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Unity 5 2D Essential Training

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jesse Freeman

Released On: 8/22/2016

Learn everything you need to get started in Unity 2D game development. Unity expert Jesse Freeman builds a complete 2D game based off the endless runner genre—a unique one-button game that's not only fun to play, but also exciting to build. The end result is a reusable code base that you can extend with your own artwork and narrative.

Start watching to learn how to convert artwork into sprites, create repeating background textures with Unity's TexturePacker, and build reusable game objects such as players, obstacles, and enemies. Jesse also covers the basics of object pooling, working with custom UI components, and multiplatform publishing.


Putting ITIL® Into Practice: Problem Management Techniques

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: David Pultorak

Released On: 8/22/2016

Problem management is about preventing and resolving the problems underlying interruptions of IT services. A set of shared techniques can make the difference between success and failure. ITIL® mentions a set of techniques as best practice, but does not cover how to apply them. This course bridges the gap for IT pros, giving them a concise introduction to the seven problem management techniques endorsed by ITIL®, including:

  • Brainstorming
  • Ishikawa diagrams
  • Kepner-Tregoe root cause analysis
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Component failure impact analysis
  • Service outage analysis
  • Post-implementation and major problem review


ITIL® trainer David Pultorak outlines the what, why, where, and how of each technique, and provide examples so you can practice with the goal of placing each technique into "muscle memory." He examines the 4 Ps that can contribute to or help resolve every problem—people, processes, products, and partners—and provides tips on where to go next.


Government Project Management

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Oliver Yarbrough

Released On: 8/22/2016

Want to transition from managing corporate projects to government project management? Learn the nuances of managing government projects—a subset of project management with tougher deadlines, tighter budgets, and stricter requirements. Certified PMP® Oliver Yarbrough reviews the government project lifecycle from obtaining a government contract to executing the project and ultimately closing it out.

Learn the best practices and terminology for working with the government, including documentation such as subsidiary plans, RFPs, PWSs, and SOOs. Walk through the three phases of contract negotiation—pre-award, award, and post-award—and common challenges as well as solutions for bidding on government contracts and getting projects authorized.


AutoCAD Facilities Management: Space Management

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Shaun Bryant

Released On: 8/22/2016

Once you have measured the available area in your facility, the next step in computer-aided facilities management (CAFM) is to develop it into specific spaces with assigned uses: offices, bathrooms, labs, electrical closets, etc. This course shows how to use AutoCAD, Autodesk's flagship CAD platform, for space management. Follow along with Shaun Bryant as he guides you step-by-step through a real-world CAFM project, allowing you to learn at your own pace, developing your skills as you go. He shows how to set up drawings, define spaces with polylines, set up space tables to house your data, and annotate drawings with that data. By the end of the course, you'll be able to export the space management information to applications such as Microsoft Excel, so you can analyze the data in a tabular format.


Photoshop for Designers: Type Effects

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nigel French

Released On: 7/20/2012

This installment of Photoshop for Designers explains how to create beautiful typographic effects and challenges designers to expand their creative mindset with type. Author Nigel French describes how to combine letters and imagery and how to illustrate ideas with type, often with just a few simple tweaks to the letterforms themselves. The final chapter contains a few creative projects, such as fashioning portraits and maps comprised entirely of type.


Tintype Photography at New York's Penumbra Foundation

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Tim Grey

Released On: 8/22/2016

The tintype was one of the earliest forms of photography—but it's alive and well today. A passionate group of photographers has embraced tintypes and other historical processes for their unique look and for the sheer pleasure of engaging in handmade photography.

Photographer and educator Tim Grey visits with Geoffrey Berliner, a master of analog photography and the owner of what might be the world's largest collection of vintage lenses. Berlinger is the executive director of the Penumbra Foundation, a New York–based nonprofit that conducts workshops on numerous historical photo processes. Learn how modern tintype portraits are made at Penumbra Studios, using vintage cameras and lenses, fresh plates, and raw chemicals.


ArchiCAD: Management & Collaboration

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Thiago Mundim

Released On: 8/22/2016

Great architecture is a team effort. ArchiCAD is an award-winning tool for BIM professionals the world over, and it comes with a host of collaboration tools that make it easy to share work and collaborate on designs. ArchiCAD: Management & Collaboration covers everything that an advanced user should know when using ArchiCAD on large projects and in large teams. It's designed to replicate all the tasks of a BIM manager or a BIM coordinator, while optimizing the workflow and performance of your ArchiCAD setup. Join Thiago Mundim, as he shows how to implement BIM Server to network projects with simultaneous access, monitor file size, use Hotlinked Modules to reference external ArchiCAD files, create reusable templates, and import IFC files from other CAD systems.


Building a Website with Node.js and Express.js

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ray Villalobos

Released On: 8/19/2016

Interested in building JavaScript websites that do more? Node.js and Express.js are a perfect match. Express is a fast, minimalist framework that sits on top of Node.js and allows you to build powerful single- and multi-page web applications and websites.

In this course, Ray Villalobos walks through the process of creating full-featured websites with these technologies. First, find out how to install each package and leverage Node.js features from within Express. Then learn how to build a basic application with templating engines like EJS; create more flexible, modular code with includes and conditional statements; build APIs to manage HTTP requests to add and delete content dynamically; and configure more complex routing. Along the way, Ray implements features like customer feedback forms and real-time live chat, so you can see exactly what Node.js and Express are capable of.


Lightroom: Customizing Tips and Techniques

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Taz Tally

Released On: 8/19/2016

Streamline your image processing workflow by taking advantage of the tips in this course on how to customize your Lightroom experience. The layout of your workspace, the sort applied to your views, the type of data displayed, the file conversion settings, and even the treatment of exports can be catered to meet your needs. In this course, Taz Tally provides expert guidance and suggestions as he takes you through configuration options that allow you to adjust your Adobe Lightroom experience to your preference. He explains the potential uses of different presets and templates, so you can decide which selections suit you. He demonstrates how to create custom views, keyword sets, synchronization options, import behaviors, file naming conventions, and more. He also shows you how to automate common tasks performed in the Develop module and during export.


Premiere Pro Guru: LUTs and Look Files

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 8/19/2016

Lookup tables (LUTs) and look files provide precise formulas for color correction. You can recover details, shadows, and highlights and match specific color spaces, and easily share settings with colleagues. So how do LUTs and looks complement your workflow? In this course, author Richard Harrington walks you through what LUTs and looks are, how they save time, how they make collaboration with others easier, and how to use them in Adobe Premiere Pro. Learn how to apply corrective and creative color corrections, build your own custom LUTs, and share LUTs between other Creative Cloud applications and third-party software. Rich also shows how to manage LUTs in Premiere Pro and exchange LUTs with After Effects.


Google Firebase for Android: First Look

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joe Marini

Released On: 8/19/2016

Whether you are considering Google Firebase or among the nearly half-million developers already using it, this course is designed for you. Google Firebase offers a set of features to help you maximize your app development efforts. In this first look, Joe Marini takes you on a tour of the features that support Android app development. Joe begins with an overview, then dives into three core areas: Firebase Analytics, Firebase Remote Config, and Firebase Authentication. He demonstrates how to create your own project, add APIs, configure parameters and conditions, and implement email and password authentication. He wraps up by visiting the Firebase console where you can evaluate users, engagement metrics, and earnings.


AutoCAD Facilities Management: Areas

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Shaun Bryant

Released On: 8/19/2016

High-quality facility drawings give organizations the information they need to assign, redesign, and reallocate space, whether it's for manufacturing or offices. When it comes to computer-aided facilities management (CAFM), there is one tool: AutoCAD, Autodesk's flagship CAD platform for Windows and OS X. Get the skills you need to use AutoCAD to calculate available area, understand which percentage is usable space, and export drawings and data for analysis and presentation. Concentrating on the basics, this course guides you step-by-step through a realistic CAFM project, allowing you to learn at your own pace and develop your skills as you go. Author Shaun Bryant shows how to set up drawings, define and measure areas, set up facilities area tables, and annotate drawings. By the end of the course, you'll be able to export the information to applications such as Microsoft Excel, so you can analyze the data in a tabular format.


Photography 101

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joseph "PhotoJoseph" Linaschke

Released On: 8/19/2016

Today's cameras put an amazing amount of power in your hands, but all those buttons, dials, and settings can be pretty intimidating. In Photography 101, photographer Joseph ["PhotoJoseph"] Linaschke helps you understand what's going on inside your camera, explaining photography fundamentals like what aperture is and how shutter speed works. Learn basics such as how to hold the camera, what various modes mean and when to use them, and even how and when to use the camera's flash. There's also creative instruction to guide you toward becoming a better photographer. As you become more comfortable with your gear, you'll find that many creative possibilities open up for you and the quality of your photography improves.


Ethical Hacking: Enumeration

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Malcolm Shore

Released On: 8/18/2016

Ethical hacking is one of the most desired stills for any IT security professional. White hat hackers can detect, prevent, and mitigate network intrusions and data theft: a critical liability for any company that does business online or in the cloud. This course introduces to the concept of enumeration—identifying the resources on a host or network, including user names, ports and services, policies, and more. It covers protocol, process, and service enumeration on Windows and Linux, and maps to the Enumeration competency from the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) body of knowledge. Malcolm discusses host profiling, enumerating protocols (such as SMB, RPC, and SNMP), and enumerating the Internet, and concludes with demos of third-party tools organizations can use to mitigate risk, including SuperScan, NetScan Pro, and JXplorer.

An overview of the CEH exam, blueprint, and eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/.


SynthEyes: Tracking with Survey Data

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Morse

Released On: 8/18/2016

Being able to use real-world survey data to solve cameras is a powerful tool in 3D tracking. Survey data can help you speed up your workflow, solve difficult shots more accurately, and even help you solve multiple cameras. This short course teaches you how to set up and solve a survey shot using SynthEyes—concentrating on data from still images, but also using data from 3D models and text files. Author Brian Morse introduces several methods of solving the survey shot, and then shows how to solve multiple cameras at the same location so they all fit accurately in the same scene.


User Experience Insights with Chris Nodder

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Nodder

Released On: 8/18/2016

As a user experience professional, you often find yourself acting as a liaison between business teams and technology teams, challenged to make design decisions that satisfy both parties. Additionally, you frequently revisit decisions made in the past, looking for ways to refresh and meet the changing needs of today's users. Everything from different devices and form factors to increased awareness around human computer interaction is driving a need to examine and optimize the user experience. Join Chris Nodder as he shares insights to help strengthen your design choices and help you adapt to current and evolving trends. Designers, product managers, strategists, UX newcomers, and curious observers alike can gain an expanded understanding of what it takes to succeed in the field of UX.


Creating a Short Film: 05 Directing

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chad Perkins

Released On: 8/18/2016

Directing movies means being in charge of all creative decisions on a movie set: performance, wardrobe, lights, camera movement, color palette, music, and the overall tone of the film. Some directors focus on directing actors, while others focus on telling stories, building explosive moments of action, or creating visual art. Here filmmaker Chad Perkins explains the role and responsibilities of a director on a small, independent film.

Watch and learn how to shoot a script, using visual motifs, atmospherics, framing, and different types of shots to tell the film's story. Find out how to give direction to your crew and be a good leader, while staying on budget and on schedule. Plus, get tips to improve shots during retakes or in post, and to become a better director, storyteller, and communicator.

Note: Like the rest of the Creating a Short Film series, this course was shot during the production of The Assurance. It offers a unique window into the actual struggles and challenges filmmakers have to overcome to get films made. Find the rest of the courses in the series on Chad's author page.


Shooting and Processing Panoramas

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 8/18/2016

When one photo doesn't do justice to a scene, take several—and then stitch them together them into a panorama. In this course, Rich Harrington details every step in the panoramic photography process, from shooting to post-processing.

The course begins with a look at the concepts and technical details for getting great shots: how to choose a shooting format and size, how to properly mount the camera on a tripod, how to overlap each shot, which lenses deliver best results, and more. Plus, learn about optional hardware like the GigaPan system and sliders, and a variety of mobile apps for capturing 360-degree panoramas with an iPhone. After shooting a variety of panoramas, Rich processes them using various software tools, from Lightroom to Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. The course concludes with advice on refining stitched panoramas and on saving them for a variety of destinations, from print to the web.


ZBrush: Rendering

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Michael Ingrassia

Released On: 8/17/2016

Take your ZBrush projects to the next level. Learn how to refine your models in programs like Maya and Photoshop. In this course, Michael Ingrassia walks through several ZBrush rendering workflows for modifying the shape of a model and exporting texture maps for painting outside of ZBrush. First, find out how to export elements for UV layout in Maya or use UV Master to lay out UVs right in ZBrush. Then learn how to export texture maps for refinement in Photoshop, where you can adjust colors, hand-paint texture, and add filters and effects. Chapter 3 shows how to adjust the overall shape of your model in Maya and reassemble the final sculpt back in ZBrush.


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