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Sharing Photos with Flickr

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Derrick Story

Released On: 4/27/2016

With its multifaceted organizational and editing tools, Flickr takes sharing photo collections to a new level of ease and creativity. New features like the Camera Roll and 1TB storage capacity make it appealing for professional photographers as well as casual users. In Sharing Photos with Flickr, professional photographer and teacher Derrick Story goes step-by-step through the online interface and the functions, so anyone can upload, edit, and share their photos and videos. Derrick also shows techniques for making Flickr photos easier to find, from creating sets and collections to tagging and assigning photos to a map. Plus, learn how to participate in the active community and explore the Flickr universe for inspiration.


Creating Interactive Presentations with Shiny and R

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Martin Hadley

Released On: 4/27/2016

Analyzing big data is great, but not if you can't share your results. In this course, Martin Hadley shows how to create interactive presentations of large data sets with R, RStudio, and Shiny, an R-based tool for producing interactive, web-ready data visualizations. Learn why these tools are important to data scientists, how to configure and install them, and how to use them to make your findings more clear and engaging.

Discover the different types of presentations you can make right out of the box with R Markdown templates (built right into RStudio) and how to customize the templates with CSS. Find out how to register for RPubs to deploy RStudio presentations for sharing, and then go beyond the basics with Shiny—adding interactivity and creating embeddable dashboards without the need for HTML or JavaScript.

This is an exciting course for analysts who want to increase the relevance and visibility of their work. Make sure to watch the knowledge checks at the end of each chapter to test your new skills.


Publish Online with InDesign

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Diane Burns

Released On: 4/26/2016

Publish Online is a great tool for repurposing your InDesign print documents for the web. And for the first time ever, Publish Online gives InDesign CC users the ability to publish fully interactive documents that can be read on almost any device. This course will provide a complete guide to the publishing process using this powerful tool.

Learn what Publish Online can and cannot do, and how to adjust the publication settings to make sure documents look the way you want. Find out how to upload documents to the web and then share them via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Then look at the navigation and interface options used when viewing published documents, and learn how to update your published documents online. Author Diane Burns concludes with some advanced techniques, such as embedding published documents in websites and creating customized thumbnails for document navigation.


Installing and Running WordPress: Bitnami

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 4/26/2016

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 with Bitnami, the multiplatform, open-source server/database/scripting language and WordPress combo that sets the stage for more serious WordPress development. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen has completely revised the training for 2016, but he still covers all the basics. Learn the configuration options and usage scenarios to get started working in WordPress quickly, whether you're on a Mac or Windows PC.

Running WordPress in another way? Check out the other courses in this series.


Scratch Programming Language: The Basics

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Perkins

Released On: 4/26/2016

Scratch is an up-and-coming introductory programming language. Developed by students at MIT, Scratch allows users to create web animations, games, and interactive stories, all without a single line of code. Originally intended for kids ages 8–16, Scratch's web-based platform is ideal for educators who want to incorporate programming in the classroom, and adult students who want to learn a visual language before progressing to code. Todd Perkins, author of Programming for Non-Programmers, shows how to use Scratch to create simple web projects and teach yourself basic programming concepts along the way.

He starts with demonstrating how to create your first project and gather the artwork (aka sprites) and other assets you'll need to build it. Todd then reviews the prebuilt scripts, the bits of code that control the logic of your Scratch projects, and explains how to use the different script types for different functions, such as animating sprites, responding to events such as button clicks, and comparing values. In chapter 3, he covers costumes, and in chapter 4, he shows how to load and play sounds. Finally, he shows how to put it all together into a complete web game, which you can then share with the Scratch community.


Adobe Illustrator Variable Data

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: John Garrett

Released On: 4/26/2016

Have you ever changed data manually to make multiple copies of the same design? If so, you know it can be tedious and time consuming. Learn how to dynamically populate new information into a design and quickly generate multiple versions with Adobe Illustrator Variable Data.

Designer John Garrett appreciates the many different types of variables and their practical uses, including generating business cards and direct mailers. In this course, he explains how to use variable data including managing linked images, graphics, tables of data, and graphs. He covers the entire workflow, from setup to exporting dynamic batches.


Job Hunting for College Grads

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Lida Citroën

Released On: 4/26/2016

Today's job market is different: more competitive and more volatile. College grads need to use every tool at their disposal in their job search. They need to know how to create a career plan, understand what companies are looking for, and stand apart from the competition.

Personal branding expert Lida Citroën shows you how to present yourself to employers in the best light, from your resume to your social media presence, to your interview attire. Lida also shares best practices for finding and applying to jobs, and setting yourself up for success before graduation. She helps you understand how to use social media strategically to network with future coworkers and mentors, and research the companies you really want to work for. Her advice is focused on helping you find a good fit with an employer that matches your passion, salary requirements, and values.


Budgeting Video Projects

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 4/25/2016

Budgets keep video productions in line and on time. But how do you estimate costs when you're just starting out—or planning a shoot in a new location? Rich Harrington has almost 30 years of experience in video, many of them consulting for clients who needed detailed proposals and budgets to move forward. In this course, he explains the nuts and bolts of budgeting for video production. Learn how to develop professional budgets, quotes, and proposals, and then transform those estimates into invoices. Plus, learn how to split projects with contractors, set payment terms, and make sure the bill is delivered and you get paid. The exercise files include the budget, proposal, and invoice for the sample project shown in the course, as well as a budget template you can use for your own future projects.


AutoCAD Civil 3D: Designing Residential Projects

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Chappell

Released On: 4/25/2016

Learn to leverage the right Civil 3D tools to complete land development of a residential design project. During this course, Eric Chappell takes you through everything you need to know about parcels and lot grading, helping you to be an effective designer on any residential project. You'll learn how to create, edit, label, and style parcels so that you can effectively design and represent lot layouts. In addition, you'll learn how to leverage specific grading tools—such as the feature line and surface functions—to perform lot grading. Combine this with the Basic Roadway Design with Civil 3D and Civil 3D: Designing Gravity Pipe Systems courses and get the right skills to design residential developments with quality and efficiency.


Data Science Tips, #1

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Barton Poulson

Released On: 4/25/2016

Data science never sleeps. There is always a new tool, technique, or theory to learn in this fast-paced field. Want to stay on top of the latest trends? Join us for Data Science Tips. Each week data science advocate and instructor Barton Poulson explores a new tip designed to make data scientists better at their jobs. The tips are designed to appeal to professional practitioners of data science and business analytics, who use tools like R, jsonlite, and Shiny. Tune in every Monday for a new video.


Realtime Motion Graphics with Unreal Engine 4

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Scott Pagano

Released On: 4/25/2016

Unreal bridges the gap between 3D motion graphics and the processing power of real-time game engines. You can create content in familiar tools (CINEMA 4D and Maya) and use Unreal to animate and render those assets. This workflow allows for the creation of gorgeous imagery while bypassing the traditional time-consuming rendering process of traditional 3D tools.

This course offers mograph designers a quick-start guide to real-time motion graphics in Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). Scott Pagano shows how to prep and import both static and animated geometry and animate objects and cameras with the Matinee Editor. He shows how to flesh out your scenes with Unreal's lighting and shading tools, and export video files and image sequences for further refinement in software such as After Effects. Following the quick-start chapter are three real-world projects that demonstrate the power of the workflow.

This forward-thinking approach to motion graphics leaves antiquated processes behind and presents modern, efficient, and fun ways to create 3D imagery. Once you have a grasp of how to import, animate, and make your content look great in UE4, the doors are open to dive into worlds of virtual reality, gaming, and interactive content. Check out more of our Unreal training here.


OneNote 2013: Prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam (77-421)

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Julie Sheets

Released On: 4/25/2016

Become a Microsoft Office Specialist. Study to pass the Microsoft OneNote 2013 certification exam. This course, created by Microsoft Project MVP Julie Sheets, helps test-takers prepare for exam 77-421, which covers the four main skill areas in OneNote 2013.

The course first explores the MOS certification program and its costs, format, and objectives. Julie then walks through all of the exam objectives in detail. Learn how to create notebooks and add notes, sections, and pages. Find out how to customize and personalize OneNote, including creating templates and configuring OneNote Backstage. Then discover how to organize and find notes, edit text and images, link content between notebooks and from other programs, and share and collaborate with other OneNote users.

There are over a half dozen challenges to test your skills, and a full-length, 50-minute practice test to ensure you're ready for the real exam.

Disclaimer: Microsoft does not produce, provide, or endorse this video training course.


Filmmaking Forum: Scene Analysis

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ashley Kennedy

Released On: 4/22/2016

Analyzing a scene helps new and seasoned filmmakers alike understand the creative and technical decisions of directors and editors. This course provides a rare opportunity to get inside the minds of video storytellers to discuss the filmmaking process—and appreciate how they arrived at the finished product. Every other Friday, Ashley Kennedy offers a new scene for discussion. Then she interviews the filmmakers about their work: their aesthetic, approach, workflow, and collaboration style. Hear from film professionals such as independent filmmaker and editor Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachary), TV editor and documentary director Zack Arnold (Empire and Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story), feature film editor Sofi Marshall (A Teacher), professor and filmmaker Sam Kauffmann (Massacre at Murambi), and more. Get behind-the-scenes details and firsthand looks at what really happens during the course of filmmaking, in this biweekly forum.


Street Photography: Two Hours in a Neighborhood

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Valerie Jardin

Released On: 4/22/2016

When shooting travel or street photography in famous places, it's easy to end up with clichéd pictures of tourist attractions. When you focus in a smaller area, just one neighborhood, you can get much better results. Valerie Jardin, photographer and host of the popular Street Focus podcast, takes us to the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood in San Francisco to get some unexpected photographs of iconic spots. She shoots images of the bay and famous Powell Street cable cars, and takes street portraits of the locals. She also shares her recommendations for gear, and closes with a review of the day's best shots.


Build a Match 3 Game with Unity

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Kelley Hecker

Released On: 4/22/2016

Match 3 games are simple puzzle games where the player is asked to pair three or more identical items on a tiled game board. Popular modern variations include Candy Crush and Bejeweled. Unity is ideally suited to this kind of game design, and it's a great entry point to more complex kinds of game development. This training course is here to help you complete your own match 3 game.

Game developer Kelley Hecker covers topics like creating a grid-based game board, using inheritance to create different types of game pieces, adding obstacles and new levels, detecting matches and clearing pieces, and implementing a user interface complete with a score screen. By the end of the course, members will have a completed game and learned new techniques to apply to their next Unity project.


Foundations of Digital Audio

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Matt Mayfield

Released On: 4/22/2016

Learn everything you need to know about working with digital audio. In this flagship course, author Matt Mayfield demonstrates a wide array of audio and music fundamentals. The lessons are designed for new musicians, songwriters, producers, and engineers; those making the leap from analog to digital; and professionals who need to brush up on a concept or two.

The course starts with explanations of what sound really is and how we hear it, including discussions on frequency, amplitude, phase, and psychoacoustics. Matt explores analog audio signal path, explaining connections, gain staging, and metering. Next, he brings the audio signal into the digital domain, discussing analog to digital conversion, digital gain staging, file formats and compression, and dither.

Then the course digs into digital audio workstations (DAWs), explaining the concepts and misconceptions involved in digital recording systems. Matt describes how memory, CPU speed, and storage affect your DAW's performance, as well as how to manage computer resources and understand the plethora of file formats associated with digital recording. He follows with an overview of MIDI: how to generate, store, process, and communicate MIDI data. He wraps up with the audio processors that are often used for mixing in a DAW—including EQ, compressors, reverb, delay, and many others.


Managing DNS Essential Training

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Sean Colins

Released On: 4/21/2016

The Domain Name System (DNS) helps identify all resources on the Internet; a DNS server indexes the resources on your own network. Understanding how to manage a DNS server is key for any IT professional, including DNS administrators and programmers, analysts, and CTOs. Managing DNS Essential Training covers the theory and practice of administering DNS using dig and other DNS server technologies. Heavy in practical examples, and full of excellent visualizations to help with absorbing concepts, this course will have you saying "Eureka, I've got it!" in no time!

To begin, author Sean Colins covers the fundamentals of DNS. He then segues to more complex topics such as setting up a DNS server on Linux, Mac, and Windows and working with DNS record types, such as AAAA, MX, TX, CNAME, and SPF. He offers breakdowns of difficult concepts as well as practical technical tips for the day-to-day activities involved in DNS server management.


Excel 2016 Tips and Tricks

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dennis Taylor

Released On: 4/21/2016

Excel expert Dennis Taylor helps Excel 2016 users take their spreadsheet skills to the next level with this collection of tips and tricks. He begins with his top 10 productivity boosters, and then highlights navigation, display, and selection techniques to keep you moving quickly.

The course then dives into data entry and editing techniques, formatting and drag-and-drop tricks, keyboard shortcuts for working with formulas, data management strategies, and chart tricks. Short on time? Make sure to check out the "10 Tiny Tips" chapter for a quick productivity boost.


Performance Tuning the Canon 7D Mark II

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Tim Grey

Released On: 4/21/2016

You've been using your Canon 7D Mark II for a while—but are you using it efficiently? These cameras are packed with customization features that enable you to fine-tune the way they handle everything from focusing to exposure.

The Canon 7D Mark II is photographer Tim Grey's favorite camera for his own work. In this course, he demonstrates a set of customization strategies aimed at making your camera far more responsive. Learn how to adjust the size and quality of RAW and JPEG capture, add metadata such as copyright and geolocation data in-camera, set up custom exposure modes, and create time lapses by using the built-in intervalometer.


Creating a Short Film: 01 Producing

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chad Perkins

Released On: 4/21/2016

With the proliferation of inexpensive video cameras and powerful editing and effects software, anyone can make a short independent film. Short films are used to practice filmmaking, get experience working with a cast and crew, showcase talent at film festivals, and pitch film concepts to potential producers and investors. But there's so much to learn in the undertaking that many would-be filmmakers are paralyzed at how to get started, or how to see a project through to completion.

Creating a Short Film is a 13-part training series that features some of the best actors and crew in the Seattle area, sharing their expertise on how to create a brilliant short film. The series is not just conceptual; author Chad Perkins and his team make a short film, The Assurance, and share the actual struggles and challenges that they had to overcome to get the film made. In this installment, Chad covers the basics of producing, the process that kicks off every new film, and sees it through to completion. Learn about the role of the producer, the difference between producing shorts and features, and what you should look for when selecting a producer for your script—or when you're a producer looking for the next great film idea.

Make sure to look for the follow-up episodes to learn more about screenwriting, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.


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