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FSU Visual Arts and DGEF Join to Offer Design Workshops

The Frostburg State University Department of Visual Arts, in collaboration with Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation (DGEF), will offer two Web site design workshops in March on the FSU campus.

The first three-day workshop, "Hands-On Web Page Design," is scheduled for March 19-21. It is structured for graphic designers needing to learn how to translate their print-based skills to Web-based design. Attendees should have electronic design experience (Macintosh or Windows) and be comfortable with Photoshop. Participants will learn how to convert images and determine which Web image file format is best for particular projects, recognize JPEG file quality and find alternatives to transparent GIFs and bit-depth constraints.

Topics covered in lectures, demonstrations and hands-on assignments will include HTML basics, layout principles for the Web, using FTP, processing Web graphics with Photoshop, managing and optimizing files, creating frames, incorporating animation, creating and using palettes and using tables as a layout tool.

The workshop fee includes one-to-one computer use, a comprehensive workshop manual and files of class projects. Attendees will also receive a bonus CD including a selection of the latest Dynamic Graphics royalty-free images.

Each participant will create a Web site using Photoshop, Illustrator, BBEdit and Navigator/Explorer, as well as a variety of shareware programs. The course manual also includes a Web glossary, HTML tips for visual designers, valuable references, link lists and article reprints.

The second workshop, "Web Design II: Flash & Dreamweaver," is scheduled for March 22-24. This intensive three-day advanced workshop will help current Web content developers expand their working skills to produce more dynamic, state-of-the-art Web sites. Attendees should have completed the previous "Hands-on Web Page Design" workshop or have mastered equivalent skills with basic and intermediate-level Web design before taking this workshop.

The workshop fee includes instruction and a comprehensive course manual with step-by-step assignments and resources. Participants will learn to use Flash 5 to create responsive interactive presentations and special effects for animations, Dreamweaver to integrate Flash into Web pages and different techniques in Photoshop, ImageReady and other software.

Roberto Acosa, the instructor of both workshops, is a Toronto-based freelance multimedia designer with a master's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. A teacher of Web design at the University of Toronto and Humber College, Acosa also specializes in interactive media and D-D computer animation. He is an accomplished artist with an extensive background architecture, broadcasting, industrial design and computer graphics and has worked as a computer animator and broadcast designer for TV and multimedia in Venezuela. Examples of his work can be found at

For more information about either of these workshops, visit DGEF's Web site at or call the FSU Department of Visual Arts at (301) 687-4797.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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