Friday, April 24, 2009

Basic Welding with Design Studio - Video #2

I want to thank you all for the feedback on my first video. I have taken your suggestions for topics and the most popular seemed to be help with welding words so that is the subject of my next video. There will be a few more videos on this topic so I can show you the various methods of welding and also explain how to make shadows for your welded words.

I am not sure why some people had problems with the sound level - it could have something to do with individual computer settings. Most people seemed to be able to hear the audio, but I did try to speak more loudly and pushed up the volume control on my headset in hopes that the microphone would pick up a louder signal. I also tried to speak more slowly but I am a naturally fast talker (!) and I am not sure if I was successful. You can always replay the video if you miss something...

I have a five minute limit on the recordings I make right now. I also have to do the entire video in one "take" with no editing, so please forgive the occasional "um" or mistaken word that I have to correct. I am hoping to be able to buy the software that will enable me to make longer videos and do some editing but it is rather expensive so I am not able to do that just yet.

When you go to the download site you will see a small image of the video which can be played from that screen. You should click on the "Download Now" button. That will bring up the "countdown screen" - when the countdown is over click on "Click here to download this file" and the video should appear in a much larger size on your screen with the triangle play button ready to start the video playing.

For those of you who were not able to see the video, I did a little research online and found that you need to have a browser plugin version of the Macromedia Flash Player, which is free and available online.

Click on the image below to go to the video download.

Once again, I appreciate any and all feedback, suggestions and comments. I am still learning how to do these videos but I can already see that they are helpful to a lot of you - I think it is always easier to learn by actually watching someone else demonstrate.

Thanks for watching!

(I took the photo at the top of this post at the Boston Flower Show last year - I love flowers!)


  1. Great second video and I know that the more you do them they will get easier LOL

    Thanks so much for your willingness to share.

  2. I left a message on the download page but I just have to say it again. Thank you so much for the advice on moving back to the upper left. That has driven me to distraction every time I'm on DS. Now I can use by keyboard arrows and get where I need to be. Great videos. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you so much for the videos. You explain things so clearly that they are so helpful.

  4. Thank you!! I love it and can't wait to learn MORE!! Thanks again for your time and efforts!!!

  5. WOW!Thanks. I have had my CDS now for a year and I didn't know what you just demonstrated. You make it so much easier.

    Marjorie from TX

  6. Great video!! I could weld, but not that easily!! What a neat lesson!! Thank you!!

  7. Great job on the videos, Diane! Yes, I know how to weld and all of that, but I'm still learning tricks. Never thought about trying the arrow keys to move the cursor. That will really come in handy! BTW, congrats to Liz on the marathon too!


  8. Great job! No trouble with the sound. I hadn't thought of adjusting the mouse click control because I do have lots of trouble with mine. Thanks for all your hard work! Joanne

  9. Very nice! I thought I knew how to weld letters but I learned a couple of things I didn't know. Thanks for the tip on Ctrl L and that the arrows moved the cursor around.

    I feel empowered..and that little "bug" thought he had me fooled. LOL!

  10. Diane - Thank you so much for these easy lessons - it makes design studio so much easier to understand! I really appreciate you making them easy and basic. It is wonderful!

  11. Diane,
    Thanks for sharing your videos, and also all you do to keep my creative side going. I have enjoyed learning all I can about DS.


  12. Great video! I too knew how to weld, but picked a few new tricks by watching. Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. I don't know how you find the time to do this , but all the tips and tricks are worth it alone! It was very clear and easy to follow for beginners too. Fabulous, and very well done.

  14. Thank you for posting your videos. It makes it so much easier to see it actually done on the screen instead of trying to figure out written instructions! More please! Thanks again.

  15. Diane, wow.... great video.. I had no problem with the sound (I did on the 1st video, but this one was better) Great tips. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.

  16. Cathy-ScrappinCat!May 18, 2009 at 10:53 PM

    This is awesome! Thanks so much.

  17. I just wanted to thank you for your videos, I was able to make my first welded word, I am so happy. I am going to add you on my blog and tell everyone to go and check your blog out.
    Thank you so much for posting these.


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