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Monday Productivity Pointers

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Jess Stratton

Released On: 3/25/2013

In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Learn about topics ranging from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.

Note: Monday Productivity Pointers is currently on a break, but stay tuned for new tutorials!


Working with Upset Customers

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeff Toister

Released On: 7/6/2015

More than any other topic, frontline employees ask for advice on how to serve angry and upset customers. This course will reveal proven techniques for effectively neutralizing negative situations. Customer service expert Jeff Toister also shares specific actions employees can take before and after encounters with upset customers that will reduce the likelihood of problems occurring in the future.


iPad Tips and Tricks

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Garrick Chow

Released On: 7/6/2015

Discover how to be more productive and have more fun with your iPad. This course covers everything you need to know about gesturing, typing, and syncing files, as well as making the most of iPad when you're working on the go. Author Garrick Chow explains how to manage apps, configure email accounts, send text messages, and connect to secondary displays. He also shares tips on browsing the web and playing music and video back seamlessly on your iPad.


Teacher Tech Tips

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Oliver Schinkten

Released On: 7/6/2015

Teacher Tech Tips is a weekly series highlighting educational technologies, with a focus on teacher effectiveness and learner achievement. Oliver Schinkten will cover educational trends and classroom technologies that can help educators be more efficient in planning lessons, delivering instruction, engaging and managing students, and grading. Covering both emerging and well-tested technology, these tips will help both teachers and students excel. Tune in every Monday for a new tech tip.


Up and Running with Git and GitHub

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Ray Villalobos

Released On: 7/6/2015

Version control is an essential skill for developers to master, and Git is by far the most popular version control system on the web. In this fast-paced course, author Ray Villalobos shows you how to install Git and use the fundamental commands you need to work with Git projects: moving files, managing logs, and working with branches. Plus, you'll learn how to work with the popular GitHub website to explore existing projects, clone them to your local hard drive, and use them as templates for your new projects. Get started now.

Want to explore Git and GitHub in more depth? Watch Git Essential Training for more comprehensive coverage of these tools.


Drawing and Painting in Photoshop - The Great Training

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Daniel Lieske

Released On: 7/2/2015

A great artist makes the most of his toolset. This course is designed to help those new to Photoshop make the most of its digital drawing and painting tools. Comic book illustrator and video game artist Daniel Lieske shares the tricks of the trade, tailored specifically to artists who want to transition their skills to a digital canvas. Including three complete practice examples and tips from a working creative professional, this course will help you simplify your workflow, organize your illustrations, and start creating art with Photoshop brushes, selections, masks, color pickers, and texture tools.


Travel Photography: A Photographer in Cuba

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Derrick Story

Released On: 7/2/2015

Cuba is a unique place with a unique history. Understanding that history and its impact on Cuba's vibrant music, bold art, astounding architecture, and delicious food is critical to capturing beautiful and faithful photographs. Travel to Cuba with photographer and educator Derrick Story to sample its people, places, and culture. Derrick shares what he learned about this fascinating island nation, plus tips on planning and preparing for the trip.


Drum Mixing Techniques

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Ryan Hewitt

Released On: 7/2/2015

Once the drums have been set up and the tracks have been laid down, it's time to create the final mix. In this course, GRAMMY-winning producer Ryan Hewitt explains his techniques for mixing drum sounds. Having captured a great performance from professional drummer Josh Freese at EastWest Studios, Ryan moves into mixing, demonstrating his techniques for getting a powerful sound that's radio ready. He'll cover EQ, compression, gating, reverb, and other effects, as well as his own methods for parallel compression and more. Ryan works with the recording studio's SSL 4000, but these techniques are applicable to any DAW or console. The end result is a great drum mix that can hold its own in any song.


Managing PHP Persistent Sessions

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: David Powers

Released On: 7/2/2015

PHP persistent sessions allow for communication between the server and client. This allows web applications to remember the identities of visitors as well as any variables or other data. This practical and challenging project-based course will help developers take the data that PHP normally stores in plain text files and write them into a more secure database, where the records can be read and destroyed as needed. Author David Powers helps you set up a SQL database, define classes to open and close sessions, read and write variables, destroy sessions, and manage out-of-date records. The lessons culminate in a short project that uses tokens to recognize returning users in an auto-login scenario.


Up and Running with NPM, the Node Package Manager

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Ray Villalobos

Released On: 7/2/2015

Imagine being able to share and reuse common JavaScript libraries like Grunt, Gulp, and Underscore, in addition to custom code. With the Node Package Manager, reusing code is a snap, making it an indispensible part of every developer's toolbox. In this course, Ray Villalobos shows experienced developers how to install NPM on Macs and PCs, and use NPM commands and packages to track project dependencies and control installations.


After Effects Compositing Essentials: Rotoscoping & Edges

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Mark Christiansen

Released On: 7/1/2015

So you've decided to rotoscope. Performing a "roto," an animated selection with masking and paint tools, is time consuming, but the result can be amazing. In this course, Mark Christiansen teaches you how to roto, and how not to roto, in After Effects. His technique relies on a mostly manual masking and painting process, but he also introduces some procedural tools, such as tracking, to make your job go faster. Learn how to build simple rotos and more advanced articulated rotos, replace missing or mismatched backgrounds, separate foreground action to visual effects, and make the results look more realistic with soft edges and motion blur. Mark also reveals techniques for painting with the Brush and Clone tools and tricks for working with the Roto Brush.


Business Etiquette: Phone, Email, and Text

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Suzanna Kaye

Released On: 7/1/2015

Phone, email, or text? Learn what communication method to use when. Suzanna Kaye starts with email, explaining everything from setting up signatures to striking the right tone. She also explains how to best use autoresponders, acknowledge receipt of an email, and follow up on unanswered email. The lessons help viewers evaluate their own email communications, ensuring that the recipients won't misinterpret them in any way.

Next up is text etiquette, including what and what not to say in a text message. Suzanna then looks at common business communications like letters, requests for payment, and thank-yous, and how to make action items communicate the right level of urgency.

Finally, the course covers phone etiquette, including proper greetings, voicemails, out-of-office messages, and essential phone behavior.


Up and Running with 123D Design

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Kacie Hultgren

Released On: 7/1/2015

Want to break into 3D modeling or printing? 3D modeling is as easy as ABC with 123D Design, the free computer-aided design (CAD) program from Autodesk. Perfect for beginners, 123D Design runs on Macs and PCs, and allows you to make high-precision models for 3D printers and laser cutters with the same CAD techniques the professionals use. In this course, 3D expert Kacie Hultgren will get you up and running with 123D Design in no time, covering everything from creating your initial sketch to exporting the final design. She'll show you how to move and adjust your model, take accurate measurements, construct from solids, and save time by creating patterns. By the end, you'll have the skills necessary to start creating and printing your own 3D projects.

Need more information? Check out Kacie's introductory course, Up and Running with 3D Printing.


Celebrating Photoshop: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: lynda.com *

Released On: 7/1/2015

For over two decades, Photoshop has been an essential part of the digital artist's toolset. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, we've taken a look back at Photoshop's history: from the rise of desktop publishing and digital photography, to the evolution of Photoshop's tool palette and its sometimes controversial but necessary role in modern photojournalism. We interview early adopters and pioneering artists such as Bert Monroy, Chris Orwig, and Douglas Kirkland, as well as the people responsible for guiding Photoshop's development: John Nack, Russell Brown, and current product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes. Konrad Eek and Sean Adams also explain what life was like before Photoshop and how this beguiling tool has democratized design and darkroom photography.

Also featuring:

  • David Blatner
  • Anne Marie Concepción
  • John Curley
  • Richard Koci Hernandez
  • Katrin Eismann
  • Nigel French
  • Von Glitschka
  • Jan Kabili
  • Ben Long
  • Deke McClelland
  • Justin Seeley
  • Ami Vitale
  • James Williamson


Creating a Culture of Accountability

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Figliuolo

Released On: 6/30/2015

Leaders must model accountability to the rest of the organization to create trust and establish their own credibility. Employees must be held accountable for their work, both as individuals and within teams. When leaders and employees are accountable, this creates a culture of accountability, which becomes part of the organization's brand promise. In this course, leadership consultant and executive coach Mike Figliuolo reveals how to create a culture of accountability by developing accountability at the individual level, team level, and brand level. Along the way, he shows how to set employee expectations, create incentives, and align the practice of accountability with the values of your organization.


HTML: Structured Data

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: James Williamson

Released On: 6/30/2015

Structured data helps search engines, web crawlers, and browsers extract and process data from a webpage and use it to provide a richer browsing experience for users. Join senior author James Williamson for this course, as he explains structured data, its benefits, and the various syntaxes you can choose for markup, including microformats, RDFa, microdata, and JSON-LD. The course also includes four practical projects on structuring different types of data: contact data, event data, and product data, as well as the company data featured in a Google Knowledge Graph. By the end of this course, you'll be able to create more structured, meaningful webpages and know where to find additional resources for learning more.


VFX Techniques: Compositing an Explosion with Fusion 7

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Lee Lanier

Released On: 6/30/2015

Make your films more "explosive" with Fusion, Blackmagic Design's free compositing software. This course covers the steps necessary to create a 3D scene integrating live-action footage with 3D virtual renders of a car explosion. Artist/author Lee Lanier shows how to import the assets you'll need for the shoot (including video, static artwork, and 3D renders), assemble the footage with node-based compositing, and make the composite seamless with color grading. Fluid dynamics simulations from Maya are used to emulate the explosion, dust, and debris of the explosion, and Lee achieves realistic rendering through the use of materials, lights, cameras, reflections, shadows, motion blur, and depth of field. Start watching to put this essential VFX technique into practice in your own films.


Understanding Microsoft Azure Core Functionalities

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: David Elfassy

Released On: 6/30/2015

Get an IT administrator's view of Microsoft's cloud offering, Microsoft Azure. David Elfassy provides an inside look at working with Azure cloud-based storage and networking services, which can scale up or down as your organization changes. He'll show you how to manage your Azure account, configure options via portals or PowerShell scripting, and set up services successfully, including web apps, virtual machines, Active Directory, and VPNs. The final chapter makes the business case for Azure, and shows you how to implement backups to make sure your data is safe on premise and in the cloud.


Creating a First Website in Dreamweaver CC 2015

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul Trani

Released On: 6/30/2015

Learn how to create your very first website with Dreamweaver CC 2015. Paul Trani, Adobe's web evangelist, walks through the steps to creating a responsive HTML5 website that looks great on any computer, tablet, or mobile device. The final result is a professional and polished site containing rich imagery, video, social media integration, and even a contact form.

Over the course of the training, you'll learn about building basic webpages; adding text, links, images, and navigation; and making your layout "flexible" on mobile devices. Each step provides another lesson on HTML and CSS, the building blocks of the web. Along the way, Paul shows how to add bonus features, such as animation from Edge Animate, a Twitter feed, and an interactive contact form.


Apple Music First Look

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Garrick Chow

Released On: 6/30/2015

Get started with Apple's new streaming music service. Learn how to find and listen to music, download songs, tune in to different radio stations (including the 24-hour Beats 1 station), and use the Connect feature to hear from your favorite artists. Plus, learn how Apple Music affects an iTunes Match subscription and the music libraries you have stored on iCloud.


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