Take creative ideas from “Aha!” to “Awesome!” with the Digital Creativity Workstations and laptops in Level Up. With free access to the tools professionals use, you’re on your way to amazing graphic, video, and audio productions.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe leads the pack in digital creativity software. Your images, sounds, and words go in—and amazing movies, songs, and publications come out. We provide you free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs on all workstations and laptops in Level Up.
You can log in to any Digital Creativity Workstation at Level Up. When all Workstations are in use, you may reserve the next available one. Priority is given to those using the workstations for creative purposes. While consuming media (surfing the web, watching videos) is permitted, you may be asked to move to a different area if all computers are full.
Hardware and Accessories
Available to all users
- Four iMacs featuring a 27 inch monitor, 3.5GHz processor, and 32GB of RAM
Available with your library card
Wacom Intuos Pro pen tablets (medium & large): two-hour checkout
An overview of the Intuos Pro line.
Intuos Pro instruction manual
Basic video instruction from Wacom on using the Intuos pen tablet.
More detailed tutorials from Wacom that cover the pen tablet’s many applications.
Intuos Pro Tutorial (YouTube)
Digital artist Aaron Rutten demonstrates how the Intuos Pro works and the different ways it can be used with drawing software.
Complete Tutorial for Photographers (YouTube)
B&H presents a video tutorial on using the Intuos tablet with Adobe Photoshop.
- Two MacBook Pros available for use in Level Up
- Audio Technica pro headphones: two-hour checkout
- Korg Minilogue Synthesizer: two-hour checkout
Even More Software
In addition to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, you'll find these great tools at the Digital Creativity Workstations in Level Up:
Video and Animation
Apple's simple video editor is great for beginning and experienced filmmakers.
An overview of iMovie.
Apple's online resource page.
iMovie Essential Training
This video series from Linkedin Learning offers detailed breakdowns of every step involved in the creation of an iMovie project. Perfect for diving deep into what iMovie can do. Login to the Library's subscription to LinkedIn Learning, then click on the link for the tutorial to get direct access.
Library ID: mcpl
How to Create a Movie From Start to Finish With iMovie
A handy “bare bones” overview from Tuts+, with screenshots accompanying each step. Great as a refresher or quick reference.
Borrow these great Library items on iMovie. Ask staff for assistance with locating them.
Open-source software that puts the power of 3D animation in your hands. Blender offers "the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.”
An overview of Blender.
Blender Reference Manual
The online, searchable instruction manual for Blender.
Tutorials from Blender
An extensive collection of how-to videos especially for newbies. Includes sections on getting started, modeling, rigging, and more.
31 brilliant Blender tutorials
Creative Bloq’s collection of video and text tutorials covers just about everything for a variety of skill levels and learning styles.
Borrow materials about Blender from the Library. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.
- Final Cut Pro X
Audio Recording and Production
Logic Pro X
Push your music as far as it can go, every step of the way. A complete professional recording studio for the Mac, Logic Pro gives you everything you need to go from first inspiration to final master.
An overview of Logic Pro X.
Logic Pro X Help
Online manual and help from Apple.
Logic Pro Video Tutorial Series (YouTube)
Get started with these easy-to-follow videos by MusicTechHelpGuy, a professional audio engineer and educator.
Logic Pro X Essential Training - Linkedin Learning
Linkedin is the go to source resource for learning from experts in software, creativity, and business skills. Login to the Library's subscription to LinkedIn Learning, then click on the link for the tutorial to get direct access.
Library ID: mcpl
Borrow these great Library items on Logic Pro X. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.
Incredible music, in the key of easy. GarageBand is a music creation studio inside a Mac—with a complete sound library that includes instruments, guitar and voice, and virtual drummers. An intuitive interface for creating your hits and share them worldwide.
An overview of GarageBand.
Online manual and help from Apple.
Garageband Essential Training - Linkedin Learning
This video series from Linkedin.com offers detailed breakdowns of every step involved in a GarageBand project. Perfect for diving deep into what GarageBand can do. Login to the Library's subscription to LinkedIn Learning, then click on the link for the tutorial to get direct access.
Library ID: mcpl
Borrow these great Library items on GarageBand. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.
A free multi-track audio editor and recorder. Audacity's straightforward interface makes it well-suited for podcasts and other spoken-word projects. A favorite among open source enthusiasts.
An overview of Audacity.
Audacity Manual (PDF)
Online instruction manual.
Tutorials from the Audacity Team
Tutorials that provide step-by-step instructions for common tasks.
Documents and Publishing
An overview of Twine.
Get started with Twine's wiki guide.
Introduction to Twine (YouTube)
Clear, easy-to-follow tutorials from Twine enthusiast Vegetarian Zombie.
Developer Tools & Utilities
This modern, open source text editor for web designers makes programming code easy and efficient. Brackets allows you to quickly preview your project live, punch into various elements without switching files, and integrate smoothly with Adobe apps like Photoshop.
An overview of Brackets.
How to Use Brackets
Basic text-based overview on using Brackets to write programming code. Includes a table of keyboard shortcuts.
This suite of tools by Apple allows you to create software apps for OS (Mac) and iOS (iPad and iPhone). Design, create, edit, test, and debug your app ideas—all in one place.
Apple's overview of XCode.
PDF XCode Tutorial (PDF)
Complete user manual in PDF form.
How to Make an App (YouTube)
A video series that clearly explains Xcode’s role in the development process, the other tools it interacts with, and how you can use it without any programming experience.
Borrow these great Library items on XCode. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.
Described as "the missing link between designer and developer on a 3D project," Away Builder is part of the Adobe Gaming SDK that allows you to optimize your 3D images for the most faithful rendering in your game.
Away Tool's overview of Away Builder.
Introduction to Away Builder
A designer from Adobe demonstrates Away Builder’s power and capabilities in these step-by-step videos.
Even More Tutorials and Resources
More tutorials and resources for the digital creativity process.
A comprehensive digital video community, featuring tutorials, forums and podcasts on many video production topics.
Coding and Design
Free, interactive online lessons that teach you, through simple tutorials, how to build a website or an app.
A free web development learning site with tutorials.
How to Build a Web Application from Scratch with No Experience
A tutorial from LifeHacker.
Official site for downloading the language package and all kinds of resources for this dynamic programming language.
A free open source, web-based game engine.
A Beginner’s Guide to Making Your First Video Game
A great article to get you started.
The official Unity Twitch account.
Livestreams and archived videos showing how to use Unity