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Inspiration Lab - Photo Editing with Microsoft Photo Gallery

Learn how to edit photos and images with the user-friendly software Microsoft Photo Gallery.

Editing and Creation Software

The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.

Photo Gallery is part of Windows Essentials, a free download that also includes tools for movies, instant messaging, email, social networking, and more. This is a basic program designed to help you view, organize and do simple corrections to your digital photos

The lab has 12 high-performance desktop computers providing:

  • Microsoft Photo Gallery (basic photo editing)
  • Adobe Photoshop (advanced photo editing)
  • Microsoft Movie Maker (basic video creation)
  • Adobe PremierePro (advanced video creation)
  • Audacity (basic audio creation)
  • Reaper (advanced audio creation)
  • Sigil (basic epublishing)
  • Adobe InDesign (advanced epublishing)

Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.

The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).

Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the booking instructions.

We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.