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Bonnie Seigler: Designing Her Design Career

Lynda.com - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Bonnie Siegler

Released On: 11/2/2016

Great designers forge their own paths. They break rules. They build lifelong bonds with clients, and they add value to the simplest projects. Bonnie Siegler is a prime example of a designer that has broken the mold successfully. She started in the early days of MTV and went on to found the highly respected design firm, No. 17, right out of her apartment, as well as the equally successful firm Eight and a Half. Along the way, Siegler has designed groundbreaking graphics for iconic brands like Saturday Night Live, Newsweek, and ABC. In this short documentary, Bonnie reflects on her career and explains the skill set (communication, problem solving, and basic business sense) that makes a breakout designer successful. Plus, get an inside look at the design process for the new brand identity she spearheaded for the Brooklyn Public Library.

Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

Lynda.com - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Julieanne Kost

Released On: 11/2/2016

Learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your pixels. Photoshop CC Essential Training: The Basics filters out the noise and complexity so that you understand the basic features and concepts you need to use Photoshop effectively, whether you're a photographer or designer.

Julieanne Kost reviews the basics of digital imaging, from bit depth to image size, and shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She shows the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.

After Effects CC 2017: New Features

Lynda.com - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mark Christiansen

Released On: 11/2/2016

Find out what the latest update to After Effects CC has in store for VFX and motion graphic artists. This update is part of the Creative Cloud 2017 overhaul, and offers exciting new performance improvements (like instant preview) and workflow enhancements, including markers with durations, one-click Adobe Media Encoder queues, and freeze frames for final frames. Instructor Mark Christiansen also shows how to use new features to find missing fonts by syncing with Typekit, create luminance-based alpha channels using Red Giant's Unmult plugin as an animation preset, render compositions with the built-in CINEMA 4D renderer, and collaborate more effectively than ever with After Effects team projects.

The November 2016 release is just the first of many for After Effects CC 2017. Mark will update the course as soon as new features are released. Check back often for new tutorials.

Adobe XD CC: New Features

Lynda.com - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul Trani

Released On: 11/2/2016

Paul Trani, senior evangelist at Adobe, provides a high-level overview of the new features in Adobe XD (Experience Design) releasing in November 2016. This update is part of the Creative Cloud 2017 overhaul, and offers exciting enhancements such as drawing and importing improvements, new ways to work with color and text, and prototype previewing on devices. This update also pulls your favorite features from other CC applications—layers and symbols—and puts them in this dedicated tool for UX design.