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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.
Working with Objects in Adobe InDesign CC (2014 release)
By Sandee Cohen
Oct 16, 2014
Although InDesign is not a full-fledged drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator, you can use InDesign’s tools to create a wide variety of effects by distorting, moving, resizing, duplicating, and aligning objects. Sandee Cohen shows you how in this excerpt from InDesign CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release).
10 Practical Logo Design Tips
By David Airey
Oct 14, 2014
David Airey, author of Logo Design Love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities, 2nd Edition, shares ten tips that will help you think about how to design better logos.
Working with the Adobe Camera Raw Plug-in in Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Oct 9, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release), you’ll learn about the Camera Raw tools and tabs; choose workflow options for Camera Raw; apply cropping and straightening; and correct photos for defects, such as poor contrast, under- or overexposure, color casts, blurriness, geometric distortion, and noise. You will also learn how to enhance your photos with special effects, such as a vignette, grain texture, or tint; retouch blemishes; access Camera Raw controls from Photoshop; save and synchronize Camera Raw settings among related photos; then finally, open your corrected photos into Photoshop.
Cooking with Your iPad and iPhone
By Lisa L. Spangenberg
Oct 7, 2014
You can use the Web for more than just looking up instructions for how to open a coconut. Intrepid technology explorer Lisa L. Spangenberg, coauthor of The iPad 2 Project Book, discusses some great apps and tools to make your iPad or iPhone a more useful assistant in the kitchen.
Working with the Microsoft Office Apps for iPad
By Tom Negrino
Oct 6, 2014
In this chapter from Microsoft Office for iPad: An Essential Guide to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive, you get started working with the Office for iPad apps. You see how to create new documents and save them, to either your OneDrive cloud storage or to your local iPad storage. You also learn how to share and print documents from the iPad apps.
The Best Hidden Features in iMovie for iOS
By Jeff Carlson
Oct 2, 2014
If you haven’t opened iMovie for iOS recently (or if you’ve only dipped your toes), you’ll be surprised at what Apple’s mobile video editor can do. Jeff Carlson, author of iPad and iPhone Video: Film, Edit, and Share the Apple Way, uncovers some of the best hidden or hard to find features of the latest version.
Using Photoshop to Create Art for a Mobile Game
By Shawn Nelson
Sep 30, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop for Games: Creating Art for Console, Mobile, and Social Games, you will examine the process of making a mobile game. Mobile and social games are closely related in content size, and somewhat in style, but they have each evolved into their own separate spaces.
Animating Symbols in Adobe Flash Professional CC (2014 release)
By Russell Chun
Sep 29, 2014
In this excerpt from Adobe Flash Professional CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), learn how to use Flash Professional to change almost any aspect of an object—position, color, transparency, size, rotation, and more—over time. Motion tweening is the basic technique of creating animation with symbol instances.
How to Improve Video on iOS Before Editing
By Jeff Carlson
Sep 25, 2014
Just because you’re shooting video using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn’t mean you have to settle for shaky or drab video. Jeff Carlson, author of iPad and iPhone Video: Film, Edit, and Share the Apple Way, spotlights tools for improving video before you share it or edit it in iMovie.
Sketchnote Planning: Techniques for Taking Visual Notes You Can Use Anywhere
By Mike Rohde
Sep 23, 2014
Sketchnotes are well suited for planning. This excerpt from The Sketchnote Workbook: Advanced techniques for taking visual notes you can use anywhere shows you how you can use them to plan ahead visually for projects like simple task lists, family vacations, work assignments, and more.
David Airey on Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Brand Identity Design Project
By David Airey
Sep 22, 2014
Without knowing specific details of your client’s business, his reasons for seeking a brand identity, and his expectations of the process and final design, you can’t possibly be successful with the project. In this chapter from Logo Design Love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities, 2nd Edition, David Airey shows you how to lay the groundwork to achieve project success.
A Sample Independent Contractor Agreement for Designers
By Shel Perkins
Sep 17, 2014
In this excerpt from Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers, 3rd Edition, Shel Perkins offers a sample independent contractor agreement that you can use when subcontracting with design firms and ad agencies.

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