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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Intro to 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 >...
Intro to 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...
Intro to 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Intro to 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...
Intro to 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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Interesting Uses of Technology: Digital Video, Social Media, and More
Need practical advice on using digital video, social media, or presentation tools at your organization? Want to see how other organizations are using these technologies and what they’ve accomplished? Then head on over to TechSoup for Libraries and check out their blog series on interesting...
Last Chance to Show Your Impact: Deadline Extended thru 5 p.m. Pacific Today
If you're scrambling to get your submission in for this year's Adobe and TechSoup Show Your Impact Design Contest , you've got just a handful of hours left to get yours in. Don't wait ! Being that yesterday was Tax Day here in the States and that many were scrambling to meet that pressing deadline, we...
Submissions Open! Enter the Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact Contest by April 15
Adobe and TechSoup are delighted to announce that we are now taking submissions for the Show Your Impact Design Contest ! You have until April 15 to submit your entry demonstrating how your organization has used your donated Adobe software to have an impact in the areas of the environment or social change...