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Facebook for Business

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 7/23/2014

Facebook is a great place for business owners of all stripes to start marketing their business. This course shows you the basics of setting up a Facebook account exclusively for business use and building out your page in a way that clearly identifies your brand. It also shows how to post interesting meaningful posts and status updates, and identify winning strategies for building and maintaining a thriving community.

This fully revised course includes detailed information on creating ads and promoted posts, and shows how to use Facebook Insights to track your reach, page visits, and even the performance of your competitors. Author Justin Seeley also shows you how to update your page on the go with the Facebook Pages Manager app, and tie your Facebook page into other platforms like Pinterest and Twitter.


Rigging a Quadruped in Maya

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jason Baskin

Released On: 7/23/2014

Learn how to rig a four-legged creature (aka a quadruped) in Maya using a fun example: man's best friend. Jason Baskin shows how to rig an entire dog mesh from start to finish in this project-based course. First, you'll learn how to create a basic skeleton, positioning joints to deform the mesh at specific locations and adding controls for the head, neck, and ears. You'll then rig the hind legs, adding subfoot pivots that allow the dog's legs to connect to the ground when walking and running. Jason also covers more advanced techniques, such as creating a "stretchy" back and head for more energetic animation and controlling the dog's tags with dynamics. Finally, you'll learn how to bind the mesh to the skeleton, and test the rig by putting it through a simple animation.


Urbanized

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Gary Hustwit

Released On: 7/23/2014

Urbanized, a documentary about the design of cities, looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers. It considers the questions: Who shapes our cities, and how do they do it?

Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren't created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact on improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

lynda.com is proud to offer this film to our members, along with over one hour of bonus content. Make sure to check out the Extras chapter for these online-exclusive movies.


Creating Mobile Games with Unity

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Kelley Hecker

Released On: 7/23/2014

Developing mobile games in Unity takes a different skill set than building desktop or console games. You have to take screen resolution, special inputs like touches and accelerometer data, and performance into account. This course shows you how to meet these challenges and optimize your game development workflow specifically for mobile. Author Kelley Hecker explains how to set up the development environment to deploy to iOS and Android devices, access inputs from the device, and design user interfaces to work with multiple resolutions. Plus, learn how to debug a game while it's running on a device, and optimize your games to get faster, smoother performance.


Edge Animate Essential Training

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Converse

Released On: 12/7/2012

Adobe Edge Animate offers a new way of creating rich and interactive animated content for web and mobile sites. In this course, discover how to use the complete Edge Animate toolset to lay out and animate motion graphics for your website, mobile devices, digital magazine, iBooks, and more. Author Chris Converse shows you how to build basic compositions with shapes, text, images, and SVG files; animate the different elements with Auto Keyframe and Auto Transition features; trigger actions based on the timeline position or your visitor's mouse clicks and movements; and incorporate custom HTML, audio, and video. Chris also shows how to make your content accessible to the broadest audience possible with responsive layouts, incorporate web fonts from various online services, and accommodate older browsers. The final chapters in the course show how to use content from other applications like Flash or After Effects and take it to the next level with Edge Animate.


Up and Running with Showcase

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Myers

Released On: 7/22/2014

Autodesk Showcase provides designers the ability to explore their work; presenters the tools to discuss their proposals; and clients the chance to explore your designs on their own time, in prebuilt presentation environments. Showcase also integrates beautifully with other Autodesk programs like Revit and Inventor. This course demonstrates each step of creating these presentations within a typical project environment, starting with exporting your model from Revit and ending with finished animations, images, and presentation environments in Showcase. Author Brian Myers also shows how to create alternatives that allow you to explore different aesthetic options with clients and colleagues—without interfering with the underlying beauty of your design.


Ideas that Resonate

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Stefan Mumaw

Released On: 7/22/2014

Designers generate ideas every day. Some are small, some are average, and then there's the select few that are truly big ideas—the type that change behaviors, shake landscapes, and spawn copycats. But what makes a big idea? Here, Stefan Mumaw reveals the seven characteristics of ideas that resonate. He'll show you what big ideas look like, using examples from real-world companies like Dove, Volkswagen, TNT, and Google, and teach you how to unlock the potential in your own ideas and connect with your audience in a "big" way.


Up and Running with Apple Remote Desktop

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Sean Colins

Released On: 7/22/2014

Remote administration is a science akin to magic for most computer users. Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) puts the power of remote administration in your hands, offering an easy way to manage all the Mac computers on your network without ever leaving your desk. In this course, expert Sean Colins will show you how to install software on many computers at once, monitor activity, assist your users, and effortlessly gather data for all the computers in your environment. Sean also covers ARD's advantages for two types of people outside the IT department: teachers in the classroom and consultants managing client systems.


WordPress Developer Tips: Enqueuing Styles and Scripts

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 7/22/2014

There's a right way and a wrong way to add style sheets and JavaScript libraries and scripts to your WordPress themes. The right way takes advantage of the WordPress enqueue system, which prevents script and style conflicts. In this installment of WordPress Developer Tips, staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen introduces the two main functions for enqueuing: wp_enqueue_style() and wp_enqueue_script(0). He'll show how the functions work and how to adjust their parameters, as well as theoretical and practical examples of implementing them in themes. This course uses Simone, a theme developed especially for Morten's WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores course, but you can use any theme or subtheme that you'd like.


Managing Stress

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Dewett

Released On: 7/21/2014

A little stress can be motivational; a lot of stress can damage your health and your relationships. The good news is that with the right management techniques, you can reduce the amount of stress in your life. In this short course, author and retired MBA professor Dr. Todd Dewett shares his tips for managing stress, including identifying your triggers, managing responses, and making positive personal choices.


Up and Running with Social Selling

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jamie Shanks

Released On: 7/21/2014

In this digital age, salespeople must tailor their LinkedIn and Twitter presence to appeal to, and engage with, clients and prospects. Expert social seller Jamie Shanks explores how salespeople can use LinkedIn to establish trust and credibility, and grow their network. He shows you how to edit and improve the four crucial areas of your LinkedIn profile (your photo, headline, summary, and recommendations), and how to develop an efficient (30- to 60-minute) daily routine for social media monitoring and engagement.


Office Online Essential Training

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Curt Frye

Released On: 7/21/2014

Office Online (formerly known as Office Web Apps) is the web-based version of Office, for collaborating on the go. In this course, Office expert Curt Frye shows viewers how to create, edit, and share Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents using Office Online. He explains how to manage files in OneDrive, format text in Word, build worksheets and charts in Excel, present slideshows from anywhere with PowerPoint, and collect notes for meetings with OneNote. Plus, Curt covers the unique sharing and collaboration features of Office Online, which combines the best aspects of the cloud with the power of Microsoft Office.


Photography 101: Shooting Macros and Close-Ups

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Joseph Linaschke

Released On: 7/21/2014

A great way to expand your photographic horizons is to get close—very close. With macro and close-up photography, you can discover new details in everyday objects and capture subjects that most people don't normally get to see.

In this course, photographer and educator Joseph Linaschke provides an introduction to the worlds of macro and close-up photography. After an overview of the gear you'll want for macro work, the course explores some subjects you may want to capture, from flowers to bugs, to pets. The course also explores tools and techniques for shooting macros and close-ups using an iPhone.


SharePoint 2013 for Site Champions and Power Users

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Mark Abdelnour

Released On: 7/18/2014

So you've just been assigned the task of administering and maintaining your team's SharePoint site. What now? Join Mark Abdelnour, as he shows you exactly what you need to know to be a SharePoint site champion. Learn how to create libraries, override checkouts, and set alerts. Then discover how to use Explorer to upload, download, print, and email multiple documents at once. Mark also shows how to work with metadata and columns and manage end-user permissions. Plus, learn how to edit existing webpages and add and modify web parts—without the need for HTML. Finally, to help with end-user adoption, Mark shows you how to create some of the most popular views.


AutoCAD MEP Essential Training

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Wing

Released On: 7/18/2014

AutoCAD MEP helps you build the systems—mechanical, electrical, and plumbing—that connect buildings to the outside world. This course will help you draft, design, and document these systems using MEP's powerful toolset. Author Eric Wing touches on project setup, as well as external referencing and display configurations, before diving into individual modeling scenarios. In one chapter, he'll show how to create electrical power plans and lighting plans with receptacles and lighting fixtures. In the next, it's a mechanical plan, with rooftop units, VAV boxes, ducts, and diffusers. Last, you'll work on a plumbing plan and system. Then he ties the drawings together with smart tags and schedules, and creates section and elevation versions of your plans. Dive in now and learn to eliminate tedious drawing tasks while creating more accurate documentation with MEP.


Objectified

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Gary Hustwit

Released On: 7/18/2014

On an average day, each of us uses hundreds of objects. (Don't believe it? Start counting: alarm clock, light switch, faucet, shampoo bottle, toothbrush, razor…) But who makes all these things, and why do they look and feel the way they do? How can good design make objects, and our lives, better?

Objectified is a documentary about industrial design; it's about the manufactured objects we surround ourselves with, and the people who make them. Gary Hustwit, the director of Helvetica, talks with Dieter Rams, Marc Newson, Jonathan Ive, and other renowned designers behind some of the world's most iconic products. lynda.com is proud to offer this film to our members, along with over one hour of online-exclusive bonus movies.


Photographing a Waterfall

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Reznick

Released On: 7/18/2014

Waterfalls combine many of the challenges associated with nature photography: remote locations, fast-moving objects, and tricky lighting scenarios. In this course, landscape photographer Justin Reznick takes you through field and stream and shows how to capture the dynamic texture of water, whether it's a silky smooth brook or the cotton-candy clouds at the end of a waterfall. He'll cover the clothes to wear and the equipment you should pack for a watery shoot, as well as important composition and exposure factors to consider before you shoot. Justin also shows how to enhance your images with Lightroom, Photoshop, and some of the plugins in the Nik Collection.


Running a Web Design Business: Defining Success

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Lauren Bacon

Released On: 7/17/2014

Although there's nothing wrong with making money (it's the necessary lifeblood of every business), it's not what gets most entrepreneurs up every morning. So what drives you? In this course, Lauren Bacon explores the stuff that really gets your creative juices flowing—and shows how to fold those into a more focused, purpose-driven business plan. You might discover that, for you, success looks like location independence and collaborating with creative professionals who inspire you. Or perhaps you need to continually challenge yourself and broaden your skillset. You might thrive on variety or stability, fast growth or slow, happy clients or plenty of quiet time to perfect your craft.

Lauren introduces techniques that will help you hone in on your personal definition of success, two exercises to identify core values, and a formula for establishing concrete income goals for your design business. Get clear on these success factors, and your business plan will flow. Skip this step, and you could find yourself wondering why your business just doesn't feel as satisfying as you'd hoped.


3D Typography in After Effects

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Eran Stern

Released On: 7/17/2014

There are many options for creating 3D text in After Effects, including After Effects' own ray-traced 3D feature, third-party plugins, scripts, and now CINEMA 4D Lite. But which one is best for you?

In this course, motion graphics veteran Eran Stern discusses the options and their pros and cons. He'll also compare 2D and 3D typography, and discuss techniques to ensure your work looks great and your message is clear. Plus, learn about tools that behave like subsoftware inside After Effects, allowing you to create stunning 3D text faster than ever before. From built-in tools to advanced third-party plugins, such as Element 3D, BCC Units, and Invigorator Pro, this is your chance to find out which one suits your needs and budget.


Camera Movement for Video Production

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Eduardo Angel

Released On: 7/17/2014

Filmmaking is a medium defined by motion: not only the action that occurs within a frame, but also movement of the camera itself. It's the ability to employ camera movement that separates new videographers from the pros. In this course, production veteran and instructor Eduardo Angel explains the importance of camera movement and the benefits of integrating it into your video productions. The lessons are explained through a series of examples that compare static shots to their dynamic counterparts, showing exactly how camera movement contributes to each scene, whether it's increasing drama, following action, directing viewers' attention, revealing key details, or simply transitioning between shots in a sequence.


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