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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.
Working with Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Brian Wood
Nov 3, 2014
Brian Wood walks you through part of a postcard project using Adobe Illustrator CC in this excerpt from Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release).
How We Created an iOS Game for Fun and (Very Little) Profit
By Shawn Nelson
Oct 30, 2014
Shawn Nelson, author of Photoshop for Games: Creating Art for Console, Mobile, and Social Games, describes how he and a programmer pal combined their talents to go from 'We have holes' and 'We have a ball' to the addicting 'Gopher Go Boom,' an exploding-gopher game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Practical Color Palettes for Designers
By Jim Krause
Oct 29, 2014
Whether you're working with a single color or a multi-color palette, Jim Krause offers tips on getting the most out of whatever color combinations you're using, in this excerpt from Color for Designers: Ninety-five things you need to know when choosing and using colors for layouts and illustrations.
Building a Node.js API
By Jeff Dickey
Oct 27, 2014
In this chapter from Write Modern Web Apps with the MEAN Stack: Mongo, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js, you will build an API for a fully functioning Angular app for posting status updates.
Working with Panels in Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Oct 23, 2014
This chapter from Illustrator CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release) will help you become more intimately acquainted with the Illustrator interface features that you will be using continually as you work: the panels.
Organizing Media in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2014 release)
By Maxim Jago
Oct 21, 2014
In this lesson from Adobe Premiere Pro CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you’ll learn how to organize your clips using the Project panel, which is the heart of your project. You’ll create special folders, called bins, to divide your clips into categories. You’ll also learn about adding important metadata and labels to your clips.
The Do’s and Don’ts When Photographing Pets
By Alan Hess
Oct 20, 2014
Whether you're photographing cats, lizards, horses, or birds, Alan Hess offers some great tips for getting the best photos from your shoot, in this excerpt from Pet Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots.

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