Resources for Level Up

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Level Up Your Creative Vision

Nobody knows your artistic spirit better than you do. But how do you develop your creative skills, and what tools do you use? Use these resources to learn more about taking your work to the next level—then bring your vision to life in Level Up at the Main Library.

Lynda

For all-around, top-notch instruction from the pros, we recommend starting with Lynda. One of the world's leading online video learning platforms, Lynda offers hundreds of digital creativity lessons, and it's available to Library cardholders free of charge.

Getting started is easy—just set up your Lynda account through the library's subscription and start your creative journey.

More Learning Resources

▶ Music

Music Production

Songwriting/Music Theory/Sound

For manuals and tutorials on all of Level Up's audio tools, see our Audio Production Studios page

▶ Video & Photography

Video & Photo Production, Green Screen

  • B&H Explora Nice blog from the iconic NYC equipment supplier, with articles, tips, and reviews
  • Video Copilot Tools and training for people who love motion design and visual effects
  • Working with a Green Screen in Premiere Pro CC [YouTube] Key out the green screen in your videos the Adobe way
  • Creative Cow A comprehensive digital video community with helpful information, tutorials, forums, and podcasts
  • iMovie Tutorials Help from Apple on everything from starting a new project to publishing on video sharing sites
  • Footage Crate A great site focusing on video special effects with tutorials and free effects bundles for After Effects
  • Tuts+ Video and Photo Great articles and tutorials on all things video and photography
  • Tuts+ 3D and Motion Graphics Helpful tutorials on 3D modeling and special effects

Free Stock Footage

About Copyright & Attribution

Most of these sites provide free high-quality images for use in personal and commercial projects—no strings attached. However, some of them require attribution to (i.e., crediting) the content's creator. In those cases, you must attach text giving credit to the image's creator (e.g., "Photo by Talia Jones") in your project. To avoid any legal issues, be sure to check for any restrictions before downloading or using any images.

  • Public Domain Archive Vintage and modern high-quality images with no restrictions
  • Unsplash Beautiful, high-quality images
  • Superfamous Images* Artistic and beautiful images for download
  • Picjumbo More free stock images!
  • Pixabay Nice, searchable archive of high-quality, commercial grade images
  • IM Free* Great collection of images, icons, and templates for any use
  • Gratisography Artistic and whimsical high-quality pictures by artist Ryan McGuire; free of copyright restrictions 
  • MorgueFile* Somewhat strange collection of images that may be just the thing you're looking for
  • Free Images* Another nice collection of free stock images
  • New Old Stock Really interesting collection of vintage photos from public archives and free of copyright restrictions
  • Picography Scroll-through gallery of evocative shots by professional photographers; perfect for designers
  • Pexels Many free-of-charge and royalty-free photos to choose from
  • archive.org Collection of stock video clips submitted by users
  • pngimg.com Free png images and clipart with transparent backgrounds for use in web design or video

*Attribution required for images from this resource.

For manuals and tutorials on all of Level Up's video tools, see our Video Production Studio page

▶ Coding

For manuals and tutorials on Level Up's developer tools, see our Digital Creativity Workstations page

▶ Website Design & Creation

▶ App Design

  • Ionic Creator Simple drag-and-drop tool for creating an app
  • Sketch App Sources Large collection of free design resources like icons and UI kits for web and mobile design

▶ Game Design

 For manuals and tutorials on Level Up's developer tools, see our Digital Creativity Workstations page

▶ Graphic Design, Digital Art, & Publishing

For manuals and tutorials on Level Up's developer tools, see our Digital Creativity Workstations page

▶ Copyright & Intellectual Property Rights

▶ Sharing Your Finished Project

You may have created your project in Level Up for your artistic career, your job, as a school project, or just to learn. Here's how to get your work seen, heard—and maybe even recognized as amazing!

  • Create a website to display your work.

     

    Submissions Welcomed and encouraged!

    Remember: Level Up is always looking for finished projects to add to our digital gallery of amazing creations made by our comunity. Just let Staff know if you’ve got something for us.