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Managing Up, Down and Across the Organization

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 20:00
If you work in a large organization, chances are you need to manage relationships with all levels, including your boss, peers, and direct reports. In this course, leadership coach, consultant, and best-selling author Roberta Matuson helps you manage relationships up, down, and across. She teaches you how to stand out with your boss while also pushing back when needed; how to build productive relationships and credibility with your direct reports; and how to effectively use influence with peers and other co-workers to get what you need.

After Effects & Element 3D: Animating a Scene with Water

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to create an animated shower scene for a product visualization inside Adobe After Effects. The complete scene features a chrome showerhead, water streams, steam, and a realistic background—all built in true 3D space with Element 3D, an AE plugin that makes it easy to build 3D objects and particle systems. Explore different shooting angles with the scene camera, and learn to add a depth-of-field camera. Discover how to completely automate the stream speed and thickness in a very natural looking way, all with sliding controllers. Then turn that effect into multiple similar (but not identical) streams, for a realistic shower spray.

This is a project-based learning experience. Each step of the process is rich with object lessons that are applicable to the variations that a motion design and compositing artist will face in the real world. (Author: Ran Ben Avraham)

Marketing with Social Bookmarking

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to discover and curate links that engage your customers by developing and implementing a strategic approach to social bookmarking. Marketing and social media expert Martin Waxman shows you how to create a social bookmarking process with Diigo, an easy-to-use knowledge management tool. He explains how to set up goals, research your audience and what they need, find the right content to share, measure your results, and more.

Predictive Customer Analytics

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 20:00
Use big data to tell your customer's story, with predictive analytics. In this course, you can learn about the customer life cycle and how predictive analytics can help improve every step of the customer journey.

Start off by learning about the various phases in a customer's life cycle. Explore the data generated inside and outside your business, and ways the data can be collected and aggregated within your organization. Then review three use cases for predictive analytics in each phase of the customer's life cycle, including acquisition, upsell, service, and retention. For each phase, you also build one predictive analytics solution in Python. In the final videos, author Kumaran Ponnambalam introduces best practices for creating a customer analytics process from the ground up.

Time Management for Managers

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 20:00
When you begin to manage people, organizing your time reaches a whole new level of complexity—team members may need more time with you than you're anticipating, direct reports may frequently come by your desk with questions, and you may receive more emails than you can keep up with. As a manager, you want to make sure you're being productive with your time while setting a good example for your team.

In this course, best-selling author Dave Crenshaw offers managers at all levels practical strategies for efficient time management. Dave covers time management best practices for managing people, including delegating tasks, managing expectations, and establishing productive one-on-one meetings. He also provides helpful tips for managing projects, including how to coordinate multiple projects, allocate scarce resources, hold a team accountable to deadlines, and communicate deadline changes when necessary. Additionally, Dave covers how to manage priorities, including using your calendar as a prioritization tool, keeping your meetings action-focused, and shifting priorities when the need arises.

Illustrator CC 2017 One-on-One Advanced

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to be the best Adobe Illustrator user you know. This comprehensive, project-based course is the second in a series of three courses by industry pro Deke McClelland. In this course, Deke doesn't just talk about how to leverage different Illustrator features—he ties each concept to a clearly-defined task, ensuring that you close out each section of the course with a practical understanding of the concepts. Discover how to convert scanned line art to scalable, vector-based path outlines using the automated Image Trace feature. Plus, learn how to make a logo using the transformation tools, create an emoji with the Gradient tool, and turn a simple circle into an intricate origami flower with the program's dynamic effects.

Autodesk Inventor: Accelerating Design Using Standards

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 20:00
Inventor—the mechanical design and 3D CAD software from Autodesk—boasts an array of powerful design and engineering tools. In this course, learn about a particular group of tools in Inventor that make it easier to find and include standard components in your designs. Thom Tremblay starts by showing how to access the Design Accelerator tools—which have actually been built into Inventor for years. He explains how to replace the often tedious process of adding bolted connections, metal frames, and gears to a design with a smarter and simpler process. In addition, he discusses how to use the range of motion and loads of an assembly to generate a spring.

Designing and Prototyping a Mobile App with Adobe XD

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 20:00
In this course, learn how to design a mobile app, and then prototype that same app directly in Adobe Experience Design (XD) CC. Paul Trani shows how to lay out a screen design, explaining how to create graphics and use text, as well as how to import vector and bitmap graphics into a design. He demonstrates how to create complex screen designs, complete with repeated lists and grids that are as simple to change as they are to create. Once you finish your design, Paul shows how to link different screens together to prototype your app—complete with interactions that transition to different screens and back. The end result is a fully-designed prototype that can be used as the guide for the actual app. Plus, he demonstrates how to share your app with others to receive feedback, and how to export content—artboards, screens, and assets—for use elsewhere.

Photo Gear Weekly

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 20:00
Get your gear on! Join photographer, author, and educator Tim Grey every Friday for insights on camera gear of all kinds. In Photo Gear Weekly, Tim shares tips for mastering your camera's advanced features, recommends accessories that will streamline your shooting and expand your creative options, and spotlights hot gear—new and vintage alike—that you'll want to know about.

Photoshop Automation: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 20:00
If you're like most creative pros, you probably spend a lot of time in Photoshop. And if you're like a lot of Photoshop users, you probably spend an undue amount of time performing the same tasks. In this course, learn how to automate repetitive tasks in Photoshop, so that you can accomplish more in less time. Join Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost as she discusses a variety of productivity-boosting techniques for Photoshop automation. She shares tips for working with actions, using the Batch command, scripting, and more.

Dynamo for Revit Project Setup

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 20:00
By automating the setup of Autodesk Revit project files using Dynamo—instead of manually performing each setup task yourself—you can save time and enhance your overall productivity. In this course, learn how to apply basic visual programming concepts to build scripts to automate the repetitive tasks involved in setting up new projects in Revit. Join Ian Siegel as he takes you from start to finish through automating different project setup routines, including generating floor and ceiling plans, creating overall building elevations, and laying out the entire set of sheets for a project. When you wrap up this course, you'll be familiar with how to complete a Dynamo workflow that can help you tackle your BIM management work more effectively.

Learning 3D Graphics on the Web with Three.js

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 20:00
3D graphics are a core part of data visualization, virtual reality, augmented reality, and gaming—all fields that are growing fast! Learn to use the three.js JavaScript library to create 3D graphics for the web. Discover how to create 3D objects and customize their properties, work with different types of lights, animate your scene, add materials and textures, and build particle systems. Author Engin Arslan also teaches students how to render the scene, adding in post-processing effects and shaders. This course will give you the technical and conceptual understanding for creating advanced visuals with three.js, and working with 3D graphics in general.

Lightroom & Photoshop Workflows: Start-to-Finish Studies

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 20:00
Learn Lightroom and Photoshop workflow and image editing techniques by watching a pro. In this project-oriented course, Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost takes five images from start to finish, beginning in Lightroom and ending in Photoshop. As Julieanne walks through each workflow, she helps you understand which image editing techniques you'd apply to your photos in Lightroom, and when you'd want to switch to Photoshop to make further changes. She demonstrates how to adjust tone and enhance images in Lightroom using more traditional tools and techniques, and then proceed to Photoshop for more elaborate manipulations. Plus, she explains how to use retouching tools to remove distracting elements, and unify the color and tone of multiple images.