Both spaces come equipped with digital creation tools (cameras, drawing tablets, scanners, and more) as well as computers with Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, and more). Both libraries offer introductory classes so patrons can learn more about the tools and software in the Digital Creation Spaces, and you can become more comfortable working on digital projects.
While it’s great to have the Adoble Creative Cloud software in the Digital Creation Space, you may want to do some creative work at home. Below you will find freeware and apps to help you get the job done on a budget!
Don’t forget that Plano Public Library makes Lynda.com available to you for online instruction in many of these software packages and topics.
PIXLR: a web-based photo editing app for use within the Google Chrome browser.
Photoscape: a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.
Sumopaint: Sumo Paint is an online image editor, without need to install anything to your device. It’s the most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser. You can open and save images from your hard drive or save it to cloud.
The DCS at our Parr location has Ableton Live Suite installed on its computers. Ableton is professional quality music production software, but can be used by beginners as well. By plugging MIDI instruments and controllers into the computer, you can use Ableton to create almost any instrument sound, control musical clips, create DJ sets, or compose music from scratch.
Several times per season we teach Podcasting 101 in the Plano Public Library DCS labs. On September 23 we taught it in the Teen DCS at our Haggard Location. Participants learned about various kinds of microphones, file formats, editing software, editing techniques, and most importantly — WHAT IS A PODCAST. They produced a short podcast clip using Adobe Audition, and uploaded the file to a free test account on https://librarytest.podbean.com.
Besides podcasting, the audio recording and editing skills taught in the class can be quite useful for school projects and other hobbies.
In February 2017, Haggard Library began a DCS Intern Program. Interested Teens applied via the Volunteers In Plano office, went through interviews, and were selected based on their interest in digital creativity.
For their first projects, the nine interns split into teams of three, and each team produced a video using the equipment and software available in the Teen Digital Creation Space.
This past summer during the week long Summer Tech Camp, we spent an afternoon doing stop motion animation with the iPads, using the Stop Motion Studio app and lots of craft materials. Here are some of the creations…
Three times per year the Digital Creation Spaces offer classes to introduce you to Adobe Creative Suite and Camtasia. These introductory classes will show you how to navigate the workspace, do some basic work, and give you the tools you need to begin your digital creation journey. While the instructors are available for one-on-one meetings, you should also check out the Tutorials page for more information on how to do basic things in Adobe Creative Suite and Camtasia!