Creative Resources

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  • Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Now you can take your ideas to new places with Photoshop on the iPad, draw and paint with Fresco, and design for 3D and AR. Join the global creative community — and make something better together.

  • Audition is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing — and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.

  • Adobe InDesign is the industry-leading layout and page design software for print and digital media. Create beautiful graphic designs with typography from the world’s top foundries and imagery from Adobe Stock. Quickly share content and feedback in PDF. Easily manage production with Adobe Experience Manager. InDesign has everything you need to create and publish books, digital magazines, eBooks, posters, interactive PDFs, and more.

  • Lightroom is the cloud-based service that gives you everything you need to edit, organize, store, and share your photos across any device.

  • Imaging and graphic design software is at the core of just about every creative project, from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. And now you can harness the power of Photoshop across desktop and iPad to create wherever inspiration strikes.

  • Feed your followers a steady stream of awesome by creating and sharing online videos with Adobe Premiere Rush. It’s easy to use across all your devices, and it’ll transform the way you create content.

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  • Adobe Express is an integrated suite of media creation applications for mobile and web. Users can create flyers, social media graphics, logos, webpages, and more! Check out this user guide to get started today: https://helpx.adobe.com/express/user-guide.html

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There’s so much to learn about graphic design, video editing, and user design. Here are a few resources that can help you take your knowledge to the next level.

    • AIGA - This is the professional association for design and is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.
    • Layers Magazine - Layers online equips creative minds with up-to-the-minute tools. The Layers magazine website is brimming with tutorials for Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, and Flash—all the Adobe applications that design professionals need to quickly and easily produce dazzling results.
    • Lynda.com - Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Join today to get access to thousands of courses. This is a fee-based website.
    • Owl Design It! Pinterest Page – Connect with Professor Johnson’s Pinterest page where she pins lots of design ideas and tutorials.
    • SPD - The Society of Publication Designers is dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design. Our members are art directors, designers, photo editors, editors and graphics professionals.
    • The Visual Communication Guy - Dr. Curtis Newbold is a fantastic visual communication professor who shares tips, tutorials, infographics and more on his super cool website!
  • Always credit the author of images! Permission and image credit are not the same thing. Also keep in mind that Google images typically have very small dimensions and will look pixelated. Try a few of these sites to get started today.

    • Flickr Creative Commons - This site gives full copyright to images without needing explicit permission from artist. Make sure to credit the author. 
    • Flickr regular site - All Flickr images available to the public. 99% of them are not for commercial use and must have permission from the author. For this class, image credit under the photo is sufficient. 
    • Graphics Wall - This site offers free vector graphics (mainly patterns, textures, badges).
    • KSU Stock Photography - Images on this website are for use on KSU-related website, PowerPoints and printed materials and are copyrighted by Kennesaw State University. They may not be reproduced without prior, written consent from the Office of University Relations.
    • Pixabay - Find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are published under Creative Commons Public Domain deed CC0.
    • The Ultimate Guide to Free Images - List of 39 free stock photo resources will ensure you never struggle to find images for blog or social media posts again.
    • Pexels - Free stock photos. 
    • Unsplash - Free images and photos that you can download and use for any project.
    • Adobe Color CC - Create color schemes with the color wheel or browse thousands of color combinations from the Kuler community.
    • Paletton - This site helps you choose a color palette based on an image or what kind of color schemes you'd like to create (analogous, complementary, etc.)
    • Pantone Color Finder - Looking for a specific Pantone color? Use the search bar to locate color options in just a few clicks.
    • dafont.com - Archive of freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity. 
    • fontsquirrel.com - Font Squirrel scours the internet in search of FREE, highest-quality, designer-friendly, commercial-use fonts and presents them for easy downloading. 
    • urbanfonts.com - Features more than 8,000 free fonts, premium (paid) fonts and free dingbats.
    • Kern Type - This game allows you to test your kerning ability. It's fun, but also a bit addicting!
    • The Font Game - Test your knowledge of font appearances and knowledge.
    • Pen Tool Video Game - This game helps you practice clicking and dragging to make line segments with the Pen tool.

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