Music for Video

January 12th, 2014

Because more students are creating videos, it is worth pointing out that using popular music in a video can be problematic. Music rights are more tightly controlled than any other form of copyright. For videos that students want to use in an online portfolio, or if faculty want the videos to go onto the School of Art Vimeo account, it is important to use royalty-free music. The UW Story website has links to a variety of music sources.


Since writing the paragraph above, I have learned that the UW Story website is no longer being maintained. The general text is still worth reading, but many of the links do not work.

Two resources for free music to use in videos are:

Creative Commons

Free Music Archive | Music for Video

One other resource provides music at relatively low cost:

The Music Bakery

Creating Text Slides for MDID

May 30th, 2013

People who use MDID as their presentation tool sometime want text slides as part of their slideshows. It is not possible to create these in MDID, but they can be created in PowerPoint, exported in a specific way, and added to MDID. Read the rest of this entry »

Searching for Creators in ARTstor

October 17th, 2012

Screenshot of ARTstor advanced searching for creatorsSometimes when doing a keyword search in ARTstor, you end up with too many images that are not works by the artist, architect, or designer you are seeking. One way to narrow the search is to click on Advanced Search, type the creator name in the top box on the left, choose “in Creator only” in the drop-down menu to the right of the box where you typed the creator name, then click search at the lower left. The search button is not shown in the included screenshot. Note that capitalization and punctuation are not necessary. Additional information on searching in ARTstor is on their wiki.


ImageViewer and MediaViewer in MDID

September 17th, 2012

Many people simply download images from soaMDID via packaging to use in PowerPoint, which allows them to combine soaMDID images with images from ARTstor and other sources. However, some soaMDID users only use MDID slideshows and are in the habit of packaging their slideshows for offline presentations using ImageViewer. Changes in Apple software will affect people’s ability to do this. Live or packaged ImageViewer slideshows will not work on Apple computers running OS X Lion (10.7) or later. ImageViewer uses software technology that will not be updated to work with these operating systems, so Apple computer users will have to use one of several options (below). This does not currently affect Windows computer users through version 7, but there are no guarantees that this will not change with future Windows updates. Read the rest of this entry »

Custom Exporting from iPhoto

August 2nd, 2012

Many Apple computer owners use iPhoto to manage their personal images. Here is a brief explanation of how to export images from iPhoto for use in PowerPoint or for other purposes. Click on the thumbnails below to see the full image.

First, select the images that you want to export. If you want everything in a folder or slideshow, go to Edit–Select All (image 1). Read the rest of this entry »

Searching Google Images

May 11th, 2012

While soaMDID and ARTstor are usually your best source of images at the UW for teaching and presentations, there are times when a Google Images search is necessary. Since the size of images found in a Google search can vary widely, it is important to use the tools Google provides to narrow your search. The image below is a screenshot of the upper menu bar you see after doing a Google Images search; you can click on the image to get a bigger view. The numbered arrows show the order in which you click menus to narrow the search. To get the best images for presentations, you want to have images that are 1024 x 768 or larger. Anything smaller than that will likely appear pixelated if you try to fill a PowerPoint slide with the image. However, keep in mind that much larger images will tend to slow down your PowerPoint slideshow.

Google Images screenshot showing steps to filter by image size

New Image Importer for PowerPoint – Again

March 23rd, 2012

With an Apple operating system upgrade to Lion (10.7) came the need to upgrade the image importer for PowerPoint.

PP 2011 OS 10.7 batch

This works similarly to the 10.6 batch importer, so read this earlier post for additional information.  However, the 10.7 importer no longer has the ability to filter for jpeg and jpg files, so make sure these are the only file types in the folders you choose for importing. The filtering step kept causing the workflow to crash.

ARTstor: a change & a tip for downloading images

September 1st, 2011

ARTstor recently made a change in regards to downloading individual images. It used to be possible to download these without having an ARTstor account. That is no longer true. You must now have an account to download any images (individually or in groups to PowerPoint). Creating an account is easy; see these instructions on ARTstor’s help site. I recommend using the short form of your UW email address to create the account (e.g., versus

ARTstor applet window that appears when downloading individual imagesWhen downloading individual images, you may see an applet window pop up. You must answer “Allow” to this in order to continue the download process. In order to not have to do it again during your current browser session, click the checkbox next to “Allow all applets…” If you accidentally click on the “Deny” button, you will have to completely close your browser and start over again.

SepiaTown = Historical Photos + Architecture

July 29th, 2011

This website allows registered users to upload scanned historical images of architecture and map them. Visitors see thumbnails of the images on a map. You can click on the thumbnail to bring up a full image with information and then click on that image to get a larger one, which is big enough to use in PowerPoint. Note that, on the page with the smaller full image, there is a box towards the bottom with a permalink. This is good to note in the image title, PowerPoint notes, or elsewhere so that you have a record of the image source.

It is helpful to visit the “How to Use SepiaTown” page before delving in too far since there are some interesting features that may not be initially obvious. Two examples are the figure on the map that shows the location of the photographer and direction of view and the “Then/Now” button that shows a contemporary street view from the same perspective. Images for many cities from around the world have already been uploaded.

Change in soaMDID search results

May 23rd, 2011

Many soaMDID users have been frustrated by this response to a search: “Too many images match the specified criteria.” This happened if the results included 1,000 or more images. We have just raised that limit to 10,000, so you should no longer see that message. That will make it easier to browse all available images if you choose the “Show no information” option for viewing search results. The image below shows where this selection can be made.