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Photoshop CC: Creative Color for Photographers

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Orwig

Released On: 7/22/2016

Working with color can be an amazing journey, and Photoshop is a great vehicle for taking the trip. In this course, photographer and educator Chris Orwig teaches a variety of ways to create captivating color in photographs. Chris goes beyond the basics by showing how color can profoundly affect a photograph's impact. He demonstrates adjusting color and tone to make images more vivid, changing clothing and background colors with Photoshop and Camera Raw, working with color saturation, cross-processing, removing color, and more. The course includes real-world challenges that showcase the techniques Chris has shown for creating intriguing and beautiful color photographs.


3D Content Creation for Virtual Reality

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Craig Barr

Released On: 7/22/2016

Virtual reality is a booming industry. The technology for consumers and designers just keeps getting better. Learn how to take advantage of the newest advances in VR modeling, texturing, and rendering in this course with 3D artist and expert Craig Barr. Using Maya and Unity, you'll look at how to create assets that are efficient and effective, contributing to an overall more compelling virtual reality experience. If you're new to VR, watch the introductory chapter to get an overview of the terminology, technical considerations for designers (like refresh rate), and the most popular VR hardware, including the Oculus Rift. Craig then dives into modeling, texturing, and rendering, and offers some tips for making more sophisticated content with ambient lighting and effects. Plus, get insights on cutting-edge VR techniques, such as creating content in VR projects with Unreal Engine 4, Tilt Brush, SculptrVR, MakeVR, and more.


Learn Reason 9: The Basics

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Matt Piper

Released On: 7/22/2016

Learn the basics of Reason 9, the professional-grade DAW, from setup and recording to mixing and mastering. Matt Piper shows how to configure the preferences, use the file browser, and get comfortable with the various windows and views. Next, he moves into recording music, showing how to record audio and software instrument tracks, create beats, sample audio, use REX loops, and record automation. Then it's time for editing, using tools such as quantization, pitch correction, time stretching, tempo and time signature automation, and the Comp Editor. Matt also demos mixing techniques, such as setting panning and volume levels; using EQ, compression, gates and sidechain compression; setting up effects sends; and creating parallel channels for compression. Finally, he demonstrates how to use the mastering tools in Reason, as well as how to prep a mix to give to a mastering engineer and how to export stems for collaborative purposes.


Windows 10: Manage Updates and Recovery

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: James Gonzalez

Released On: 7/22/2016

Windows administrators must always be prepared for the worst-case scenario: system failure. Luckily, Windows 10 offers a variety of recovery and restoration options to help recover corrupt or missing files and get a PC back in working order. This course teaches IT professionals how to perform a system restore, refresh, or reset, and intelligently manage the Windows update process. James Gonzalez shows how to define system restore points, create a system image, and get comfortable with troubleshooting PC issues in the Windows Recovery Environment. He also helps you schedule and install updates, and roll them back when there are problems. Plus, learn how to manage which applications boot on startup and recover individual files with tools like File History and OneDrive.

Note: The course maps to the Manage Updates and Recovery domain from the Configuring Windows Devices exam (70-697).


Photo Gear Weekly

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Tim Grey

Released On: 7/22/2016

Get your gear on! Join photographer, author, and educator Tim Grey every Friday for insights on camera gear of all kinds. In Photo Gear Weekly, Tim shares tips for mastering your camera's advanced features, recommends accessories that will streamline your shooting and expand your creative options, and spotlights hot gear—new and vintage alike—that you'll want to know about.


Advanced Photoshop: Lookup Tables and Gradient Maps

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 7/21/2016

Have you used lookup tables or gradient maps with Photoshop lately? Probably not. Most photographers aren't aware of them. But they're powerful tools for performing all manner of color correction and photo styling tasks.

In this course, Rich Harrington demystifies lookup tables (LUTs) and shows how to use them with Photoshop, Lightroom, and other Adobe CC applications. He also shows how to use gradient maps—where tints are based on the luminance values in the image—to add creative color and noise to images, and how to organize, store, and share these assets with other Creative Cloud programs and other photo and video professionals.


Java Platforms Compared: SE vs EE vs ME

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Peggy Fisher

Released On: 7/21/2016

Java actually comes in three flavors: SE, EE, and ME. But what's the difference? Are you shortchanging yourself if you go with Standard Edition (SE) vs. Enterprise (EE)? Can you develop for mobile without the Micro Edition (ME)? Peggy Fisher provides the answers to a new Java developer's most pressing questions when selecting a platform. Get a quick overview of the Java editions, their differences, and instructions for downloading and installing the SDKs, IDEs, and other assets you need to develop applications with each platform.


Premiere Pro Guru: Fix It in Post

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eran Stern

Released On: 7/21/2016

Whenever you hear "don't worry—we'll fix it in post," a red light should go off in your head. Those who say it on set often don't solve the problems; the burden will fall on you, the editor. Luckily, many issues can be solved at the post-production stage, and this course teaches you how. Premiere Pro guru Eran Stern touches on topics such as white balance, relighting, flicker and banding problems, shaky footage, cosmetic skin issues, video noise, color matching, and even common audio problems. The techniques shown rely on collaboration with After Effects as well as third-party plugins that augment Premiere Pro.


Sylvia Massy: Unconventional Recording

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Sylvia Massy

Released On: 7/20/2016

Unconventional music requires unconventional recording techniques. Sylvia Massy has helped artists such as Tool and Prince realize their own unique sound and vision, using an engineer's mainstays—a recording studio and mixing board—along with some extraordinary gear. In this short documentary, Sylvia shares some of her most infamous recording experiments, from piano demolition to potato filters, and her new favorite tools, including the custom plugins she's developing for Waves.


SOLIDWORKS: Tips & Tricks

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Gabriel Corbett

Released On: 5/4/2016

Would you like to work faster and more efficiently with SOLIDWORKS? There is a ton of knowledge in the SOLIDWORKS community that you'll never learn from the documentation. Gabriel Corbett has spent years studying the program, attending conferences, teaching classes, and talking to fellow experts. In this weekly series, he shares his insights with you. These tips and tricks cover many different facets of the program, from renaming files, customizing properties, to sketching and constructing difficult geometry, replacing parts, and drawing links. Each weekly episode is just 2-10 minutes—ensuring maximum returns in a minimum amount of time. Tune in every Wednesday for new SOLIDWORKS tips.


Google Drive Advanced Tips and Tricks

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jess Stratton

Released On: 7/20/2016

Get more out of Google's popular cloud-based file sharing and word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, Google Drive. Jess Stratton shows how to optimize Drive for the desktop and improve efficiency and productivity with shortcuts and other techniques, like stars and color coding. The course includes advanced tips for Google Docs, Sheets, and Drawings, as well as best practices for getting the most out of Drive when using it with other Google products such as Chrome, Gmail, and Search.


How to Handle Workplace Bullying

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Catherine Mattice

Released On: 7/20/2016

Bullying is a social phenomenon in which the bystanders, leaders, and organizational culture all play a role. It has emotional, psychological, and financial costs to targets and the business. In this course, workplace bullying expert Catherine Mattice helps HR professionals, leaders, managers, and supervisors put a stop to workplace bullying.

She defines the key differences between conflict, harassment, and bullying, and helps you assess the prevalence of bullying in your organization. You'll learn the importance of stepping in to stop it, and coaching those identified as bullies. Catherine also highlights the role leadership plays in exemplifying the right behavior and being transparent about supporting a healthy workplace. To create a positive workplace that's free from bullying, she suggests a healthy workplace corporate policy, tying positive behavior to corporate values, ongoing training, and the use of performance management.


Ethical Hacking: System Hacking

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Lisa Bock

Released On: 7/20/2016

System hacking is the way hackers get access to individual computers on a network. Ethical hackers learn system hacking to detect, prevent, and counter these types of attacks. This course explains the main methods of system hacking—password cracking, privilege escalation, spyware installation, and keylogging—and the countermeasures IT security professionals can take to fight these attacks. Security expert Lisa Bock also covers steganography, spyware on a cell phone, and tactics for hiding files and tools.

These tutorials, along with the other courses featured in the Ethical Hacking series, will prepare students to pass the Certified Ethical Hacker exam and start a career in this in-demand field. Find out more about the exam at https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/.


ArchiCAD Essential Training

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Thiago Mundim

Released On: 7/20/2016

ArchiCAD is an award-winning tool used by architects worldwide. It's powerful and packed full of the features needed to design great building projects. Ready to get started? ArchiCAD Essential Training offers practical training for new ArchiCAD users. We've mapped the basic and advanced tools with actual stages of architecture, making it easy to relate to the daily, real-world activities of an architect in training. Thiago Mundim shows how to get around ArchiCAD, start a new project story, and set up the units and preferences so the software works best for you. He then dives into modeling and documentation, such as working with groups and dimensions, and pays special attention to detailed drawings, which may contain special objects such as Solid Element Operations, custom objects, or graphic overrides. By the end, you'll understand the essential ArchiCAD tools and techniques and how they fit into the BIM workflow.


Access 2016 Advanced Tips and Tricks

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Wilbert

Released On: 7/20/2016

These tips and techniques will help Access developers create a better user experience and transform a boring database into a fast, efficient, and even fun environment. Access expert Adam Wilbert shows how to remove typical Access interface elements (like the Welcome screen) for a better startup experience, and borrow some tricks from web design to make your database more attractive and interactive. Plus, learn how to clean up a cluttered navigation pane, leverage hidden system objects, filter long lists with cascading combo boxes, and build in contextual help and keyboard shortcuts that your power users will thank you for.


Migrating from Office 2010 to Office 2016

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 7/19/2016

Get the productivity-boosting tips you need to migrate smoothly and efficiently from Office 2010 to 2016. Author David Rivers begins with an overview of the new features and improvements to Office 2016, including the new interface, Touch mode, and cloud storage features. The course then steps through the crucial new features in each of the major applications—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—and shows you how to import and use content created in Office 2010 in the new version of the software.


Android SDK Unit Testing

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: James P White

Released On: 7/19/2016

Make sure every part of your Android mobile app works perfectly. Test your application at the unit level using unit testing and the built-in tools in the Android SDK. Learn to write the two basic types of unit tests—local and instrumented—and handle complex conditionals, exceptions, and even user interface testing. James P. White introduces tools from within and outside the SDK to speed up and automate unit testing. White also looks at mock objects, which help test code when real objects are unavailable (for example, a yet-to-be-created class). These simple testing techniques will help you create more stable codebases and deliver better quality apps to your end users.


Learn Canvas 2016

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Oliver Schinkten

Released On: 7/19/2016

Canvas is an open-source learning management system (LMS) used by educators around the world. This training prepares instructors to create an online course with Canvas for the first time, or adjust themselves to the new features and interface in Canvas 2016. Like Canvas, it's designed to be simple to use and easy to navigate. Author Oliver Schinkten shows how to build a teacher profile, create a class, add students, create assignments and quizzes, and use SpeedGrader and rubrics to streamline the grading process. He also explores how to reinforce collaboration with online conversations, create a course calendar, and divide classrooms into modules. Along the way, Oliver introduces classroom best practices to ensure you're getting the most from your LMS.


Design the Web: Control Colors in Photoshop with SmartObjects

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Converse

Released On: 7/19/2016

Optimize your web graphics workflow. Learn how to use Photoshop Smart Objects to efficiently manage your project's colors. This project takes a simple color swatch, converts it to a Smart Object, and adds clipping masks, transparency, blend modes, and gradients to create a complex, one-click color adjustment you can use to color text, shapes, images, and more. Because it's "smart," you can recolor objects instantly by making a single change to the underlying Smart Object. Download the free exercise files and join Chris Converse in this episode of Design the Web to learn this quick, timesaving technique.


Managing Technical Projects

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Bob McGannon

Released On: 7/19/2016

Technical projects have their own unique set of needs and challenges. New technology must be researched, downtime must be kept to a minimum, and the organization must be helped to adapt to the change. Learn how to effectively manage technical projects of any size with these tips from project management expert Bob McGannon. He'll go over specific approaches to mitigate the risks and challenges common to technology projects. He'll walk through case studies to bring the concepts to life. Then he'll propose some specific challenges (including conflicts with stakeholders or vendors) for you to explore. Compare your solutions with Bob's recommendations to see how your project management skills compare.


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