Lightsaber Magic with After Effects CC

In preparation for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, we’re thinking about ways to combine the power of Adobe Creative Cloud with some Jedi mojo to awaken your creative force.
On Dead Day our #EpisodeXmas event will bring lightsabers into the library for the first time. The lightsaber is the perfect tool for an aspiring Adobe Master, “not as clumsy as a blaster… an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”


So if you plan on dropping by the Learning Studio to film an epic lightsaber showdown with your roommate, don’t stop there. This Lynda tutorial will teach you how to make your lightsaber glow in After Effects–an essential ingredient for turning a $5 kid’s toy into a magical futuristic weapon.

Video Copilot Lightsaber Presets for AfterEffects CC

Save the Galaxy with Photoshop CC

In preparation for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, we’re thinking about ways to combine the power of Adobe Creative Cloud with some Jedi mojo to awaken your creative force.

Young Padawan, in order to become an Adobe master, it’s not enough simply to download Photoshop (available for free HERE). You might begin over the break by creating your own Star Wars hologram.

Not sure where to start, “help us, you’re our only hope”. Here’s a quick tutorial. – Creating a Star Wars Hologram Effect


If you’d like to dive into Photoshop over the break, Mike Wiggins introduces the basics in our first Adobe Boot Camp.

Photoshop Boot Camp with Mike Wiggins


Follow us on Twitter (@learningstudio) or Facebook (aculearningstudio) to see some of the best of Star Wars at ACU this week.

Adobe CC Poster Competition

This month ACU student designers have a chance to help spread the word that Adobe Creative Cloud is on campus.

Library Digital_Adobe at ACUCreate a poster that represents ACU in color or imagery, and fits in the Adobe poster series, for a chance to win an iPad mini and have your poster featured prominently on campus! Three runner-ups will also receive an Adobe grab bag.


– Download the Poster Competition Template
– Design a custom background
– Use one of the three slogans: “Make it Here”, “Make it Yours”, OR “Make it ACU.”
– Submit your poster as a PDF to

The submission deadline is Friday, December 4th. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and contacted shortly after the deadline regarding prizes.

Please email us at if you have any questions.

Adobe MAX 2015

Last week, a team of 6 ACU faculty and staff rubbed shoulders with pro filmmakers, authors, photographers and engineers at Adobe’s annual creative conference, Adobe MAX.

Watch the MAX Kick-off video and prepare to be blown away.



The event is not only an inspiring collection of creative work from filmmakers, special effects artists and graphic designers, but this year Adobe included sessions focused on Education, including a full-day executive briefing with ACU joining representatives from Clemson, UC Berkeley, University of the Arts, and our hosts at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Creative Cloud is already the industry standard for creative work in media, web and design. Now that Adobe CC is available to all students, faculty and staff, we look forward to seeing how it can impact your work as well.


Check out the keynotes and select sessions from MAX 2015 and kick off your creative journey.


Photoshop Boot Camp online workshop

Last fall Mike Wiggins, graphic designer and chair of the Department of Art & Design, led several workshops for faculty interested in learning to use Photoshop. Mike was very kind to come in and film the basic workshop in the studio and its now available as our first Adobe Boot Camp.

Mike has been working with Photoshop since version 1.0, so you’ll definitely appreciate the experience he brings to teaching the basics of working with text and layers.

SkillsChallengeOne feature of this Adobe Boot Camp model is combining video training with hands-on skills challenges. You can download the sample PSD file to follow along or watch the video the first time through and then try to recreate the example project at your own pace.

Thanks again to Mike Wiggins for working with us to produce a remarkable model for students and faculty picking up Photoshop for the first time. Stay tuned for additional Adobe Boot Camp titles coming soon.