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Rapid Prototyping for Product Design

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Gabriel Corbett

Released On: 9/16/2014

Rapid prototyping takes your designs out of the computer and into the real world, but choosing the right process is critical to success. Join product designer Gabriel Corbett for a tour of the most popular rapid-prototyping methods, straight from the workshop floor. This course includes first-hand looks at the machinery and techniques behind 3D printing, machining, resin casting, injection molding, 2D prototyping, and laser scanning. After you watch this course, you'll have a solid understanding of the available prototyping processes, and knowledge of the machinery and tools to bring your product through the prototyping stage and into the real world.


Up and Running with Ember.js

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Kai Gittens

Released On: 9/16/2014

Ember.js is a JavaScript framework for creating robust, complex web apps while writing very little code. Ember's attraction lies in its built-in template library and rich feature set, which seems to grow almost every day. Understanding the core concepts behind Ember will help you use it now—no matter what enhancements are added in the future. So join Kai Gittens as he introduces Ember's routers, templates, and models, and shows how to use templates to create simple pages and dynamically load content using components and Ember Data. Let our training light the spark of learning, and get up and running with Ember today.


Premiere Pro Guru: Multi-Camera Video Editing

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 9/16/2014

There are many reasons for shooting with multiple cameras. Perhaps it's to save time or achieve multiple angles. Or it might be to capture what's happening across a large area, like a sports arena or the stage during a concert. Luckily for editors, Adobe Premiere Pro supports editing and syncing footage from multiple cameras in situations like these. The multicamera editing process in Premiere is similar to live switching that occurs in mobile studios and newsrooms, and helps speed up the post-processing workflow. In this course, Rich Harrington reviews that workflow, showing you how to ingest footage and align it properly, as well as finish your video with color-correction and color-matching techniques.


Finding the Perfect Portrait Lens

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Orwig

Released On: 9/16/2014

The photographic gear that will most directly affect the way your portraits look? It's not the camera. It's the lens. Photographer, author, and educator Chris Orwig compares and contrasts wide-angle, "normal," and telephoto lenses, with the goal of helping you choose the right lens for both the subject of your portrait and the message you want to convey. Along the way, he shoots photos with different lenses, at different angles and different depths of field, and shares the results so you can actually see how these choices impact the final photographs. Plus, Chris shares his recommendations on finding the lens that's right for you, with a review of some common prime and zoom lenses.


SharePoint Designer 2013: Branding SharePoint Sites

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Gini Courter

Released On: 9/15/2014

Learn how to use SharePoint Designer 2013 to alter the default appearance of SharePoint websites and brand them for your business. This course covers some of the new branding features in SharePoint, as well as HTML techniques that leverage your existing design skills. Not a designer? Don't worry. Gini Courter shows how to customize your site in a few clicks using SharePoint Designer's Design Manager and composed looks. For those new to SharePoint, she also starts off with a review of basic tasks like creating sites and pages, and improved features for images and video. Every SharePoint site doesn't have to look the same. Give yours a fresh visual identity with these techniques.


Up and Running with Slideshare

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 9/15/2014

SlideShare is an extremely popular platform for sharing presentations and other knowledge online. And it's not just a knowledge base; it's a great marketing tool for companies with interesting information to share, or individuals who want to connect to industry influencers. This course explains the best practices for creating and using SlideShare in a compelling way. Brad Batesole shows how to set up an account and develop a SlideShare profile, interact with others, find and comment on interesting content, and get the most mileage out of the content you upload, including understanding what makes certain presentations popular.


EPK Editing Workflows 02: Creative Editing and Fine-Tuning

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Maxim Jago

Released On: 9/15/2014

It can be difficult to achieve a rich look and feel for electronic press kits, or EPKs, given the fast turnaround they usually demand. But using the creative editing and fine-tuning techniques shown in this course, you can achieve "picture lock" at an early stage in the process.

In the previous installment of EPK Editing Workflows, Maxim Jago showed you how to ingest media and build a basic assembly edit from your favorite shots. Here you'll take that rough cut and fine-tune it using a number of industry-standard trimming techniques that work in just about every nonlinear editing system. You'll learn how to take your edited sequence from an assembly to a precise cut, with temporary effects and transitions that will help you nail down the final visual look of your video.


Swift Programming Language First Look

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Simon Allardice

Released On: 9/15/2014

Swift is the new programming language from Apple that promises to make writing iOS and OS X apps faster, more intuitive, and more fun. This course provides your first look at Swift, focusing on its core syntax, its complex types, and its potential. Simon Allardice shows you how to get comfortable programming with Swift as quickly as possible, highlighting the 20 percent of Swift that developers will use every day and the features that make it different from—and more powerful than—Objective-C.

Note: This course includes the most recent changes to Swift syntax.


Shooting and Processing Black-and-White Film

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Konrad Eek

Released On: 9/12/2014

Photographers shoot film for its unique look; its constraints, which require discipline and careful self-editing; and the simple fact that developing film is fun and gratifying. And you don't need a darkroom to do it. In this course, photographer and master printer Konrad Eek provides an introduction to the pleasures of shooting and processing black-and-white film. The course begins with a look at gear and film cameras, which are inexpensive and widely available at thrift stores and secondhand shops. Next, we accompany Konrad on a photo shoot in the mountains of Arkansas, where he demonstrates important concepts such as metering and the use of filters.

Upon returning home, Konrad processes the film, explaining the chemicals involved and sharing insights for getting reliable results. He also describes the negative-scanning process. Finally, to whet your appetite for the other facets of film-based photography, he demonstrates the process of making a silver-gelatin enlargement and offers up some tips on building your own darkroom.


Creating Cityscapes in 3ds Max

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Crespi

Released On: 9/12/2014

Learn to design and model a city from almost any era, in Autodesk 3ds Max. After assessing the conditions, architecture, and boundaries of the city, Adam Crespi diagrams its evolution, ensuring the digital cityscape exhibits a growth pattern and layout like any of its real-world counterparts. Then he 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 3ds Max, 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, Alembic caches, and mental ray Proxy objects. The final chapter shows you how to add skies and other matte-painting backgrounds to your views, and includes a real-world example of cityscape modeling with a moving camera: a project simulating the movement of a crane on a studio backlot.


Visual Thinking Strategies

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Philip Yenawine

Released On: 9/12/2014

What if teachers taught with questions rather than lectures? What if students were asked to reflect instead of regurgitate? Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) challenges the standard model of teaching by encouraging a reflection-and-response style of learning. Designed by art educator Philip Yenawine and developmental psychologist Abigail Housen, VTS relies on children's natural ability to observe, using imagery as the starting point for learning. The teacher asks open-ended questions; students reflect and respond. The process has been proven to strengthen critical thinking skills, language development, confidence, and collaboration. Watch VTS at work in three Louisiana schools and find out what alternative teaching methods like these might have in store for America's classrooms.


Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes - Mystical Passage

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Bert Monroy

Released On: 9/12/2014

Learn how to create a mystical passage and practice the art of Photoshop compositing, in this installment of Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes. Here Bert creates an original work of art—showing a ship going through a treacherous passage guarded by two stone knights—with the most unextraordinary assets. He uses a few simple vacation photos, an image of a pawn he shot with the iPhone, and a 3D model of a ship he found online for free. Join him in this dreamscape, and learn how to digitally paint your own passage to Westeros, Narnia, Ithaca, or wherever else your imagination takes you.


Setting Up a Small-Office Network

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Martin Guidry

Released On: 9/11/2014

Learn how to set up a network at your home or office. In this course, Martin Guidry discusses the hardware you'll need—from switches to modems—and the specifics behind using both wired (Ethernet) and wireless (Wi-Fi) methods to connect the computers and equipment in your network. Then he shows how to share files between computers and briefly discusses email and print servers, explaining how to manage connections to those services with DHCP and DNS addressing. Martin also reviews issues you might encounter when working in a mixed (Windows/Mac/Linux) environment, and provides tips on setting up an Internet connection, as well as configuring security and local-storage options for your network.


Articulate Studio Advanced Techniques

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Daniel Brigham

Released On: 9/11/2014

Take your Articulate training beyond the basics. Articulate Studio '13 has many features that many people have never explored. In this course, Daniel Brigham reveals how to make your course material more robust, by using Engage interactions in fresh ways, building nonlinear scenarios, and designing custom quiz templates.

Like this course? Find more of Daniel's courses on his author page.


Up and Running with the Canon 6D

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 9/11/2014

Learn the key features and controls of the Canon 6D digital SLR camera, which provides a full-frame sensor and HD video shooting in a compact package. Rich Harrington conducts a guided tour of the camera's basic features, as well as a closer look at the controls you'll need in specialized scenarios, such as when shooting fast-moving subjects or taking pictures in dim light. Rich shows you how to adjust your camera settings to get the best images under different exposure and focus scenarios, and shoot bracketed photos as well as video. Keep your camera close by while you explore these tutorials, and get a better understanding of your 6D.


Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes - Sci-Fi Tower

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Bert Monroy

Released On: 9/11/2014

Bring a science-fiction scene inspired by Star Wars to life with a few simple images and the tools in Photoshop. Join Bert Monroy as he creates this extraordinary dreamscape with some retouching, texturing, and lighting techniques and a special application of Photoshop's Tree script pattern fill. The images in this course come from Bert's travels (from the high-rises of Peru to the rooftops of Orlando hotels!) but you can create the same effects with your own source material.

Find more Dreamscapes here.


Getting Started in Graphic Design

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Kristin Ellison

Released On: 9/10/2014

New to graphic design? You're in the right place. lynda.com offers hundreds of tutorials on design topics ranging from InDesign to infographics. But sometimes it can be hard to know what to learn next. In this course, lynda.com design content manager Kristin Ellison walks you through our course offerings, explaining which skills are crucial for graphic designers today, and shows you how to locate courses in these areas. She starts with the building blocks of design—color, typography, and layout—and the different types of design you can learn at lynda.com. Convinced you're not creative? As Kristin explains, you can tap into your inner creativity with a couple of motivational techniques. Next, she tackles software, pointing you to courses that will help you get the most from today's most essential tools. From there, she introduces you to project-based courses that will take you from start to finish through typical design jobs. Last but not least, she provides an overview of exporting and printing tips to make your designs a reality. This course is a roadmap to your design education at lynda.com. Take the first step and find out where your learning path leads.

To help you get your start, Kristin curated a playlist of courses covering just the foundational elements of design. View and subscribe to the playlist here.


Advanced Color Workflows for Photographers

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Joe Brady

Released On: 9/10/2014

In photography, a color-managed workflow makes it easier to obtain consistent-looking color in every phase of the process: when you're editing photos on screen, printing them on an inkjet printer, or having them printed by a commercial lab.

In this course, Joe Brady builds on his Color Management Fundamentals course, focusing on color-management issues of specific interest to photographers. After a review of digital-color concepts, the course explores creating color profiles for each device in the digital photography workflow, from monitor to printer, to camera. Joe demonstrates the tools and techniques behind color profiling, even covering tablets—ideal for photographers using iPads or Android tablets as wireless remote controls.


Foundations of Drawing: Light and Shadow

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Will Kemp

Released On: 9/10/2014

Will Kemp, inspiring drawing teacher and founder of the Will Kemp Art School, created this course to teach students of all ages how to add depth and richness to their drawings, with light and shadow. Explore how great artists of the past, like Caravaggio and da Vinci, used light and shadow to make their work more realistic, to draw focus, and to paint a mood. Learn about chiaroscuro, the classic technique for achieving bold contrasts, and find out how to make your drawings more balanced, with shadow mapping and compositional patterns. Will provides a list of materials you will need to get started, as well as tutorials on using tonal paper, charcoal, and chalk to their best advantage.


Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes - Castle on the Mountain

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Bert Monroy

Released On: 9/10/2014

Behold the castle on the mountain. Join Bert Monroy as he creates this dreamscape from a set of ordinary images made extraordinary with Photoshop. He combines two real-world castles into a more elaborate fortress, and then adds it to a different landscape and sky. He performs some levels and tone adjustments to make the composite seem more natural, and then creates a few other elements—the flag and birds—from scratch. Follow along and learn how to create your own castle in the sky.

Find more Dreamscapes here.


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