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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.
Video: Top 5 Features of Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Chad Chelius
Feb 2, 2015
Adobe Certified Instructor and Learn by Video presenter Chad Chelius shares his top 5 features of Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release).
Expressive Painting with Luscious Wet Oils in Painter 2015
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Jan 29, 2015
With the extensive set of brushes in Corel Painter 2015, artists can achieve results onscreen very much like those they produce with traditional oil paints on canvas. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter WOW! Book, walks us through the process of creating one of her own paintings, demonstrating the amazing capabilities of Painter's Artists' Oils brushes.
Urban Exploration Photography: When to Shoot
By Todd Sipes
Jan 27, 2015
Light is the key to every photograph. Photography itself is technically just the art of capturing light. Within the genre of UrbEx photography, when you choose to capture light will directly correlate with the quality of your final photo. Whether you’re shooting at blue hour, at golden hour, in broad daylight, or under a full moon, the quality of light can make or break a great composition, as Todd Sipes explains in this chapter from Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Creating and Editing Images of Abandoned Places.
Web Design Basics for Adobe Dreamweaver CC
By James J. Maivald
Jan 26, 2015
Whether you use thumbnails and wireframes, Photoshop or just a vivid imagination, Dreamweaver can quickly turn your design concepts into complete, standards-based CSS layouts. In this chapter from Adobe Dreamweaver CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), James J. Maivald covers the basics of webpage design, how to create page thumbnails and wireframes, and how to use Photoshop to generate site image assets automatically.
Expressive Drawing with Pens and Particles in Painter 2015
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Jan 22, 2015
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter WOW! Book, explores ways to use the improved pens and exciting new Particles brushes in Corel Painter 2015 to create vivid drawings onscreen.
Martin Evening on Essential Business Skills for Professional Photographers
By Martin Evening
Jan 21, 2015
In this chapter from Photographers at Work: Essential Business and Production Skills for Photographers in Editorial, Design, and Advertising, Martin Evening discusses some business basics for professional photographers, including developing good production skills, setting a day rate, estimating the true cost of running a business, estimating and quoting on a job, setting terms and conditions, paying attention to details, invoicing and expenses, dealing with clients, dealing with identity theft, working with lawyers, working with image library subscriptions, and understanding copyright.
13 Nifty Things About Macaw: The New Application for Designing Responsive Websites and Prototypes
By Joe Chellman
Jan 20, 2015
If you’ve been looking for a more visual way to build responsive websites and prototypes, it’s time to check out Macaw, and the book Getting Started with Macaw. In this article, Joe Chellman looks at some of most interesting aspects, big and small, of this new web design application.
10 Easy Steps to Using Minecraft in Your Class
By Colin Gallagher
Jan 19, 2015
You know how involving (and fun!) Minecraft can be for building user communities. How can you put Minecraft to work in your classroom? Colin Gallagher, author of An Educator's Guide to Using Minecraft in the Classroom: Ideas, Inspiration, and Student Projects for Teachers, provides a quick 10-step program for adding Minecraft to your teaching toolbox.

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