Software and Tutorials

Software

Find links to legally FREE or educational discounted software.

ADOBE

Graphic/Web/Multimedia/Video/Interactive
http://www.adobe.com/education/

Adobe offers educational discounts for some of the most powerful software available for the creative arts industry like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver, Flash, Premiere Pro and After Effects.

AUDACITY - FREE

Audio Recording/Mixing/Editing
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux. You can use Audacity to record live audio; convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs; edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files; cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together; change the speed or pitch of a recording and more!

AUTODESK - FREE

2D & 3D Modeling/Animation/CAD 
http://students.autodesk.com/

The same, full version software that over 9 million designers, engineers, and digital artists are using is available to you as a student for FREE for 36 months. Experience the newest editions of 2D and 3D products, such as Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk® Revit®, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Maya®, and AutoCAD®.

BLENDER - FREE

 

3D Modeling/Animation/Game Creation
http://www.blender.org/

Blender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, interactive 3D applications or video games.

GIMP - FREE

Graphic/Image Manipulation
http://www.gimp.org/

GIMP is a FREE alternative to Adobe Photoshop that will allow you to save files in a Photoshop format.

INKSCAPE - FREE

Vector Drawing/Illustration
http://inkscape.org/

InkScape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

LINUX - FREE

Coding/Software Development/Operating System Development
https://www.linux.com/

Linux is a free and open-source computer operating system that runs on a wide variety of computer hardware, ranging from mobile phones, tablet computers, routers, televisions and video game consoles, to desktop computers, mainframes and supercomputers. Linux is a leading server operating system, and runs the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world.

 Tutorials

Here are various tutorial links or you can visit our WCU Technology Commons YouTube channel for commonly requested video tutorials.  If you would like to request a tutorial or you want to learn more, send us an email at classtips@wcu.edu.

ADOBE - General Tutorials

Adobe TV
Great videos by Adobe for a variety of their products.

Dreamweaver Development Center
A fantastic resource with a ton of tutorials on using Dreamweaver to accomplish a variety of things.

Flash Development Center
Adobe's Getting Started and Tutorial section for all things Flash.  

Layers Magazine
A great resource for tutorials on Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

APPLE

Getting Started
This site has a lot of great introductory videos on getting familiar with your Mac.  

BLACKBOARD

Visit the Student Resources Tab within Blackboard.

EXCEL

Creating Charts in Excel 2010: Text / Video

GIMP

Gimp.Org Tutorials 
Several tutorials for beginners, intermediate, expert, photo editing, web and script authoring.

20 Photo Manipulation Tutorials For GIMP

PHOTOSHOP

 

Photoshop Essentials
A good site with various tutorials categorized into Photoshop Basics, Brushes, Photo Editing, Photo Effects, Text Effects, Digital Photo Essentials Tips and Tricks.  

Psd tuts+
An incredible site with amazing tutorials on how to do some extremely creative work/effects with Photoshop.

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