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VFX Techniques: Creating a CG Flag with After Effects and CINEMA 4D

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Craig Whitaker

Released On: 7/29/2014

CINEMA 4D's fantastic rigid body and cloth systems and the powerful CAMERATRACKER plugin in After Effects are a great combination for tracking and compositing cloth-like materials in live-action footage. In this course, Craig Whitaker will guide you through the entire post-production process for creating a computer-generated flag—from designing a mockup from reference material and tracking the camera movement to constructing the flag using CINEMA 4D's cloth simulation tools and compositing it back into the scene with After Effects. Each step of the process is rich with lessons applicable to similar situations CG and compositing artists will face in the real world.


Up and Running with Laravel

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Joseph Lowery

Released On: 7/29/2014

What is Laravel? It's a popular PHP framework similar to CakePHP or CodeIgniter. It offers all of the standard MVC capabilities and provides features targeted specifically at designers. In this course, Joseph Lowery shows you how to install Laravel and Composer—its dependencies manager—and start creating pages with Laravel's powerful syntax and flexible HTML views. He'll also show how to use the Blade templating system, which will be a big help in the next chapter, when you build your first Laravel app—a user authentication app. Last, you'll check your app and see how Laravel code holds up in testing.


Delivering Keynote 6 Presentations

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 7/29/2014

Having a killer Keynote deck isn't enough—you have to wow your audience with a well-planned presentation. Author Rich Harrington shows you how to successfully export a Keynote deck and deliver a compelling presentation. He also covers rehearsing your talking points, connecting to a screen, and creating handouts to accompany your slideshow.


Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 7/29/2014

Get more done with Windows 8.1. Author David Rivers shares tips and shortcuts for working more efficiently, improving system performance, and protecting your data in Windows. The course opens with David's Top 10 list of power tips, before delving into great mouse tricks and keyboard shortcuts, display and desktop-organization tips, techniques for improving efficiency with basic but important operating system features, tips for improving system performance, and ten useful utilities.


PowerPoint: Using Photos and Video Effectively for Great Presentations

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 7/28/2014

Start incorporating photos and videos more effectively in your PowerPoint presentations, and create a message that paints a picture worth a thousand words. In this course you'll learn best practices for using photos and videos in your PowerPoint presentations. Author Rich Harrington covers both design principles as well as practical techniques to improve the look and usefulness of your presentations with multimedia.


Rigging a Winged Animal in Maya

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jason Baskin

Released On: 7/28/2014

Learn how to rig an entire bird character from start to finish in Maya. Jason Baskin takes you through the complete process, starting with a virtual skeleton—positioning joints and orienting them so that they behave predictably. You'll add controls so an animator can later keyframe and pose the character, concentrating on the wings and then moving to the feet and back. Then you'll establish the feather behavior, adding controls and attributes that allow the wing to be shaped for flight or rest. Jason even shows how to create squash, stretch, and bend deformations for more cartoonish animation styles. Finally, you'll bind the mesh to the skeleton and take your bird for a test flight.


Facebook Advertising Fundamentals

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 7/28/2014

Extend your Facebook reach even further with the site's powerful advertising platform. It's flexible enough for any budget and allows you to target specific audiences, so you can make sure your ads are getting in front of the right people. This course will help new Facebook advertisers effectively create, place, and manage their Facebook ads. Author Brad Batesole takes you through the basics: setting up an account, understanding ad structure, and using the Ads Create and the Ads Manager tools. And he'll also show you how to make critical placement and bidding decisions wisely. Learn when to promote pages vs. individual posts, when to use photo ads vs. link ads, and whether to place ads in the news feed, in the sidebar, or on the Facebook mobile app. He'll also show you how to view ad reports, so you can determine whether your ads are accomplishing your goals. Finally, Brad will leave you with some tips for writing great ads, choosing effective images, and improving ad performance.


Access 2013 Power Tips

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Wilbert

Released On: 7/28/2014

Your tables are built, your relationships are defined, your queries and reports are ready to run. But is your Access database really ready for users? With these power tips, you can create a better user experience for your database and transform it into a fast, efficient, and even fun place to work. Adam Wilbert will show you how to remove typical Access interface elements (like the Welcome screen) for a better start-up experience, and borrow some tricks from web design to make your database more attractive and interactive. Plus, learn how to clean up a cluttered navigation pane, filter long lists with cascading combo boxes, and build in contextual help and keyboard shortcuts that your power users will thank you for. Adam also shows how to package the database for users who don't have Microsoft Access installed.


VFX Techniques: Creating a CG Flag with Nuke X and CINEMA 4D

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Craig Whitaker

Released On: 7/25/2014

Visual effects (VFX) don't necessarily need to involve explosions, magic, or giant robots. In fact, VFX can be as simple as a flag unfurling. CINEMA 4D and Nuke are a great combination for creating this type of shot. CINEMA 4D has fantastic rigid body and cloth systems, while Nuke, the industry's leading compositing tool, makes tracking and compositing a breeze. In this course, Craig Whitaker will guide you through the entire post-production process for creating a computer-generated flag—from creating a mock-up from reference material and tracking the camera movement to constructing the flag using CINEMA 4D's cloth simulation tools and compositing it back into the scene with Nuke. Each step of the process is rich with lessons applicable to similar situations CG and compositing artists will face in the real world.


Project-Based Learning: STEM to STEAM

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, Lynda Weinman

Released On: 7/25/2014

In 2002, a school district in Goleta, California, attempted an experiment. They introduced DPEA, the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, a program designed to teach twenty-first-century skills via project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They discovered that when they added "art" to the program (STEAM) that they attracted 50% more girls, and got better adoption from parents, mentors, the outside community, and students. DPEA allows students to explore one project a year, rotating through each aspect of the STEAM program. The Academy has been running for over ten years and is recognized as a pioneer in education reform, prizing independent thought and modern skills over standardized testing and book-based lectures. Here the students, teachers, and administrators tell us why it works. Learn about their cutting-edge robotics program, multidisciplinary approach, and the unique collaborations that happen between students, teachers, and parents.


Premiere Pro Guru: Blending Mode Secrets

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 7/25/2014

Get a detailed look at the secret sauce of filmmakers, motion graphics artists, and colorists: blend modes. In this course you'll learn how to unlock their power and create compelling new looks for your videos. Premiere Pro guru Rich Harrington shows you how to import blend modes from Photoshop and After Effects, color correct your footage exclusively with blend modes, and create a number of special effects, including reducing wrinkles, adding texture, creating a moving illustration, and even relighting a shot.


Home Techonomics

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: lynda.com Staff Authors

Released On: 7/25/2014

Forget home economics; it's all about home techonomics. This course is for anyone who wants to make their life more productive and fun. Discover the latest and greatest in home technology by seeing how it works up close, including pros and cons and recommendations for how you use it. Every week, lynda.com authors will explore a different gadget that they've brought into their homes to make life easier or more enjoyable. Learn about wearable fitness monitors such as FitBit, music solutions such as Sonos, tips to ditching cable TV, the best ways to use Wi-Fi extenders and repeaters, and much more. Come back every Friday for a new home-tech tip, and let us know in the course feedback which devices or technologies you would like to see us explore!


Up and Running with Facebook

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 7/25/2014

Get a quick-start introduction to Facebook. Find friends and family and see what they're up to, and share pictures and more—all without compromising your privacy. Justin Seeley shows you how to build an account from scratch, fill out your timeline, and personalize your profile with a cover photo. You'll learn the lingo—friends, groups, chats, likes, comments, and more—and learn how to build your friends list. You'll learn how to post status updates, tag friends, sort your news feed, and hide those unwanted updates in your feed. Plus, you'll find out how to upload photos to Facebook and manage your photo albums, and get important tips on adjusting your privacy settings. Finally you'll learn how to use the new Graph Search and access Facebook from anywhere using your mobile device.


Android Essential Training

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Dan Gookin

Released On: 7/24/2014

Whether you're getting started with your first Android device or just want to learn more about its features, this course will show you how to get the most out of your Android phone or tablet. Join Dan Gookin, the author who sparked the For Dummies series, for a comprehensive overview of the Android OS that will get you up and running quickly. First, get comfortable with the touch screen and other basics. Then learn how to add and manage your accounts and configure and customize your Android device to make it your own. Discover how to use all the phone features, organize contacts, and send and receive emails, texts, and video calls. Then explore scheduling appointments and events, downloading and using apps from Google Play, browsing the web, and capturing compelling video and images using the different camera modes. Finally, the course details how to maintain an Android device, including syncing and sharing files.


Access 2013: Queries in Depth

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Wilbert

Released On: 7/24/2014

Get more out of your Access database than just the data you put into it, using queries—tools that help you translate complex raw data into information you can use to make better decisions. Join Adam Wilbert, as he explains how to create real-world queries to filter and sort data, perform calculations, and refine query results with built-in functions, all while offering challenges that help you master the material. Find out how to identify top performers, automate repetitive analysis tasks, and increase accuracy and consistency in your database using program flow functions.


LogoLounge: Visual Effects in Logo Design

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Bill Gardner

Released On: 7/24/2014

Many times, a designer will have a concept for a logo, such as a bird in flight, but struggle with how to communicate that rather simple idea in a new and dynamic way. Bill Gardner, founder of LogoLounge, has been looking at, tracking, and writing about logo design styles for over thirty years. In this course he will walk members through six different visual effects that will help communicate your ideas more effectively. You'll learn how transparency can communicate a promise of clarity, how texture and light tell stories, and how three-dimensional shapes make your ideas almost touchable. Incorporate these effects into your designs and turn "nice" logos into ones that capture the hearts and imaginations of clients and their customers.


WordPress Plugins: Advanced Custom Fields

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 7/24/2014

By default, WordPress posts and pages have a limited set of data-input fields. But sometimes you need to collect and display more data than what is available. This is where Advanced Custom Fields comes in handy. Using this plugin, you can create new custom fields for your posts, pages, and custom post types. Staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen shows you how to set up your own fields and display the content on the front end of a site, connect posts with relational fields, and move the fields from a development environment to a live WordPress site.


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.


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