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Software and Tutorials


Find links to legally FREE or educational discounted software.


Adobe offers educational discounts for some of the most powerful software available for the creative arts industry like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver, Flash, Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Audio Recording/Mixing/Editing

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux. You can use Audacity to record live audio; convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs; edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files; cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together; change the speed or pitch of a recording and more!

2D & 3D Modeling/Animation/CAD

The same, full version software that over 9 million designers, engineers, and digital artists are using is available to you as a student for FREE for 36 months. Experience the newest editions of 2D and 3D products, such as Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk® Revit®, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Maya®, and AutoCAD®.

3D Modeling/Animation/Game Creation

Blender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, interactive 3D applications or video games.

Graphic/Image Manipulation

GIMP is a FREE alternative to Adobe Photoshop that will allow you to save files in a Photoshop format.

Vector Drawing/Illustration

InkScape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Coding/Software Development/Operating System Development

Linux is a free and open-source computer operating system that runs on a wide variety of computer hardware, ranging from mobile phones, tablet computers, routers, televisions and video game consoles, to desktop computers, mainframes and supercomputers. Linux is a leading server operating system, and runs the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world.


Here are various tutorial links or you can visit our WCU Technology Commons YouTube channel for commonly requested video tutorials.

Adobe TV
Great videos by Adobe for a variety of their products.

Dreamweaver Development Center
A fantastic resource with a ton of tutorials on using Dreamweaver to accomplish a variety of things.

Flash Development Center
Adobe's Getting Started and Tutorial section for all things Flash.  

Layers Magazine
A great resource for tutorials on Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Getting Started
This site has a lot of great introductory videos on getting familiar with your Mac.

Creating Charts in Excel 2010: Text / Video

Gimp.Org Tutorials 
Several tutorials for beginners, intermediate, expert, photo editing, web and script authoring.

20 Photo Manipulation Tutorials For GIMP

Photoshop Essentials
A good site with various tutorials categorized into Photoshop Basics, Brushes, Photo Editing, Photo Effects, Text Effects, Digital Photo Essentials Tips and Tricks.

Psd tuts+
An incredible site with amazing tutorials on how to do some extremely creative work/effects with Photoshop.

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