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Revit: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul F. Aubin

Released On: 9/24/2015

In this series, we have a little something for every Revit designer, beginners and seasoned users alike! Each video focuses on a specific tip, trick, or troubleshooting technique on a particular aspect of the Revit platform. Do you import CAD files and want to achieve consistency? Want to get more from your dimensions? Need to check all of the views in a project and see if the settings are correct? Want to consistently configure crop boxes across the entire project? What about getting all the parameters in your family content in just the right order? These are just some of the topics in store. With a new video every week, you are sure to find something useful to add to your growing arsenal of Revit tools and techniques.


After Effects Guru: Advanced Photoshop Integration

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 10/18/2016

After Effects has a powerful toolset, but there are some things Photoshop just excels at. Namely, manipulating raw images, color, and perspective. If you're a Creative Cloud subscriber, you have access to the entire suite of applications. So why not take advantage of both toolsets? In this course, Rich Harrington shows video professionals how to fully integrate Photoshop into a variety of After Effects workflows, including repairing images and building new assets for motion graphics and video effects.

Learn how to properly develop and then optimize raw files to increase performance in After Effects, and use Photoshop's advanced typographic controls. Find out how to use layer styles to add bevels, overlays, and glows, and correct lens distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting. Rich also introduces a unique use for Vanishing Point, which allows you to export 3D objects for parallax movements and virtual sets. Plus, discover how to save out depth mattes for backdrops and keying, and use the powerful Content-Aware tools for background plates, set extensions, or recomposing assets. There's a lot to learn! Start watching to incorporate Photoshop's advanced tools into your next After Effects project.


Excel Tips Weekly

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dennis Taylor

Released On: 1/16/2015

This tips-based course will show Excel users productivity-boosting tricks, cool hidden features, need-to-know functions, and advanced content on subjects such as using PivotTables for data analysis. Tune in every Tuesday for a new tip from expert Dennis Taylor. Each tutorial is a short, self-contained lesson guaranteed to give you new insights into Excel


CINEMA 4D R18: New Features

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Andy Needham

Released On: 10/18/2016

What's new in CINEMA 4D R18? To start, there's updates to MoGraph, including a new object (Voronoi Fracture) and effector (Push Apart), as well as controls for clones, a Weightmap tag for effectors, and cache tags. In the modeling, animation, and rendering world, there's a new and improved Knife tool, a Thin Film shader for iridescent surfaces, new shader parameters, and viewport improvements like real-time reflections and tessellations. Andy Needham reviews all of these features and more, so you can get up and running with the latest version of CINEMA 4D as quickly as possible.


Deke's Techniques

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Deke McClelland

Released On: 1/13/2011

This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.


Customer Decision Journey

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dina Shapiro

Released On: 10/18/2016

The customer decision journey is a time-tested tool for connecting your brand with customers and differentiating your company from the competition. But like any tool, it has evolved with time. Learn how the decision journey has developed, with digital as the catalyst, and why it's more critical than ever to your business. Dina Shapiro walks you through the process of creating buyer personas, defining and mapping customer touchpoints, and aligning your marketing message to the customer decision journey. This framework will help you create customer-focused, integrated campaigns and experiences by connecting your brand with customers at their most influential points throughout their decision journey.


How to Measure Learning Effectiveness

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeff Toister

Released On: 10/18/2016

Determine the ROI for learning. Discover how to evaluate whether learning objectives are being met in your organization. In this course, Jeff Toister explores several popular models for determining the effectiveness of a class or training course, and provides a framework for applying these models. This includes creating an evaluation strategy, collecting assessment data, and making recommendations for improvements. The Kirkpatrick Model, the Phillips ROI Methodology, and Brinkerhoff's Success Case Method are discussed in depth, as well as alternative approaches such as predictive analytics. These tools will give you the data to validate your current training strategy or recommend data-driven improvements that are tailored to the way your participants are actually learning.

Check the exercise files for sample evaluation plans, reports, checklists, and worksheets that you can use to evaluate your own employee development program.


2D Animation: Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dermot O' Connor

Released On: 8/9/2016

One way to learn animation is an all-in-one course, the kind you can find here in our library. The other path is on-the-job training, and involves picking up an arsenal of tips and tricks as you work. Both methods have their benefits, though most students get an all-in-one style education. This course will give you that "on the job" experience in weekly doses. Every Tuesday, author Dermot O' Connor reveals a tip or trick that animation professionals use to save time and create more compelling characters. Learn to use delays, overshoots, and leading gestures to create looser, more realistic movement; draw different mouth shapes for male and female characters; create different styles of walks such as staggers; and more. Put this course in your playlist and each week a new video will appear in your queue.


Mobile Photography Weekly

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Seán Duggan

Released On: 7/12/2016

Mobile photography can mean everything from iPhone and Android snapshots to sophisticated image editing on a phone or tablet. Mobile Photography Weekly is the weekly series that covers it all, from Instagram to Photoshop Fix, from camera phone tripod mounts to add-on lenses. Tune in each Tuesday to learn a new tip or technique, discover new apps and add-ons, and get the most out of the mobile photography revolution.


Linux: Overview and Installation

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Grant McWilliams

Released On: 10/18/2016

Join the Linux revolution. Learn why this open-source operating system is taking over the world. This course covers an overview and basic implementation of CentOS 7, a community-driven server operating system that makes a great introduction to enterprise Linux. Grant McWilliams helps you configure VirtualBox on your local machine, and covers the basics of network configuration, initial software installation, and postinstallation configuration of CentOS, including working with GNOME 3, an open-source desktop environment that makes Linux as easy to run as Mac or Windows. These lessons are the foundation for learning Linux system administration, and critical for getting a CentOS deployment up and running.


ZBrush: Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ryan Kittleson

Released On: 5/24/2016

Are you ready to take your ZBrush-ing to the next level? In this weekly series, ZBrush artist Ryan Kittleson shares his personal approach on how to make ZBrush work for you. Ryan demonstrates how to set hot keys so that ZBrush operates more like your other favorite software. He shows you how to customize the interface, so that the features you use the most are placed front and center, and how optimize the setup of a custom scene to achieve maximum workflow efficiency. He demonstrates how to create macros to simplify complex and repetitive tasks into single-click solutions. This series is designed to help you go from spending time fussing with software to having more time to make great, new things with ZBrush!


Customer Decision Journey

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dina Shapiro

Released On: 10/18/2016

The customer decision journey is a time-tested tool for connecting your brand with customers and differentiating your company from the competition. But like any tool, it has evolved with time. Learn how the decision journey has developed, with digital as the catalyst, and why it's more critical than ever to your business. Dina Shapiro walks you through the process of creating buyer personas, defining and mapping customer touchpoints, and aligning your marketing message to the customer decision journey. This framework will help you create customer-focused, integrated campaigns and experiences by connecting your brand with customers at their most influential points throughout their decision journey.


How to Measure Learning Effectiveness

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeff Toister

Released On: 10/18/2016

Determine the ROI for learning. Discover how to evaluate whether learning objectives are being met in your organization. In this course, Jeff Toister explores several popular models for determining the effectiveness of a class or training course, and provides a framework for applying these models. This includes creating an evaluation strategy, collecting assessment data, and making recommendations for improvements. The Kirkpatrick Model, the Phillips ROI Methodology, and Brinkerhoff's Success Case Method are discussed in depth, as well as alternative approaches such as predictive analytics. These tools will give you the data to validate your current training strategy or recommend data-driven improvements that are tailored to the way your participants are actually learning.

Check the exercise files for sample evaluation plans, reports, checklists, and worksheets that you can use to evaluate your own employee development program.


Deke's Techniques

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Deke McClelland

Released On: 1/13/2011

This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.


CINEMA 4D R18: New Features

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Andy Needham

Released On: 10/18/2016

What's new in CINEMA 4D R18? To start, there's updates to MoGraph, including a new object (Voronoi Fracture) and effector (Push Apart), as well as controls for clones, a Weightmap tag for effectors, and cache tags. In the modeling, animation, and rendering world, there's a new and improved Knife tool, a Thin Film shader for iridescent surfaces, new shader parameters, and viewport improvements like real-time reflections and tessellations. Andy Needham reviews all of these features and more, so you can get up and running with the latest version of CINEMA 4D as quickly as possible.


Excel Tips Weekly

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dennis Taylor

Released On: 1/16/2015

This tips-based course will show Excel users productivity-boosting tricks, cool hidden features, need-to-know functions, and advanced content on subjects such as using PivotTables for data analysis. Tune in every Tuesday for a new tip from expert Dennis Taylor. Each tutorial is a short, self-contained lesson guaranteed to give you new insights into Excel


After Effects Guru: Advanced Photoshop Integration

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 10/18/2016

After Effects has a powerful toolset, but there are some things Photoshop just excels at. Namely, manipulating raw images, color, and perspective. If you're a Creative Cloud subscriber, you have access to the entire suite of applications. So why not take advantage of both toolsets? In this course, Rich Harrington shows video professionals how to fully integrate Photoshop into a variety of After Effects workflows, including repairing images and building new assets for motion graphics and video effects.

Learn how to properly develop and then optimize raw files to increase performance in After Effects, and use Photoshop's advanced typographic controls. Find out how to use layer styles to add bevels, overlays, and glows, and correct lens distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting. Rich also introduces a unique use for Vanishing Point, which allows you to export 3D objects for parallax movements and virtual sets. Plus, discover how to save out depth mattes for backdrops and keying, and use the powerful Content-Aware tools for background plates, set extensions, or recomposing assets. There's a lot to learn! Start watching to incorporate Photoshop's advanced tools into your next After Effects project.


Linux: Overview and Installation

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Grant McWilliams

Released On: 10/18/2016

Join the Linux revolution. Learn why this open-source operating system is taking over the world. This course covers an overview and basic implementation of CentOS 7, a community-driven server operating system that makes a great introduction to enterprise Linux. Grant McWilliams helps you configure VirtualBox on your local machine, and covers the basics of network configuration, initial software installation, and postinstallation configuration of CentOS, including working with GNOME 3, an open-source desktop environment that makes Linux as easy to run as Mac or Windows. These lessons are the foundation for learning Linux system administration, and critical for getting a CentOS deployment up and running.


ZBrush: Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ryan Kittleson

Released On: 5/24/2016

Are you ready to take your ZBrush-ing to the next level? In this weekly series, ZBrush artist Ryan Kittleson shares his personal approach on how to make ZBrush work for you. Ryan demonstrates how to set hot keys so that ZBrush operates more like your other favorite software. He shows you how to customize the interface, so that the features you use the most are placed front and center, and how optimize the setup of a custom scene to achieve maximum workflow efficiency. He demonstrates how to create macros to simplify complex and repetitive tasks into single-click solutions. This series is designed to help you go from spending time fussing with software to having more time to make great, new things with ZBrush!


Insights from a Professional Songwriter

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Cliff Goldmacher

Released On: 10/18/2016

Ever wonder what it takes to be a professional songwriter? If you want to generate income from your songs, you've got to know the rules of the music business. In this interview, professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher shares his insights on the industry, including moving to a music capital like Nashville, getting a publishing deal, writing a hit, and collaborating with other songwriters. This is the kind of inside information that anyone writing songs needs to know to make the transition to songwriting as a career.


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