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3ds Max: Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
3ds Max is a powerful, deep, and multifaceted program, so there's always more to learn. This weekly series aims to keep you on top of the latest tools and techniques, and introduces fresh perspectives on traditional methods for architectural and product visualization, animation, visual effects, games and virtual worlds, and motion graphics. Instructor Aaron F. Ross presents a new topic every week, spanning the full range of 3D graphics tasks, including modeling, rigging and animation, shading and lighting, camera operation, and rendering. He gives special attention to streamlining workflows, such as automation of time-consuming tasks, so your productions run more smoothly and efficiently. Come back every Wednesday for a new tutorial to expand your 3ds Max knowledge and skills.

3ds Max: Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
3ds Max is a powerful, deep, and multifaceted program, so there's always more to learn. This weekly series aims to keep you on top of the latest tools and techniques, and introduces fresh perspectives on traditional methods for architectural and product visualization, animation, visual effects, games and virtual worlds, and motion graphics. Instructor Aaron F. Ross presents a new topic every week, spanning the full range of 3D graphics tasks, including modeling, rigging and animation, shading and lighting, camera operation, and rendering. He gives special attention to streamlining workflows, such as automation of time-consuming tasks, so your productions run more smoothly and efficiently. Come back every Wednesday for a new tutorial to expand your 3ds Max knowledge and skills.

Photoshop: Texturing and Shading Techniques

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
This course provides techniques you can use in Photoshop to add texture and properly shade a variety of materials and surfaces—whether fibrous, hard, translucent, three-dimensional, or organic. First, learn how to prepare an artboard and import reference images. Next, find out how shaders, highlights, shadows, color, and subsurface scattering can be leveraged to create textures and shading. Then, see how to set up seamless textures and flats, and how to adjust linework, colors, and values. Additionally, this course covers base shading and highlighting steps you can follow to control lighting and refine shadows. Last, discover how to make refinements and final touches. (Author: Rayce Bird)

AutoCAD: Developing CAD Standards

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
AutoCAD is the leader in CAD drafting. In this course, author Shaun Bryant takes you through the various CAD standards available that are used by professionals worldwide. Learn how to work with the AutoCAD standard DWS file format, leverage industry standards (including US NCS and BIMuk), and use AutoCAD standards to audit and check against your work. Shaun also shows you how to develop standard AutoCAD templates—complete with title blocks and viewports—to apply your internal CAD standards.

SEO: Link Building in Depth

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to strengthen your site's position in search engine results by building strong links. In this course, Peter Kent dissects the anatomy of a link as it relates to SEO (search engine optimization). Peter explains how links affect page ranking and he reveals the properties that make an excellent link so you can build strong links. He covers how to get links from other websites to point back to your site, reciprocal linking, and link building via blogs and directories.

Program Management

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
What is the difference between a project and a program? What do program managers do? These questions and others are answered in this course which covers the essentials of program management. Learn about the skills needed to be a program manager. Discover the milestones and phases involved in the life cycle of a program—from planning to delivery and beyond. Find out how to manage programs, align programs to business strategies, deliver beneficial results, communicate with stakeholders, govern program activities, map program schedules, and support integral program processes. (Author: Michael Boyle)

Running a Design Business: Leading a Creative Team

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
Leading a creative team comes with a unique set of challenges that must be navigated with care in order to get reports to be able to perform at their best. In this course, Stephen breaks down the tenets of impactful leadership for creative professionals. He covers how creative leadership is unique, why it's important, the ways leaders can improve what they are doing, and how to help foster the kind of culture that is most beneficial. (Author: Stephen Gates)

Office 365 New Features

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
Microsoft is rolling out feature updates to Office 365 on a monthly basis. In this course, David Rivers summarizes the latest enhancements to all the Office apps, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and more. Find out how to see and hear more with Word's Read Mode, get writing and research assistance, turn data into maps with Excel, get someone's attention in Outlook, and create better lists in PowerPoint. Plus, learn about new apps in the Office 365 suite, including Teams and Bookings, and suite-wide enhancements such as the Recent tab. This course will be updated on a regular basis; check back often to get up to speed with the latest features.

ZBrush 4R8 New Features

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
ZBrush 4R8 adds several powerful new features that make the process of creating digital art faster than ever. Gizmo 3D provides new ways to move, rotate, and scale models. The enhanced ZModeler Brush gives you greater freedom for polygonal modeling, including extremely low-res modeling. Live Boolean mode lets you add, subtract, and overlay objects in real time, while some of the smaller new features—straight line strokes, inverse masks, and the vector displacement map brush—make drawing and sculpting in ZBrush even better. Watch this course to learn the basics of how the new features work and get professional results with them every time. (Author: Ryan Kittleson)

Learning Chrome Web Developer Tools

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
All major browsers include developer tools, which enable developers to examine the code of a webpage or app, as well as run tests and evaluate metrics related to that code. Chrome Developer Tools (DevTools for short) is the industry standard. Explore how the tools work in actual testing and debugging scenarios and get an expanded toolbox for your day-to-day work. This course teaches the most widely used parts of DevTools, using sample files to walk through identifying issues and bugs, fixing them, and then verifying that they've been fixed. Each chapter digs into a different tool, including the Console, Elements panel, and Network panel, exploring how it's useful and when to use it. Author and educator Sasha Vodnik helps you explore the DOM, examine errors, look at source files, identify bottlenecks in page loads, and more. Start watching and get started with Chrome DevTools today.

New Features Xamarin and Visual Studio 2017

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 20:00
Explore the latest enhancements to Xamarin included with the launch of Visual Studio 2017. Kevin Ford covers C# 7 language improvements such as local functions and binary constants, and shows how to use the Inspector to view and make UI changes in running applications. Discover how the Visual Studio Profiler can pinpoint memory leaks, and how the Test Recorder can help automate some routine testing. Plus, find out how to embed assemblies in Android and prevent others from snooping around in your code.

2D Animation: Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:00
One way to learn animation is an all-in-one course, the kind you can find here in our library. The other path is on-the-job training, and involves picking up an arsenal of tips and tricks as you work. Both methods have their benefits, though most students get an all-in-one style education. This course will give you that "on the job" experience in weekly doses. Every Tuesday, author Dermot O' Connor reveals a tip or trick that animation professionals use to save time and create more compelling characters. Learn to use delays, overshoots, and leading gestures to create looser, more realistic movement; draw different mouth shapes for male and female characters; create different styles of walks such as staggers; and more. Put this course in your playlist and each week a new video will appear in your queue.

Leading Yourself

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:00
Before you can effectively lead others, you need to lead yourself. In this course, learn how to manage your mindset, behaviors, and workplace relationships to help you stand out in your organization and in your industry as a leader. Whether you're on the management track or you're an individual contributor, authors and leadership experts Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod can help you take charge of your own learning. They explain when and where you need to be leading yourself, as well as how to track your goals, take charge of your own development, and even give yourself a performance review. Plus, learn tips for motivating yourself, leading your peers, and managing your boss.

Microsoft Forms First Look

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:00
Microsoft Forms—part of the Office 365 suite—allows you to create and distribute surveys, quizzes, and polls. In this short course, learn how to get started using Microsoft Forms to quickly and easily collect the information you need. Nick Brazzi walks through the key features, including how to create a form, generate a list of questions, and distribute a survey or quiz using a few different methods. Plus, he shows how to collect responses and view feedback.

Note: Microsoft Forms is available to users with Office 365 Education, Office 365 Education Plus, and Office 365 Education E5 accounts. In addition, it's available in Preview for some Office 365 Business and Enterprise accounts. If you cannot access Microsoft Forms, contact your Office 365 system administrator for more information.

Virtual & Augmented Reality for 3D Weekly

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:00
It can be challenging to keep up with all of the new advancements in virtual reality. In this weekly series, 3D artist and expert Craig Barr explores different kinds of immersive realities—including virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality—and provides tips, tricks, and techniques for effective VR projects. He discusses content creation for your virtual and augmented reality projects, as well as how to minimize VR sickness, optimize textures and materials for VR, and more. Tune in every Tuesday for a new tip.

SharePoint: Mobilizing Workflows with PowerApps

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:00
Access your existing SharePoint applications wherever you go by creating a PowerApp. In this course, Gini von Courter explains how to access the lists and workflows you've built in SharePoint on a mobile device or in a browser by creating a PowerApp. Gini covers topics such as how to create an app from SharePoint, how to package the app, and deployment to mobile devices. These techniques will work only for SharePoint and SharePoint Designer workflows, and not workflows created in Microsoft Flow.

Learning Amazon Lightsail

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:00
Amazon Lightsail is a member of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Compute family. It simplifies the process of deploying a virtual private server using preconfigured templates for a Linux distribution, application, or dev stack—including WordPress, Magento, and LAMP. This short course provides an overview of Lightsail to help you get up and running in this service. Sharif Nijim discusses how it compares with the AWS cloud platform, as well as the kinds of servers you can create in Lightsail, operational metrics for Lightsail servers, data protection, and how to connect Lightsail with AWS through VPC peering. Sharif wraps up the course by touching on advanced concepts, including APIs, SDKs, and the Lightsail CLI.

Hadoop for Data Science Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:00
Hadoop—the hugely popular big data platform—offers a vast array of capabilities designed to help data scientists deliver their insights. In this course, Ben Sullins helps you get up to speed with Hadoop by sharing a series of tips and tricks for doing data science work in this powerful platform. He starts by looking at how to work with Hadoop data in HDFS, and then explores using Hive—the Hadoop SQL engine—where a lot of data science work happens. To wrap up the course, Ben covers techniques for running fast queries in the Hive engine.

Practical UX Weekly

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 20:00
Ever wondered how other UX designers troubleshoot problems and juggle conflicting priorities? In this weekly series, Drew Bridewell—a lead user experience designer at LinkedIn—shares his hard-earned knowledge about how to apply basic UX design principles to real-world projects. Drew discusses his daily workflow, shares tips and tricks for presenting your work and collaborating with others, and walks you through a day in the life of a product designer. Tune in and start looking at your own design projects in a new light.

To continue the conversation started in this course, with Drew and other user experience professionals, join Drew's Practical UX: Lessons from the Trenches LinkedIn group.

After Effects Scripts & Tips: 1 Animation Techniques

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 20:00
Discover tactics, tricks, and workarounds that can make working in After Effects easier and more fun. Owen Lowery introduces various free scripts that you can install for better functionality and faster workflow, discusses animation and design theory, and shows simple, effective ways to put that theory into practice. He guides you through several solutions to the kinds of common problems that new After Effects users tend to run into. Plus—as this course doesn't build from lesson to lesson—you can dive into whichever topic piques your interest.

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