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Configuring Basic Microsoft Services

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Timothy Pintello

Released On: 10/29/2014

Learn to configure three essential Microsoft services for any organization running Windows Server 2012: file sharing, printers, and remote server management. Timothy Pintello shows how to install and configure these services in a virtual network environment, using VirtualBox—a setup you can easily replicate and practice with on your own. He also spends a chapter diving into Windows permissions. If you're coming from a Mac environment or just starting out in IT administration, this course will help you take the next crucial step in setting up Windows Server at your organization.


WordPress Developer Tips: DRY Development

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 10/29/2014

DRY development is "don't repeat yourself" development: a smart strategy for reusing code and reducing repetition, wherever possible. This short course shows how to put DRY development techniques into practice in your WordPress sites. Staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen introduces four techniques for DRY development in WordPress, and shows how they are used in both default themes and custom themes like Simone.

Find more WordPress Developer Tips here.


Bert Monroy: The Making of Amsterdam Mist, the Natural Elements

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Bert Monroy

Released On: 10/29/2014

Follow along in the development of Bert Monroy's latest artwork, Amsterdam Mist! This course, the second volume in the series, focuses on the natural elements in this incredible painting, created over twenty-two painstaking months with Photoshop CC. Learn how Bert rendered the trees lining the canal—the branches, bark, and remaining leaves—as well as the reflections and ripples on the surface of the canal waters. Then see how he added a sense of depth and realism to the fog in the scene, with layers. Watch and learn how to apply these techniques to your own artwork.


Creating Textures: Wood Grain and Wood Planks

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Crespi

Released On: 10/29/2014

Creating Textures shows you how to build custom textures in Photoshop and put them to work in 3D modeling programs. In this installment, author Adam Crespi takes you through the steps needed to create realistic wood patterns. He begins in Photoshop, creating a wood texture, complete with grain, color variation, knots, whorls, and loops, which he then overlays on planks for wood flooring. He also "ages" the texture for use with antique furniture. In the second part of the course, Adam links the texture to a 3ds Max material and applies the material, along with some diffuse, specular, and normal maps—for shine and reflectivity—to a 3D scene.


Outlook 2013: Efficient Email Management

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Gini Courter

Released On: 10/28/2014

Be more productive in Outlook. In Outlook 2013: Efficient Email Management, author Gini Courter demonstrates techniques to streamline your Outlook workflow. The course offers tips, strategies, and techniques for reviewing email, using views to rearrange and sort email, organizing email with folders and categories, and using rules and Quick Steps to automate many common tasks.

Find the Outlook 2010 version of this course here.


Type Project: Swiss-Style Ad

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Nigel French

Released On: 10/28/2014

In this Type Project, designer Nigel French provides a historical background on the International Typographic Style, aka the Swiss Style, developed in Switzerland in the 1950s and '60s. He then takes you through a step-by-step process to create a new poster-sized advertisement inspired by a 1955 original from Swiss-Style designer Josef Müller-Brockmann. Using Adobe Illustrator's Polar Grid tool and Live Paint Bucket, you'll re-create this clean and classic design while updating the contents for your own event.


Weekly Office Workshop

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 7/8/2014

In this series, author and Office pro David Rivers walks you through an Office project every week—from showing you the top five shortcuts to use on your spreadsheets to helping you organize Outlook email, create envelopes and labels, or perform a mail merge. You'll unleash the full power of Office as you follow along with this series. Check back each week for another invaluable tip. Have a topic you want covered? Log in and let us know by clicking the Feedback button.


Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Working with Type

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 10/28/2014

Text is used in video projects all the time, whether it's in lower thirds, title sequences, or credits. As a video editor or aspiring motion graphics artist, it's crucial to learn the fundamentals of working with type: compositing type, animating type, and creating 3D text and logos. In this course, Rich Harrington shows how to perform these tasks in Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere Pro, three programs that are tightly integrated and make it easy to share and hand off assets. Watch and learn how to add a new dimension to your video projects, with type.


WordPress Developer Tips: Creating a Popular Posts Plugin

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 10/28/2014

This installment of WordPress Developer Tips offers a simple, code-based method for tracking and displaying popular posts. Staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen will help you build a custom plugin to track the popularity of posts, based on views, and then create a widget to display a list of the five most popular posts on the front page, or on any other widgetized area, of your WordPress site. This feature will help visitors discover more content on your site, and help site owners understand what posts are trending.


Multidevice Prototyping with Ratchet

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Griffith

Released On: 10/27/2014

Ratchet is a fantastic framework for prototyping mobile apps. Ratchet prototypes look and act just like native iOS and Android apps, but they're programmed with languages familiar to almost all web designers and developers: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Join Chris Griffith in this course, as he shows how to configure your development environment to work with Ratchet, and build your first app prototype, from creating the initial screen and adding transitions between pages, with Push.js, to using Ratchet's iOS and Android built-in themes, which make your app immediately look at home on either platform.


Building Android and iOS Apps with Dreamweaver CC and PhoneGap

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Joseph Lowery

Released On: 10/27/2014

Dreamweaver users: welcome to the brave new world of mobile app development. Now, with the PhoneGap plugin and basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you can create apps for iOS and Android devices—and this course shows you how. Author Joseph Lowery first explains how to set up both Android and iOS work environments, including the simulators you'll need for testing your app on different phone models and operating systems. Then he takes you step by step through the creation of a basic app with jQuery Mobile with a custom theme. The final chapters demonstrate how to build an app from scratch—complete with transitions and sliders—and then construct a data-entry form optimized for mobile.


Captivate Projects: Mobile and Responsive Design

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Anastasia McCune

Released On: 10/27/2014

Get techniques for creating and publishing mobile-friendly, interactive Captivate projects in this course with Anastasia McCune. Anastasia shows how to incorporate mobile compatibility into existing projects, adding gesture support and geolocation features while replacing nonresponsive elements with actions and other alternative design elements. Then she demonstrates how to design a responsive mobile project from scratch, using the new project type in Captivate 8, and plays around with the fun new possibilities mobile offers. Finally, learn how to simultaneously publish projects for web, mobile, and LMS destinations.


Leading and Working in Teams

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Amy Edmondson

Released On: 10/27/2014

Organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the teams within those organizations work. What does it take to create a high-performing team? Based on her years of research working with high-performing teams across different industries, Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson reveals how high performance arises when teams are encouraged to take risks, fail, and learn from those small failures, a process she calls "teaming." In this course, she outlines what leaders can do to create the right environment for teaming and explains the responsibilities of individual team members to speak up, collaborate, experiment, and reflect.


Up and Running with the Canon Rebel T4i and T5i (EOS 650D and 700D)

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 10/27/2014

Get up to speed quickly with the essential features and controls of the Canon T4i and T5i—two great DSLR cameras that bundle popular features and powerful controls in smaller and more affordable packages. Explore the shooting modes that go beyond "auto"; find out how to take bracketed photos and videos; and learn to adjust camera settings, like ISO, for specific situations, such as mixed lighting, fast movement, and low lighting levels. If you understand your gear, you can get consistently better photos, so keep your camera close by, as Rich explores its many features and controls.

Want to get up and running even faster? Check out the "Quick Start" chapter to learn how to use your T4i or T5i straight out of the box.


Creating a Small-Business Website with Adobe Muse

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul Trani

Released On: 10/24/2014

Creating and maintaining an up-to-date website is key to the success of any small business. Whether it's a job for the restaurant up the street or for your very own company, this course will teach you everything you need to know to make a small business look big. And it's all done with Adobe Muse CC: from creating and importing graphics that fit the brand and setting up multiple pages for products and services to implementing slideshows, video, maps, and social media options. You can even see how to add a contact form, a map for your location, and a shopping cart to sell products online. When you're done creating your site, author Paul Trani will show you how to publish it online and even get your own business domain for SEO and promotional purposes.


Responsive Design with Dreamweaver CC

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Joseph Lowery

Released On: 10/24/2014

Responsive web design allows designers to control the look and feel of their website on multiple screen sizes and platforms. This course illustrates two approaches to responsive web design in Dreamweaver CC: the first using Dreamweaver's Fluid Grid Layout tool and the second using media queries. Author Joseph Lowery shows how to use the Fluid Grid Layout framework to create a single website for desktops, tablets, and smartphones. Then he turns to media queries to handle orientation changes, target high-resolution displays like that in the iPhone 6, and hide content when necessary. The final chapter of the course illustrates how to handle images and media responsively.


Creating Cityscapes in Maya

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Crespi

Released On: 10/24/2014

Follow along with Adam Crespi as he designs, models, and renders a detailed cityscape with Maya. After gathering reference materials, Adam designs the basic structure and components of the city in Adobe Illustrator, generating reusable symbols to represent trees, lights, and buildings. With the plan in hand, Adam dives into Maya, creating proxy objects as he lays out the city to scale. Each element is then set up as a reference object and duplicated throughout the scene, using containers and mental ray Proxy objects. The final chapter shows you how to add a matte-painting background to your scene and check the composite in Nuke. Adam also includes a bonus movie featuring a real-world example project: a simulation of a crane moving on a studio backlot.


Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Premiere Pro CC

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeff I. Greenberg

Released On: 10/24/2014

Many post-production studios are migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Premiere Pro. This course shows video editors what to expect when making the switch, focusing on the key differences in the editing workflow in Premiere Pro. Author Jeff Greenberg walks through each step: ingest, project setup, Timeline editing, audio enhancement, transitions and effects, and export. The final chapter covers a few advanced features that will help your projects transition seamlessly from Final Cut Pro 7 to Premiere Pro.


EDM Production Techniques: Extreme Sound Mangling

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: J. Scott Giaquinta

Released On: 10/24/2014

Make your EDM tracks stand out. Ditch the canned sounds and learn how to add texture, sheen, and movement to your productions with these extreme sound-mangling techniques, which are based on J. Scott G's production and remix experience with artists like Adam Lambert, Shiny Toy Guns, Madonna, and David Bowie. He'll show you how to create and tweak sounds with vocoders; faders, flangers, and chorus effects; reverb and delay; EQ and filters; distortion; time stretching; and glitches and granular synthesis. The final bonus chapter digs into the loops included with J. Scott's Twisted System sample pack, which comes free with the exercise files for this course. These techniques are both practical and inspirational, providing tools for creating new sounds and ideas for making electronic dance music that sounds even more creative and unique.

Note: This course was recorded in Ableton Live, but the tutorials can be used with any digital audio workstation.


Building Mobile Apps with the PhoneGap Command-Line Interface

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Griffith

Released On: 10/23/2014

PhoneGap's command-line interface (CLI) is a great way to build mobile apps, whether you want to use it to initialize projects or take apps all the way through testing. In this course Chris Griffith offers a thorough overview of building, emulating, and deploying Android and iOS apps with this powerful tool. He'll show you how to configure your development environment, and create brand-new projects with the PhoneGap CLI as well as the Apache Cordova CLI (the framework PhoneGap is built on). Then he'll demonstrate how to test your app, customize and extend the platform to suit your workflow, and compile your app with either PhoneGap Developer or PhoneGap Build. Start watching and learn how to kick-start your apps from the command line now, with the PhoneGap CLI.


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