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Layer Basics in Adobe Photoshop CC (2015 release)
By Andrew Faulkner, Conrad Chavez
Oct 5, 2015
In Photoshop, you can isolate different parts of an image on layers. Each layer can then be edited as discrete artwork, giving you tremendous flexibility as you compose and revise an image. This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release) shows you how.
Shape and Photo Woodblock Print, Part 1: Create Vector Shapes with the Adobe Shape Mobile App
By Jake Weien
Oct 2, 2015
"Creative Jake" Weien is a big fan of Adobe Shape, a free app that lets you create custom shapes as vector graphics for use in other products. In Part 1 of a two-part tutorial, Jake manipulates an interesting photo to create a unique shape for ultimate use in block printing (covered in Part 2, by Bonny Pierce Lhotka).
Shape and Photo Woodblock Print, Part 2: Modern Mixed-Media Photo Transfer
By Bonny Pierce Lhotka
Oct 2, 2015
Bonny Pierce Lhotka, author of Hacking the Digital Print: Alternative Image Capture and Printmaking Processes, takes the baton from "Creative Jake" Weien in the second half of this tutorial, combining his vector graphic shape with both handmade and digital printing techniques to create new types of images.
Creating Animations in Adobe InDesign CC: Growth and Rotation
By Sandee Cohen
Oct 1, 2015
In this chapter from Creating Animations in Adobe InDesign CC One Step at a Time, you’ll learn how to apply the animation presets that make objects grow or shrink as well as rotate.
Working with Objects in Adobe InDesign CC (2015 release)
By Kelly Kordes Anton, John Cruise
Sep 29, 2015
In this excerpt from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release), you'll learn how to work with layers, create and edit text frames and graphics frames, import graphics into graphics frames, import multiple graphics into a grid of frames, crop, move, and scale graphics, adjust the space between frames, add captions to graphics frames, place and link graphics frames, change the shape of frames, wrap text around an object, create complex frame shapes, convert frame shapes to other shapes, modify and align objects, select and modify multiple objects, and create a QR code.
Landscape and Cityscape Photography
By Brian Smith
Sep 28, 2015
This chapter from Sony a7 Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots explores the functions of a7-series cameras that make landscape photography not only a possibility but also an exciting and enjoyable venture.
Demystifying iCloud Photo Library
By Jeff Carlson
Sep 24, 2015
iCloud Photo Library is the glue that connects the Photos apps on iOS devices and the Mac, but from the beginning it's been a cloud full of questions. Jeff Carlson, author of Photos for OS X and iOS: Take, Edit, and Share Photos in the Apple Photography Ecosystem, cuts through the fog about Apple's photos-everywhere service.
Video: Lightroom CC Tips with RC Concepcion: Adjustment Brushes
By Rafael Concepcion
Sep 23, 2015
In this video, RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques, 2nd Edition, talks about how to use the adjustment brushes inside of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC (2015 release), which now includes new white and black tweaking.
Working in Low Light with Your Canon EOS Rebel T6s / T6i (760D / 750D)
By Jeff Revell
Sep 21, 2015
In this chapter from Canon EOS Rebel T6s / T6i (760D / 750D): From Snapshots to Great Shots, Jeff Revell explores ways to push your camera’s technology to the limit in order to capture great photos in difficult lighting situations.
5 Quick Steps to Precision Vector Art: Skills You Can Leverage for a Lifetime
By Von Glitschka
Sep 17, 2015
If your first instinct for a new art project is to jump into your software and start creating forms, you're doing it wrong. Von Glitschka, author of Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork, demonstrates a simplified methodology that can consistently give you better results.
Video: Lightroom CC Tips with RC Concepcion: Using the Dehaze Slider
By Rafael Concepcion
Sep 16, 2015
Wish your landscape photos were less hazy? RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques, 2nd Edition, talks about a new slider that sits inside of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC (2015 release): The dehaze slider.
Portrait Photography with Your Sony a7
By Brian Smith
Sep 15, 2015
In this chapter from Sony a7 Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Brian Smith explores some camera features and techniques that can help you create great portraits with your Sony a7.
Flexible Power at Minimum Size: Why You Need Nikon Speedlights in Your Camera Bag
By Alan Hess
Sep 14, 2015
Alan Hess, author of Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide to Small Flash Photography and the Creative Lighting System, shares examples of two portrait shoots. Where traditional lighting could have worked, Speedlights had more flexibility. In another situation, Speedlights were crucial to getting the right image when both time and subject had limitations.
The Brand Flip: An Interview with Marty Neumeier
By Peachpit Press, Marty Neumeier
Sep 14, 2015
In this interview with Marty Neumeier, author of The Brand Flip: Why customers now run companies and how to profit from it, Marty talks about brand tribes, the onlyness test, and his favorite brand disaster story.
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / T6i (760D / 750D): The Creative Zone
By Jeff Revell
Sep 10, 2015
The Creative zone is the name given by Canon to the shooting modes that offer you the greatest amount of control over your photography. If you want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is essential that you understand not only how to control these modes, but why and when to adjust them so that you get the results you want. Jeff Revell shows you how in this excerpt from Canon EOS Rebel T6s / T6i (760D / 750D): From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Video: Lightroom CC Tips with RC Concepcion: Radial Filters
By Rafael Concepcion
Sep 9, 2015
RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques, 2nd Edition, shows you how to use radial filters in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC (2015 release) to take your images to the next level.
Mastering Nikon Speedlights: Product Photography Examples
By Alan Hess
Sep 7, 2015
You can create great product photos using the Nikon Speedlights. This chapter from Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide to Small Flash Photography and the Creative Lighting System shows what is possible, whether using a single flash or many. Alan Hess walks you through the gear you need, shows how to set up the shot, and even discusses suggested camera and flash settings.
Video: Lightroom CC Tips with RC Concepcion: Creating Panoramas and HDR
By Rafael Concepcion
Sep 2, 2015
RC Concepcion, author of The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques, 2nd Edition, shows you how to create HDRs and Panoramas in Lightroom CC (2015 release), focusing on how Adobe has added the Merge capability into the 2015 release -- a great addition to the program!
Portrait Lighting with Nikon Speedlights
By Alan Hess
Aug 31, 2015
In this chapter from Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide to Small Flash Photography and the Creative Lighting System, Alan Hess discusses lighting for photographing portraits of people, including classic lighting strategies, hard versus soft light comparisons, advice for using one and multiple lights, and, finally, approaches for taking environmental portraits where the location needs to be lit as well as the person.
6 Easily Overlooked Features in Photos for OS X
By Jeff Carlson
Aug 27, 2015
The new Photos for OS X application, which replaces iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac, contains many features that aren't initially apparent. Jeff Carlson, author of Photos for OS X and iOS: Take, Edit, and Share Photos in the Apple Photography Ecosystem, reveals six features that might seem hidden at first.

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