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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.
A Renegade's Guide to Marketing: Volatile Factors
By Drew Neisser
Dec 31, 2015
In this chapter from his book, The CMO's Periodic Table: A Renegade's Guide to Marketing, Drew Neisser shows you how to identify the elements that have high potential to precipitate trouble, making you much more able to handle them like a pro and nip disasters in the bud.
Video: RC Concepcion's HDR Tips: Working with Layer Masks Inside of Photoshop for HDR
By Rafael Concepcion
Dec 30, 2015
RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book, shares a few techniques on working with layer masks inside of Photoshop for HDR.
How to Become a UX Leader: Understanding the Psychology of Users
By Robert Hoekman
Dec 29, 2015
UX is a lot more than checkboxes and radio buttons. UX is psychology applied to design. For so many reasons, it’s high time everyone else finds that out too, as Robert Hoekman explains in this chapter from Experience Required: How to become a UX leader regardless of your role.
Game Designers Just Play Games All Day, Right?
By Zack Hiwiller
Dec 28, 2015
Debunking common misconceptions about the job, game designer Zack Hiwiller, author of Players Making Decisions: Game Design Essentials and the Art of Understanding Your Players, explains the breadth of knowledge a game designer is expected to leverage. Learn why game design is more work than play.
Video: RC Concepcion's HDR Tips: Turn Your HDR Images into Black & White in Lightroom CC (2015 release)
By Rafael Concepcion
Dec 23, 2015
RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book, shows you how to turn your HDR images into stunning black and white, using Lightroom CC (2015 release).
The Five-Minute Fix: Posing Your Subjects
By Dale Benfield
Dec 22, 2015
In this chapter from The Five-Minute Fix: 200 Tips for Improving Your Photography and Growing Your Business, Dale Benfield suggests posing techniques and a couple ways to make your subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Integrating Adobe Capture CC and Other Adobe Mobile Apps into Your Workflow
By Jake Weien
Dec 21, 2015
"Creative Jake" Weien has been converted into a believer, now that he has seen how the new Adobe mobile apps can be incorporated into a creative production workflow. Surprisingly, it happened much sooner than he ever expected: today!
Color Sense: Enhance Your Animated Story with the Right Palette
By Liz Blazer
Dec 17, 2015
What are the best color choices for your story? What is just the right amount of color to use, if any at all? How can you use color to enhance the emotional impact of your piece? This chapter from Animated Storytelling: Simple Steps For Creating Animation and Motion Graphics will answer those questions and give you some simple guidelines for how to plan your palette and enrich your story with well-informed color choices.
Video: My Top 5 Favorite Features in Adobe Illustrator (2015 release)
By Chad Chelius
Dec 17, 2015
Chad Chelius, author of Adobe Illustrator CC Learn by Video (2015 release), shows you his top 5 favorite features in the 2015 release of Adobe Illustrator, including performance enhancements, Live Shapes improvements, the Shaper tool, dynamic symbols, and the new SVG output.
Video: RC Concepcion's HDR Tips: Using the HDR Module in Lightroom CC (2015 release)
By Rafael Concepcion
Dec 16, 2015
Lightroom CC 2015 has a great HDR module. RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book, shows you a few different ways you can use the HDR module in Lightroom and why it can be a powerful tool.

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