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Blender: Interior Environments for Games

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Alan Thorn

Released On: 6/17/2016

Blender: Interior Environments for Games is a project-based course illustrating a complete workflow for building clean, optimized, and reusable environments for game engines like Unity. Aimed at intermediate users of Blender, this course covers scene configuration and preparation, modeling techniques for building realistic environment pieces, effective UV mapping and texturing workflows, and important import and export tips for transferring your final assets into a real-time game engine. Author Alan Thorn also spends a chapter in Unity, where he applies some finishing touches, such as a first-person controller and camera effects.

By the end of this course, you'll have developed a solid groundwork for quickly and effectively building immersive environments that work well with many contemporary game engines.


InDesign Typography Part 1

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nigel French

Released On: 6/17/2016

InDesign Typography explores the numerous type options, type-related features, and type-specific preferences of Adobe InDesign. Using practical, real-world examples, instructor and designer Nigel French explains the purpose of each feature and describes the conventions for how and when to use it. Part 1 focuses on "micro typography" or the appearance of individual letterforms. Nigel dissects the anatomy of a typeface and defines the terminology used to describe type in graphic design. He moves into choosing a typeface, scaling type, and adjusting spacing via InDesign's leading and kerning controls. The course closes with a look at glyphs, special characters, and OpenType features, including ligatures and fractions.


Windows Server 2012 R2: Deploy, Manage and Maintain Servers

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ed Liberman

Released On: 6/17/2016

Deploying, managing, and maintaining a Windows Server 2012 R2 environment can be an overwhelming task for administrators. The primary goal of this course is to give IT professionals hands-on experience using Windows Server on a day-to-day basis. By using these step-by-step how-to videos, the viewer will become comfortable configuring and administering a Windows Server environment. Learn industry specific best practices for simplifying deployment with server images, distributing updates, and monitoring server performance, as well as everyday tips and tricks to make your life as a server administrator a little smoother and less overwhelming.


Windows Server 2012 R2: Configure File and Storage Services

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ed Liberman

Released On: 6/17/2016

File and storage services are fundamental aspects of any enterprise network. The IT administrator's job is to ensure these services are secure, reliable, and scalable. Watch this course to learn how to configure file and storage services in Windows Server 2012 R2. Ed Liberman walks through four key topics: configuring file sharing with Distributed File System (DFS), managing storage with File Server Resource Manager (FSRM), encrypting files, and setting up advanced audit policies. This is a fast-paced course that will give admins the skills to configure file sharing and storage on any Windows Server-based network.

Note: This course also maps to the Configure File and Print Services domain for Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSA) Exam 70-411, Administering Windows Server 2012. Review the exam objectives here.


Learn Webpack: The Basics

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eve Porcello

Released On: 6/17/2016

webpack is the latest and greatest addition to a front-end developer's toolset. It is a module bundler suitable for the largest single-page web applications, and it can process JavaScript, CSS, and more.

Learn the basics of transforming, bundling, and processing JavaScript modules and other web assets with webpack, in this introductory course with Eve Porcello. Discover how to install webpack, run a build, and edit the config file. Find out how to use loaders to run tasks and process files such as CSS, Sass, and inline images. Eve then demos on-demand code splitting with webpack, which allows your code to run faster and more efficiently. In addition, learn how to set up a webpack-dev-server to serve and reload files in real time as you make changes.


Windows 10: Manage Identity

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Culp

Released On: 6/16/2016

This hands-on IT certification course covers the tools and techniques necessary for a system admin to manage user identities in Windows 10. Learn two vital skills: (1) how to support Windows Store and cloud apps and (2) how to support authentication and authorization—as you study for key topics for Microsoft Exam 70-697, Configuring Windows Devices.

Windows expert Brian Culp covers app installation and management; the core differences between local, domain, and Microsoft accounts; techniques for authenticating and authorizing accounts; workgroup support; and domain-level authentication options, such as multifactor authentication, Windows Hello, and virtual smart cards.

Note: This course maps to the Manage Identity domain from the Microsoft Exam 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices. Review the exam objectives here.


Repairing Your Reputation

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Lida Citroën

Released On: 6/16/2016

We've all made mistakes. But a bad reputation can damage your career. Whether it's from a public faux pas, legal troubles, sabotage, or rumors, the damage can have long-lasting effects on your ability to work. Take control of the situation and learn how to repair a negative reputation. Get a 3-step process to evaluate the damage, create a plan, and respond with focus. These techniques are ones that Lida Citroën uses at her reputation management firm, LIDA360, to help her own clients bounce back from bad press and regain their good name.


Visual Studio 2015 Essentials 09: Unit Tests

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Walt Ritscher

Released On: 6/16/2016

Ensure your code is up-to-par by performing a unit test, verifying your code works as expected. You can perform unit testing using Visual Studio 2015. Selecting a framework and creating a small piece of code, to exercise a specific area of functionality, is all you need to get started. In this course, learn about the types of frameworks, naming conventions, integrations, and options available to you and how to implement them into your testing workflow. Join Walt Ritscher as he explains the process and step-by-step instructions. Along the way, he provides guidance on how to test with multiple parameters, customize your test runs, discover untested code, and even debug the actual unit tests.


Learn Moodle 3.1: The Basics

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Oliver Schinkten

Released On: 6/16/2016

Moodle is the world's leading learning management system (LMS), offering a free, open-source solution for digital education. In this course, education expert Oliver Schinkten guides educators through the ins and outs of creating an online course in Moodle. He not only explores the functionality of Moodle but also provides the best practices for using Moodle 3.1's tools and features to run a successful online class or supplement face-to-face instruction. Topics include installing Moodle, creating courses, enrolling students, adding resources and activities, communicating with the class, designing assessments, and grading online assignments. The quick pace of the course also makes it a great refresher for experienced users who want to see what's new in Moodle 3.1.


Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 6/16/2016

This course empowers you to craft, implement, measure, and optimize a winning social media marketing strategy. Learn how to promote brands, increase sales, engage customers, and drive site traffic using Facebook and Twitter. This course is designed to help you create a successful presence on each platform, starting with exploring the conceptual underpinnings of social media marketing so you can determine how to cultivate a social media presence with maximum impact.

Author Brad Batesole starts with the best uses for social media marketing, and the best platforms for each use. He shows you how to create Facebook and Twitter profiles and how to write engaging, high-quality content. He explains the unique features of each platform, such as hashtags and rich media, and discusses how to maximize your reach by adding followers and fans. Finally, he shows you how to measure the results of your efforts, using analytics, to see how well your posts and tweets are performing.


In The Studio with Shaky Feelin'

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Shaky Feelin'

Released On: 6/15/2016

How do bands evolve as their sound matures? Mark Masson and his band, Shaky Feelin', have been writing and playing songs for five years. In the beginning, they played 4-hour local gigs, where they learned to improvise. That nimbleness evolved into their signature sound: a new wave jam band mixing the best elements of Sublime and Phish—and two drum kits. In this short documentary, we follow Shaky Feelin' into the studio and onto the stage at Crest Theatre in Los Angeles, where they play one of their biggest shows to date. The band compares the benefits of festivals vs. shows for up-and-coming acts, explains why they are more into DIY management at this stage in their careers, and shares the secrets of their ongoing success: perseverance, a positive attitude, and good songwriting.

Watch and hear excerpts of their most popular songs, such as "Piece of Mind," "Feels Alright," and "Insider Mind."


Windows 10 Networking Fundamentals

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joli Ballew

Released On: 6/15/2016

This step-by-step course covers how to connect a Windows 10 machine to a network, whether the network is a home network or a large enterprise network, and how to manage network settings. Instructions for establishing connections, configuring network settings, and selecting firewall rules are each broken down into logical steps to enable a straightforward setup process. Additionally, several troubleshooting options are demonstrated to ensure you can identify and resolve network connectivity issues.

Author and professor Joli Ballew shows you how to get connected, which settings to use to access different resources, and how to keep your system secure. She explains the security implications of different settings, so you can make informed decisions that help protect devices when using public networks. She also helps get the most out of the Window 10 sharing center. Lastly, she explains the native firewall rules, how to create your own inbound and outbound rules, and how to troubleshoot and modify your network connection.

Note: This course aligns to the Configure Networking domain from the Microsoft exam 70-697: Configuring Windows 10 Devices.


UX Design Tools: OmniGraffle 6

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jason Osder

Released On: 6/15/2016

If you've spent much time designing for user experience, you've probably come to appreciate the importance of planning. Having a flexible solution that helps you create design documents as part of your workflow is essential. OmniGraffle is a UX design tool that allows you to create wireframes, sitemaps, flowcharts, and more, to help you organize your site and build an intuitive user experience.

Join Jason Osder as he demonstrates how to use OmniGraffle 6. He shows you how to use basic features, like adding lines, shapes, and text, to create diagrams of page layouts, or wireframes, in addition to advanced features, like working with stencils and templates. He lets you know when he is showing a pro-version feature, like presentation mode and subgraphs, so you can adjust accordingly. Along the way, you'll learn how to improve your documentation by eliminating unnecessary elements to help readers visualize all of a site on one page. As an object-based diagramming program, OmniGraffle has features for executing UX and IA documents. Creating other documents, like use case scenarios, content maps, and models, is also covered.


Olympus OM-D Cameras: Tips and Techniques

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 6/14/2016

Whether you've been using your Olympus EM Series camera for a while or you just got the hang of it, there are a lot of options you can tweak. These cameras are packed with customization features that allow you to fine-tune the way they handle everything, from focusing to locking exposure. Plus, you can expand the uses for your camera by building lens kits and selecting essential accessories.

In this course Richard Harrington and Rhed Pixel demonstrate a set of customization strategies aimed at making your EM series camera far more responsive. They show you how to master the exposure by modifying ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. They take you through several specialty shooting modes including Bulb, Art Filter, panoramic, and 3d mode. In addition to showing you how to get the most out of the in-camera settings, they show you how to control the camera remotely, connect the camera to Wi-Fi, record video, and more.

Get ready to go beyond the factory settings and make shooting with your Olympus EM-D series camera faster and more responsive with this collection of settings and customizing tips.


Securing Windows 10

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Martin Guidry

Released On: 6/14/2016

Whether you are upgrading or starting afresh with a new operating system out of the box, having the peace of mind that your system will be secure is possible by taking a few necessary actions. Protecting your Windows 10 system includes updating authentication and authorization settings, reviewing encryption options, selecting an anti-virus solution, and configuring network settings. Activating native solutions or adding compatible third-party solutions can improve your system's defenses. Completing a few crucial steps and configuring settings according to your needs is the focus of this course, Securing Windows 10.

In this course, Martin Guidry helps you work through each essential security step. He takes you through familiar ground, standard account setup, covering accounts, passwords, users groups, and permissions. He also takes you through unfamiliar territory, enhanced features and new products, examining BitLocker, Wi-Fi Sense, Windows Defender, and Edge, the new web browser. This course provides instructional step-by-step walkthroughs in addition to best practice discussions. Learn how to protect your computer from a network attack, apply security policies in Group Policy, use remote desktop, and more.


DSLR Video Tips: Software

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington, Robbie Carman

Released On: 6/14/2016

Video production doesn't stop in your DSLR. The next step to creating a cohesive story and look for your project takes place in post-production: in software like Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. In this installment of DSLR Video Tips, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman provide tips for importing, processing, and editing single- and multi-camera footage with these powerhouse programs. They also show how to achieve a more filmic look with plugins like Tiffen Dfx and SpeedGrade, correct shaky footage, and assemble time-lapse footage from a GoPro. Plus, learn about some handy mobile apps for anticipating weather, scouting locations, recording audio and video on the go, and determining the position of the sun or moon.


Making 2D Presentation Materials and Mockups

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Gallopo

Released On: 6/14/2016

Learn how to create professional graphic design presentation materials like boards and mockups to show your ideas to clients. Todd Gallopo starts this course by explaining what presentation materials are and why they are so important to a design business. He then dives in to prepping your work and production workspace. Finally, he shows members how to construct mockups for some of the most common 2D design jobs, including business cards, full-page print advertisements, and brochures.


Graphic Design Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 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 biweekly 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 other Monday for a new tip.


Introduction to 3D

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: George Maestri

Released On: 9/10/2015

No matter what software you use or final product you create, all 3D modeling and rendering packages share the same underlying concepts. In this course, expert George Maestri provides a broad overview of these concepts and the techniques that apply to all types of 3D artwork: character designs, product shots, animation, visual effects, and more. He starts with navigating 3D space and manipulating existing objects, reviews geometry and modeling, and shows how to apply color and texture to surfaces. Finally, George goes over basic rendering theory, covering features found in most commercial rendering engines.


Introduction to 3D

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: George Maestri

Released On: 9/10/2015

No matter what software you use or final product you create, all 3D modeling and rendering packages share the same underlying concepts. In this course, expert George Maestri provides a broad overview of these concepts and the techniques that apply to all types of 3D artwork: character designs, product shots, animation, visual effects, and more. He starts with navigating 3D space and manipulating existing objects, reviews geometry and modeling, and shows how to apply color and texture to surfaces. Finally, George goes over basic rendering theory, covering features found in most commercial rendering engines.


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