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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.

Making Your Site Retina-Ready

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:11
Authored By: Brian Wood

Released On: 4/17/2015

With stunning new screens like the Apple Retina display coming onto the market, many designers want to learn how to make their sites retina-ready. This course provides several options for optimizing graphics and other content so that it looks great on retina (or HiDPI) and non-retina displays alike. Author Brian Wood covers incorporating icon fonts and favicons, optimizing SVG and inline images, and displaying responsive images using CSS, JavaScript, and the PictureFill polyfill solution.

Developing Android Apps Essential Training

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:59
Authored By: David Gassner

Released On: 4/17/2015

Learn everything you need to know to get started building Android apps with the Android 5 SDK and Google's Android Studio IDE. Starting with a brief look at Android's history, the course takes you through the anatomy of a typical Android project and the setup for creating your first app, including connecting to devices (both real and virtual) for testing. Then learn how to define screens with activities and layouts, respond to events with XML and Java-based code, display text and images that adjust to multiple screens, create menus, manage navigation, display and manage data, and use styles and themes to make your app reflect Google's new visual language, material design.

Debugging Scripts in Unity

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:26
Authored By: Chris Byers

Released On: 4/16/2015

Debug your games and apps smarter and more efficiently with Unity's powerful suite of debugging, testing, and profiling tools. Chris Byers takes an in-depth look at the Unity console, utilizing the MonoDevelop IDE for runtime debugging, and profiling applications with the Unity Profiler, and provides a brief introduction to the Unity Test Tools for unit and integration testing. Plus, get tips on mobile debugging on iOS and Android.

Civil 3D: Intersecting New Roads with Existing Roads

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:13
Authored By: Eric Chappell

Released On: 4/16/2015

Every road project that you work on will require you to tie your new road designs to existing roads via intersections. To do this successfully you need to know the right workflow: to leverage the best Civil 3D features in the right ways and in the right order. In this course, you'll learn how to combine features involving alignments, profiles, corridors, surfaces, and intersections to efficiently design new-to-existing intersections.

Troubleshooting Your Network with Wireshark

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:11
Authored By: Lisa Bock

Released On: 4/16/2015

Learn how to capture and analyze network traffic with Wireshark, a free, open-source packet analysis tool, and identify congestion issues, suspicious activity, and network intrusions. In this course, Lisa Bock reviews the fundamental concepts underlying Wireshark, such as network analysis and the OSI model, and examines some example packet captures so you can start to understand field values and compare normal to abnormal network behaviors. You'll also be introduced to common attack signatures, display and capture filters, and protocols such as HTTP, TCP, DNS, and FTP.

Designing a Business Card

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:09
Authored By: Nigel French

Released On: 4/16/2015

Learn how to design a business card. In this course, designer Nigel French covers all aspects of the design process—from font choice to paper stock—so you can create a business card that is at once eye-catching and functional. He walks through what information to include, size and format considerations, and printing options. He also demonstrates how to set up a template and incorporate typography and imagery. Then he segues into two hands-on projects: a business card for a graphics design company and another for a coffee shop. These projects will help you understand how to apply the principles of good design in real-world context.

Creating a Captive Sphere with OpenSCAD

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:38
Authored By: Steve Caplin

Released On: 4/15/2015

OpenSCAD is a free, multiplatform 3D CAD program that's ideal for producing models that are going to be 3D printed. Unlike most other modeling apps, in OpenSCAD you design objects using text instructions alone. Sounds scary? Don't worry. In this introductory lesson Steve Caplin takes you through the basics and shows you how to create a captive sphere model—using just 10 lines of code—and make the object printable.

Marketing Research Fundamentals

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:24
Authored By: Cheryl Ladd

Released On: 4/15/2015

Get to know customers at a deeper level—not as stats but as people—with marketing research. Expert Cheryl Ladd shows how to understand and leverage the best marketing research method for the subject at hand. She lays the groundwork for understanding the marketing research landscape and its role in decision-making, before explaining the process: everything from determining the correct approach to determining data collection methods.

The course also explores how marketing research evolves throughout a product lifecycle and identifies possible stumbling blocks and ethical considerations when performing market research.

Up and Running with PHP SimpleXML

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:16
Authored By: David Powers

Released On: 4/15/2015

Most PHP programmers will eventually run into an XML data set. The easiest way to deal with this data is using the SimpleXML extension for PHP. In this course, David Powers walks through loading and extracting data from a basic XML document, working with namespaces, and editing XML elements and attributes with SimpleXML and the XPath query language. He also shows practical uses for XML, such as displaying text as well as images from an RSS feed, and the process for generating new XML documents from scratch with SimpleXML.

Rigging a Humanoid Character with Blender

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:14
Authored By: Ron Friedman

Released On: 4/15/2015

Blender is a powerful and free 3D animation and rendering package; one of its best uses is the rigging of characters. In this lesson, Ron Friedman shows us how to create the basic bones in a human skeleton and set up inverse kinematics to keep the movement of our character realistic—keeping the feet on the ground as you move the body, for example. He'll also show us how to add controller shapes to make selections easier to perform and the bones' purposes easier to understand. Then, Ron will duplicate the left-side bones over onto the right side in order to create a complete skeleton (with half the work!) and attach the mesh to the bones. By the end of the course, you'll be able to give your character the rigging that it needs to be animated however you choose.

Up and Running with Astute Graphics for Illustrator

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Rankin

Released On: 3/21/2014

Want to be more precise, more efficient, and more creative with Illustrator? Learn how the Astute Graphics plugins can revolutionize the way you draw and edit artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Mike Rankin covers drawing and editing with VectorScribe and InkScribe, aligning and arranging objects with ColliderScribe, creating beautiful symmetry with MirrorMe, adjusting color with Phantasm, and the tools in DynamicSketch and WidthScribe that make drawing with a tablet even more natural and intuitive.

Creative Insights: Renaldo Lawrence on Elearning

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:01
Authored By: Renaldo Lawrence

Released On: 4/14/2015

How do teachers adopt technology into classrooms, if they're not quite comfortable with it themselves?

This interview with Renaldo Lawrence is an inspiration to educators looking to increase student achievement and create authentic-learning opportunities for their students. Renaldo is a leader on integrating technology in the classroom, but started out as a computer-illiterate educator. His story of learning the technology for the sake of the students is both inspiring, and instructional for educators that want to follow his example.

Creating an Animated Steam Sprite Sheet with After Effects

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 05:14
Authored By: Chris Converse

Released On: 4/14/2015

Learn to create a realistic steam animation with After Effects. In this course you'll explore styling and looping a particle system animation to create an HTML5-based steam effect, and then build it into a sprite sheet that can be played back in any major browser. No prior knowledge of After Effects is required, and the sprite sheet player is included in the exercise files (free to all members), so you can test out your results right away.

Animation Techniques: Creating Smooth Motion

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 05:12
Authored By: George Maestri

Released On: 4/14/2015

Getting animation to look "right" is an exercise in timing. In this course, you'll look at various ways to create smooth motion. Author George Maestri shows how to manage animation curves, animate along a path, understand the mechanics of smooth rotations, smooth with motion blur, and create smoother cycles—introducing tricks that will work in nearly any standard animation package.

Up and Running with Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 4/14/2015

Get up and running with the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's powerful hybrid desktop/laptop/tablet computer. This course begins with an overview of the device, explaining how to get started with the basics, get online, and connect email and social media accounts.

Author Nick Brazzi then shows the capabilities of the Surface when used as a laptop or tablet, covering such particulars as input devices (keyboard, mouse, and pen), touch screen controls, and pinning apps to the taskbar or Start screen. He then explores the built-in apps, customization options, and security and privacy considerations.

Managing Technical Teams

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Bob McGannon

Released On: 4/13/2015

In this course, Bob McGannon outlines the critical elements for successfully managing a technical team. Since you are dealing with highly skilled workers, it is important for you to focus on WHAT needs to be accomplished, rather than HOW to accomplish goals. Other critical skills include knowing your role and what decisions to make, balancing the needs of your stakeholders and customers while allowing for creativity within your team, supporting and rewarding differing creative styles, and much more. This course also includes a model for dividing, tracking, and sharing the accomplishments of your team.

Migrating from Google Apps to Office 2013

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 4/13/2015

This course will help Google Apps users transition effectively and efficiently to Microsoft Office. Author Nick Brazzi shows how to convert and migrate docs, email, spreadsheets, and other files from Google to Office, and explores the features in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint so that those familiar with Google's apps can be immediately productive on the new platform. He also covers Outlook, the Microsoft solution for managing email, calendar, and contacts, and online storage options that work well with Office, such as Dropbox.

Up and Running with Canva

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley, Guy Kawasaki

Released On: 4/13/2015

What is Canva? Canva is an online tool that allows users to choose from hundreds of professionally designed layouts or create their own designs from scratch, for use in presentations, posters, infographics, social media, business cards, and much more. In this course staff author Justin Seeley and the chief evangelist of Canva, Guy Kawasaki, discuss the possibilities Canva offers new and established designers alike. Justin will introduce the tools and Guy will introduce challenges, which will allow you to practice and test your Canva skills. Start watching to learn how to build your own projects with this fun and democratic design tool.

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Meyer

Released On: 4/13/2015

Adobe After Effects has been developed continuously for over 20 years now, meaning there are a lot of potentially useful tricks, shortcuts, and features hiding in there that you might not be aware of. Chris and Trish Meyer have used After Effects since version 1.0, making them the perfect duo to unearth these gems, polish them off, and share them with you. But this isn't some trivia contest; these are features you can put to work to save you time and learn more about what this deep motion graphics and visual effects program can do. Features that have been lurking for years will be intermixed with new ones introduced in the latest releases. Come back each week to discover another hidden gem.