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Design & Multimedia Software

Whether you are working on a school or professional publication, Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Premiere will become some of your most used programs. The resources below will help you learn to use these tools to their fullest capacity.

  • Final Cut Pro is the video editing software of choice for journalists using Apple computers. There is no Windows version.
  • InDesign from Adobe is a computer program that helps you create beautiful layouts for your publication on the computer. Programs like InDesign can be hard for first time users to understand, so check out this video tutorial of how to build a new InDesign document if your brand new to digital design.
  • iMovie is a simple, easy to use video editing program that comes free with the Apple operating system. (It has no Windows PC version.)
  • Photoshop from Adobe is a popular image editing program. You can use it to do everything from creating Gifs to cropping photos. What exactly to look for when publishing a photo is nuanced. This tutorial on image resolution and print quality breaks it down a little bit.
  • Premiere is the most popular video editing program that works on both Windows PCs and Apple computers. Made by Adobe, it is comparable to the Final Cut Pro video editing program for the Apple platform.
  • Soundslides has become a standard for creating audio slideshows due to its simple interface, low cost and its devotion to journalistic storytelling. To post Soundslides material on some sites, it must be converted to video. This can only be done with the professional version of the program. To convert it, go here.
  • This guide teaches you how to reduce a video’s file size so that it can be used on the Web.
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