Free Resource for Artists: Lynda.com

Lynda.com_BlogTory Franklin , artist, teacher and collaborator, is currently working with sister Eroyn Franklin on a public artwork for Harborview in the form of digital designs for vinyl window graphics. 4Culture asked Tory to share information about a new (free) resource  available through the King County and Seattle Library systems.

Artists today use technology extensively. Sometimes it’s getting together those smashing images for applications or crafting a website, or maybe you need to create files for a project with 3d printing or laser cutting. And you probably want to track what’s happening with your artwork in the world with some sort of business software. Unless you acquired some of these skills in school you’re probably asking your tech savvy friend (or even your kid) to help you muddle through it or just giving up and paying someone to make it close to what you want.

So what can you do besides plunking down a bunch of money to get those skills? You can sit in your pajamas with a nice cup of tea and enter the world of Lynda.com…for free. Thanks to our amazing regional libraries you can save the monthly fee. Both the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library offer a pass to most of the videos at Lynda. For those of you outside of the Seattle area you may belong to another organization that has access, ask your local library!

For the uninitiated Lynda is a website brimming with in-depth videos on virtually any software available that is constantly updated. They can be several hours long but you can save your spot and you can jump to different chapters. If you retain written information better, follow the transcript beside the video. Even if you’re running an older version of a program there’s a good chance you can search for videos on your version.

Lynda has separate libraries for 3D + Animation, Audio + Music, Business, CAD, Design, Developer, Education + Elearning, IT, Marketing, Photography, Video and Web. Each section is separated into Course Topics, Software and Resources. They’re also designated as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Appropriate for All, so you don’t get too far in over your head. You can search for a topic or software and see where it takes you, and that cool video you find along the way but don’t want to get sidetracked – you can add it to your playlist for later.

Go to lynda.com and in the login is a section to log in through your organization. Put in the website of the library that you belong to (spl.org or kcls.org) and you will be directed to a new page that lets you put in your library card number and pin. Its as easy as checking out a ebook.