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Today at Apple Creative Studios mentoring program expands to seven more cities

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Today at Apple Creative Studios mentoring program expands to seven more cities
Chicago-based visual artist Sentrock is a guest artist for Apple Creative Studios - Chicago.
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Apple is taking the Today at Apple Creative Studios to additional countries to reach even more young creatives from underrepresented communities around the world. The program offers career-building mentorship, training and resources across a wide range of artistic disciplines.

It started in summer 2021 and expanded in the autumn. Last year, over 400 young people participated in Creative Studios programming.

Apple shows off sound artists’ use of Macs for Star Wars Day

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At Skywalker Ranch, Skywalker Sound’s world-class artists create the world’s most recognizable sounds for films like the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.
At Skywalker Ranch, Skywalker Sound’s world-class artists create the world’s most recognizable sounds for films like the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises.
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Happy Star Wars Day — even if you didn’t know that was a thing. Apple is celebrating the nerdy holiday by showcasing the widespread use of Macs and iOS devices at Skywalker Sound.

Festivities include the release of a “Behind the Mac” YouTube video and feature article about the audio artists at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, along with a special online “Today at Apple” session about creating Star Wars sound effects.

In-person ‘Today at Apple’ events resume after 2-year COVID-19 stop

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Today at Apple resumes after COVID-19 stop
Today at Apple is back with Lady Gaga.
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Apple today confirmed that it will resume in-person “Today at Apple” events in the United States. Beginning March 7, customers will be able to visit their local Apple Store to “explore the art of remixing with GarageBand” — and Lady Gaga.

The events were stopped two years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also forced most Apple stores to close. “We can’t wait to welcome more of our communities back to our stores,” said Apple retail chief Deirdre O’Brien.

Today at Apple Creative Studios hits Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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Today at Apple Creative Studios Chicago
Starting September 18.
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Today at Apple Creative Studios will expand its reach to Chicago and Washington, D.C., Apple said Wednesday.

The sessions will provide students with access to mentorship and hands-on experience in things like illustration, writing and photography. They will be led in collaboration with community partners and local nonprofits.

Apple shows you how to take ‘otherworldly’ iPhone images

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Apple shows you how to take 'otherworldly' iPhone images
Professional photog Maria Lax shares tips on taking eerie pictures with an iPhone’s Night Mode.
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Explore some of the more exotic possibilities of your iPhone’s camera with a free tutorial from a professional photographer. An video Today at Apple session shows how to use Night Mode to take and edit “otherworldly” images.

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Let Apple teach you to draw yourself as a Peanuts character

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Let Apple teach you to draw yourself as a Peanuts character
Kids of all ages can enjoy learning to draw themselves as a Peanuts character.
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Free training sessions at Apple Stores ended with the pandemic, but have now moved to YouTube. The first of these online Today at Apple sessions shows how to draw yourself as a Peanuts character.

It’s not complicated — Peanuts characters are relatively simple shapes. Even so, there’s plenty of room for customization. Plus, all the software is free and not even a stylus is required.