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Multimedia Projects

This guide is to help students who need or want to work on multimedia projects for non-multimedia classes and majors as well as for students who are new to multimedia production.

Need Help with Your Project?

Come to the CMS for assistance. Don't know when? Take a look at our Student Assistant schedule:

Creative Media Studio Student Assistant Expertise

If the student assistant you need help from is not available or unable to assist you, feel free to contact:

Eva Cohen's Bitmoji

Eva Cohen

Eva works M-Fr 8:30am-5pm and

her office is inside the CMS.

Finding and Using Images

  • Finding and Using Images
    LibGuide with information on where to find images and copyright considerations. 
  • Flickr's Creative Commons license search
    In many websites, including Flickr, you can find many images covered under Creative Commons.
  • Pixabay
    Free photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and more.
  • Makerbook
    A directory of free resources for creating images, graphics, video, audio, etc.
  • Freeimages
    Free and paid image downloads.
  • RedStag
    Comprehensive list of 85 free stock photo resources.
  • FreePik
    Find Free Vectors, Stock Photos, PSD and Icons

Creating Images

Web based software (mostly free but you can pay for premiums):

  • Canva
    Create graphics, posters, and other graphic design elements using this free tool. 
  • PiktoChart
    Free tool for creating infographics. There might be some fees for premium templates 
  • Easel.ly
    Free tool for creating infographics. Premium graphics may require payment. 

Free software for download:

  • Gimp
  • Inkscape
  • Paint

Adobe Creative Cloud software such as:

  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Premiere

is available for CSUN students to download and install at no additional cost. To get started, submit a request to the IT Help Center. For more information please visit: https://www.csun.edu/it/adobe-creative-cloud-students

You can also access the Adobe Creative Cloud on the Creative Media Studio computer stations. All twelve HP computers with 32GB RAM and six 27" iMacs are loaded with Adobe CC as well as with other multimedia editing software. Edit on these high capacity commuters with large screens for an optimal editing experience. Reserve a CMS Computer.

Google Image Search

On Google, you can find a ton of free images but you should be careful of copyright restrictions.

After searching for an image, click on Tools and then on Usage rights. From there, you can pick whichever of the options applies to you for the image you are searching:

  • Labeled for reuse with modification
  • Labeled for reuse
  • Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification
  • Labeled for noncommercial reuse

Google Image Search - search for image, click on tools, click on Usage Rights, click on the option that applies to you