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Visualizing a Report in Microsoft Project

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: John Riopel, Bonnie Biafore

Released On: 4/12/2016

Stakeholders and team members better understand project performance when they can actually see the project plan and how work is progressing. Follow along with project management expert John Riopel as he shares his tips for creating visual reports in Microsoft Project to leverage the power of Excel pivot tables and Visio pivot diagrams. He introduces Project's built-in visual report templates and walks you through creating a task burnup report, a work breakdown structure (WBS), and a resource analysis report.

NOTE: These techniques work equally well with Microsoft Project 2010, 2013, and 2016.


Character Development and Design

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mary Jane Begin

Released On: 4/12/2016

The heart of most narrative art lies in the characters in the story. This course will reveal the "secret sauce" that makes a character memorable, beloved, villainous, funny, or celebrated. Mary Jane Begin—illustrator, author, and Rhode Island School of Design professor—explores character design from all corners of the illustration universe, including cartoons, comics, feature animation, gaming, kid's books, and advertising.

Mary Jane explains how the components of good character design can be broken down into concrete elements. She shows how body shape, posture, anatomy, facial expression, costume, color, movement, and abstract aspects like archetypes and environment bring a character to life. The lessons are illustrated with examples from Mary Jane's books, as well as famous, heart-warming characters created by a group of extraordinary character designers.


Video Lighting and Grip Basics

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mark Gray

Released On: 4/12/2016

Filmmakers often need to be able to design and set up lighting for small shoots themselves. While natural light might seem sufficient—and tantalizingly easy—it's rarely coming from the right direction. With some simple video lighting basics, you can dramatically improve the look of your projects. This course aims to help anyone shooting video identify the right equipment and the right techniques for lighting productions of all kinds.

Mark W. Gray demonstrates the lights, stands, and cables that are essential for video lighting. He'll talk about a basic "hot" lighting package like the ARRI Softbank Kit, florescent and LED lighting options, how to properly handle a c-stand, what the heck a "stinger" is, how to shape light with flags, and other important basic techniques for controlling light on your next video project.

NOTE: These techniques are brand-agnostic. If you don't have the lights Mark recommends, you can still get great results!


Android Studio Essential Training

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: David Gassner

Released On: 4/12/2016

Want to develop Android apps? You need Android Studio—the only IDE fully supported by Google for Android app development. This course is fully revised for 2016, covering all the essential features in the latest iteration of Android Studio (v2.0) and critical resources such as the Java Development Kit and Intel HAXM. David Gassner introduces the Android Studio interface, helps you set up your environment, and provides handy shortcuts for writing and debugging code. He also shows how to monitor CPU and memory usage; use templates, breakpoints, and watch expressions; and add version control by integrating Android Studio with GitHub.


Time Management Tips

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dave Crenshaw

Released On: 4/11/2016

Improve your productivity, get things done, and find more time for what's most important with Time Management Tips. This weekly series provides actionable time management techniques to help people better manage their time and ultimately become more productive. Time management expert Dave Crenshaw provides a new tip every Monday, touching on a wide variety of topics. Tune in to learn about everything from managing emails and calendars to setting priorities, collaborating with coworkers, reducing interruptions, crafting a "productivity mindset," and creating a more comfortable and effective work environment.

Have an idea for a future video from Dave? Submit it using our course feedback form. If you want more time management strategies now, we recommend watching Dave's Time Management Fundamentals course.


C# Test Driven Development

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Reynald Adolphe

Released On: 4/11/2016

Test-driven development is a methodology for creating more robust code. Among other benefits, test-driven development (or TDD) allows you to catch bugs early and decouple code, making it more modular and scalable. Applying TDD principles to C# programming is a win-win for developers.

In this course, Reynald Adolphe explains the principles of test-driven development and shows how to apply them to two different C# workflows. First, he creates a new test-driven project. He writes the test cases before the code to drive the design of the program. In the second scenario, he writes test cases for an existing C# project, to find bugs before it goes live. Along the way, Reynald uses Microsoft's MSTest, but he also introduces other testing tools (such as the unit testing framework xUnit and the mocking framework Moq) and theories (such as the red-green-refactor mantra and SOLID principles) that make test-driven development so efficient.


Macphun Software: Tips and Techniques

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 4/11/2016

Macphun Software's suite of apps and extensions give Mac-based photographers a broad range of creative options for enhancing tonality, creating black-and-white images, removing unwanted details from photos, and much more. In this course, Rich Harrington showcases the features and creative options that Macphun's tools provide. He also details how to use them as standalone apps or as extensions for Apple's Photos for OS X software and Adobe Photoshop.

Learn how to bring out detail and color with Intensify, convert photos to black and white with Tonality, remove distractions and heal blemishes with Snapheal, use the best filters in Focus, and remove noise and grain—before or after processing—with Noiseless. Rich also shows how to use the Macphun app developed by leading HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, Aurora HDR, to create gorgeous high dynamic range photos.


Shooting Effective Business Portraits

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Robert Vanelli

Released On: 12/21/2015

From lighting to posing to post-processing, learn how to create business portraits with a modern, professional look. This course focuses on how to light, shoot, and edit corporate portraits—both traditional headshots and environment portraits—for a single client or an entire office. Robert Vanelli goes through scouting locations and choosing the right environment for a client, building a portable studio, and using lighting and posing techniques that start with just one light. He also covers editing portraits in Lightroom, making adjustments that retain the subject's character while smoothing away minor flaws. Using these tips, you'll be able to produce professional portraits that help your clients convey a sense of trust, confidence, and personality.


Painting with Particle Brushes in Painter

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: John Derry

Released On: 4/11/2016

Particle and dynamic speckle brushes are new to Painter 2015 and 2016. They allow artists to create sweeps of "particles" (speckles, lights, dust, etc.) across the canvas with a single stroke. They are physics inspired, designed to mimic real-world particles as well as the behavior of brushes with individual hairs. In this course, John Derry, one of the original Corel Painter developers, introduces the new brushes and shows how to control the size, shape, density, and randomness of the effects.

You will learn what particles look like and how they are generated, and how to use the brush controls, Opacity slider, Shape attributes, and Color Variability and blending palette to influence the appearance of your brushstrokes. John demonstrates all these concepts using a nondestructive, layer-based workflow and a sci-fi-inspired painting of the night sky, featuring the Milky Way.


Learn Atom: The Basics

Lynda.com - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ray Villalobos

Released On: 4/11/2016

GitHub's Atom text editor has changed the web development landscape, providing an open-source, completely hackable editor that's powerful, easy to use, extensible, and built with common web technologies (CSS and JavaScript). Atom is Ray Villalobos's favorite editor, for working with projects of all kinds. In this course, he shows how to use Atom for web, front-end, and stack development. Learn how to customize the interface and editing experience through Atom themes, packages, and snippets (code shortcuts that expand into the correct syntax). Find out how to find and compare elements, move around your code folders, bookmark content, and use Atom's powerful Find and Replace feature. Plus, discover how Atom integrates with Git and GitHub for version control and publishing.


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