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Creating Black-and-White Landscape Photos with Lightroom

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:48
Authored By: Taz Tally

Released On: 4/24/2015

Learn the best techniques for creating stunning black-and-white landscape photos in Lightroom. Taz Tally takes some of his own full-color photographs, shot in the dramatic Alaskan wilderness, and shows how to transform them into high-contrast black and white images. He introduces the fundamental concepts, tools, and workflows you'll need to use to master the conversion process, and shows how to use Lightroom's Histogram and Info tools to understand what's going on "behind the scenes" of your images. Then Taz introduces some advanced color- and tone-based adjustments for enhancing brightness and contrast. Last but not least, he shares tips on sharpening, sharing, and printing your results.


Migrating from AutoCAD to Inventor

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:14
Authored By: Thom Tremblay

Released On: 4/24/2015

AutoCAD users around the world are adopting Autodesk Inventor, the purpose-built tool for mechanical design, engineering, and manufacturing. While they're both Autodesk products, Inventor has different tools, terminology, and workflows than AutoCAD, which can make migration challenging. This course explores the key elements of Inventor that every experienced AutoCAD user needs to start moving their projects and design processes over to Inventor. Author Thom Tremblay explores 2D drawing and 3D modeling, as well as options for collaborating with AutoCAD users while using Inventor and leveraging your existing AutoCAD data in Inventor.


Creating Commercial Illustrations

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:11
Authored By: Bert Monroy

Released On: 4/24/2015

Today, more products are advertised and sold using illustrations than photographs. In this course, master illustrator Bert Monroy walks though the process of creating these realistic images with Photoshop. Bert develops four different illustrations: a home magazine cover, a mechanical unit, a nail polish bottle, and an eye shadow compact. In his trademark style, he explains what he's doing as he does it, so you too can learn how to achieve the featured effects.


Code Clinic: JavaScript

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:12
Authored By: Ray Villalobos

Released On: 4/23/2015

Successful programmers know more than a computer language. They also know how to think about solving problems. They use "computational thinking": breaking a problem down into segments that lend themselves to technical solutions. Code Clinic is a series of ten courses where lynda.com authors solve the same problems using different programming languages. Here, Ray Villalobos works with JavaScript.

Ray introduces challenges and then provides an overview of his solutions in JavaScript. Challenges include topics such as statistical analysis, searching directories for images, and accessing peripheral devices.

Visit other courses in the series to see how to solve the exact same challenges in languages like C++, C#, Java, PHP, Python, R, Ruby, and Swift.


Code Clinic: R

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:10
Authored By: Mark Niemann-Ross

Released On: 4/23/2015

Successful programmers know more than a computer language. They also know how to think about solving problems. They use "computational thinking": breaking a problem down into segments that lend themselves to technical solutions. Code Clinic is a series of ten courses where lynda.com authors solve the same problems using different programming languages. Here, Mark Niemann-Ross works with R.

Dan introduces challenges and then provides an overview of his solutions in C. Challenges include topics such as statistical analysis, searching directories for images, and accessing peripheral devices.

Visit other courses in the series to see how to solve the exact same challenges in languages like C++, C#, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Swift.


Code Clinic: Swift

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:08
Authored By: Simon Allardice

Released On: 4/23/2015

Successful programmers know more than a computer language. They also know how to think about solving problems. They use "computational thinking": breaking a problem down into segments that lend themselves to technical solutions. Code Clinic is a series of ten courses where lynda.com authors solve the same problems using different programming languages. Here, Simon Allardice works with Swift.

Simon introduces challenges and then provides an overview of his solutions in Swift. Challenges include topics such as statistical analysis, searching directories for images, and accessing peripheral devices.

Visit other courses in the series to see how to solve the exact same challenges in languages like C++, C#, JavaScript, PHP, Python, R, and Ruby.


Code Clinic: C

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:06
Authored By: Dan Gookin

Released On: 4/23/2015

Successful programmers know more than a computer language. They also know how to think about solving problems. They use "computational thinking": breaking a problem down into segments that lend themselves to technical solutions. Code Clinic is a series of ten courses where lynda.com authors solve the same problems using different programming languages. Here, Dan Gookin works with C.

Dan introduces challenges and then provides an overview of his solutions in C. Challenges include topics such as statistical analysis, searching directories for images, and accessing peripheral devices.

Visit other courses in the series to see how to solve the exact same challenges in languages like C++, C#, JavaScript, PHP, Python, R, Ruby, and Swift.


Up and Running with Canvas 2015

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:01
Authored By: Oliver Schinkten

Released On: 4/22/2015

Canvas is an open-source learning management system (LMS) for K–12 and higher-education used by learning institutions around the world. This course provides the skills and knowledge instructors need to build a course, add students, and facilitate online learning and digital literacy through Canvas. Author Oliver Schinkten shows how to build a teacher profile, create a class, add assignments and quizzes, and use SpeedGrader to streamline the grading process. He also explores how to reinforce collaboration with online discussions, enlist co-teachers, and access your class on the go with the Canvas and SpeedGrader apps for iOS.


Google Voice Essential Training

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 04:56
Authored By: Jess Stratton

Released On: 4/22/2015

Get the most out of Google Voice, the powerful voicemail and calling platform. First, learn how to set up a Google Voice account, link the Google Voice number to mobile and landline phones, and set up voicemail.

Then find out how to configure Voice's rules to ring all your phones, filter calls straight to voicemail, have voicemails delivered via email or text, and more. The course also explores recording inbound calls, using Voice on mobile phones, and making international calls, video calls, computer-to-computer calls, and more.


Personal Finance Fundamentals

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 04:51
Authored By: Jane Barratt

Released On: 4/22/2015

For many of us who are not financial professionals, worrying about money and saving for the future can be a chore. In this course, financial expert Jane Barratt shows how opportunities arise when you change your attitude towards money. She walks you through the basics of personal finance—earning, spending, saving, and investing—with an eye for finding opportunities to enrich your life, pay down debt, and grow your money wisely.


Print Production Essentials: Folding

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 04:46
Authored By: Trish Witkowski

Released On: 4/22/2015

Get fresh ideas for your next print marketing campaign as the world's leading expert on folded formats, Trish Witkowski, shares unique and effective folded solutions that will add that "wow factor" to your creative projects. This highly visual and inspiring course is filled with print "eye candy"—for designers who operate on either end of the budget spectrum. Trish will set a strong foundation of folding lingo, folding families, and folding dos and don'ts. She'll also share her 10 high impact tricks for folding success and show you how to expertly create folding templates and dielines. You'll see lots of real-world solutions from her famous sample library, too.


Lightroom: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 05:21
Authored By: Chris Orwig

Released On: 4/21/2015

Stay up to date with what's new in Lightroom CC –and learn what's new in Lightroom 6. In this course, teacher and photographer Chris Orwig reviews the latest features and enhancements in this extremely popular photo-management, enhancement, and publishing program—as soon as they are released. New chapters will be added every time Adobe releases a noteworthy update. To start the course off, Chris takes a look at new features that debuted in Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6: face recognition, Photo Merge, new image enhancement tools in the Develop module, and improvements to the Slideshow and Web modules. Come here first to learn what's new in Lightroom CC.


Up and Running with Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 05:12
Authored By: Jan Kabili

Released On: 4/21/2015

Powerful, affordable, and available for Macs and Windows PCs alike, Lightroom has become an extremely popular program for photographers of all experience levels. In this course, Jan Kabili provides an approachable introduction to organizing, editing, and sharing photos in Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC. She shows how to organize and find photos using collections, keywords, and the new People view, and introduces workflows to bring out the best in photos with the Develop module: adjusting exposure, correcting color, sharpening, making local adjustments, and more. Jan also shows how to create panoramas and HDR photos right within Lightroom, and share your project with the world.


Travel Photography: Costa Rica

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 05:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 4/21/2015

Join Rich Harrington and family on a trip to Costa Rica and see a variety of ways to capture the beauty and diversity of a tropic destination. This unique course introduces you to the culture, countryside, and wildlife of Costa Rica, but also shows how to shoot photographs and video in challenging situations travel photographers face in many places.

Rich organizes the lessons by location and activity, so you can dive right into the type of photography that interests you: nature, landscape, macro, underwater, street, or architecture. First he covers packing and planning for a trip to Costa Rica. Then he visits five uniquely beautiful locations, starting with the remote mountain town of Monteverde, where he gets "close up" to wildlife and takes a GoPro along on a zipline tour. At Manuel Antonio, he shows how to shoot at the beach—in and out of the water—and create awe-inspiring time lapses. In Arenal Rich enters the rainforest and shoots with local chocolate and coffee growers, and in Caño Negro, he takes a river-boat tour. The trip ends in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, which offers great opportunities for shooting street photography and architecture.

The course closes with some in-field workflow tips to keep your images safe, and some post-production techniques to develop your photos in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Camera Raw.


Surfacing with SOLIDWORKS

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 04:58
Authored By: Gabriel Corbett

Released On: 4/21/2015

Get up to speed with the surfacing tools within SOLIDWORKS. Gabriel Corbett will teach you the key tools to be proficient with the surfacing package. First, learn how to create basic extruded, revolved, ruled, and offset surfaces. Then dive deeper into modifying surfaces with the Extend Surface, Cut Surface, and Knit Surface tools. Along the way, Gabriel introduces real-world examples that show how surfacing can improve your designs and allow you to create shapes that would otherwise be impossible to build. The course wraps up with some tips for fixing common problems with fillets and solids and manipulating faces.


Strategic Planning Fundamentals

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 06:22
Authored By: Mike Figliuolo

Released On: 4/20/2015

Join executive leadership consultant and coach Mike Figliuolo as he reveals how to implement a strategic planning process in your organization—a process that can be repeated yearly and ensures you get input from all relevant stakeholders. In this course, Mike shows you how to establish and articulate your organization's core competencies, vision, mission, and strategic filters. Using these criteria, he shows how to prioritize competing initiatives, how to allocate resources to best support those initiatives, and how all of these factors combine to create a compelling strategic plan.


Exploring Composition in Photography

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 05:56
Authored By: Taz Tally

Released On: 4/20/2015

In photography, composition isn't everything…but it's close. Effective composition can make a photo far more powerful by drawing the viewer's eye into the scene and guiding it in a way that conveys your intent as a photographer.

In this course, photographer and educator Taz Tally details four pillars of effective, impactful composition: simplicity, asymmetry, eye lines, and point of view. Through example images and helpful graphics, the course discusses not only the things you can do to enhance composition when you're shooting, but also improvements you can make using imaging software such as Lightroom.

Throughout the course, Taz issues challenges to help you practice what you've learned. The course concludes with a look at how to critique—and thereby improve— your work.


5-Day Drawing Challenge: Drawing Your Own Reality

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 05:47
Authored By: Von Glitschka

Released On: 4/20/2015

Drawing is for everyone. It just takes practice! Exercise your drawing skills and become better at seeing and capturing the world around you with Von Glitschka's 5-day drawing challenges. This installment asks you draw a few alternate takes on reality: the contents of someone else's mind, an animal/activity mash-up, a character cutout, an imaginary friend, and even a parallel universe.

Von will assign a challenge for each day. Take the time you need to finish each assignment, and then watch the video where Von shares his own hand-drawn solution. There are no right answers here; his solutions should serve as inspiration. For more encouragement, check out the chapter on staying inspired, featuring artist Marty Cooper. And don't forget to share your drawings via Twitter and Facebook! Use the hashtag #5daydraw.


PayPal Essential Training

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Christopher Matthew Spencer

Released On: 4/20/2015

Learn how to send and receive online payments securely with PayPal. Author Christopher Matthew Spencer kicks off the course with business and personal account setup, explains buyer and seller protections, and recommends how to identify and avoid spoofs and scams.

The course then covers making payments, sending invoices, setting up payment buttons, running reports, and refunding payments with PayPal. It also shows how to use the PayPal Mobile app as well as the PayPal Here credit card reader for face-to-face purchases and as a point-of-sale system for retailers. Lastly, Christopher Matthew explores PayPal shipping as well as tips for avoiding transaction disputes and accepting donations for nonprofits.


Creating an Interior Scene with Blender

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:46
Authored By: Darrin Lile

Released On: 4/17/2015

Learn how to use Blender to model, texture, and render a realistic interior scene. In this course author Darrin Lile demonstrates techniques used to create environments for animation and architectural visualizations. He begins by creating the basic structure of a contemporary condominium living room based on imported blueprints, and then demonstrates useful tips for modeling the furniture and accessories. Next Darrin shows how to apply materials to the objects in your scene, as well as UV map and texture them. Finally, he goes over the process of adding lights to the scene and producing a rendered image of the environment.


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