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First Contact with a Client: Tips

Greeting: always address the client, “Hello Valerie,” If they are a professor, best to address them as “Professor” or if they have a doctorate, “Dr.” unless they state they’d rather be referred to as their first name (If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Intro to Design Styles | Create Pixel Art in Illustrator

In this training, you’ll take an image (either a photograph you’ve taken or a famous painting) and turn it into pixel art using Adobe Illustrator. What is pixel art? It’s a style of art that mimics retro computer graphics created … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Create an Interactive Game Using Canvasser

Canvasser is a building tool that allows you to create simple animations and interactives that can be displayed on the web (in both desktop or mobile view). An interactive is essentially content that changes depending on the input of a … Continue reading

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Photography | Image Trace

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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Animation | 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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Principles of Design | 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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Creating New Documentation for Faculty and Staff

The COLA Help Guides provide detailed instructions on how to use both Cascade CMS and the COLA Web Editor. The audience for these guides is COLA faculty and staff who use these tools to manage their sites, so keep in mind that … Continue reading

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Assume a User’s Identity in Cascade

Log in to Cascade CMS: Either 1) Use the Search Bar Search for a user in the top-right search bar. Select their user profile. In the user profile, click on the …More button, then Assume Identity.   Or 2) Go … Continue reading

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Email Template: Photo ID Too Small/Low Res, Resubmission Needed

Dear (Client’s Name), My name is _______, and I am contacting you from the LAITS office regarding your COLA ID processing. We have noticed that the photo you submitted is too small, and therefore is too low of a resolution … Continue reading

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Cascade Overview

Use command + f to search this page for quick information, or look through the STA Training Table of Contents to find specific guides on how to use Cascade. Users, Groups, Roles Users Find a user: Administration >  Users or … Continue reading

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Adding Bleed and Crop Marks to a PDF

A bleed area is thin border (usually less than ¼ inch) on all four sides of a document that will be trimmed off post-printing. The bleed guarantees that the poster will have no white margin or leftover space around its edges. … Continue reading

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