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Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Bert Monroy

Released On: 6/7/2013

Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.


Outlook for iOS and Android First Look

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Jess Stratton

Released On: 1/30/2015

Get a first look at the new Outlook app for iOS and Android, a mobile version of your favorite email and calendaring program. Jess Stratton shows how to navigate the app, link your email and cloud storage accounts, and work with mail, calendar events, contacts, and files in the new interface—now optimized for small screens!


Office for Android Tablets First Look

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 1/30/2015

Office for iOS was a blockbuster. Now Microsoft has released a tailored version of the office productivity software designed specifically for Android tablet users. Learn what Office for Android has to offer you in this first look. Nick Brazzi discusses the Office for Android pricing structures, file-storage and syncing considerations, and new mobile-friendly interface. Plus, get a look at how the new apps—Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—perform on an Android tablet.


HTML5: Structure, Syntax, and Semantics

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: James Williamson

Released On: 1/30/2015

Gain a deeper understanding of HTML5, and learn how to create richer, more meaningful webpages with HTML5 structural tags and enhanced semantic markup. In this course, senior author James Williamson presents an overview of HTML5, demystifies the language's new tags and attributes, and discusses how browsers parse and display HTML5 content. He'll help you make sure your pages (including elements like navigation) are properly structured and sectioned, and show how to use HTML5's unique features for representing quotes, figures, and dates and times. You'll also discover how to extend meaning and make content more accessible with comments, meta- and microdata, and ARIA roles—elements which lead to better experiences for website visitors and development colleagues alike.


Landscape Photography: Washington's Olympic National Park

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Justin Reznick

Released On: 1/30/2015

What are the best ways to capture lush, green, and often rainy landscapes? Find out by traveling with photographer and educator Justin Reznick to the spectacular Olympic National Park, where he explores three unique regions. First he journeys into the Sol Duc Valley, home of famous forests, creeks, and waterfalls. He brings three lenses—wide angle, telephoto, and macro—to shoot the valley from a variety of perspectives and focal lengths. Then he lands on Second Beach, experimenting with various foreground-and-background compositions. Last, Justin investigates the Hoh Rain Forest, where he shows how to shoot landscapes in the rain and introduces one more vital piece of equipment: the tilt-shift lens. In the final chapter, he reviews the selects from the shoot and the post-processed results.


Up and Running with Auto-Tune 8

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Brian Lee White

Released On: 1/30/2015

Auto-Tune is used by engineers, producers, and artists around the world for correcting pitch problems with vocals, as well as for adding creative effects. In this course, author Brian Lee White will explain the basics of getting the best tuning results from Auto-Tune 8. He'll share some of his tuning production secrets as well as some techniques (like the infamous T-Pain effect) used in pop music today.


Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop CC (2014)

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 1/30/2015

Every photographer has looked at a photo and been disappointed that it didn't convey the original scene. This course reveals how to use Photoshop CC to enhance the color, contrast, and sharpness of a photograph. Using tools from adjustment layers to filters, Rich Harrington will show you how to transform your photos nondestructively. Plus, learn how to work with raw images and perform special-case adjustments such as color matching and tinting.


InDesign Secrets

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: David Blatner, Anne-Marie Concepción

Released On: 8/25/2011

In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.

New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.


The Practicing Photographer

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Ben Long

Released On: 5/16/2013

In The Practicing Photographer, photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration. Each installment focuses on a photographic shooting scenario, a piece of gear, or a software technique. Each installment concludes with a call to action designed to inspire you to pick up your camera (or your mouse or smartphone) to try the technique for yourself.


Learning to be Assertive

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Chris Croft

Released On: 1/29/2015

We all get frustrated when we feel taken advantage of, or alternatively, respond too aggressively when we feel provoked or trapped. Overcome these knee-jerk responses by learning how to be assertive. This course reveals what assertiveness really means, and how it is different from aggression, and outlines specific techniques you can use to respond to challenging situations and difficult people.


Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions with Photoshop and After Effects CC

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 1/29/2015

Have you looked at a photo and wished you were there, or wondered what the scene looked like to the photographer? Now you can bring your photos to life by adding motion and depth to your images. Author Rich Harrington reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world, using Photoshop and After Effects CC. The course shows you how to select the right images and resolutions, how to use masks and layers to build the composition in Photoshop, and how to animate the camera and light the scene in After Effects. Plus, learn how to use particles to add depth to your scene, mix in video, create 3D perspective, and render out your composition.


Growth Hacking Fundamentals

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 1/29/2015

Learn the concepts, methods, and successful real-world uses of growth hacking to quickly expand your customer base. Join marketing expert Brad Batesole as he explains what elements have to be in place for growth hacking to be successful, including site analytics, a great landing page, an understanding of the funnel, and a solid testing plan. Brad then explains typical growth-hacking opportunities as well as strategies for generating an audience via SEO, influencers, content marketing, social-media engagements, advertising, current events, and more.

The course concludes with growth-hacking case studies, highlighting the growth-hacking techniques that helped propel such companies as Airbnb, Uber, and Tinder to explosive growth.


Modeling a Bicycle Frame with SolidWorks

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Leon van den Heever

Released On: 1/29/2015

With this fast-paced and advanced SolidWorks 2014 course, Leon van den Heever shows how to model the front triangle section of a bicycle frame, using the Loft, Fill, Sweep, Trim, and Knit commands. Learn how to sketch the path profiles, extrude them to get your basic tube shapes, trim the tubes into sections, use Loft and Fill to create transitions between the parts, and, finally, merge and solidify the faces of the model.


Communication Tips

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Brenda Bailey-Hughes, Tatiana Kolovou

Released On: 1/21/2015

In order to lead or manage others, you need to master your communication skills. In this series of weekly tips, communication experts Tatiana Kolovou and Brenda Bailey-Hughes help you hone your communication skills in order to deal with difficult people, influence others, confidently speak in public at a moment's notice, and much more. Tune in every Wednesday for another invaluable communication tip.


Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 1/28/2015

Installing WordPress on your computer gives you a perfect testing ground for experimentation, theme development, plugin testing, and website development. This course is designed for developers and users who want to install and configure WordPress locally on a Mac with MAMP, the open-source server/database/scripting language combo that sets the stage for more serious WordPress development. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen covers the configuration options and usage scenarios to get you started in WordPress quickly. Plus (new for 2015!) learn how to set up your WordPress development environment in just a few clicks with MAMP PRO, the professional, commercial version of the framework.


Protect Your Network with Open-Source Software

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Jungwoo Ryoo

Released On: 1/28/2015

Network protection is vital to organizations big and small, but it doesn't have to be an expensive proposition. Learn how to protect your network with open-source tools, and do it completely FREE. Jungwoo Ryoo shows how to set up firewalls, investigate network traffic with a packet analyzer, detect threats and malicious activity with an intrusion-detection system, and enable network logging and monitoring. Start here for a low-cost route to a more secure network.


Design Patterns in PHP

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Keith Casey

Released On: 1/28/2015

Write better PHP code by following these popular (and time-tested) design patterns. Developer Keith Casey introduces 11 design patterns that will help you solve common coding challenges and make your intentions clear to future architects of your application. Keith explores use cases for:

  • Accessing data with the active record and table data gateway patterns
  • Creating objects with the factory, singleton, and mock objects patterns
  • Extending code with decorator and adapter patterns
  • Structuring applications with MVC and Action-Domain-Responder patterns


Each chapter features a design pattern in a real-world coding scenario, and closes with a practice challenge to test your new skills.


After Effects Guru: Advanced Photoshop Techniques

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Ian Robinson

Released On: 1/28/2015

Integrate Photoshop into your everyday video and animation workflows to save time, correct common video issues, and generate custom textures. After Effects guru Ian Robinson starts with the essentials: retouching, correcting color, and fixing distortion with Photoshop. Then he takes things further and shows how to prep still images in Photoshop for animation in After Effects. Next, learn how to use Photoshop to create environment maps that accurately reflect graphics when applied in After Effects or CINEMA 4D (C4D) Lite. In the last chapter you'll explore integrating Photoshop into a 3D production pipeline, making custom textures in Photoshop, and applying them via bump maps and normal maps in C4D Lite.


Small Business Secrets

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Dave Crenshaw

Released On: 4/15/2014

Are you thinking about starting a small business, freelancing, or turning a hobby into a full-time job? Or perhaps you're already running your own business and need some inspiration to take it to the next level. Each week, join small business coach Dave Crenshaw for two short lessons that reveal the secrets of running a successful small business. This series covers topics such as getting started, writing a business plan, determining your most valuable product or service, hiring people, managing processes, documenting systems, bootstrapping, seeking funding, accounting, controlling costs and profit margins, marketing, creating culture, and more.


Numeric Data Entry Fundamentals

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Anson Alexander

Released On: 1/27/2015

Learn how to quickly and effectively enter numeric data and formulas using the 10-key numeric keypad. This course explores ergonomics, proper finger positions, and formula-entry shortcuts so you can quickly do things like enter large amounts of data into spreadsheet applications like Excel. Author Anson Alexander introduces the lessons using lynda.com's innovative and interactive typing tool, which you can use to practice on your own.


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