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Before & After: Graphic Design Best Practices

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: John McWade

Released On: 6/2/2015

John McWade, founder of Before & After and now senior staff author at lynda.com, presents a weekly series that touches on all areas of design, helping designers new and old sharpen their skills and create more powerful work. This series covers a wide range of topics, from typography and layout to color and logo design, but each episode is a standalone technique that can be completed in just ten minutes or less. Tune in every Monday for a new tip.


3ds Max 2017 New Features

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Aaron F. Ross

Released On: 4/18/2016

What's new in 3ds Max 2017? The new user interface is key: flatter and faster than before. 3ds Max 2017 also introduces the Autodesk Raytracer (ART), a physically based renderer for photorealistic stills. Aaron F. Ross covers these features plus many others, explaining what to expect and how to use the new asset management, modeling, animation, materials, and rendering tools.


Maya: Motion Graphics Workflow with MASH

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Scott Pagano

Released On: 4/18/2016

The MASH toolkit brings a powerful suite of procedural animation tools into Maya 2016. Procedural methodologies allow for nonlinear play and experimentation, with control networks instead of traditional keyframes. With sophisticated tools for replication, animation, controlled randomness, and instancing, MASH opens up a vast new territory for motion graphics and visual effects creation. From data visualization, to 3D type, to HUD layouts and arrays of geometric objects, Mash provides a powerful, intuitive, and engaging way to create procedural animation systems directly in Maya. Learn how to incorporate MASH in your workflow in these Maya tutorials with mograph designer Scott Pagano. Scott covers the main nodes one by one, and then steps through examples with particles and dynamic 3D type. Plus, see MASH in action in more complex projects: a futuristic UI and an elaborate city animation.


Revit 2017: Essential Training for MEP (Imperial)

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Wing

Released On: 4/18/2016

MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) design is one of the major components of the BIM chain—and Revit is the design tool of choice for many MEP engineers. This course focuses on the MEP features of Revit 2017, the latest version of the software. It's designed for the novice user who prefers to work in imperial units (inches and feet). The videos are broken down into trades, as follows:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Fire protection
  • General MEP workflows and trade coordination

You can dive into a specific trade, or take the entire course to learn about all aspects of the vast Revit MEP ecosystem. Upon completion, you'll know how to create basic floor plans, design electric circuits and lighting systems, model air intake and exhaust systems, create plumbing plans, and design fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and document your designs for construction and fabrication.


Maya: Render Setup System

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: George Maestri

Released On: 4/18/2016

Rendering can be the rewarding final step at the end of a long 3D modeling process. Or it can be a frustrating chore. It all comes down to the right settings. Now, with Maya 2016 Extension 2, animators have access to the Render Setup dialog, which provides everything you need to manage multiple renders within a single window. This targeted training course explores Maya's new Render Setup dialog and Light Editor. Install the extensions and get started setting up render layers and creating collections: groups of objects that you want to render on each layer. Author George Maestri helps you adjust the shading, materials, and lighting of objects in your scene and render the final results using this new tool.


Revit 2017: Essential Training for Architecture (Metric)

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul F. Aubin

Released On: 4/18/2016

Learn the basics of using Revit 2017 for architectural design. This course is designed for students who have no prior Revit experience and want to work in metric units (meters, millimeters, etc.). It is a beginner's course that approaches Revit from the ground up. Fundamentals and good work habits are emphasized every step of the way.

First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and working with floors, roofs, and ceilings.

Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs, complex walls, and partially obscured building elements, as well as adding rooms and solid geometry. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.


Revit 2017: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial)

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul F. Aubin

Released On: 4/18/2016

Learn the basics of using Revit 2017 for architectural design. This course is designed for students who have no prior Revit experience and want to work in imperial units (inches and feet). It is a beginner's course that approaches Revit from the ground up. Fundamentals and good work habits are emphasized every step of the way.

First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.

Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.


Architectural Families in Revit

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Wing

Released On: 4/18/2016

Revit families are an incredible feature, offering libraries of ready-made objects that can be used in CAD drawings or customized to fit any project. Families can also be modeled from scratch and shared with colleagues and clients. This course dives into Revit architectural families, a specific family type for architecture and building information modeling.

Author Eric Wing shows how to model families that help you build exactly what you need for your drawings. Eric investigates profiles such as chair rails, baseboards, doors, cabinets, and shelving, as well as adaptive components. Along the way, he introduces the reference planes, parameters, and formulas necessary to build architectural families on your own.

NOTE: The exercise files included in this course are compatible with Revit 2017 only. We will add 2016-compatible files soon.


3ds Max 2017 Essential Training

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Aaron F. Ross

Released On: 4/18/2016

3ds Max is best known for its modeling and rendering tools. These strengths come into play in architecture, manufacturing, game development, industrial design, and motion graphics. There are dozens of features and techniques to master, from sculpting and texturing to lighting and rendering. 3ds Max 2017 Essential Training covers "Max" from the ground up, providing an overview of the entire package as well as essential skills that 3D artists need to create professional models and animations.

Learn how to get around the 3ds Max interface and customize it to suit your production pipeline. Discover how to model different objects using splines, NURBS, polygons, subdivision surfaces, and tools such as Paint Deform. Then find out how to construct hierarchies, add cameras and lights to a scene, and animate with keyframes. Author Aaron F. Ross also takes an-depth look at materials and texture mapping as well as the rendering options in 3ds Max 2017, including the new Autodesk Raytracer (ART) renderer.


Revit 2017: Essential Training for MEP (Metric)

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Wing

Released On: 4/18/2016

MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) design is one of the major components of the BIM chain—and Revit is the design tool of choice for many MEP engineers. This course focuses on the MEP features of Revit 2017, the latest version of the software. It's designed for the novice user who prefers to work in metric units (meters, centimeters, etc.). The videos are broken down into trades, as follows:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Fire protection
  • General MEP workflows and trade coordination

You can dive into a specific trade, or take the entire course to learn about all aspects of the vast Revit MEP ecosystem. Upon completion, you'll know how to create basic floor plans, design electric circuits and lighting systems, model air intake and exhaust systems, create plumbing plans, and design fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and document your designs for construction and fabrication.


Revit 2017: New Features for Architecture

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul F. Aubin

Released On: 4/18/2016

Welcome to Revit 2017: New Features for Architecture. In this course, you'll explore the new and enhanced features in Revit 2017 for architectural design. If you have been using Revit for a while and want to get up and running with the latest features right away, this is the place to start. Each video in the course is self-contained, focusing on a single feature or enhancement, such as the improved text editor and global parameters. After completing this training, you will find the new tools in Revit 2017 as familiar as many of your old favorites.


Revit 2017: Essential Training for Structure (Imperial)

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Wing

Released On: 4/18/2016

Revit 2017 is a great program for structural engineering, offering cutting-edge tools for creating design alternatives, building simulations, and publishing clear, easy-to-share documentation. This training course focuses on the major components of Revit used for structural design and is designed for the user who prefers to work in imperial units (inches and feet).

Starting with referencing an architectural model, you'll learn how to add foundations, rebar, and framing; set up views and drawings; model slabs and trusses; and build a whole lot more. This course is designed for members with no Revit experience, or for more advanced users who want to jump to a topic and start from there. Either way, this comprehensive course will teach you what you need to know to be dangerous in Revit structure.


Maya 2016 Extension 2 New Features

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: George Maestri

Released On: 4/18/2016

Autodesk has refined their release strategy for Maya. Instead of updates, subscribers have exclusive access to extensions, which build new tools and workflows on top of Maya's already robust toolset. Extension 1 included a 3D text tool and SVG support. Extension 2 is here and it provides even more great features. In this course, George Maestri reviews Maya 2016 Extension 2, including the new Content Browser, camera tools, modeling enhancements (including the MASH procedural animation system), character rigging tools, Light Editor, and Render Setup window. Watch these videos to see the extension in action, and get tips to incorporate the new toolset into your Maya workflow.


Filmmaking Forum: Conversations

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ashley Kennedy

Released On: 4/15/2016

Interested in a career in film—or want to further your current film career? Watch our new biweekly series, Filmmaking Forum: Conversations. Join online conversations with modern filmmakers, as they discuss the creative process, storytelling strategies, industry relationships, and more, and offer advice for new filmmakers entering the industry. Staff author Ashley Kennedy interviews over a dozen film professionals, including Hollywood editor Eddie Hamilton (Kingsmen: The Secret Service and Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), independent filmmaker and editor Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachary and Batkid Begins), TV editor Zack Arnold (Empire and Burn Notice), feature film editor Sofi Marshall (A Teacher and Wild Canaries), and commercial director and editor Abigail Honor. She weaves their insights into short, concise nuggets of advice. Tune in every other Friday for a new topic of conversation.


Natural-Media Painting in Photoshop

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: John Derry

Released On: 4/15/2016

Photoshop has an extensive set of natural media brushes, which emulate the pencils, chalks, crayons, and watercolors many artists use in analog painting. Brushes can be customized to suit your painting style, and then saved and shared. Learn how to incorporate these tools in your painting "palette." Join John Derry as he shows how to use Photoshop's brushes, bristle tips, Mixer Brush, and textures in practice, painting a landscape of grapes on the vine. Plus, learn about a cool feature that allows artists to source colors directly from photographs.


Using KOMPLETE Sounds in MASCHINE

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: JK Swopes

Released On: 4/15/2016

Native Instruments, makers of MASCHINE and the KOMPLETE suite of virtual instruments, have tightly integrated these two products. In this course, author JK Swopes will demonstrate how to use the pair for songwriting and music production, and configure your plugin preferences so you can browse, load, and use KOMPLETE sounds easily within MASCHINE. He also demonstrates how to create melodic elements, build beats, add effects, and build a song within MASCHINE using scene and pattern variations—all based on sounds from the KOMPLETE library.


Photoshop Restoration Techniques: Replacing a Background

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Neil Rhodes

Released On: 4/15/2016

A common photo restoration task involves replacing the background in an old photo—for example, to turn a snapshot into something that looks more like a studio portrait.

In this course, master restorationist Neil Rhodes shows how to accomplish tasks like these using Photoshop. He covers the entire process: evaluating the photo, choosing an appropriate replacement background, using Photoshop's selection features to create a precise mask, and then inserting the new background and matching the grain of the original.


Video Production and Post Tip of the Week

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington, Robbie Carman

Released On: 4/15/2016

From the guys who brought you Video Gear Weekly comes Video Production and Post Tip of the Week! In this weekly series, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman answer common video production and post-production questions, explore gear, and demonstrate useful techniques. As you've come to expect, they keep both cost and quality in mind. Get practical. Get hands-on. Get tips every week.

Rich and Robbie explore the latest in video technologies, compatible gear, and how to adjust camera settings to capture images using new perspectives, new resolutions, and new speeds. They provide gear suggestions, with options that meet different budget ranges, and they demonstrate how to implement techniques to solve problems.


Mac OS X El Capitan Tips and Tricks

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 4/14/2016

Mac OS X is designed to be elegant and easy to use, but there are hidden features and productivity-boosting shortcuts that even Mac pros can miss. Get Mac tips to help you become a better, more efficient user of Mac OS X El Capitan. Nick Brazzi offers handy tips and tricks for customizing Finder and Spotlight. He shows how to type hands-free with voice dictation and how to let your Mac read to you with Text to Speech. He also covers managing and securing files, recording video in QuickTime, and optimizing performance by finding more space on your hard drive and identifying the source of slowdowns.


CompTIA Security+ Exam Prep (SY0-401): Access Control and Identity Management

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Chapple

Released On: 12/10/2015

Get the training you need to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam. This course covers the access control and identity domain of the test. By learning about concepts such as identification, authorization, authentication, and secure account management practices, you'll be prepared to answer some of the most challenging questions from the Security+ exam.

Author Mike Chapple, an IT leader with over 15 years experience, introduces identification methods such as usernames and biometrics, as well as authentication methods to verify users, including multifactor authentication, password authentication, and single sign-on. He also discusses authorization concepts such as mandatory and discretionary access controls, which can help you restrict access to sensitive parts of your network. The course also covers best practices for ongoing account management, such as establishing a good password policy, managing user roles, and monitoring accounts, and what to do when you need to suspend or terminate access.

NOTE: Lynda.com is now a CompTIA Authorized Content Provider. Our training prepares members to pass CompTIA certification exams and become qualified IT professionals. Find more CompTIA tutorials here.


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