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  • Blog Post: Adobe Premiere Elements 13 vs. Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    Some of the most captivating imagery produced by nonprofits in recent years hasn't been photos — it's been viral videos. Nonprofits like yours are getting savvier with social media and video, and you don't need celebrities or high-definition video. All you need is a great story and...
  • Blog Post: Your Top 10 Tech Topics

    Fiscal year end is a time of reflection here at TechSoup. Well … reflection and crunching epic piles of data. We're reviewing what worked well this year and what we can improve for next year. This includes understanding what you, our nonprofit community, found most interesting in 2014–2015...
  • Blog Post: Video Streaming Apps — To Stream or Not to Stream

    The nonprofit sector thrives on a community of rich storytelling. Whatever form that storytelling takes, from photo essay to member video, story-driven content is dynamic, shows impact, and can attract new potential donors. Many of these stories, however, are only as good as their delivery strategy or...
  • Blog Post: Where to Find Great Free Music for a Video

    If you're creating a video, a podcast, an online training, or any other project that might benefit from adding some sweet tunes, the Free Music Archive (FMA) offers more than 80,000 free, completely legal-to-use audio downloads. Here's how to get the most out of this free resource. A Little...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Wild Lands Through Art

    TechSoup member Braided River has used a TechSoup donation of Adobe Creative Suite to astounding effect. Braided River, a Seattle-based nonprofit publishing company, has undertaken 16 conservation projects to date with just three staff people. Among the wild places Braided River has featured, millions...
  • Blog Post: 4 Things Non-Designers Should Know About Graphic Design

    The future is a visual one. These days, people often share images that communicate a wealth of nuanced information (rather than relying on words), and visual literacy is becoming a requirement. Given this new reality, how can we communicate with and engage our communities? Meggan Frost, public services...
  • Blog Post: 7 Key Ideas: The Secret to Managing Your Values-Based Brand

    "I think it was a great source of information and education for me. Before the event I planned to contact an expert for advice on branding my new organization. But I got all the information I needed here to confidently start the branding process of my new organization. " — Alhassan Ibn...
  • Blog Post: Can I Use That Video on My Website?

    Let's face it. The Internet has gone "video." People just like it. Within the next couple of years, video will account for 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic. It's definitely easier to grab great videos off the Internet to put on your website or blog than to make them. But...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Adobe Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 5

    Ready to wrap this up? Great! The only thing left to do to complete our poster is to add the nonprofit organization's logo. This logo file was available in part 1 , but for the sake of convenience, you can download it here , too. Place the Logo Let's add the logo! Click File >...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Adobe Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 4

    Welcome back! So far we've cleaned up the image and added our header text . Now, we'll add the body text and the white box behind it. But first, let's talk about layers. A Quick Note About Layers Each element in your Photoshop file is on its own layer. Adobe describes layers like this...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Adobe Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 3

    Final product (click for larger version) Let's dive right in. You've no doubt picked up everything you needed in Part 1 and cleaned the image in Part 2 . (If you haven't, go ahead. We'll wait.) We now move on to adding the header. Add Guides Before we add text to the image...
  • Blog Post: Memejacking: Does Your Nonprofit Dare?

    When a question about the color of a dress went viral, several nonprofits joined the conversation to help their messages spread along the viral wave. Did these nonprofits use a sophisticated communications tactic, or did they just jump on a vapid bandwagon? What Dress? If you somehow missed #TheDress...
  • Blog Post: Legacy of Hope Austin: Dreams for Kids with Special Needs

    Julie Lyles Carr was asked a life-changing question five years ago: "What is the one thing you would like to do to impact your community?" As a mother of eight, including two children with special needs, Carr knew that "families with children that have special needs often can't...
  • Blog Post: Can You Use Your Own Photos on Your Website? Maybe Not

    One undeniable trend is that people are increasingly attracted to images and videos and much less interested in unadorned text. Images bring life and interest to anything. They also help demonstrate the human impact of nonprofits' and libraries' work. But can you get in trouble by posting...
  • Blog Post: How to Choose the Right Image for Your Website

    Oh stock images ... like cupcakes, you are ubiquitous and tempting, even though we know you're bad for us. Here are a few key considerations to help you choose fantastic images for your site. (Note: I'm admittedly less helpful on advice for breaking the cupcake habit.) 1. Are You Treating...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Adobe Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 2

    Welcome back! This guide will walk you through the first steps of how to create the poster from Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1 . We've included screenshots for each step, too. For some steps, there are also Bonus sections. These are a little extra information in case you're really...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Adobe Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 1

    Photoshop is the ultimate tool for enhancing photos, designing creative assets, and even cutting exes out of old photos. With Photoshop, you can do everything from quickly tuning up photos to controlling every detail of your digital vision in one powerful application. Of course, this kind of description...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 13 Now Available

    TechSoup is proud to announce the newest version of Adobe's Elements bundle, containing both Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13. Both programs are lighter editions of Photoshop, Adobe's popular photo-editing application, and Premiere Pro, its robust video-editing application. ...
  • Blog Post: New to TechSoup: Autodesk Design Suites

    TechSoup is proud to announce our newest donor partner, Autodesk. Autodesk's advanced design software can be used to design buildings, infrastructure, products, entertainment content, and more. Autodesk is perhaps best known for its computer-aided design (CAD) software, AutoCAD. See the Autodesk...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Video, Awful Sound? Record Audio Like a Pro

    Video is one of the best ways to tell your nonprofit's story. It's four times more inspiring than static content, and by 2016, online video users will likely double to 1.5 billion . Ready to jump in? TechSoup has put together some great tips for how to make a good video, including pointers...
  • Blog Post: Not a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit? We Have Resources for You Too!

    Earlier today, we had a question asked in our community forums about whether donated and discounted products through TechSoup were available to organizations if they weren't a registered, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The person was looking for Adobe's Photoshop Elements for their work. I know many of our readers...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge: Tools for Telling Your Story

    There's still plenty of time to participate in the second annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge ! Finished video or photo stories created according to the challenge guidelines can be submitted at the challenge website . Don't know about the challenge? Read the details on the TechSoup...
  • Blog Post: Storytelling in the Digital Age: Lessons from the SOCAP12 Conference

    Nonprofit leaders, impact investors, and philanthropists from all over the world gathered in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center this week for SOCAP12 . The theme of this year's conference is "Making Meaning Matter" with panels and discussions on community building and digital media...
  • Blog Post: Adobe MAX Social Responsibility Award: Cast Your Vote

    Earlier this summer, we talked about the Adobe MAX Awards, an awards program that recognizes multimedia achievements in the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors. We were particularly excited about this year's awards, as Adobe added a Social Responsibility category. Well, the finalists are in...
  • Blog Post: Have You Recently Requested Adobe CS 5 Design Premium Through TechSoup?

    We've heard from a number of users who recently requested Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium Win ESD through TechSoup. Some are seeing an "invalid key" error message when they try to install the Acrobat 9 portion of the suite. If you're experiencing the same problem, please contact Adobe Creative...