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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.


Speeding Up and Maintaining Your Mac

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 12/15/2014

Macs are known for their quality and high performance, but they can slow down over time, especially when they're loaded up with demanding applications. When your Mac needs a tune-up, you don't have to go straight to the Genius Bar. This course will help viewers diagnose and solve Mac performance issues on their own. Mac expert Nick Brazzi explains the factors that influence performance, and then shows how to address the main culprits of a slowdown: the processor, RAM, and hard drive. These simple maintenance techniques will help keep Macs running in tip-top shape.


The Traveling Photographer: London

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: David Hobby

Released On: 12/12/2014

Welcome to London, the Strobist's favorite city. This vignette aims to make London more accessible, productive, and enjoyable to the first-time photo traveler. David Hobby, founder of the popular photography blog Strobist.com, explores London from the perspectives of both photographer and traveler, ensuring the optimum balance between shooting and simply experiencing the city. He covers logistics for the photographer on the move, and tips for photographing sites such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, and Greenwich, home of the prime meridian.

Find more courses in the series, including the vital first installment, The Traveling Photographer: Fundamentals, on David's lynda.com page.


Exploring Photography: Backlighting

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Ben Long

Released On: 12/12/2014

Every novice photographer hears "always shoot with the sun to your back." And every experienced photographer knows that this is bad advice. When you shoot into the sun—or any other light source—you expand your creative options dramatically.

Backlighting can add drama to almost any subject, from leaves to hair, to smoke, to glassware. In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long explores the creative options and exposure challenges behind backlighting in several difference scenarios, from landscapes to portraits, using both natural and artificial light sources.


Up and Running with Reason 8

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Matt Piper

Released On: 12/12/2014

Bring the features of a professional recording studio right into your home with Reason 8, the latest edition of this powerful DAW. Matt Piper shows you how to get set up quickly and then moves straight into making music with Reason: recording guitar, bass, and software instruments, as well as creating beats and sampling audio. He then demonstrates the tools used for MIDI and audio editing, including quantization, pitch correction, time stretching, and tempo and time-signature automation. Finally, you'll learn how to mix your track, and prep and export the mix for handing it off to a mastering engineer or for mastering it on your own.


Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Terms and Technology

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 12/11/2014

Video professionals: get a clear understanding of just how graphics work in video projects. You'll learn the resolution, color-space, bit-depth, aspect-ratio, and file-format requirements for both raster- and vector-based video. You'll also discover how to prep files with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for use in a video workflow. Author Rich Harrington also covers the range of issues that can impact broadcast-safe graphics.


Sculpting Portraits in ZBrush

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Ryan Kittleson

Released On: 12/11/2014

Join digital sculptor Ryan Kittleson as he shares his approach to sculpting realistic faces in ZBrush. By combining traditional anatomy with observation and digital techniques, this course provides a foundation for sculpting engaging human portraits. Ryan will show you how to interpret a photo reference, build the basic facial structures, achieve the likeness of the subject, sculpt facial expressions, and much more.


Creating Revit Templates: Content

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Paul F. Aubin

Released On: 12/11/2014

Creating a robust collection of content is critical to any architectural design firm. This course considers the issue of content as it pertains to your project templates. Should content be preloaded in the templates, or should it be provided externally and loaded when needed? What goes into detail sheets? Which families should you include? How should line weights and object styles be set up? And what happens to your finalized template when you upgrade Revit? Author Paul F. Aubin explores these issues and many others in this course, where he discusses the role that a good content strategy plays in building your office's standard Revit project template file.

Find more courses in the Creating Revit Templates series here.


Pay Strategy Fundamentals

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Edward Lawler III

Released On: 12/11/2014

Pay isn't just a cost; it's a contributor to business culture and performance, too. In this course, HR expert Ed Lawler addresses the impact of an organization's pay and rewards strategies on its business goals. Based on his years of research, teaching, and consulting, Ed outlines the effectiveness of using pay to drive particular objectives, such as attracting new talent, encouraging and rewarding behavior, accomplishing a specific goal, and driving performance in a business unit. Last, Ed reveals how to create an overall pay system to match your business strategy.


LogoLounge: Symbolism in Nature

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Bill Gardner

Released On: 12/11/2014

No other topic has driven corporate identity more quickly than sustainability. When it comes to logo design, whether businesses are tied directly to the environment or not, references to nature abound. In fact, the most-searched terms, year in and year out, on Bill Gardner's popular LogoLounge site are terms like "tree," "water," "earth," and "nature." In this course, Bill tackles the hidden symbolism behind how we depict our planet, from what's in the sky to what grows in the ground, and teaches you how to use these symbols to give your logo designs more impact. These valuable insights will have you looking at nature in ways you never considered before, and help you better explain the natural elements in your logo designs to your clients.


Improving Your Memory

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:00
Authored By: Paul Nowak

Released On: 12/10/2014

Memory is not a finite resource, and with techniques like repetition, association, and visualization, you can improve your memory before it starts to fade. This fascinating course shows viewers of all ages how to improve their recall. It explains how and when to employ tricks such as mnemonic devices, rhymes, stories, and alliteration. And it explains the best methods for different situations, like remembering names, important dates, passwords, to-do lists, quotes, and more. These techniques will prove invaluable, whether you're memorizing facts for a test at school, points for a work presentation, or trivia to impress your friends.


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