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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.
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.

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