Long day editing? Slave to your keyboard?

Glued to your monitor for hours? Editing tiny paths and control points with endless mouse clicks and scrolls? The chances are your body will be feeling the strain. Here are a few great practical exercises from VET to combat RSI, eye strain and muscular pain.


Where can I get free online software tutorials?

Even the folks here at Creative Skills needs to sleep sometime so what do you do when it’s 3am and you need to learn how to create a masks in After Effects or how to add a wall in SketchUp. Before you spend hours trawling through YouTube here are a few free online resources that could save you some time.


Moodle: CCi Skills – Creative

We have our very own Moodle page which appears by default on your Moodle homepage. Look down the list to find and select CCi Skills – Creative.  Our page contains sections for the major software that we support and includes reference guides, PDF worksheets, workshop tutorials, examples and useful links.


Pluralsight (formerly Digital Tutors)

Pluralsight is an online training library with hundreds of training videos in huge range of software including:  3ds Max, After Effects, Dreamweaver,  Fusion, Houdini, Illustrator, InDesign, Maya, Nuke, Photoshop,  RenderMan,  V-Ray, and Z-brush plus many more!

This is available through the library catalogue and you can access it here – follow the instructions there to login.


Stephen Hall

stephenhall.org.uk has a host of resources to help with CAD software, building modelling, SketchUp, InDesign and Photoshop among others.


Video CoPilot

A fantastic site for tutorials and resources on motion graphics and VFX using After Effects.  You can visit it here where you can even download plugins and scripts to improve your After Effects comps.


Adobe TV

Adobe TV has video tutorials for all of its major creative software and is a great resource for learning the programs from scratch.  Highly recommended.


Adobe Knowhow

Knowhow is Adobe’s new platform for extensive online courses .  It has a ‘free’ section where you can access hours of video tutorials covering many of its major programs – you can access it here.  The main Knowhow website has much more but these will cost you so try out the free section first to see if it has what you want.


Autodesk Knowledge Network 

A great resource for Autodesk products – in particular you may want to take advantage of the Getting Started in Revit section.







Digital Media & Contemporary Fine Art get holistic with Creative Skills

This morning we’ve been taking MSc Digital media and BA Contemporary Fine Art on a journey through Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketchup, Artlantis and Flash.

We’ve been looking at creative workflows between all of these programs, creating complex shapes in Illustrator, extruding them in Sketchup, rendering in Artlantis, making and modifying selections in Photoshop before importing assets and documents into Flash to create animations and interactive media.  Want to know more about these and other creative software?  Drop-in to Eldon 2.32 or email us at ccicreativeskills@port.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

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