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As a designer, you're constantly challenged to create new and compelling imagery for your projects. That sometimes requires new tools. After Effects is known for animation, but it's also a powerful program for graphic designers. Its panels and basic features are similar to Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, which makes After Effects easier for designers to learn. This course offers a unique workflow, combining Photoshop with After Effects to create stunning, unique, and professional-quality assets for print, web, and photography. Instructor Chris Converse—founding partner of Codify Design Studio—shows how to create special effects, add dramatic lighting to photos, color key images, build textures and patterns, and generate artwork from almost nothing, producing effects like water, bubbles, lightning, and rain. The course is for any designer—even if you've never used After Effects before. Chris demos each example step by step, and shows how the results can be used in real-world design projects.
Python is a powerful tool for working with data stored on web servers. In this course, Joe Marini demonstrates how to use Python to send, retrieve, and deliver web-based data to users. Learn how XML and JSON are used to store and exchange data, see how to use Python to retrieve XML and JSON data over the web, and find out how to parse that data using a range of different Python modules and features. Joe also shows how to fetch data from URLs and retrieve and send data via HTTP using the Python Requests library.
Creating text is an important part of video editing. Yet most video editors have never had any sort of formal lesson in typography. Here Nick Harauz gives a crash course in typographic theory that will help you communicate more clearly and make better looking text in your next video project. Learn how the right font choice can add more impact to your message, how to keep type legible, how to design titles, how to automate lower thirds and other text elements, and how to animate type. Plus, learn how to make 3D text using popular software such as After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro—tools you already have in your editing arsenal. After watching this course, you will be able to create type treatments that fit the theme of your projects and take your video skills to a whole new level.
In order to prevent outages, it's essential that you leverage a monitoring and alerting tool in your Kubernetes environment. Prometheus—an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit—pairs particularly well with Kubernetes. In this course, learn how this toolkit integrates with Kubernetes and works to monitor distributed systems. Instructor Robert Starmer steps through how to enable Prometheus monitoring and shares how Prometheus monitors Kubernetes systems. He also discusses monitoring application-specific data, adding sidecar containers for app data, filtering and combining metrics, and displaying metrics in the web console. To wrap up, he discusses how to create a simple alert in Prometheus and generate application-driven alerts.
As a business analyst (BA) or product owner (PO) on an agile team, you're tasked with analyzing backlog items, customer experience, and other business processes to ensure that your team remains in tune with the overall project vision—and delivers products that customers adore. This series provides weekly tips that can help you grasp how to best apply agile and collaborate with your team. Instructor Angela Wick goes over different models of how BAs and POs can work together to tackle agile analysis roles and tasks. She also shares strategies that can help you create a healthy and prioritized backlog, bring great testing practices to agile projects, and more.
Software-defined networking (SDN) virtual networks are an emerging network topology that allows hardware and software components to be managed virtually. Join David Bombal as he introduces SDN overlay networks and shows you how to create a virtual network using virtual ports, switches, routers, firewalls, and more via a centralized user interface. Follow along with a demonstration of Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP), an overlay solution that increases network responsiveness and efficiency while avoiding vendor lock-in. Learn about spanning Layer 2 networks across data centers, navigating a broken underlay, creating and tearing down dynamic tunnels, and more. David also discusses advantages of VMware NSX, a network virtualization platform that allows networks to provision in minutes without having to modify the app.
Industrial automation technologies have made manufacturing processes increasingly more efficient. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are commonly used in industrial automation, and many of these industrial computer control systems use ladder logic as their main programming language. In this course, engineer and educator Zahraa Khalil covers the basics of PLC ladder logic programming. Explore fundamental concepts such as rung operation, timer and counter instruction, and the main types of input and output instructions used in ladder logic programming. Along the way, Zahraa shares case studies that can help you grasp the real-world application of these concepts.
Designers: If you've ever wanted to be involved with the long-term strategy for a brand, not just the design, this is the course for you. Learn how to partner with stakeholders and company leaders to define the core elements of a solid brand: its purpose, audience, and position in the marketplace. Instructor Stefan Mumaw—a design consultant to such prestigious brands as Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and Sony—explains how to turn those ingredients into a cohesive strategy. He also shows how to leverage the strategy to build out individual design elements, such as the company logo. Whether you're building a business from scratch or evolving an existing identity, these tips will help you create a compelling brand—one that moves customers to action and inspires lasting connection.
Matterport has quickly become the new standard for online virtual tours and immersive 3D content for real estate and architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). With a relatively short learning curve, Matterport users can create amazing results on day one. In this course, Paul Tice walks you through the Matterport setup process and straight through creating your first project. Explore the Workspace interface and best practices for field scanning operations, and take a dive into many other creative applications with this innovative 3D technology, including VR experience design. Plus, learn how to become a Matterport Service Partner to market your business to clients, and participate in the Matterport community.
Creating intricate, eye-catching animations for your iOS apps is key to delighting your users and making the interactive experience something they will remember. In this course you can explore the Core Animation API, from basic layer animations to custom view controller transitions and 3D animations. Instructor Harrison Ferrone shows how to build simple layer animations, debug layer trees for cleaner Swift code, group animations, and add easing, looping, and transitions—all the features you need to create professional-looking UI animation. Plus, learn how to animate gradient color shifts, shapes, and the position of objects along a path; develop custom actions and transactions; and build 3D effects, including particle emitters. By the end of the course you'll have the foundations to create complex and beautiful iOS animations entirely through code.
Learn how to write press releases: formal, official announcements regarding something new or significant about you or your business. Done correctly, press releases can promote your brand, distribute important information, and even improve your SEO. In this short writing course, PR expert Andrea Holland explains how to write an effective press release. She begins with a discussion of what press releases are and then walks you through finding your story, preparing to write, getting your headline and subhead down, crafting body copy, adding your boilerplate, and distributing the release through a newswire. Follow along using the handout Andrea has included with the course—a template she uses to kick-start the writing process for her own clients.
Get up and running with Rhino, the powerful 3D modeling tool for product design and architecture. This one-hour quick start guide helps you get your system set up in the most productive way, make your way around the Rhino user interface, and explore the various types of curves, surfaces, and solids you can create. Instructor Dave Schultz also explains his favorite strategies for starting a model, introduces construction and workflow tips, and shows how to set up your viewport to see your model from all sides as you create it. (Author: Dave Schultze)
Docker containers aren't just for app deployment. They can also be used for persistent data storage. This course introduces the basics of Docker storage, including configuring drivers, volumes, bind mounts, and cluster storage. Instructor David Davis also shows how to change drivers and free up storage space by cleaning up unused Docker images. By the end of the course, you should be able to set up a variety of virtual storage solutions with Docker and answer related objectives from the Docker Certified Associate (DCA) certification exam.
Get up to speed fast with the surfacing capabilities in Siemens NX. Surfaces allow designers to render complex, unique shapes quickly. Siemens NX is one of the most efficient tools for the job. Learn all the basic surface creation tools in this high-end CAD program: reference curves and extruded surfaces, as well as offset, sweep, and fill operations. Learn how to join, split, and trim surfaces, and how to inspect the surfaces you create with the NX analysis tools. By the end of the training course, you will be able to use the surfacing tools of this robust program to build accurate models of a wide variety of products and parts, including those with irregular, freeform shapes. (Author: Steven Marjieh)
Python is hugely popular, boasts an elegant syntax, and has played a notable role in the rise of the open-source community. While this highly readable language can add value to any developer's toolkit, it can be of particular help to C# developers who want to better grasp how .NET is shifting to embrace the open-source community. In this course, Reynald Adolphe helps to acquaint C# developers with Python by helping them leverage what they already know. Throughout the course, Reynald highlights the similarities and differences between Python and C# as he goes over key concepts such as functions, conditional statements, and how to create and work with classes. He also demonstrates the four pillars of object-oriented programming—abstraction, polymorphism, inheritance, and encapsulation—as he walks through the creation of a salary calculator.
Corporate video teams need to be skilled in every aspect of production, not just behind the camera. You need to know how to conduct and stage interviews, record screen capture presentations, record on the go with a smartphone, set up lighting, and even help pick wardrobe. Get tips to improve the quality your corporate video productions, in this weekly series from video gurus Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. Together, they tackle the most common challenges of corporate video, including researching your subject, dressing the part, creating talking points, preparing release forms, capturing the right angles, and getting the best performance from the interview. Plus, learn audio and video recording techniques for creating professional-looking screen capture tutorials and presentations. There's more to learn each week! Tune in every Friday for a new episode of Corporate Video Weekly. (Authors: Richard Harrington, Richard Harrington)