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Expressive Drawing with Pens and Particles in Painter 2015
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Jan 22, 2015
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter WOW! Book, explores ways to use the improved pens and exciting new Particles brushes in Corel Painter 2015 to create vivid drawings onscreen.
Martin Evening on Essential Business Skills for Professional Photographers
By Martin Evening
Jan 21, 2015
In this chapter from Photographers at Work: Essential Business and Production Skills for Photographers in Editorial, Design, and Advertising, Martin Evening discusses some business basics for professional photographers, including developing good production skills, setting a day rate, estimating the true cost of running a business, estimating and quoting on a job, setting terms and conditions, paying attention to details, invoicing and expenses, dealing with clients, dealing with identity theft, working with lawyers, working with image library subscriptions, and understanding copyright.
13 Nifty Things About Macaw: The New Application for Designing Responsive Websites and Prototypes
By Joe Chellman
Jan 20, 2015
If you’ve been looking for a more visual way to build responsive websites and prototypes, it’s time to check out Macaw, and the book Getting Started with Macaw. In this article, Joe Chellman looks at some of most interesting aspects, big and small, of this new web design application.
10 Easy Steps to Using Minecraft in Your Class
By Colin Gallagher
Jan 19, 2015
You know how involving (and fun!) Minecraft can be for building user communities. How can you put Minecraft to work in your classroom? Colin Gallagher, author of An Educator's Guide to Using Minecraft in the Classroom: Ideas, Inspiration, and Student Projects for Teachers, provides a quick 10-step program for adding Minecraft to your teaching toolbox.
Which Mode Do I Use in Photoshop Elements 13: Quick, Guided, or Expert?
By Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski
Jan 14, 2015
This excerpt from The Photoshop Elements 13 Book for Digital Photographers shows you when to use Quick, Guided, or Expert modes in Photoshop Elements 13.
Image Editing Basics for Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
By Jeff Carlson
Jan 12, 2015
This lesson from Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 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.
The Import Process for Final Cut Pro X 10.1
By Brendan Boykin
Jan 12, 2015
Learn how to import media from Final Cut Pro X 10.1, including importing from a camera, importing from a volume, and media import options, in this excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Quick-Reference Guide.
Take and Make Art from Donovan Beery
By Von R. Glitschka
Jan 9, 2015
In this excerpt from Take and Make Art: Hundreds of Royalty-Free Vector Illustrations for Discriminating Designers, Von R. Glitschka shares some great spot illustrations from designer Donovan Beery.
Video Production 101: Design and Execution
By Antonio Manriquez, Thomas McCluskey
Jan 8, 2015
In this chapter from Video Production 101: Delivering the Message, learn the importance of several areas where exacting standards and attention to detail are needed to complete a polished, interesting piece of work. Casting your project, designing it, costuming it, and lighting it are all key steps to creating a work worth seeing, thinking about, and talking about.
Control Structures in Swift
By Maurice Kelly
Jan 7, 2015
On the surface, the control structures in Swift are the same as those in Objective-C, but once you start to dig a little deeper you will begin to find that they go beyond what was possible before in a number of ways, as Maurice Kelly explains in this excerpt from Swift Translation Guide for Objective-C Users: Develop and Design.
The Connected Apple Home: Passwords and Security
By Jeff Carlson, Dan Moren
Jan 5, 2015
The days when you could choose a pet name as a password, or use the same password for more than one Web site or service, are long over. The authors of The Connected Apple Home: Discover the Rich Apple Ecosystem of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and AppleTV discuss how to keep your Apple devices safe, including iOS passcodes, Mac security, iCloud Keychain, 1Password, and finding a lost device.
Working with Animations in Adobe InDesign CC
By Diane Burns, Sandee Cohen
Jan 1, 2015
Even if you’ve never created any sort of video or animation, it’s easy to apply motion effects to InDesign elements. Learn how in this excerpt from Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC: Moving Beyond Print to Digital.
Sketching and Modeling with Charcoal in Photoshop
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Dec 30, 2014
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, demonstrates one of Photoshop's cooler capabilities: drawing with electronic "charcoal." Smudge and shadow to your heart's content. The charcoal tip even gives you the effect of wearing down as you use it!
Nikon D750: The Professional Modes
By Rob Sylvan
Dec 29, 2014
If you really want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is essential that you understand not only how to control aperture and shutter speed, but why you are controlling them. Rob Sylvan explores the modes of the Nikon D750, including Program Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode, in this excerpt from Nikon D750: From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Interview with Diane Burns and Sandee Cohen on Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC
By Sandee Cohen, Diane Burns
Dec 26, 2014
Diane Burns and Sandee Cohen, authors of Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC, answer interview questions for designers about moving from print to digital format and layout.
The Use of Repetition in Design
By Robin Williams
Dec 25, 2014
In this excerpt from The Non-Designer's Design Book, 4th Edition, Robin Williams talks about the use of repetition in design and offers many examples of effective repetition.
Animating Text in Adobe After Effects CC (2014 release)
By Andrew Faulkner, Brie Gyncild
Dec 23, 2014
Adobe After Effects offers many ways to animate text. You can animate text layers by manually creating keyframes in the Timeline panel, using animation presets, or using expressions. You can even animate individual characters or words in a text layer. In this lesson from Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you’ll employ several different animation techniques, including some that are unique to text, while you design the opening title credits for an animated documentary called Road Trip. You’ll also take advantage of Adobe Typekit to install a font for use in your project.
Five Common Copyright Mistakes That Photographers Make
By Christopher S. Reed
Dec 22, 2014
Take some free advice from a photographer who's also a lawyer. Chris Reed, author of Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images, shares knowledge gained from other professional photographers as well as time spent working with the U.S. Copyright Office. If you're not avoiding these five common copyright errors, your work and your business could be at risk.
12 Principles to Create Realistic Animation the Disney Way
By Steven Bradley
Dec 18, 2014
Transitions and CSS animations can help make websites friendlier, but their movement can be mechanical and somewhat unrealistic if not handled well. Website designer/developer Steven Bradley shows how designers can take a cue from the animators at Disney and the 12 principles of animation they follow, and apply to all their work.
Three Steps to Designing Effective Logos
By Maggie Macnab
Dec 17, 2014
Maggie Macnab, a professional designer and educator, shows how an effective logo maximizes a client’s budget by using meaningful visual descriptors that are at once universal and concise. For the audience, this relationship translates into interesting, commonsense and sometimes surprising a-ha! connections, prompting longer viewing times and more likelihood of recall.

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