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Embracing Change: Chris Do and the Work of Blind

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Do

Released On: 8/28/2015

Faced with a shrinking marketplace and higher expectations from clients, Blind, the award-winning motion design firm, had to turn and pivot. Founder Chris Do decided he had to grow not only as an artist but also as a businessperson. Instead of complaining about the way things aren't, Chris has guided his company to embrace change. Learn about Blind's journey, and why Chris thinks it's the most exciting time for designers who choose change to be alive.


Exploring Photoshop: Mastering Curves

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Taz Tally

Released On: 8/28/2015

When it comes to adjusting tonality and color in Photoshop, most people start with Levels. And most people stay there. But the Curves tool is far more powerful than Levels for controlling color, highlights, shadows, brightness, and contrast. The Photoshop Curves panel offers broader, deeper, more precise controls than Levels for adjusting images. In this course, photographer and educator Taz Tally demystifies Curves, showing how to use the tool to adjust tonality, make color corrections, produce creative effects, and more. By the end of the course, you'll be a Curves convert.


SynthEyes Essential Training

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Morse

Released On: 8/28/2015

3D tracking is the foundation for advanced visual effects in films and commercials seen all over the world. SynthEyes is one of the most popular software packages for 3D tracking, capable of complex camera moves and object tracking. Join Brian Morse as he reviews essential tools and techniques in SynthEyes, beginning with a quick start guide to help you create accurate 3D solves quickly. He shows how to analyze a shot, compensate for lens distortion, and use both the manual and automatic features in SynthEyes to help you get the best solve for your camera. Plus, learn about more advanced techniques, like object tracking with a moving camera. The course closes with a look at exporting to a variety of animation packages: After Effects, NUKE, Maya, and CINEMA 4D.


Up and Running with Splice

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Nate Mars

Released On: 8/28/2015

Splice enables music producers, audio engineers, and all kinds of DAW users store their projects, settings, and samples on the cloud. It also allows users to easily share those files with collaborators. In this free course, producer Nate Mars shows you how to connect your studio to the cloud, back up and manage projects with Splice's unlimited storage capabilities, promote new releases, and find new sounds and inspiration within the ever-expanding Splice community.


Foundations of IT Security: Core Concepts

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Lisa Bock

Released On: 8/28/2015

Computing and Internet security are everyone's business, but it's especially critical for information technology specialists. Learning the core concepts of operating-system and network-level security helps avoid ongoing threats and eliminate system vulnerabilities. This beginner-level course covers core security concepts and introduces risks such as social engineering, malware, and spyware. Foundations of IT Security series creator Lisa Bock will also go over some basic wireless security best practices, tips for beefing up browser security, and techniques for implementing encryption.

Note: This course maps to a number of the exam topics on the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals 98-367 certification exam and is recommended test prep viewing.


Motion 5 Essential Training

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Ian Robinson

Released On: 8/5/2011

Learn how to create stunning motion graphics and animations for video production. Author Ian Robinson explains how to format and animate type with the Transform Glyph tool and explores Motion's real-time 3D tools. The course also covers working in 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, keying green screen effects, and working with particle systems. In addition, Ian offers practical advice on integrating Motion into a professional video workflow and explains how to work smarter using rigs and templates.


Designing Icons for the Web

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: James Williamson

Released On: 8/27/2015

Learn techniques and best practices for designing smart, visually interesting web icons in any software, in this guide with senior author James Williamson. First, find out what makes icons most effective and how to plan your design right from the start. Then review the best practices for brainstorming, sketching your ideas, and finding the right visual metaphors. James shows how to build your designs at high resolutions and create variations that will work at smaller sizes. Finally, learn how to export your work to multiple file types, and optimize SVGs, one of the most popular formats for icons.


Media Training

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Deirdre Breakenridge

Released On: 8/27/2015

With traditional media outlets, 24-hour news sites, Twitter, and Facebook all competing for attention, getting your message broadcast—and received—the way you want can be tricky. In this course, PR expert Deirdre Breakenridge identifies the qualities of a good media spokesperson, what to expect from interactions with journalists, how to enhance your message with stats and sound bites, and how to cater your delivery and message to specific media channels and audiences.

Watch the mock interview at the end of the course and see Deirdre's techniques and strategies in action.


Up and Running with BIM 360 Glue

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Wing

Released On: 8/27/2015

BIM 360 Glue is the "glue" you need to connect your entire project team: everyone on the job, on the road, and in the office. In this course, Eric Wing helps get you up and running with this cloud-based BIM management software. He'll show how to create new projects, glue models from other CAD software such as AutoCAD and Revit, and manage, mark up, and clash models in BIM 360 Glue. Last but not least, he'll take a tour of the companion mobile app, which allows you to view the same drawings and models you see on your desktop on an iPad or iPhone.


Up and Running with Substance Designer

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Joel Bradley

Released On: 8/26/2015

Meet Substance Designer, the node-based texturing tool for creating high-quality, procedural textures and materials. In this course, Joel Bradley walks through the workflow for creating an aged concrete substance, so you can become familiar with the basics of substances and the range of tools Substance Designer offers. When you are finished with the course, you'll have a complete substance package ready for handoff to a game engine such as Unreal or Unity, and the skills you need to continue creating your own materials with Substance Designer.


Up and Running with QGIS

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Gordon Luckett

Released On: 8/26/2015

Enrich your GIS data and make more effective maps with QGIS. Gordon Luckett shows how to get QGIS up and running on your computer and create maps with vector and raster data. Plus, learn how to stylize maps, get more insights from data with overlays and heat maps, and publish results with powerful Python-driven plugins for QGIS.


Bootstrap 3 Essential Training

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Ray Villalobos

Released On: 8/26/2015

Bootstrap is a popular framework designed for building responsive, accessible, and mobile-ready websites. An open-source platform using HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery, it features a 12-column grid, icons you can incorporate into your designs, and fully functional JavaScript components that are ready to use.

This course provides everything you need to know to get started building websites with Bootstrap, and is built with our new practice environments in mind, which let you develop your code along with author Ray Villalobos. Ray will review Bootstrap's grid, CSS classes, and JavaScript components (dropdowns, modals, carousels, and more), and help you integrate them into your own sophisticated websites.


InDesign Tables in Depth

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Diane Burns

Released On: 8/25/2015

What if you could create graphics-based tables or tables that don't even look like tables? Tables are powerful design tools, but they're not always used to their full potential. In this course, Diane Burns shows how to create and format tables in new ways. Learn how to create special alternating fills and interesting stroke patterns; use graphic cells to integrate images into your tables; change the shape of a table with anchored shapes; and highlight columns to draw the eye to important data. Plus, find out how to use tables in unique ways such as creating infographics and complex page layouts.


Creating a Business Plan

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Figliuolo

Released On: 8/25/2015

Looking to build a business or expand one you're already running? You'll need to build a business plan before you do. Experienced entrepreneur and consultant Mike Figliuolo walks through the process of defining your business, researching the market, and determining your product. Once you've figured out what your product or service will be, Mike provides guidance for thinking through your sales strategy, day-to-day operations, staffing, and financial forecasting. A sample business plan is provided, so you can follow along with the development of a real-world company.


AutoCAD Raster Designer Essential Training

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Wing

Released On: 8/25/2015

You don't have to leave AutoCAD to optimize and vectorize raster data. Use AutoCAD Raster Design to write and process raster images and avoid many of the most tedious redrawing tasks. Join Eric Wing as he shows how to use AutoCAD Raster Design to insert and scale images in your drawings, create masks, rubbersheet images, manage images, clean up and merge images, and define regions and primitives to manipulate raster data. Plus, find out how to vectorize text using Optical Character Recognition technology built into AutoCAD Raster Design.


Tips and Tricks for Google Photos

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: John Nack

Released On: 8/25/2015

Get the most out of Google Photos with this collection of power tips from product manager John Nack. Learn how to manage photo storage, make creative photo edits, work with suggestions from the Assistant, search your library, and share photos securely with friends and family with Google Photos.


Avid Media Composer 8 Essential Training

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Ashley Kennedy

Released On: 9/17/2014

Avid Media Composer 8 Essential Training is a start-to-finish, project-based course designed to get you up to speed on every aspect of Avid Media Composer. Staff author Ashley Kennedy begins with a fast-track chapter that breaks down the entire editing process into eight steps—great as an overview for new editors, and a good crash course in Media Composer for editors migrating from other platforms. She then focuses on getting you comfortable with each stage of the editing process—from preparation and organization to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and output. Each post-production technique is explained thoroughly and concisely, using real-world examples from a documentary-style promo project. Dive in and learn how to take your projects from concept to creation.


Global Strategy

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Anil Gupta

Released On: 8/24/2015

Not all companies that operate in different countries are truly global. To become a truly global company, a business needs to think across four dimensions: market presence, value chain architecture, capital base, and leadership mindset. In this course, University of Maryland's Chair Professor in Strategy Anil Gupta outlines the principles of global strategy and the questions you need to address in order to build your company's global presence and leverage global resources.


Insights with a Game Designer: Brenda Romero

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Brenda Romero

Released On: 8/24/2015

There isn't a time Brenda Romero doesn't remember working on games. She began tinkering on her own at age 5, and was employed full time at 15. Now she's an award-winning game designer, artist, writer, and creative director, and the longest continuously serving woman in the video game industry. In this Insights interview, we ask Brenda to look back on her career and answer the questions aspiring game designers really want to know. Do you need to code to build games? What is the impact of independent developers on traditional gaming? How does mobile affect game design?

Combining inspiration and hard-won advice, this course shows there is more than one way to approach game design and break into the industry.


Eight Things Everyone Should Know about Photoshop

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Deke McClelland

Released On: 8/24/2015

Overwhelmed by Photoshop? There are eight useful things that make Photoshop Photoshop, and Deke McClelland is here to explain them in plain and simple terms. If you're exploring Photoshop for the first time, or just want a 5,000-foot view before wading back into the nitty gritty, this course will help you understand the core features—layers and channels, sharpening, selections and masks, the retouching tools, blend modes, color models, Smart Objects, and layer masks—that lie at the heart of this amazing image editing program.


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