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Minecraft Basics
By James H. Clark, Cori Dusmann, John Moltz
Nov 25, 2014
Learn the basics of Minecraft, including crafting basics, the lay of the land, world-generated structures, and critters and creatures, in this excerpt from The Visual Guide to Minecraft: Dig into Minecraft with this (parent-approved) guide full of tips, hints, and projects!.
Editing For Continuity: GoPro Filmmaking
By Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson
Nov 24, 2014
Continuity in space means that audience members have a good sense of a video’s environment, and where characters are. Continuity in time ensures that the audience can follow what is happening, especially between cuts. Learn more from founding GoPro media team members Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson, and watch the rough cut and then the final cut video of cycling in Valapairaso, Chile to see how the editor created continuity.
Transforming Artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC
By Brian Wood
Nov 24, 2014
In this excerpt from Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you’ll create content and use it in a ticket for a sporting event. You'll learn how to add, edit, rename, reorder and navigate artboards, work with rulers and guides, move, scale, and rotate objects, reflect, shear, and distort objects, position objects with precision, position and align content with Smart Guides, use the Free Transform tool to distort an object, and create a PDF.
The Elements to a Good Story: GoPro Filmmaking
By Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson
Nov 21, 2014
Good stories are simple, universal, and timeless. Learn more about storytelling from founding GoPro media team members Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson, and watch a video showing the incredible story of a deer rescue in icy waters.
[digital] Visual Effects and Compositing: 3D for VFX
By Jon Gress
Nov 20, 2014
In 3D, anything can be created, from props and digital prosthetics to entire sets and even full 3D worlds. Jon Gress shows you how it works in this excerpt from [digital] Visual Effects and Compositing.
Diving with Whales: GoPro Filmmaking
By Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson
Nov 20, 2014
When filming with a GoPro, it often pays to improvise, especially when filming wildlife. Founding GoPro media team members Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson explain how improvisation is key in understanding how to create optimal scenarios, predict behavior, and adapt to wildlife characters, while still capturing a climatic beat for the story. Then, watch a beautiful video of humpback whales filmed with the GoPro.
Using Trapping As Coverage: GoPro Filmmaking
By Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson
Nov 19, 2014
Getting the right shot often means waiting for it. Learn more about "trapping" the shot as coverage from founding GoPro media team members Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson.
Photoshop's Mixer Brushes: Realistic Wet and Dry Paint Effects for Creating Luminous Images
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Nov 18, 2014
Many people think of Photoshop as a utilitarian retouching software for thinning thighs and whitening dull smiles. But Photoshop isn't just a makeup box for glamorizing photos; it's also an art studio with built-in brushes and paint. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, shows how to harness the power of Photoshop to create a finished 'canvas' that delights the eye, without getting a single splotch of paint on your apron.
Video Modes for GoPro Cameras
By Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson
Nov 18, 2014
There are many video settings available with the GoPro. Which format should you choose, and why? Learn more from founding GoPro media team members Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson, and watch a video showing that while settings can be important, ultimately it's content that is king.
Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Registration Using Paper Forms
By Christopher S. Reed
Nov 17, 2014
Although electronic registration is the preferred (and faster) method to register your images, the Copyright Office still accepts paper forms for people who prefer to file that way and for people who are registering a group of published images (a paper form is the only way to register a group of published images, at least for now). This chapter from Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images walks you through the application process using paper forms.
Using the Gnarwhal Mount With Your GoPro
By Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson
Nov 17, 2014
The Gnarwhal is just one of many mounts that highlights how deeply imaginative a user can be with a GoPro camera. Learn more from founding GoPro media team members Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson, and watch an amazing video showing a Base jump from GoPro athlete Neil Amonson.
Using a Chesty with Your GoPro
By Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson
Nov 14, 2014
The Chesty can give a unique angle to your GoPro videos, and leave you hands-free for all your adventures. Learn more from founding GoPro media team members Bradford Schmidt and Brandon Thompson, and watch a video showing a front flip off a cliff, taken with a Chesty.
Master Composition in Your Travel and Street Photography
By John Batdorff
Nov 13, 2014
John Batdorff shows you how to make a stronger and more compelling composition, covering the rule of thirds, lines, curves, patterns, layers, color, and other compositional tools to create more captivating images, in this chapter from Travel and Street Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Blending and Feathering with Pastels in Painter 2015
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Nov 12, 2014
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter Wow! Book, Tenth Edition, shows how to combine pastels with the Hard Media capabilities in Corel Painter 2015 for brushes that give you richer, more expressive drawings.
Using Email with Your Amazon Fire Phone
By Scott McNulty
Nov 11, 2014
In this chapter from The Amazon Fire Phone: Master your Amazon smartphone including Firefly, Mayday, Prime, and all the top apps, Scott McNulty shows you how to be the master of email with your Amazon Fire Phone, including how to set up and delete accounts, read and compose email, and customize your email settings.
Visual Design: Things you need to know. Told in Helvetica and Dingbats.
By Jim Krause
Nov 10, 2014
In this excerpt from Visual Design: Ninety-five things you need to know. Told in Helvetica and Dingbats, Jim Krause offers advice on aspects of visual design, including graphic simplication, building with shapes, thematic imagery, effects, representational art, photography, cropping and containment, and objects as windows.
Minecraft in Education—Why?
By Colin Gallagher
Nov 6, 2014
If you ask teachers around the world why they use Minecraft, they might come up with a wide array of answers. Colin Gallagher lists his reasons in this chapter from Minecraft in the Classroom: Ideas, inspiration, and student projects for teachers.
Introduction to Jay Maisel's Light, Gesture, and Color
By Jay Maisel
Nov 5, 2014
"Finding light, gesture, and color is a little bit like trying to hold water in the palm of your hand. If you squeeze, it’s gone. If you’re patient, it will stay." In this excerpt from Light, Gesture, and Color, Jay Maisel shares his thoughts on these three aspects of photography.
Jay Maisel on Color
By Jay Maisel
Nov 5, 2014
Photographer Jay Maisel shares the stories behind some of his photographs, in this excerpt from Light, Gesture, and Color.
Six Essential GarageBand Tools and Tricks for New Songwriters
By Mary Plummer
Nov 4, 2014
Mary Plummer, author of Apple Pro Training Series: GarageBand, is passionate about helping aspiring musicians and songwriters to overcome recording roadblocks and share their music. Learn how the combined power of GarageBand for iOS and GarageBand for Mac can help new songwriters to record their music and create great-sounding song demos.

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