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After Effects CC 2019 Essential Training: The Basics

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 20:00
If you need to learn Adobe After Effects for the first time, it helps to break the program down to the basics. This course is designed to help absolute beginners understand the fundamental concepts and techniques that make After Effects such a powerful motion graphics and compositing application. It's a big-picture type of training course, designed to inform and inspire. In chapter one, instructor Mark Christiansen covers the six foundations of After Effects CC: building compositions, working with layers, animating with the Timeline, adding effects, designing in 3D, and rendering. The second chapter presents a short motion project that shows how all the tools come together in a real-world workflow.

Photo Critique of the Week

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:00
What makes a photo work? When is an image considered successful? In this weekly series, photography expert Steve Simon critiques images captured by all levels of photographers, from hobbyist to professional. He provides insights about how the elements in an image affect its interpretation so you can decide what to include—and exclude—from the frame when out shooting or when cropping in post. Additionally, he shares technical and non-technical remarks, covering choices like aperture, shutter speed, and lighting. As he reviews images, he notes the strengths exhibited while also identifying opportunities for refinement, and points out changes that could vary the meaning conveyed in the final image.

Check back each week to watch as more critiques are added, covering new work from many different genres. This series is designed to help you discover how to improve your work as a photographer. By heightening your awareness through analysis, you can harness the information to enhance your photographic eye.

Getting Things Done

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:00
Join world-renowned productivity and time management expert David Allen as he walks you through his five-step process for Getting Things Done®. He shows you how to stay on top of your work and avoid feeling buried by it, while carving out space in your life to do more meaningful things. Learn how to capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage with tasks that are demanding your attention, and come away with a clear head and a clear focus.

Getting Things Done® is a registered trademark of the David Allen Company.

Access 2019: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:00
Create a better experience for your Access users. This course covers tips and techniques that can help Access developers transform a boring database into a fast, efficient, and even fun environment. Access expert Adam Wilbert shows how to remove typical Access interface elements for a better start-up experience, as well as how to borrow some tricks from web design to make your database more attractive and interactive. Plus, learn how to clean up a cluttered navigation pane, filter long lists with cascading combo boxes, and build in contextual help and keyboard shortcuts that your power users will thank you for.

Delivering Video in Web Experiences

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:00
Explore the evolution and best practices of video delivery on the web. In this course, Tom Green shows how to deliver rich video experiences with ease, going over key concepts that can help web publishers and designers keep their skills sharp. Tom begins by reviewing the somewhat unusual genesis of web video. Next, he reviews the most common video formats, including MP4 and 3GP; shares how to encode quality video that's optimized for online delivery; and goes over the HTML5 code that enables these experiences. Plus, he shares tips for playing around with video, including how to create and deploy full-screen background videos, make your videos accessible by adding captions, prepare videos for social media, and more.

SketchUp: Modeling Interiors from Photos

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:00
Not sure which furniture will mesh with your design? With SketchUp, a 3D modeling program, you can take your architectural and material design ideas from your head to your screen. In this course, instructor Scott Onstott shows you how to use the Pro version of SketchUp to explore possible design scenarios using photos and 3D models. Scott explains how to match SketchUp's coordinate system to the perspective implied in multiple photographs, allowing you to use photos to create 3D models. He demonstrates how to model objects like fireplaces, windows, doors, and walls from photo models, alter photo textures in SketchUp and retouch them in Photoshop, and model new textured objects. He also illustrates how to use a combination of layers, scenes, and materials to explore alternative designs.

Learning Splunk

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:00
Splunk is a tool for analyzing and searching incoming machine-generated data like application or database logs. It is ideal for monitoring the health of IT infrastructure, especially networks with complex and aging systems, and software in production. In this course you can learn the basics of how Splunk works and how it can help you monitor data from multiple systems: web servers, databases, applications, and even cloud-based resources. Explore the search and reporting features, and learn how to set up alerts so that you can catch potential problems before they become critical. Plus, learn how to set up dashboards for visual insights into the state of your systems. Instructor Josh Samuelson illustrates the lessons with examples from real-world scenarios, where Splunk is used for centralized logging and reporting from multiple systems.

Developing with Visual Studio Code

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:00
Visual Studio Code is rapidly becoming one of the most popular programming editors around. Knowing how to use it well, right away, can save you a great deal of time and effort during development. This course is a comprehensive introduction to Visual Studio Code, including the basics you need to know to write, run, and debug code in a variety of languages. Learn how to use the features and menus, find errors in your code, make selections, use snippets, set user preferences and keybindings, and use the built-in support for version control. Instructor Jesse Liberty helps you get the most out of the editor, so you can get your next project up and running fast.

3ds Max: Substance to V-Ray Workflows

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:00
Discover how to leverage the substance-based toolset from Allegorithmic to create photorealistic texture maps for your 3ds Max projects. In this course, you can explore the workflow for integrating Substance Designer, Substance Painter, and the Bitmap2Material (B2M) node with 3ds Max. Brian Bradley explains what substance-based tools are and how to use them within the 3ds Max application as well as the V-Ray rendering engine. He demonstrates how to create materials from photographic assets using the B2M node, how to work with substance materials from Substance Designer, and how to export bitmap textures from both Substance Designer and Substance Painter for use in 3ds Max and V-Ray.

Extending, Securing, and Dockerizing Spring Boot Microservices

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:00
Build on the foundational knowledge you have of the Spring framework. Learn how to extend, refine, harden, test, and "dockerize" your Spring Boot microservices, and turn them into production-ready applications. Instructor Mary Ellen Bowman teaches the intermediate skills you need to build professional-grade programs, emphasizing standards for quality, security, persistence, and deployment. She shows how to link to external databases, build secure APIs, use unit and integration testing to uncover application flaws during development, and configure scalable deployment options with Docker containers.

Selling with Stories, Part 2: Stories Great Sales People Tell

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:00
Stories connect people. Telling a compelling and authentic story can solidify the relationship with your potential customer and win the sale. In this course, you can learn how to leverage the power of storytelling throughout the sales process. Paul Smith—the author of the best-selling book Sell with a Story: How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale—covers the 25 most essential types of sales stories and shares formulas for developing your own specific narratives. Learn the stories you should tell from introduction to pitch to close, to capture buyer interest and build loyalty that lasts for the long term.

Check out part one of the series for an introduction to selling with stories. (Author: Paul A. Smith)

Shane Snow on Dream Teams

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:00
Dream teams get more done and have more fun. But why do some teams excel, while other promising partnerships fail? In this course, based on his book Dream Teams: Working Together without Falling Apart, award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow reveals the secrets of dream teams. He pulls lessons from great teams of the past, from the Wright Brothers to the Wu-Tang Clan. Follow along and learn how to build a team with diverse "superpowers," cultivate a culture of inclusion and unity, stay productive and collaborative, and get better together.

Xamarin.Forms Essential Training

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:00
Xamarin.Forms is a cross-platform UI toolkit that developers can leverage to build fully native mobile apps using C#. It can speed up and simplify the development process by enabling you to create a single, shared UI that renders natively on different platforms. In this course, Matt Milner helps you get started with this powerful toolkit. To help you get a practical understanding of Xamarin.Forms, Matt steps through how to build a Xamarin app that uses Xamarin.Forms for the UI. Matt goes over the Xamarin.Forms application model, shows how to create a navigation page, and details the various layouts and controls that help you design your interfaces. He also shares techniques for dealing with platform-specific needs, shows how to embed native controls in your Xamarin.Forms page, and more.

SharePoint: Creating Communication Sites

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:00
SharePoint communication sites bring the power of a wiki to your SharePoint portal. With communication sites, any SharePoint user can create visually engaging, data-rich pages that communicate key information, documents, and interactive content to the company, bringing all of your essential communication into one central place. In this course, Shari Oswald walks through all the most used options of SharePoint communication sites, and shows you how to customize your site to fit your company's requirements and branding. Learn how to add internal and external content and web parts, including Hero, Content, Communication, Collaboration, Media, and Reporting web parts, and then share your site with your organization. (Author: Shari L Oswald)

AutoCAD web app: Taking Your Drawings Online

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to work on your AutoCAD designs in the AutoCAD web app. Find out how to access the power of AutoCAD from your browser to create, edit, view, and annotate drawings from any device. Instructor Shaun Bryant shows how to log in, create new drawings, upload existing drawings to the cloud, and start editing your designs online. He shows how to modify objects, adjust settings, draft with commands, and use keyboard shortcuts—all the functions you would expect to find in the desktop program—while taking advantage of the new flexible, web-based workflow. Since this new app is designed to integrate with AutoCAD 2019, Shaun also shows how to take the same files back and forth between the programs, giving you the best of both worlds: portability and power.

SketchUp Pro: Kitchen Design

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:00
Have you been thinking about renovating your kitchen? Design the kitchen of your dreams with SketchUp. This course teaches you how to design a new kitchen that fits your existing space using this easy-to-use 3D drawing program. Scott Onstott shows how to model and digitally demolish your current kitchen to make room for the new design, and start adding new cabinets, counters, appliances, fixtures, and lighting, as well as modern, must-have features such as a standalone island. Plus, learn how to create an animated walkthrough with first-person navigation and animation. Along the way, you can learn how to work with SketchUp layers, groups, components, styles, scenes, and ready-made models from the 3D Warehouse.

Cultivating Mental Agility

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:00
In a fast-moving world full of rapid changes, we can't keep thinking the same old way. We have to challenge our ingrained thinking habits to become better and faster problem solvers and decision-makers, able to think strategically or tactically depending on what the situation calls for. Mental agility is what makes employees indispensable to companies and helps those companies stay relevant in the marketplace. In this course, Dorie Clark explains how to cultivate the mental agility required for a great career: from building resilience and learning from the past, to creating an organizational culture that thrives in the face of change.

Bad Boss: Dealing with a Difficult Manager

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:00
Bad bosses are everywhere. In every industry, at every level. Dealing with a difficult manager is frustrating and impacts anyone's job performance. This course describes all sixteen different types of bad bosses—and their underlying issues—and gives you a playbook of responses for dealing sanely with these obstacles to your career. Chris Croft provides tips for dealing with abusive, demanding, and incompetent managers, and getting the credit, payment, and respect you deserve.

PowerPoint: Silicon Valley Presentation Secrets

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to take your PowerPoint decks to the next level. In this course, presentation guru Jole Simmons reveals the slide design techniques used by pro-level presentation designers at cutting-edge Silicon Valley companies. Jole begins with a primer on the essential elements of a strong presentation, as well as an explanation of why presentation design is so popular in big tech. Next, he launches into a number of different techniques you can use to create eye-catching, compelling slides. Learn how to craft custom shapes in PowerPoint, create a scrolling feed, use the PowerPoint Morph feature to create continuity through an intro sequence; add cool animations; and more.

Learning Framer X

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:00
Get a quick start to using Framer X, the UX prototyping and front-end development tool. Learn how to lay out, prototype, iterate, and publish your designs using Framer tools and React component integration. Explore the differences between Framer Studio and Framer X, and build your layout with the easy-to-use drawing and design tools. Then learn how to make your design more engaging with click and scroll interactions. Instructor Emmanuel Henri—a Framer fan since its very first release—also shows how to incorporate React components into Framer for faster design and maximum reusability.