporting a logo package is different than exporting a single graphic. Logos often get used by many people, in many iterations (websites, t-shirts, email signatures, business cards, etc). So, if all … Continue reading

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Web Dev Basics: git and GitHub

Just like in doing Design work, often times, you will find yourself wanting to save multiple copies of your work. I’m sure we all know this struggle . . . Well fortunately (or unfortunately) for developers, we don’t have to … Continue reading

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How to Install MAMP

Web servers store the data for websites and connect to the internet. When you’re on a website, your browser sends a request to the web server and the server sends back the requested document. MAMP is a free, local server … Continue reading

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WordPress: Write Documentation via WordPress Help Plug-in

Introduction This training will help introduce you to and familiarize yourself with the WP Help plugin, a helpful resource for organizing internal documentation on WordPress. This will be helpful should you ever need to help manage the STA blog or … Continue reading

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Web Dev Basics: HTML / CSS

In this training you will be introduced to HTML and CSS, the languages that can be used as tools to help you develop simple websites. This training is designed for those who do not have a background in programming / … Continue reading

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Web Dev Basics: How to Use the Browser Inspect Tool

In this training, you will understand how to use Inspect Element and test out style modifications in the browser. This training will introduce the components of Inspect Element and provide a brief training for using the tool.  What is Inspect Element? … Continue reading

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Exporting: When to Use What File Types

Introduction Knowing what file type to use and export with is important in every creative project. Certain file types are more suitable for certain situations and use cases, such as for print and for web. File-saving standards can also boost … Continue reading

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Grav: Advanced Techniques

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Grav: Gantry 5 Basics

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Grav: Local MAMP and Gantry 5 set-up (old)

Grav is a flat-file content-management system (CMS) we use to develop custom websites for LAITS clients. MAMP is a free server environment you can use to create websites locally (local = on your own machine with no web hosting required). … Continue reading

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So you just got assigned a PRINT project

Congrats! Print design is a really fun area of graphic design but it does require some specialty knowledge. If you really love print design, you might look into becoming a Production Artists. Production Artists are a type of designer that … Continue reading

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Fun Activities for Class and Work

The LAITS team has come up with some virtual and in-person activities that can be used in the classroom or in the workplace to welcome new students and staff, warm up the conversation in discussion sessions and meetings, and enhance … Continue reading

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Using Textures and Borders to Add Interest to Photoshop Projects

Adding texture to an image is a great way to make an image appear 3-dimensional, even though it is flat. Textures can also develop visual intrigue in simple, minimalist designs. In this lesson, you’ll learn: How to add textured borders … Continue reading

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How to Write Project Summaries

Here at LAITS, project summaries are something we start working on a few weeks before an STA Semester Showcase. During this event we are tasked to summarize the most important projects we’ve worked on during that time. In theory, it … Continue reading

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HTML/CSS | How to Create CSS Flip Cards in CLIO

CSS flip cards are a great way to dynamically display Q/A or vocabulary-baed content. You can even add audio and images to your cards, depending on the content from the client. In this training, you’ll learn how to: Create animated … Continue reading

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How To Use WordPress – Basics

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) used to help one build a website or blog without prior web development experience. In this post, we will learn how to do basic things in WordPress, including Writing and Publishing a Post, … Continue reading

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Animation | Motion Graphics (Advanced)

Introduction / Review In the first KB training on Adobe AfterEffects, you learned how to create simple animations for Online Course Graphics. Fundamentals that you were introduced to include:  storyboarding the AE User Interface and creating compositions  setting keyframes (position, … Continue reading

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Publication Design | Hierarchy and Color in Magazine Spreads

For this training, you’ll combine all of your knowledge of shape, type, color, hierarchy, and more to create a 4-page magazine spread in inDesign. Usually you’ll receive images and text from the client to lay out, but for this training, … Continue reading

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Typography | Intro to Typography

Fonts are an integral part of graphic design. Behind every bit of text that you see – on websites, billboards, and even your phone’s keyboard – lives a designer who spent time choosing the perfect font that fits the texts’ … Continue reading

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Web Design | Web Accessibility Standards

Awareness and understanding of disability has certainly deepened in recent years but there is still a great deal of work to be done. Disabilities span the realms of physical, mental, cognitive, and developmental, just to name a few. People with … Continue reading

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How to Process a Cascade Help Request and Train the Chatbot

As STAs, we have all completed our Cascade and Web Editor training, but staff and faculty members do not have those formal training. So, when staff and faculty members have questions while editing their sites, they would submit a help … Continue reading

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Publication Design | Infographics

. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor and design program that is popularly used to create beautiful designs that can go anywhere—print, web and apps, video and animations, and more. In this training, you will be using AI to … Continue reading

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Web Design | UI/UX with Figma

Businesses have started to realize the importance of having an enjoyable customer experience in the last few years. UI/UX design is now a valuable skill for any designer to have. UI/UX — in some form — has been around since … Continue reading

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Animation | Simple Course Graphics

After Effects is a video and animation-based tool that’s used to add elements to moving pictures and animations. Most designers use it to create titles, intros, and transition between clips for more seamless video production. STAs at LAITS work on … Continue reading

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Color Correction Archive for Digital Backdrops

Online courses produced by the LAITS Video Team are recorded in studios that have a variation of lighting properties. These differences create discrepancies in the studio backdrops’ coloring. The variations in the color display are caused by the temperature of … Continue reading

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Photography | Cutting Objects Out in Photoshop

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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Cascade Help Request Email Templates

Template for Requests with Existing Documentation Dear [INSERT CLIENT NAME], My name is [INSERT YOUR NAME] and I am an STA here at LAITS. I will be providing you assistance with your Cascade help request. In order to [INSERT CLIENT … Continue reading

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Adding Captioning using UT transcriptions & Panopto for Podcast Sites

New podcast site might need speaker and transcription updates before it gets published. This tutorial will go over how to create transcriptions for podcasts through either UT Transcriptions or Panopto. Step 1: Download Audio File Go to a podcast episode. … Continue reading

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