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The Sweet Spot of Photographing Abandoned Places
By Todd Sipes
Mar 12, 2015
Todd Sipes, author of Urban Exploration Photography, walks through the specific characteristics of abandoned buildings that he thinks create the "sweet spot" for photography. These qualities will help any budding Urbex photographer identify the places that will almost always look great on camera.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: Hidden Items
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Mar 11, 2015
OS X is a fully UNIX-compliant operating system, and as such includes a number of files that the average user never touches. Apple made the wise choice of configuring the Finder to hide these items from the average user. Realistically, the only people who even care about these normally hidden resources are going to be using the command-line interface via Terminal to do their work anyway. Should you want or need to open normally hidden items in the Finder, you have a choice of several methods, which the authors of Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite discuss here.
A Photographer at Work: The Mistakes Made, the Lessons Learned
By Martin Evening
Mar 9, 2015
As a professional photographer, you are going to be judged on so much more than just your capacity to create great images. It is often the lack of these "soft skills" that is leaving so many young photographers unprepared for the realities of the workplace. Martin Evening, author of Photographers at Work: Essential Business and Production Skills for Photographers in Editorial, Design, and Advertising, talks about some of the mistakes he made as a photographer, and what you can do to avoid them.
Store and Share Your Favorite Features with Adobe's Creative Cloud Libraries
By Brian Wood
Mar 5, 2015
Late in 2014, Adobe came out with a new feature called Libraries for Creative Cloud. Using Libraries, we can save project content such as graphics, text formatting, and colors, and share that same content between apps and with others. In this article, web developer Brian Wood takes you on a tour of Libraries in Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, and a few of the Adobe iOS apps and shows you an example workflow utilizing this new Creative Cloud feature.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: FileVault Technology
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Mar 4, 2015
The current FileVault solution is more than just a new volume format; it’s a system of new technologies that enables your Mac to transition from a standard system volume to a protected system volume. The authors of Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite introduce FileVault technology in this excerpt.
Screen-based Thinking: Let’s Make an App!
By Golden Krishna
Mar 2, 2015
In this excerpt from The Best Interface Is No Interface: The simple path to brilliant technology, Golden Krishna takes a second look at today’s screen-obsessed world—how we got here, why we’re still here, why this awful trend is so awful, and how people are moving beyond screens and breaking off their love affair with mundane apps.
Creating Vector Art with Adobe Shape and Adobe Illustrator
By Brian Wood
Feb 26, 2015
With the release of Adobe Shape, capturing inspiration in the form of vector art just got easier. Adobe Shape traces images you capture from different sources and the resulting vector artwork can be shared with others or brought to Illustrator and edited. In this article, web developer Brian Wood looks at how Adobe Shape works and follows an Adobe Shape to Illustrator workflow.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: Keychain Architecture
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Feb 25, 2015
The authors of Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite discuss keychain architecture and understanding local keychain files.
Design Fundamentals: Texture and Pattern
By Rose Gonnella, Max Friedman, Christopher Navetta
Feb 23, 2015
Using their unique, quirky style, the authors of Design Fundamentals: Notes on Visual Elements and Principles of Composition explore the concept of texture, the active surface quality of a dot, line, shape, or form.
Preparing for the Shoot When Hacking a Digital Print
By Bonny Pierce Lhotka
Feb 19, 2015
In this chapter from Hacking the Digital Print: Alternative image capture and printmaking processes with a special section on 3D printing, Bonny Lhotka shows you how to make filters and screens by hand to alter a scene, including making a bracket to hold filters, using two tripods, combining images, and creating custom tools.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: User Account Essentials
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Feb 18, 2015
Every single file and folder on a Mac computer’s hard disk, every item and process, belongs to some type of user account. Consequently, a thorough understanding of user accounts is necessary to effectively administer and troubleshoot OS X. This chapter from Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite covers user account essentials.
Does Swift Live Up to Its Name?
By Boisy G. Pitre
Feb 17, 2015
Boisy G. Pitre, author of Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design, points out the significant features that make Swift a particularly quick programming language to learn, earning its name. But being easy to grasp at basic levels doesn't mean that Swift is just for beginners. This language can hold its own at the playground with C and Objective-C, Ruby and Python.
Top 10 Tips for Working in 3D in Photoshop
By Steve Caplin
Feb 16, 2015
Steve Caplin, author of Adobe Photoshop for 3D Design and Printing: Learn by Video, shares techniques and shortcuts for being more productive and saving time when working with Photoshop's 3D capabilities.
Creating Special Effects in Photoshop
By Glyn Dewis
Feb 12, 2015
In this chapter from The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques, Glyn Dewis shows you techniques for turning day into night, creating a cartoon/painterly effect, and making your own dust, debris, snow, and rain brushes. Plus, he shows a quick and easy black and white conversion technique, and how to fake the wet look.
The Best Interface Is No Interface: An Interview with Golden Krishna
By Golden Krishna
Feb 12, 2015
User Experience Designer Golden Krishna talks to Peachpit about his new book, The Best Interface Is No Interface: The simple path to brilliant technology , why the screen isn't always the best answer, imagining more elegant answers beyond the screen, and the best and worst examples of user interfaces.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: Recovery Utilities
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Feb 11, 2015
Find out which functions you can access from the OS X Utilities window in OS X Recovery, in this excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite.
Working with Charts and Data in Pages
By Mark Wood
Feb 11, 2015
Pages, like Numbers and Keynote, can handle data intelligently: Tables can be used to run calculations, and charts can display and readily update statistical information. In this excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, Mark Wood shows you how to work with charts and data in Pages.
10 Things You Might Not Know About FileVault 2
By Richard Trouton
Feb 9, 2015
Rich Trouton, author of FileVault 2 for Mac OS X Decoded Learn by Video, has learned about a number of helpful (and largely undocumented) features of FileVault 2 in Mac OS X. This article details 10 of his most useful discoveries.
Transition or Animation: Which One Should You Use?
By Steven Bradley
Feb 5, 2015
CSS animations and transitions can be used to create a variety of effects on websites. In fact, you can usually create any effect from either a transition of animation. Steven Bradley helps you decide which one should you choose and why.
A Plea for Photoshop–Browser Harmony
By Dan Rose
Feb 4, 2015
When it comes to responsive web design, using the right tool, at the right time, for the right purpose, helps us extract more out of said tool than normal. Knowing when to use Photoshop is the only thing that can logically keep it in our workflows. Using it too often, too early, or for the wrong purpose produces frustration, wasted time, and potentially wasted money, as Dan Rose explains in this chapter from Responsive Web Design with Adobe Photoshop.

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