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The VC Lab (EV 7.765) will offer the following workshops over the course of the semester. Dates are to be announced via email.
Please email as soon as possible to secure a spot.


VC Lab Orientation
Given in DART 221 and available upon request
The VC Lab Orientation informs you about its equipment, resources and policies. If you would like to work in the lab and haven’t attended a class orientation or would like to refresh your memory, this orientation is for you.


Sewn Bookbinding Techniques
In this workshop, students will learn how to make a coptic stitch binding and a 3-Hole single signature pamphlet. Basic tools, string and glue will be provided but not paper. Bring your own text and cover paper for practice and experimentation.


Perfect Bound Book
In this workshop, students will learn the essentials of perfect binding. Basic tools and glue will be provided but please bring text and cover paper for practice and experimentation.


Monitor Calibration (Available upon request)
This workshop will show you how to use the Spyder monitor-calibrating device for your personal computer. Working with a properly color-calibrated screen gives you greater control over the colour fidelity of displayed images. Colours can be reliably assessed and adjusted on a properly calibrated display, enabling true-to-life reproduction of image files. Bring your laptop.


Portfolio Photography
Shooting professional-looking photos takes more than a fancy DSLR. Knowing aperture, shutter controls, flash intensity, exposure compensation and ISO brings your photography skills up to the level. This workshop is geared towards helping you achieve better quality photographs for your portfolio, with both natural and artificial lighting. Students will be taught the basics of the manual shooting modes, brought into the photo studio to practice photography with adequate lighting, and shown a few pointers on editing pictures in Photoshop and Camera Raw. Don’t forget to bring a DSLR camera (you can rent one at the CDA if you don’t own one).


Die-Cuts, Shapes and Patterns
During this two-hour session, students will get to execute their own designs using the Graphtec Cutter. This machine can cut vector-based shapes into vinyl, text paper and cover paper, as well as thin soft surfaces. Students will also learn the possibilities and limitation of the machine in terms of cutting and detailing. Bring a vector-based image, saved as an Adobe Illustrator CS5 file (all shapes must be closed; for text, create outlines), and materials to cut into (the machine can cut materials up to 1mm of thickness).