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VUE: Animating a Landscape

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Aaron F. Ross

Released On: 6/9/2016

Rendering a photorealistic animated landscape is possible with VUE, a powerful application for creating computer-generated natural environments needed for visual effects, animation, architectural visualization, and illustration. In this course, Aaron F. Ross demonstrates the VUE workflow for digital nature, including interoperability with other 3D programs, terrain sculpting, populating the scene with plants, daylighting and atmospheres, complex material functions, keyframe animation, and production rendering.

Realistic skies and lighting are achieved with the VUE photometric spectral atmosphere model. This course covers adding animation to plants, water, and clouds with procedural wind effects. Aaron also shows how to create camera movement by employing the Timeline's intuitive tools, including animation and curve editing. Rendering many animation frames poses challenges not experienced with still image rendering, and so the course concludes with key strategies for optimizing the balance between image quality and rendering time.


UX Design Tools: InVision

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dennis Field

Released On: 6/9/2016

InVision is a powerful UX design and collaboration platform that helps companies of all sizes create better and faster together. Dennis Field is InVision's worldwide evangelist and training expert. In this course, he reviews how to set up a free InVision account, build basic prototypes and boards, get feedback, and collaborate on designs through various mediums, like share links, LiveShare, and the InVision mobile app. Plus, learn how to get your Photoshop and Sketch designs into InVision using InVision Sync.


Master Common Interview Questions

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Valerie Sutton

Released On: 6/9/2016

Preparing for an interview can be daunting. Learn how to master the top 10 most common interview questions you'll encounter when looking for a new job. The tips provided in this course will help you craft authentic answers that showcase your experience and your enthusiasm for an organization. For each question, career coach Valerie Sutton explains why the interviewer is asking it and then provides you with the best response. She also provides advice for tailoring your answer to entry-level or midcareer roles. In each chapter, we provide role-playing scenarios to illustrate the questions—and answers—in action.


Agile Instructional Design

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Sites

Released On: 6/9/2016

Many instructional design and development processes produce ineffective products, often accompanied by delayed timelines and cost overruns. Agile instructional design applies the SAM (Success Approximation Model) principles to training development, which results in meaningful and effective learning experiences that help the learner as well as meet the needs of stakeholders. In this course, Richard Sites explores how to apply an agile process to instructional design. Learn how to start savvy, document your ideas, prototype course content, build your design, and review your instruction for any missed opportunities. Dr. Sites also shows how to align your current process with SAM and become an effective leader of agile and iterative training and development projects.


Lightroom: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Orwig

Released On: 4/21/2015

Stay up to date with what's new in Lightroom CC –and learn what's new in Lightroom 6. In this course, teacher and photographer Chris Orwig reviews the latest features and enhancements in this extremely popular photo-management, enhancement, and publishing program—as soon as they are released. New chapters will be added every time Adobe releases a noteworthy update. To start the course off, Chris takes a look at new features that debuted in Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6: face recognition, Photo Merge, new image enhancement tools in the Develop module, and improvements to the Slideshow and Web modules. Come here first to learn what's new in Lightroom CC.


Strategic Human Resources

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Catherine Mattice

Released On: 6/8/2016

Move beyond administrative HR with its focus on payroll, forms, and policies to develop a strategic focus on your most important asset: people. HR expert Catherine Mattice defines the components of strategic HR planning, including assessing current needs, forecasting the future, and supporting the overall organizational strategy and vision. She helps you define your talent needs, and provide guidance on how to recruit, onboard, train, compensate, manage, and engage employees. She also helps you tie training and other HR activities to business results and ROI—to show your leaders the true value of your HR programs.


RAD Lab: Revitalizing the City Block

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: RAD Lab

Released On: 6/8/2016

Architects do more than draw plans. They can revitalize cities and build communities by creating inventive shared spaces. Quartyard started as the thesis project of three students—Philip Auchettl, David Loewenstein, and Jason Grauten—and became a reality: a temporary urban park on a vacant lot in the middle of San Diego's once blighted East Village district. Quartyard rolls everything you'd want in your own backyard into a community space, with a venue for live music, BBQ, bar, coffee cart, and even a dog park. Discover how Philip, David, and Jason—aka RAD Lab—used shipping containers, inventive design, high-fidelity renderings, and a lot of collaboration with city planners to realize their vision. Let their passion inspire your next project.


AutoCAD Electrical Essential Training

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Shaun Bryant

Released On: 6/8/2016

AutoCAD Electrical is a powerful AutoCAD add-on for electrical designers and engineers, offering automated drafting tools for designing wiring, circuiting, PLC modules, panels, and data and schedules. This is on top of all the benefits that AutoCAD brings to the table. This course provides the novice user with the training required to use AutoCAD Electrical 2017 quickly and effectively.

Shaun Bryant demos the user interface and leads you step-by-step through learning how to draw the kind of precise, measured electrical drawings and schematics that form the basis of design communication in electrical engineering the world over. Learn how to design wiring diagrams, insert components and terminals, use PLC symbols in ladder diagrams, perform point-to-point wiring, create custom symbols, add annotations like title blocks to drawings, and run reports. In the final chapters, Shaun shows how to set up AutoCAD Electrical to your liking by adjusting settings and customizing the built-in templates, and demonstrates how to reuse, copy, export, and verify drawings.


Photojournalism and Photo Essay Fundamentals

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul Taggart

Released On: 6/8/2016

Photography is a language, and while a single photo can be incredibly powerful, what's even more powerful is a series of photos that tells a story.

Most people think of news media when they think of photo essays. It's true that photo essays are one of the cores of photojournalism, but they're relevant in a lot of other ways, too—to document your family, the place where you live or work, or the business that your company conducts. The key is to think of a series of photos that work together to communicate your message.

In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart outlines the fundamentals of shooting a photo essay, from thinking about your story photographically to presenting your final photo story.


Storytelling for Business Video

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Roger S.H. Schulman

Released On: 6/8/2016

When we want to communicate information that's meaningful to us, we usually tell a story. Human beings are storytelling animals. So if you want to communicate a message about your business, your product, or service via video, go the natural route: tell a story.

In Storytelling for Business Video, Roger S.H. Schulman shows the tools and techniques authors and screenwriters can use to make any business video clearer, more compelling, and more persuasive. These tips work equally well whether you're trying to sell a product or service or to simply establish brand awareness.

Roger examines the specific steps it takes to build an entertaining and memorable story, first looking at the various intersections between creative storytelling and marketing. Learn how to find the heroes (and maybe even the villains) of your story and use the three-act structure of Hollywood films to communicate the message of your business in a compelling way. Along the way, Roger builds a video script for a fictitious company step-by-step, and shows how storytelling techniques make the final script better in every way.


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