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How to Update OS X Software
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Feb 8, 2016
This chapter from OS X Support Essentials 10.11 - Apple Pro Training Series: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X El Capitan shows you how to configure automatic software update settings, automatically update Apple-sourced software, and manually update Apple software.
Using Quick, Guided, and Expert Editing in Photoshop Elements 14
By Scott Kelby
Feb 5, 2016
Scott Kelby explains the different editing modes in Elements—Quick, Guided, and Expert—and show you how to use each one.
Working with Shape Layers in Adobe After Effects CC (2015 release)
By Lisa Fridsma, Brie Gyncild
Feb 3, 2016
Shape layers make it easy to create expressive backgrounds and intriguing results. You can animate shapes, apply animation presets, and add Repeaters to intensify their impact. Learn how in this chapter from Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release).
Web Design Basics in Adobe Dreamweaver CC (2015 release)
By Jim Maivald
Feb 2, 2016
Whether you use thumbnails and wireframes, Photoshop, or just a vivid imagination, Dreamweaver can quickly turn your design concepts into complete, standards-based CSS layouts. Jim Maivald hits some web design basics in this chapter from Adobe Dreamweaver CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release).
Power To The Film Tribe: How Changes in Technology and Distribution Are Changing the World of Filmmaking
By Thomas McCluskey
Feb 1, 2016
Today, as cameras shrink and technology improves, beginning filmmakers can do even more with less. We find ourselves in a period of rapid technological change, where anyone can make a movie with their phone, but not everyone can make it to Sundance. What does this easy access to pro-level video gear mean to the dedicated media creator?
Promote Your Brand
By Denise Anderson
Feb 1, 2016
Pursuing a job should be like seeking out a love relationship. You have to know what your goal is, have a strategy to reach that goal, and then execute your plan. It’s great to be wonderful, but if no one else knows your greatness, how will you ever get a design job? Find out in this chapter from Stand Out: Design a personal brand. Build a killer portfolio. Find a great design job.
An Interview with Aaron Gustafson on Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement
By Aaron Gustafson
Jan 28, 2016
Aaron Gustafson share his thoughts on progressive enhancement, advice for web designers, and how the Web will be changing in the next year.
Object Structures in Dart
By Jack Murphy
Jan 28, 2016
This chapter from Write Web Apps with Dart: Develop and Design introduces you to the language features in Dart, including classes, class inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, mixins, and more.
Finding Inspiration
By Julieanne Kost
Jan 27, 2016
Julieanne Kost, author of Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, shares her thoughts on finding inspiration for your endeavors -- the key is to make sure that you continuously view the world around you with fresh eyes.
Design for How People Learn: How Do We Remember?
By Julie Dirksen
Jan 26, 2016
Memory is the foundation of learning. There’s a lot we still don’t know about the nature of memory, but we do have some ideas and models for how it works. In this chapter from Design for How People Learn, 2nd Edition, Julie Dirksen looks at how we pay attention and encode information into memory. Second, she looks at different types of memory.
Starting Practices for Game Design
By Zack Hiwiller
Jan 25, 2016
In this chapter from Players Making Decisions: Game Design Essentials and the Art of Understanding Your Players, Zack Hiwiller talks about how to get started thinking about game design, including theme and mechanics, designing for others, and familiarizing yourself with analog games.
Build watchOS Apps: Exploring Controls
By Maurice Kelly, Mark Goody
Jan 21, 2016
iOS has always had a place for innovative custom UIs, but it’s often a good idea to start with the standard controls provided by the platform. On Apple Watch, standard controls are (for now) the only option—but as we take a tour of the available interface elements, you’ll see that there’s still plenty to work with on the new platform, in this chapter from Build watchOS Apps: Develop and Design.
Image Editing Background & Basics in Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
By John Evans, Katrin Straub
Jan 19, 2016
This lesson from Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 Classroom in a Book begins with an overview of the core concepts behind image correction, and then introduces a range of quick and easy techniques to help you get more from your photos in just a few clicks.
Writing Functions and Closures in Swift
By Boisy G. Pitre
Jan 18, 2016
In this chapter from Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design, 2nd Edition, you’ll learn how to tidy up your Swift code into nice clean reusable components known as functions.
Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths in Adobe Illustrator CC (2015 release)
By Brian Wood
Jan 14, 2016
In this lesson from Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release), you'll take basic shapes and paths and learn how to both edit and combine them to create new artwork.
Video: RC Concepcion's HDR Tips: Add Texture Effects to Your HDR Images in Photoshop
By Rafael Concepcion
Jan 13, 2016
RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book, shows you how to add texture effects to your HDR images inside of Photoshop.
6 Tips for Selling Your Creative Skills by Word of Mouth
By Corwin Hiebert
Jan 11, 2016
If you make it easy for other people to generate new leads for you, you won't have to be a good marketer. Instead, you can focus on being awesome at the creative work for which you want (and deserve) to be paid. Corwin Hiebert, author of Living the Dream: Putting Your Creativity to Work (and Getting Paid), suggests six ways you can use word of mouth to bring in more work.
Adaptive Web Design: Designing Experiences for People
By Aaron Gustafson
Jan 7, 2016
A website built following the philosophy of progressive enhancement will be usable by anyone on any device, using any browser. It all begins with embracing the concept of experience as a continuum, as Aaron Gustafson explains in this chapter from Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement, 2nd Edition.
Video: RC Concepcion's HDR Tips: Post-Processing Effects Stacking in Lightroom CC (2015 release)
By Rafael Concepcion
Jan 6, 2016
RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book, talks about some post-processing effects stacking that you can do in Lightroom CC (2015 release).
Steps for Making Your Creative Skills Stand Out in a Crowded Market
By Corwin Hiebert
Jan 4, 2016
What good is your incredible creativity if nobody notices you? Corwin Hiebert, author of Living the Dream: Putting Your Creativity to Work (and Getting Paid) shares five steps for attracting the right kind of attention from potential clients in a creative field.

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