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Using Wacom Tablets with Illustrator

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Kevin Stohlmeyer

Released On: 7/24/2015

If you're serious about digital illustration, there's a good chance you use, or want to use, a Wacom tablet. But are you getting the most out of your tools? In this course, Kevin Stohlmeyer shows how to optimize your Wacom tablet for use with Illustrator. He reviews each component of the tablet and Grip Pen and shows how to adjust preferences and customize your tablet to work best with Illustrator. Plus, he shows how to use Illustrator's features designed especially for tablet usage, such as the brush and symbol tools. Along the way, learn shortcuts and best practices for a more efficient workflow.


Video Lighting 101

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mark W. Gray

Released On: 4/29/2016

In any shooting situation, the existing lighting is rarely perfect as-is, especially for photographing people in a flattering way. Knowing how to control the available light, and add additional light, is key to ensuring your subject looks as good as possible on video. Understanding the core concepts of lighting, and how to control them will result in more beautiful and compelling images.

In this course, Mark W. Gray teaches the fundamentals of portrait lighting, including standard three-point lighting setups, how to light for specific subjects, and how to deal with the challenges of location shooting. He shows you the effect of big and small lighting changes, including angle, intensity, and color temperature. He discusses the various types of lighting equipment available, providing both professional options and affordable options. Mark also demonstrates how to go beyond the standard setup to achieve a variety of outcomes.


Making Music with Ableton Push

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Yeuda Ben-Atar

Released On: 8/1/2013

Imagine making digital music without having to touch or even look at your computer. The future is here with the Ableton Push, which allows you to compose melodies and basslines, make beats, arrange music, mix and master your tracks, and perform live—all from an intuitive, touch-sensitive interface. Join author and DJ Yeuda Ben-Atar, aka Side Brain, for an introduction to creating and performing music with Push and the brand new Push 2.

First, Yeuda demystifies the many trigger pads, knobs, and buttons on the Push and shows how to map the device to Ableton Live. Next, learn to browse and load sounds and create drumbeats with the step sequencer. Humanize the sound of these beats by changing individual note velocity, length, and position and adding in quantization and swing. Then, learn to play Push like a pitched instrument, and use it to remotely control a Live set and Live devices. Along the way, Yeuda offers valuable lessons about basic music theory—concepts like notes, chords, scales, and time signature—that will make your experience with Push more rewarding.


Photography Tips: Overcoming Camera and Lens Limitations

Lynda.com - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Reznick

Released On: 4/29/2016

Digital cameras have come a long way, but photographers still bump up against their limitations. The depth of field, aspect ratio, and dynamic range can't match what our eyes see. But you can reach beyond the capabilities of your camera through a combination of smart shooting strategies and creative post-processing techniques. Landscape photographer Justin Reznick shows how to create perfectly sharp images, front to back, with focus stacking; build epic panoramas; and create high dynamic range images that retain more detail in the shadows and highlights. The tools learned in the course will open up photographers to a whole new world of photographic possibilities—without a large investment in new gear.


Windows Package Management with NuGet and Chocolatey

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Walt Ritscher

Released On: 4/28/2016

Developing software requires a collection of packages (aka libraries). Managing these packages can be a task all its own and usually requires a package manager. This course takes a look at some of the most popular tools for Windows package management: NuGet, Chocolatey, Boxstarter, and OneGet. Walt Ritscher shows how to integrate NuGet with Visual Studio 2015, the official Windows IDE, and work with NuGet packages. He also shows how to install and update Windows apps with Chocolatey, automate installs and reboots with Boxstarter, and manage all these third-party tools with OneGet (aka Windows 10 PackageManagement). Want to create custom packages not offered in any of these libraries? In the closing chapter, Walt explains how to create, publish, and install your own packages with the NuGet Packager extension.


Unity Cloud Build with Git

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jesse Freeman

Released On: 4/28/2016

Unity Cloud Build watches your source code and automatically compiles, deploys, and tests new changes. Git is a popular version control system that allows you to track changes to your project and revert them when needed. Together, they make the perfect toolset for speeding up Unity game development. In this course, Jesse Freeman introduces Unity Cloud Build and shows you how to set up Unity Cloud Build projects, tag builds, push changes via Git to Bitbucket, fix bugs, and manage project changes every step of the way. In chapter 5, he shows you how to optimize your workflow to get the most out of the toolset and compile games across multiple platforms: WebGL, desktop, and mobile.


Top 10 Marketing Challenges

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Drew Boyd

Released On: 4/28/2016

Marketing is tricky business. Relationships need to be managed with clients, salespeople, and customers. Prices and contracts must be negotiated. The business must grow. Drew Boyd has been in marketing for over 30 years, and he has worked with the best marketing minds in the world. In this course, he covers the 10 most challenging situations you might face in a marketing role, and offers solutions for overcoming them. These tips are under 5 minutes each—even the busiest marketing professional can watch them, and reap the rewards down the line.


Ethical Hacking: Footprinting and Reconnaissance

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Lisa Bock

Released On: 4/28/2016

If you watched our Introduction to Ethical Hacking course, you know the basics of ethical hacking. Ethical hackers use their knowledge for good: to test if an organization's network is vulnerable to outside attacks. But where do they start? With footprinting (aka reconnaissance), the process of gathering information about computers and the people to which they belong. In this course, Lisa Bock introduces the concepts, tools, and techniques behind footprinting: finding related websites, determining OS and location information, identifying users through social media and financial services, tracking email, and more. Footprinting relies on tools as simple as a web search and dumpster diving, and as complex as DNS interrogation and traceroute analysis. Lisa shows how to put these nefarious sounding tools to work for good, and mitigate any risks an organization has to these types of attacks.

Note: Our Ethical Hacking series will map to the 18 parts of the EC-Council's certification exam. This course maps to the 02 Footprinting and Reconnaissance domain.


QuickBooks: Setting up a Company File In Depth

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Bonnie Biafore

Released On: 4/28/2016

New QuickBooks users typically need to establish new company files. But what if you're migrating from other accounting software and need to bring your data with you? This course is here to help. Bonnie Biafore explains how to set up a new QuickBooks file, whether starting from scratch or importing records from another platform. She explains how to set up existing customers, vendors, products, and services; add accounts and subaccounts to the chart of accounts; find and enter opening account balances; adjust sales tax and inventory quality and value; record open transactions; and finalize the setup by creating additional QuickBooks users and verifying the trial balance. These steps will help ensure your accounts and records are in the right shape to start doing business with QuickBooks.


SharePoint Online Essential Training

Lynda.com - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Gini Courter

Released On: 4/28/2016

The most powerful features of SharePoint—custom web apps, file sharing, site collections, team sites, and more—also come bundled with the cloud-based edition, SharePoint Online. This course delivers essential training on SharePoint Online (2016), teaching viewers how to use SharePoint for business collaboration and real-time file sharing. Gini Courter shows SharePoint site owners and members how to create, edit, and save documents; create and use team sites; work with libraries and list apps; build site collections and sites; integrate SharePoint with other Office 365 apps; manage permissions; create workflows; and work with content types and documents.


Using Wacom Tablets with Photoshop

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Kevin Stohlmeyer

Released On: 7/31/2015

If you're serious about digital illustration, there's a good chance you use a Wacom tablet. But are you getting the most out of your tools? In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Kevin Stohlmeyer shows how to optimize your Wacom tablet for use with Photoshop. He reviews each component of the tablet and Grip Pen and shows how to adjust preferences and customize your tablet to work best with Photoshop. Plus, he helps you experiment with Photoshop's default brushes, natural tips brushes, erodible brushes, and Mixer Brush.


Managing Conversions Between Adobe CC and Microsoft Office

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Anne-Marie Concepción

Released On: 4/27/2016

Need to share assets between the Adobe and Microsoft suites? When it comes to Creative Cloud and Office, the exchange goes both ways. Clients provide Excel charts for designers to edit in Illustrator; salespeople need an InDesign brochure in editable PowerPoint form. But with sharing, there can be technical challenges to overcome, since the platforms treat text and graphics somewhat differently. In this course, "Her Geekness" Anne-Marie Concepción takes members through solutions to the most common challenges when sharing data between Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Acrobat, on both the Mac and Windows platforms.

She begins with an overview of the major differences between the suites and platforms and between Office for Mac and Office for Windows. From there, she breaks down common challenges such as importing and editing Adobe art and text in PowerPoint, using PowerPoint elements in Adobe apps, integrating Excel data and charts in Adobe apps, and more. Find solutions to your most common challenges, improve your workflow, and get the results you want.


Design the Web: Creating a Sortable Table

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Converse

Released On: 4/27/2016

HTML tables don't have to be a static read-only affair. Learn how to create tables that allow users to sort them any way they see fit. Chris Converse explains how to use jQuery and a free plugin called tablesorter to create a sortable, interactive table with just a few lines of code. He also shows how to add indicator arrows and colors with CSS and create a custom parser to sort dates more intelligently. As with all episodes of Design the Web, the exercise files for this course (including the tablesorter plugin) are free to all members.


Using Wacom Tablets with Lightroom

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Kevin Stohlmeyer

Released On: 8/6/2015

A Wacom tablet is a great addition to a photographic workflow. A pen and tablet offer more control over lighting and tonal adjustments, retouching, and even creative work like compositing. But are you getting the most out of your tools? In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Kevin Stohlmeyer shows how to optimize your Wacom tablet for use with Lightroom. He reviews each component of the tablet and Grip Pen and shows how to adjust preferences and customize your tablet to work best with Lightroom. Plus, he explores how the Wacom tools extend the power of Lightroom's Adjustment Brush and healing tools, and how to get the most out of the ExpressKeys.


Sharing Photos with Flickr

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Derrick Story

Released On: 4/27/2016

With its multifaceted organizational and editing tools, Flickr takes sharing photo collections to a new level of ease and creativity. New features like the Camera Roll and 1TB storage capacity make it appealing for professional photographers as well as casual users. In Sharing Photos with Flickr, professional photographer and teacher Derrick Story goes step-by-step through the online interface and the functions, so anyone can upload, edit, and share their photos and videos. Derrick also shows techniques for making Flickr photos easier to find, from creating sets and collections to tagging and assigning photos to a map. Plus, learn how to participate in the active community and explore the Flickr universe for inspiration.


Creating Interactive Presentations with Shiny and R

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Martin Hadley

Released On: 4/27/2016

Analyzing big data is great, but not if you can't share your results. In this course, Martin Hadley shows how to create interactive presentations of large data sets with R, RStudio, and Shiny, an R-based tool for producing interactive, web-ready data visualizations. Learn why these tools are important to data scientists, how to configure and install them, and how to use them to make your findings more clear and engaging.

Discover the different types of presentations you can make right out of the box with R Markdown templates (built right into RStudio) and how to customize the templates with CSS. Find out how to register for RPubs to deploy RStudio presentations for sharing, and then go beyond the basics with Shiny—adding interactivity and creating embeddable dashboards without the need for HTML or JavaScript.

This is an exciting course for analysts who want to increase the relevance and visibility of their work. Make sure to watch the knowledge checks at the end of each chapter to test your new skills.


Publish Online with InDesign

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Diane Burns

Released On: 4/26/2016

Publish Online is a great tool for repurposing your InDesign print documents for the web. And for the first time ever, Publish Online gives InDesign CC users the ability to publish fully interactive documents that can be read on almost any device. This course will provide a complete guide to the publishing process using this powerful tool.

Learn what Publish Online can and cannot do, and how to adjust the publication settings to make sure documents look the way you want. Find out how to upload documents to the web and then share them via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Then look at the navigation and interface options used when viewing published documents, and learn how to update your published documents online. Author Diane Burns concludes with some advanced techniques, such as embedding published documents in websites and creating customized thumbnails for document navigation.


Installing and Running WordPress: Bitnami

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 4/26/2016

Installing WordPress on your computer gives you a perfect testing ground for experimentation, theme development, plugin testing, and website development. This course is designed for developers and users who want to install and configure WordPress locally with Bitnami, the multiplatform, open-source server/database/scripting language and WordPress combo that sets the stage for more serious WordPress development. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen has completely revised the training for 2016, but he still covers all the basics. Learn the configuration options and usage scenarios to get started working in WordPress quickly, whether you're on a Mac or Windows PC.

Running WordPress in another way? Check out the other courses in this series.


Scratch Programming Language: The Basics

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Perkins

Released On: 4/26/2016

Scratch is an up-and-coming introductory programming language. Developed by students at MIT, Scratch allows users to create web animations, games, and interactive stories, all without a single line of code. Originally intended for kids ages 8–16, Scratch's web-based platform is ideal for educators who want to incorporate programming in the classroom, and adult students who want to learn a visual language before progressing to code. Todd Perkins, author of Programming for Non-Programmers, shows how to use Scratch to create simple web projects and teach yourself basic programming concepts along the way.

He starts with demonstrating how to create your first project and gather the artwork (aka sprites) and other assets you'll need to build it. Todd then reviews the prebuilt scripts, the bits of code that control the logic of your Scratch projects, and explains how to use the different script types for different functions, such as animating sprites, responding to events such as button clicks, and comparing values. In chapter 3, he covers costumes, and in chapter 4, he shows how to load and play sounds. Finally, he shows how to put it all together into a complete web game, which you can then share with the Scratch community.


Adobe Illustrator Variable Data

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: John Garrett

Released On: 4/26/2016

Have you ever changed data manually to make multiple copies of the same design? If so, you know it can be tedious and time consuming. Learn how to dynamically populate new information into a design and quickly generate multiple versions with Adobe Illustrator Variable Data.

Designer John Garrett appreciates the many different types of variables and their practical uses, including generating business cards and direct mailers. In this course, he explains how to use variable data including managing linked images, graphics, tables of data, and graphs. He covers the entire workflow, from setup to exporting dynamic batches.


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