General Mac Lab Hours
Fall & Spring Semester:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Fridays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. No weekend hours.
Contact: (770) 420-4733
The Visual Arts Mac Computer lab is open while classes are in session and during exam weeks only. If you need to use the Mac lab during office hours but while classes are not in session, please call the lab coordinator Shane McDonald to setup an appointment:
Email email@example.com call 770-423-6557
Other Resources On Campus
- Macs exist in other open computer labs. Please visit its.kennesaw.edu for more information.
- The TRAC Center of Kennesaw Hall (building #1 of the campus map) offers many poster printing, binding, laminating, and paper cutting options.
- Digital camcorders, and audio-recording devices are available for student checkout at the department of Audio Visual Technology Services in the Pilcher Building (room 112 of building #18 of the campus map).
Visual Arts Mac Lab Policy
Mac Lab Rules
- Keep noise level to a minimum and be courteous to other computer lab users.
- No food, drinks, or children are allowed in the labs.
- Please wash your hands before using equipment
—especially if you have been working in a visual arts studio classroom or if you just finished eating.
- Clear trash from your Mac station when finished working.
- Use recycling bins located throughout the building.
- Do not mark on desktops—you will be held responsible.
- Do not copy software—it’s illegal and prohibited.
- Do not change computer network or power wiring without permission or instruction by faculty or staff personnel.
- No viewing of pornography images or video in the labs on any computer.
- If you are unsure about lab policies, ask the Lab Coordinator, Shane McDonald (VA223).
- ELIGIBLE COMPUTER USERS: VA224 Mac Computer lab is open to all students, faculty, staff, and registered visitors of KSU. A Net ID and password is required to login to any computer on campus, including the Macs in VA224.
- NOISE: All computer users and students using other equipment in the lab should keep noise levels to a minimum. No music or videos are allowed without use of headphones. Students working on classroom projects should be aware of their speaking level so they do not bother other users. Mobile phone usage should be kept to a minimum.
- PERIODIC USE AS CLASSROOM: Classroom use takes priority over general students use. This lab doubles as a classroom for certain times of the semester when studio visual arts classes need the computers to perform design projects using the computer applications. Personnel in visual arts will do their best to give at least an hour’s notice before the room must be used by a class.
- PRIORITY USE: Priority usage of the Macs in VA224 go to the students who need to work on assignments requiring the use of the visual arts-specific applications listed in the tab above. Internet browsing, E-mail, and simple word-processing usage do not take priority. The Student Assistant in the room will monitor the computer usage in the room as more users need to enter the room. Students not using design/graphics software will be asked to leave to accommodate other students based on the length of time they have been using the lab.
- ISSUE REPORTING: If for some reason the Mac Lab attendant is not available to respond to your need immediately, computer users may report issues with computers, computer peripherals (i.e. keyboards, scanners, mice), printers, or software by using the Computer Service Request web form. This is the best way to ensure that the issue is resolved in a timely manner.
- WORKING-FILE STORAGE: It is good practice to work on files that have been copied to the hard drive—either on the desktop or the documents folder. It is the user's responsibility to back-up his/her own files to USB "pin" (or "flash") drives or CD/DVD media after working on those files. Computer user files may be deleted at any time by KSU's computer administrators.
- CAMPUS-WIDE POLICIES: These computer lab policies are in addition to the campus-wide policies maintained by the Information Technology Service (ITS).
Please E-mail Shane McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the VARC if the lab assistant is not available or to report any inappropriate behavior in the labs. Shane McDonald is the coordinator of the Mac Lab and his office resides in the Visual Arts Resource Center (VARC). His office hours vary each semester. Please call or visit when door is open: (Room 223, 770-423-6557). If you would prefer to make complaints, comments or suggestions anonymously, please see our "suggestion box" on the wall between VA224 & VA223.
- Be organized and prepared for your time spent in the lab. Please check the door for posted times in which the lab will be used as a classroom and therefore closed to students.
- Be responsible for your own possessions.
- Save your data to a diskette/flash drive often.
- Since the lab can fill to capacity, allow for ample time between assignment due dates to ensure adequate computer time.
- All students must login to the computer with their Net ID and password. A delay of 5-10 seconds may occur on your first login attempt on each computer. If the your password is not accepted, please ask the student attendant to login and check the time on the computer. If the Mac's time is off by more than 5 minutes, your login may not authenticate. If this is not the issue, you may have to reset your Net ID account. Ask the lab attendant for help.
- Once you are finished using the computer, log-out under the Apple Menu. Do not turn off the computer. They are set to go into sleep mode automatically.
- When saving files, remember to append the file extension (.jpg, .doc, .pdf, .eps). PC computers often need extensions in order to recognize the file. If you forget to append the extension, simply add the extension manually and the PC will then recognize file type. It is also important to add these extensions to files that were created in Mac OS 9 or earlier.
- When working on files you are welcome to temporarily save files on the Mac HD, but do not count on the computer to have your files when you return to the computer. ITS (Information Technology Service Department) has the right and ability to delete all files from the computers and servers attached to the KSU network. Please purchase USB flash drives, mini-hard drives, or blank CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R disks to store your work. If using less expensive USB flash drives, please purchase more than one for a back-up.
- "files.kennesaw.edu" KSU students have the ability to store up to 250 MB of data on student-dedicated server space. This server space is accessible anywhere you have an Internet Connection. Login with your Net ID and password to: https://files.kennesaw.edu
- Students can develop their online portfolio at http://students.kennesaw.edu/ using software we have available for you to use in the VA Mac lab. Learn more...
- TRAC houses books, DVDs and videos, games, and professional journals and periodicals for education students and community members to use and checkout. Their workroom makes equipment available for the following projects: wide-format poster printing (up to 42" X 56" at $1.50 per square foot), die cutting, buttons, spiral binding, unibinding, paper folding and cutting, and laminating.
- Click on the application icon in the dock -OR-
- Click on Macintosh HD » Macintosh HD Window (on side bar) » Applications Folder
- Dock Options: Apple Menu » Dock
- The dock simply holds icon aliases (or "shortcuts") to the applications and other files which can be added on the right side of the dock. Depending on the administrative configuration of the computers, some icons can be removed and others can be added simply by "drag-and-drop."
- If for some reason the icon for the application you need is not showing-up on the dock, you may be able to drag-and-drop the application back into the dock from its storage location in the Applications folder.
- Internet Options: Safari or FireFox
- To quickly access the desktop: F11
- To find missing windows (in the program you are in): F10
- To find missing windows (in all programs): F9
- To make your mouse a "two-button" mouse: System Preferences » Mouse & Keyboards »
- To eject a CD/DVD or USB Drive: drag it into the trash or select the disk/drive icon on the desktop and choose File » Eject. If a CD or DVD is not readable by your Mac, press the "eject" key on the upper right corner of your keyboard to remove the disk.
- To empty the trash: click and hold on the trash can until given the “empty trash” option or click Finder » Empty Trash
- To add fonts: Use the Font Book application (in Applications Folder): File » Add Fonts (Be advised, not all fonts will work on these computers. It must be compatible with Mac OS X.)
The VA224 Server allows computer users to temporarily transfer files from one user's computer in the Mac Lab to another. Similar versions of this server are used in the computer classrooms as well. To use the server, simply double-click the icon on the desktop to open it and view its contents.
Files should not be stored on this server. It should only be used for temporary sharing.
Epson Perfection 1240U
- Launch Epson Scan Utilityfrom the dock
- At the top of the floating EPSON Scan window, select the mode in which you would like to use. Choose Home mode or Professional mode. If you need full control over resolution, exposure, and if you plan to use the transparency adapter for positive or negative film, you must use "Professional Mode."
- Choose your Document Type (photo, magazine or book, negative or positive film*), Image Type (color, grayscale, text), Destination (screen/web, print), and select any image adjustments you may need to make. * Use a computer with the EpsonV500 connected if you need to scan transparent media.
- Click the Preview button at the bottom and a new window will appear with low-resolution preview images or thumbnails of photos you have on the scanner bed. If you are scanning a book or magazine, the whole scanner bed will be visible in the preview.
To scan all images on the scanner bed as separate files at one time, be sure to click the All button in the Preview window.
In the Epson Scan window, click the Scan button. In the next dialogue window, make your file saving selections and click OK. Your images will then scan as files to the location you specify. Click the Help button to view information about your scanning options.
- If thumbnails of your photos are cropped improperly, you may want to use Professional mode for your initial scan or click the Help button for other options.
- If you are scanning a book or magazine, you'll need to use the marquee tool to select rectangular areas of the scanner bed that you'd like to scan.
Use Apple's Preview or Image Capture application to use the Epson V500 (equipt with a full-bed transparency adapter) or launch Adobe Photoshop. (In Mac OS 10.5x, only one image can be scanned at a time using these programs.)
- In the top menu, choose File » Import Image... and the Epson Perfection V500 window will appear and perform an automatic "Overview" scan.
- Choose your Scan Mode (Flatbed or Transparency) If you are scanning film or slides, ask the lab assistant for a film/slide holding tray.
- Choose your Document Type (Color Photo, Text, B&W Photo, Color Slide, Negative Film)
- Select your resolution up to 4800 dpi, set your Scan To Folder, File Name, and Format. Set your Image Correction to Auto or Manual.
- Click the Scan button, and the image will open in Preview and save at the location specified.
- File » Import » EPSON Perfection V500...
- The Epson Scan Utility window appears. You may need to move the top two tool palettes down and move the Epson window to be able to see all of its controls.
- See steps indicated for the EPSON Scan Utility for scanning by the Perfection 1240U. Because the images do not save automatically, be sure to save the images that open in Photoshop.
If you need to scan slides or transparencies, please see the student assistant on duty. The templates are in the metal cabinet in the corner of the room. To get detailed instructions using the software, either use the Help menu or visit Epson's website.
Basic Video Editing
The Visual Arts Open Mac Lab is one of few places on the KSU campus where basic digital video editing can be done. iMovie '09 (may be upgraded to a more recent version soon) is the most intuitive software we have installed for basic video editing. It allows the import of .dv, .mp4, and .avi files, as well as direct FireWire or USB connection to most digital video cameras. More advanced videographers may prefer to use Final Cut Express HD, which is also installed on the five Macintosh computers of row 4. It allows the import of some additional video file formats, including .wmv.
Our department does not offer instruction on the use of these programs, but tutorials are available on Apple's Website, or you may download a quick PDF tutorial on using iMovie'09. If you are using the Flip camera or Canon camera provided by AVTS, a downloadable PDF has instructions for importing video. If you would like to checkout audio/visual equipment, please visit the AVTS department's web site. There are other computer labs on campus which have video editing capability. Please checkout the ITS web site and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences resources site for more information.
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Photoshop is used for photo manipulation. Contrast, brightness/darkness, and color saturation settings can be manipulated. In addition, one can layer images with levels of transparency to create a variety of effects. Several images can be pieced together and cropped. Scratches and dust can be eliminated from scans of old photos using the clone tool and other painting tools in conjunction with special filtering functions. Photoshop can open most types of image files, including vector graphics and PDF files. These files are converted to pixel-images as they are imported. Photoshop can also save image files to any pixel-oriented image format needed—including those for the web. Search the Internet for important information about resolution of images printing and screen performance.
Adobe Illustrator CS4
This vector illustration program combines many powerful creative tools, including warp effects; liquefy controls; arc, grid, and shape tools; editable drop shadows, glows, and other effects; and editable compound shapes. It is best used for creating logos, maps, and other illustrations that need to be scaleable and editable without any loss of resolution quality.
The most important tool to learn in Illustrator is the pen tool. Use the Help menu to find easy-to-follow tutorials on how to use the pen tool and other tools used to create shapes with smooth strokes. To create complex illustrations that may incorporate the representation of natural or animated objects, it is best to scan-in and trace hand-sketched drawings and trace them using the pen tool or other drawing tools within Illustrator. If trying to quickly "vectorize" a hand-created drawing, play with the settings of the "auto-trace tool. If you need to save your files down to an older version, 9, 8. 7...etc.
File » Export » Illustrator Legacy .ai or .eps
Adobe InDesign CS4
This page layout program combines drawing elements of Adobe Illustrator with extensive copy-editing capability. Elements such as photographs and vector illustrations are easy to manoever once placed into the design. It is best used for multiple-page publications as well as brochure and poster designs that incorporate a large amount of text.
- All palettes are located under the WINDOW tab.
- To place a graphic: File » Place OR D
- To see the how an image will actually print: View » Display Performance » High Quality (this option will slow down your computer.)
- Links Palette shows all the images used in the document. Updates, re-linking, and editing can be done here.
- Special Effects like drop shadows, corner effects and graphic options can be found under the Object tab.
- Spell check: Edit » Check Spelling
Adobe Acrobat Professional 9
Adobe Acrobat Professional is a very useful program for sharing information with consistency in visual presentation. The "Pro" version allows one to:
- Combine PDFs and images into one file
- Create interactive links to the web and other documents
- Create forms into which data can be input and saved
- Optimize large multiple-page documents into small file sizes for sharing over Email or on the Web with minimal loss in presentation quality
- Send documents for high-quality printing without the need to send linked image files and fonts
- Recognize text from images so it can be copied and pasted into a new document as text.
Document » OCR Text Recognition » Recognize Text Using OCR...
Making a PDF
- In Microsoft Word: File » Print » choose Adobe PDF in the printer window
- In Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign: File » Save As...» Adobe PDF
- Adobe Preset Options that you will use are "smallest file size," which creates files with images at 72 dpi (best for web-only viewing) or "high-quality print," which creates files with images at 300 dpi (for composite mock-up prints). The "PDF/x-1a" and other settings are for PDFs that are ready for sending to a commercial printer for digital offset printing.
Adobe Bridge is very helpful for browsing images on your hard drive or USB device. You can also select certain files/images and make a contact sheet, a PDF Presentation, a web gallery, a panoramic photo from several photos, or many other options.You can use it to easily add metadata to your images, making it easy to sort through images by kewords or other descriptions. Bridge also provides centralized access to project files, other Adobe applications, and settings to allow users to automatically create contact sheets, web galleries, and PDF presentations.
Contribute allows non-web designers to make changes and updates to existing websites without a need for knowledge of HTML and other web coding. This software works great for collaborative groups where at least one member can develop a web site using traditional tools like Dreamweaver. Other members of the group can make changes and updates in a browser-like interface. The site's remote login information is required.
Fireworks is for web image processing and design, designed to work seamlessly with Dreamweaver.
Flash is for interactive animation, web layout, and design.
Painter has tools to create realistic effects of traditional media in two-dimensional artwork. This program avails effective use of the Wacom Stylus Tablets available for use in the Mac Labs.
Google SketchUp intuitively enables the creation of 3D models, and it can be used to visualize ideas for 3D design and sculpture projects, product designs, as well as architectural structures.
Apple's photo organizer and photo editor provides quick and easy web gallery creation. It will also allow you to easily create calendars, slide shows, and photo books.
Apple's web design program makes it easy to create beautiful image-rich web pages and blogs without any knowledge of html code. It works well with iPhoto and allows you to drag-and-drop image content into a variety of template themes.
Garage Band is an audio editing and midi synchronizing tool for original sound, music, and even soundtracks for your own movies and slide shows.
Apple's basic and intuitive video editor, iMovie, has surprising capability to create professional-looking polished video. View Apple's iMovie '08 video tutorial. Just plug-in your firewire-capable video camera. Some USB-capable cameras can also be used. Visit Apple's iMovie '08 support page for a list of supported camcorders. Use iPhoto and GarageBand with it to create custom animated slide-shows with sound. Use the "Share" menu to export your movie to .m4v (an Apple version of .mp4) by selecting from the menu Share » Export Movie » [select movie size] » Save. If QuickTime Pro is installed on the computer you can export to .flv, .mp4, .dv, and .mov files among other file formats using the menu Share » Export using QuickTime.
With iDVD users can
easily burn home DVD player DVDs of your videos and custom slide shows with menu themes that mimic that of Hollywood productions.
Please note that iMovie cannot at this time import .wmv files that are the default file setting for the Flip video camera. One must use video file conversion software to convert the files to .dv or .mp2 or .mp4 format.
iMovie '09 is installed on the iMacs of the Burruss 4th Floor Open Lab. There are ten iMacs in that lab. Please call 770-423-6110 or visit http://its.kennesaw.edu/labs/ for information about the BB452 open computer lab.
If you would like to download a PDF quick reference guide on using iMovie '09 prepared by MDG, please click the following links: iMovie '09 Basics (1.97mb PDF) | Importing Video (4.16mb PDF)
iTunes Photo Booth
Use iTunes to organize and play your music, RSS feeds, and videos.
Photo Booth allows users to take advantage of the built-in camera of the Intel iMacs of VA224.
Final Cut Express Live Type Soundtrack (only installed on last row)
Final Cut Express is a professional tool for video editing. To use it, you'll need a digital video camera with a FireWire or USB2 cable (which come with most video cameras.) If you have the video files on a disk or removable drive, please make sure it is in one of the formats supported by QuickTime.
Live Type is a movie titling application for use with Final Cut Express.
Soundtrack is an audio editing application for use with Final Cut Express.
MS Word MS Excel MS PowerPoint
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint art of the Microsoft Office Suite for Mac. These software versions are slightly different from the versions available on PC. Both the 2008 and 2011 versions are installed.
Printing and other campus services
- all sizes up to 11x17 Black & White Laser $ .10 (on HP 9000)
- all sizes up to 11x17 Color Laser $ .50 (on HP 9500)
- all sizes up to 13” X 19” Color Ink Jet $2.50 (on Epson 4800)
*students must provide their own paper
- more information about KSU's CopyPrint system is available on the ITS web page.
Add money to your K-Cash I.D. Card
K-Cash Manager for KSU ID/Print Cards (https://kcashmanager.kennesaw.edu/)
The minimum deposit is $10. If you want to add cash money to your CopyPrint/KSU ID card, the closest place to do so is at the northeast entrance of the English Building under the stairwell, the Sturgis Library (in the copier room) OR the Student Center 2nd floor hall on the opposite side of the cafeteria from the Card Services Center. Change is not available, so please bring $1, $5, or $20 bills.
K-Cash Value Stations on campus
ITS Computer Lab Area - 4th floor of Burruss Building
Kennesaw Hall - 2nd floor Education Wing
Sturgis Library - Copy room
Science Building - 1st floor vending area
Student Center - 2nd floor hallway near cafeteria
English Building- 1st floor hallway under northeast stair well
CopyPrint Refunds (Mac Lab in Visual Arts only)
If you lose money on the CopyPrint system after trying to print in the Mac Lab, please fill-out a refund slip located next to the print release station (or ask your lab attendant for one). It is very important to completely fill-in all of the blanks on the form, especially the "reason" section at the bottom. Please give the completed slip to the student lab tech on duty to have your refund processed.
Color and Black & White HP Laser Printers
Change the drop down menu to either VA224 COLOR or VA224 B&W. All programs: File » Print
Paper is supplied by the people who service the printers on campus. Only student assistants may access the paper drawers.
If you need to print something double-sided or with an alternative paper/media, please ask a student assistant. Original packaging of the printing media must be available.
Epson 4800 Photo-Quality Ink Jet Printer
- You must supply your own paper for this printer. Epson-brand photo papers work best, but other photo glossy, semi-gloss and matte papers also work well. This printer can print on sheets up to 18 in. X 22 in. (Select Super A3/B size in Properties window of the Print-sending Windows computer).
- You must save your Illustrator, InDesign, or other document as a PDF. To make the best-possible color calibration, use the Edit » Assign Profile command of your Adobe applications to make the settings as shown before saving:
It is best to use the Adobe RGB (1998) Color Space for most types of printing output—especially printing on the Epson Printer. The default "sRGB" setting is a small color space designed for color consistency on the web—not for printing.
- In order for lab personnel to be able to keep track of the usage of this printer, we ask that you write your name and Net ID, the file name, file size, date, and type of paper media on the “Epson Print List” next to the print release computer station.
- Let the lab attendant know your file is available for printing to the Epson. He or she will guide you through the printing if you are unsure how to proceed with the Windows computer in the back of the room.
- Login to the Windows computer in the back corner of the Mac Lab. The VA224 server space should automatically be available as a drive on the network. If it does, copy your file to the server for quick and easy transfer. Otherwise, save your PDF file on a USB thumb drive. Double-click on the 224 network icon to find your file or copy it to the desktop from your USB thumb drive.
- Open the PDF document in Adobe Reader by double-clicking on it. Select "Print" from the File menu.
- Use the Properties window to select the correct paper size and type for your document, then click "OK."
- When the job finishes spooling to the print-release station, you must swipe your I.D./Print card which will send the print job to the Epson 4800. Please allow extra time for files to print—sometimes up to 20 minutes. A $2.50 charge will go for each printed sheet.