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Online Tutorials

UW-IT’s Learning Technologies offers free technology workshops that can quickly help you to master the tools you want to use. For many of the workshops the course materials are available as online tutorials you can use any time. These workshops come in five series: Web Publishing, Graphics and Design, Digital Video, Digital Audio, and Documents and Spreadsheets:

Web Publishing

  • HTML – HTML is the basis of the content of the web, and fundamental to (almost) every web page.
  • CSS – CSS is the basic and most powerful styling language on the web, how to make your HTML look good.
  • Javascript – Javascript is a fundamental piece of interaction in web pages – how to make a web page interact with the user.
  • PHP – PHP is the foundation for making your web page let a user interact with a database on the “server side.”
  • Terminals – How to talk text to your computer, a fundamental skill for programming anything and working in detail with your OS.

Graphics and Design

  • Adobe Creative Suite 6 – acts as an interacting group of programs. As many of our graphics and design workshops and tutorials focus around these tools, this gives some helpful background.
  • Adobe Photoshop – A raster-based image editor that can be used for photo editing and manipulation as well as pixel-based drawing and painting.
  • Adobe Illustrator – An industry-standard, vector-based design tool that is used for creating everything from logos to interface mockups.
  • Adobe Indesign – The predominant solution to print and digital layout needs.

Digital Video

  • Digital Video Overview – Planning and working with digital video projects at the University of Washington
  • Apple iMovie Tutorials – Apple provides strong support for anyone looking to learn how to create videos in iMovie, Apple’s basic bundled video editing software.
  • Final Cut Pro X – The latest version of Apple’s professional video editing software, with tutorials from Apple and from others, including professionals in the field.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro – An excellent alternative to Apple’s tools, and Adobe’s support for its video editing and creation software, along with external tutorials, can help you get the skills you need to create an excellent video.
  • Adobe After Effects – Want to add a variety of effects to your videos? Adobe After Effects enables advanced motion graphics, effects and composting for your digital video project. Visit these tutorials to get started.
  • Windows Movie Maker – A basic video editing tool, available free to users of Windows. Need to quickly and effectively do a basic video editing project, but don’t have money for a Mac or for Adobe? Windows Movie Maker can get your project done.
  • iDVD Manual – Although fewer people create DVD videos because of the rise in online streaming media, iDVD remains a powerful solution for DVD menu creation and publishing. Apple’s manual for this software provides guidance for all tasks within this application.
  • Final Cut Pro 7 – While it is not the most recent version of Final Cut Pro, our labs include version 7, as a robust alternative to the newest version for legacy users.
  • iMovie HD 6 – Although it is not the most recent version, our labs have iMovie HD 6 for legacy users who wish to use this introductory video editing software.

Digital Audio

  • Introduction to Digital Audio – Learn the basics behind reserving and using the Odegaard Library Sound Studio and the fundamentals of digital audio.
  • Audacity – A powerful and free open source digital audio recording solution. Learn basic recording and editing techniques with this tutorial.
  • Propellerhead Reason – One of the most comprehensive digital music composition programs available. Get a basic sequence started, learn devices, from drum machines to analog synthesizer modules.
  • Apple Garageband – The solid amateur system. Record music, mix pre-recorded music, and create podcasts.

Documents and Spreadsheets