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Up and Running with mental ray in Maya

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Brian Bradley

Released On: 12/19/2014

Meet mental ray, the render engine of choice for many Maya users. In this course, Brian Bradley covers the basic and not-so-basic features of this production-proven renderer. Brian introduces the mental ray workflow, lighting tools, global illumination toolset, and the mia materials. Last but not least, he covers the Unified Sampling engine and render effects such as caustics, depth of field, and displacement mapping.


The Fundamentals of Document Retention and Data Management

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: William Joseph

Released On: 12/19/2014

Do you know which documents to keep, and how long to keep them? A solid document-retention policy can preserve knowledge, prevent liabilities, and keep you compliant with government regulations. In this course, William R. Joseph will help you get the proper documentation and data-management policies in place at your organization. He introduces the basic concepts behind document retention, including:

  • The golden rules of document and data retention
  • Preserving knowledge, relationships, and achievements through documentation
  • Federal and state requirements for retention
  • Guidelines for tax records, contracts, and other documents
  • Building a new policy
  • Storage systems and tools to consider

By the end of the course, you'll be able to build a plan that satisfies all the requirements and also protects your company's proprietary information.


Mapping the Modern Web Design Process

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 12/19/2014

Once you eliminate the trends and terminology, web design is about one thing and one thing only: getting your message across to an online audience. This course offers a 10,000-foot view of the web design process, to help ensure you never lose sight of your users. Morten Rand-Hendriksen takes you on a journey from initial consultation and discovery through content strategy and UX considerations, to development, content creation, design, testing, and launch. By the end, you'll understand the different players and phases and how they fit together in a web design approach focused on meaningful communication and a great user experience.


Up and Running with Maschine 2

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: JK Swopes

Released On: 12/19/2014

Maschine bridges the gap between controller and DAW, combining hardware and software in one connected package. In this course, JK "saintjoe" Swopes—the producer, educator, and man behind MaschineTutorials.com—shows you how to get started creating your own beats, hooks, and harmonies with Maschine. JK demonstrates how to set up Maschine and its many plugins and preferences, and then load the sounds, samples, and instruments you'll use to make your music. Next, he explores creating and recording patterns, using the mixer, and applying effects to sounds, groups, and the master bus. The course wraps up with a look at arranging, saving, and exporting your songs.


Brainstorming Basics

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Stefan Mumaw

Released On: 12/18/2014

What is brainstorming? Invented in 1948, brainstorming is still the dominant technique when it comes to idea generation. It combines creativity, problem solving, and group discussion. Unfortunately for creator Alex Osborn, most brainstorms fail before they ever begin. Why? Because the organizer doesn't have a clear picture of the purpose, process, or intended outcome. In this course, Stefan Mumaw brings brainstorming into the modern age, with rules and techniques that will help you set up and run more-effective creative brainstorming sessions.


The Five-Step Creative Process

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Stefan Mumaw

Released On: 12/18/2014

The creative process isn't just "generating ideas." The reality is it's a five-step process, and ideation is only one of those steps. The entire creative process is made up of objective finding, data gathering, problem design, ideation, and selection. Understanding the role of each step enables us to ensure that we generate the most effective solutions. In this course, Stefan Mumaw guides us through the five steps and then shows us what the complete process looks like, with a real-world project: designing a website.


Up and Running with MotionBuilder

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: George Maestri

Released On: 12/18/2014

Join George Maestri for an approachable and concise introduction to MotionBuilder, Autodesk's motion-editing offering. This course starts with an overview of the basic MotionBuilder interface and navigation, and then moves on to animating simple objects. Character rigs are up next, with instructions on posing and controlling generic, human, and biped rigs. The course then moves on to more-sophisticated animation with external motion data, and wraps up with some finishing touches—lights and cameras—before you export your scene for further development in programs like Maya and 3ds Max.


Improving Your Conflict Competence

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Craig Runde

Released On: 12/18/2014

Workplace conflict is inevitable. But it doesn't have to end badly. In this course, author and conflict expert Craig Runde helps you manage workplace conflict more effectively. He first explains the dynamics that create conflict, and helps you become aware of what your conflict response is. Once you are aware of how conflict arises, learn some practical steps you can take to manage your emotions and engage with others constructively.


C# Essential Training

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: David Gassner

Released On: 12/18/2014

C# is an object-oriented language designed by Microsoft and used by systems engineers, desktop programmers, and mobile app developers the world over. In these tutorials, David Gassner takes you through C#'s history, its core syntax, and the fundamentals of writing strong C# code. After explaining C#'s relationship to .NET and Windows, David shows how to install Visual Studio, a great IDE for developing in C#, and then dives into the language itself. Along the way, he covers topics such as:

  • Declaring and initializing variables with a variety of data types
  • Exploring operators, expressions, constants, and enumerations
  • Controlling flow with conditional code and loops
  • Handling exceptions
  • Managing data collections
  • Creating custom classes
  • Organizing classes by namespace
  • Understanding inheritance
Whether you're choosing C# as your first step into programming or adding it your existing skillset, these training videos will help you understand the language and use it to build your own great software.


Start With a Theme: Twenty Fifteen

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 12/18/2014

All great WordPress sites start with a great theme. Twenty Fifteen is the new default: a blog-centric theme with a heavy focus on responsive web design and accessibility. This quick course takes viewers through the setup and configuration of Twenty Fifteen, as well as tips for getting the most out of its many customization options. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen also covers a few advanced customization settings, such as adding a header background image and social media sharing menus.


Creating Textures: Granite and Terrazzo for Slabs, Medallions, and Mosaics

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Adam Crespi

Released On: 12/17/2014

Learn how to mimic the look of granite and terrazzo, two high-end materials for countertops and flooring, using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Join Adam Crespi as he generates the base slab, colors the stone, and paints in character like grain, figuring, and strata. Then he shows how to assemble a medallion to take into Maya (or the 3D program of your choice). There he links the texture to materials and adds variance to the reflections so that the texture looks more realistic when applied to an architectural model or other 3D design.

Find more installments in this series—on textures like slate, concrete, and brick—on Adam's author page.


QuickBooks Payroll Essential Training

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Bonnie Biafore

Released On: 12/17/2014

Master QuickBooks Payroll with these tutorials from QuickBooks Payroll expert Bonnie Biafore. Start by learning how to set up an account and enter company and employee payroll data; then define federal, state, and local payroll taxes and work with various accounts and payroll items. If you're starting with Payroll midyear, she'll also explain how to add year-to-date data. The final chapters show how to run payroll, prepare payroll tax forms, and generate reports.


Mograph Techniques: Movie Trailer Titles in CINEMA 4D and After Effects

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: EJ Hassenfratz

Released On: 12/17/2014

Learn to create dynamic Hollywood-style title sequences for movie trailers, using the tools in CINEMA 4D. EJ Hassenfratz shows how to create attention-grabbing text elements, apply textures and lighting, and animate the titles in styles that suit two different genres: action flicks and fantasy films. Then you'll learn how to render the scene and bring the assets into After Effects, in order to composite them with live-action footage and preview the final trailers. These tutorials follow a real-world workflow, used in many of the leading Hollywood production studios.


Up and Running with Typekit

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: James Williamson

Released On: 12/17/2014

Web fonts expand a web designer's arsenal dramatically. Typekit, Adobe's online font-hosting service, allows you to pick and choose web fonts from thousands of choices, and deploy them to your websites quickly and gracefully. Want to learn more? Join lynda.com senior author James Williamson in this course, as he explores the typographic possibilities in Typekit. James shows how to choose fonts, organize them into kits, and enable Typekit on your site. He also discusses how to control the way fonts display, with CSS; how to select and modify font weights and styles; and (new in Creative Cloud 2014) how to use Typekit fonts right on the desktop.


Laravel 4 Essential Training

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Joseph Lowery

Released On: 12/16/2014

Join Joseph Lowery as he introduces Laravel, a standout PHP framework that helps developers build standout applications. After installing Laravel, Joseph shows how to handle routing requests, filter routes, and apply controllers. Then he covers outputting code and working with Laravel's advanced templating engine, Blade. Next, you'll find out how to integrate a functional database with Schema Builder, query data with Eloquent ORM, and keep your schema up to date with migrations. All of these tutorials culminate in the final chapters, where you'll learn how to build your first app and deploy it on the web. Joe issues hands-on practice challenges along the way to help you test your knowledge.

Need a quick dive into Laravel? Check out this short primer, Up and Running with Laravel.


C++ Essential Training

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Bill Weinman

Released On: 12/16/2014

C++ is a workhorse. Widely used for both systems and applications development, C++ is available for virtually every operating system and has influenced and informed many derivative languages, including C# and Java. In this course, Bill Weinman guides you through the nuts and bolts of this essential language. He starts with the basics—syntax, operators, loops, and functions—and moves on to data structures, objects, and templates. He explains inheritance and operator overloads, and dives into the powerful container classes in the Standard Template Library (STL). These exhaustive C++ tutorials will provide a solid reference for both experienced programmers and those who are brand-new to the language.


Word 2013: Mail Merge in Depth

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Gini Courter

Released On: 12/16/2014

Take advantage of Word's Mail Merge feature to save time building customized documents. This course offers tutorials on creating personalized letters, envelopes, labels, and even email messages. Author Gini Courter shows how to connect to data sources in Access, Outlook, and Excel; create new data sources; add attachments to merged email messages; use IF…THEN…ELSE and other rules for advanced mail merges; and troubleshoot Mail Merge issues.


Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Fundamentals

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 1/31/2014

Got a GoPro? This series covers all the essential skills you'll need to get out from behind the computer and start shooting in the field with your GoPro HERO, whether you capture stills, video, or even time-lapse photography. In this installment, author Rich Harrington starts right at the beginning: getting the camera out of the box (trickier than it sounds) and setting up for your shoot. He'll also share his insights on the different menus and buttons to get you up and running quickly, without fussing over controls. Follow-up courses in this series will examine different creative uses for the GoPro.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We're honored to host this content in our library.


SEO Fundamentals

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: David Booth

Released On: 12/15/2014

Learn search engine optimization techniques to increase your website's visibility on search engines like Google and Bing and attract the right kind of traffic to the right pages on your site.

Learn how to read a search engine results page and find your ranking, and see how rankings affect businesses large and small. Then discover how to implement foundational optimization strategies and techniques, including how to conduct keyword research, build inbound links, optimize your pages and content, measure your successes and progress, and plan for a long-term SEO strategy. You'll also learn specific SEO tips for ecommerce, local search, and mobile audiences to expand your reach.


Up and Running with SCORM and Tin Can API

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 12/15/2014

SCORM, the Sharable Content Object Reference Model, integrates elearning content into learning management systems (LMSs), whether they're proprietary or purchased off the shelf, and is foundational knowledge for elearning creation.

This course introduces the what, why, and how of SCORM, and the tools for creating SCORM-compliant content. Author David Rivers also covers the second generation of compliance integration, the Tin CAN API (aka the Experience API), which allows for learning events to be recorded and analyzed.


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