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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: Startup Shortcuts
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Apr 1, 2015
Your Mac firmware supports many keyboard shortcuts, which, when pressed and held down during initial power-on, allow you to modify the startup process. These alternative startup and diagnostic modes are often used for troubleshooting system issues. The authors of Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite cover some startup shortcuts in this excerpt.
Optimal Focusing in Macro Photography
By Rob Sheppard
Mar 30, 2015
In this chapter from Macro Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Rob Sheppard discusses the second challenge, focusing so that the shot makes sense to the viewer; and the third challenge—also related to focus—controlling depth of field when you’re going close.
10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Numbers
By Mark Wood
Mar 26, 2015
Mark Wood, author of Apple Pro Training Series: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, shares 10 ways to harness the real power of Numbers.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: General Network Troubleshooting
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Mar 25, 2015
The authors of Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite discuss common network issues you may run across.
Hacking the Digital Print: SuperSauce White Image Transfer to Graphite Gelatin-Coated Paper
By Bonny Pierce Lhotka
Mar 24, 2015
This step-by-step technique from Bonny Pierce Lhotka, author of Hacking the Digital Print: Alternative Image Capture and Printmaking Processes, provides a recipe for making photographic image transfers via a concoction of graphite, gelatin, SuperSauce, and other common ingredients. The result is deliciously photogenic.
Landscape Photography with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A Word About Composition
By Jeff Revell
Mar 23, 2015
In this excerpt from Canon EOS 7D Mark II: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Jeff Revell offers some tips on composition for your landscape photography.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: Application Troubleshooting
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Mar 18, 2015
Just as each application is designed to provide unique features, problems often manifest in unique ways as well. Fortunately, there are a variety of general troubleshooting steps you can take when diagnosing and resolving an application issue, as discussed in this excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite.
How to View Someone's Mac or iOS Device Remotely
By Dan Moren
Mar 16, 2015
Troubleshooting friends' or family members' computers is tricky when they’re far away, but thanks to OS X's built-in screen sharing capabilities, you can see exactly what they are is seeing on their Mac—or, with a little help from Yosemite—even on their iOS device. Mac expert Dan Moren, author of The Connected Apple Family: Discover the Rich Apple Ecosystem of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, shows you that it doesn't have to be a frustrating process at all.
The Sweet Spot of Photographing Abandoned Places
By Todd Sipes
Mar 12, 2015
Todd Sipes, author of Urban Exploration Photography, walks through the specific characteristics of abandoned buildings that he thinks create the "sweet spot" for photography. These qualities will help any budding Urbex photographer identify the places that will almost always look great on camera.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: Hidden Items
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Mar 11, 2015
OS X is a fully UNIX-compliant operating system, and as such includes a number of files that the average user never touches. Apple made the wise choice of configuring the Finder to hide these items from the average user. Realistically, the only people who even care about these normally hidden resources are going to be using the command-line interface via Terminal to do their work anyway. Should you want or need to open normally hidden items in the Finder, you have a choice of several methods, which the authors of Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite discuss here.
A Photographer at Work: The Mistakes Made, the Lessons Learned
By Martin Evening
Mar 9, 2015
As a professional photographer, you are going to be judged on so much more than just your capacity to create great images. It is often the lack of these "soft skills" that is leaving so many young photographers unprepared for the realities of the workplace. Martin Evening, author of Photographers at Work: Essential Business and Production Skills for Photographers in Editorial, Design, and Advertising, talks about some of the mistakes he made as a photographer, and what you can do to avoid them.
Store and Share Your Favorite Features with Adobe's Creative Cloud Libraries
By Brian Wood
Mar 5, 2015
Late in 2014, Adobe came out with a new feature called Libraries for Creative Cloud. Using Libraries, we can save project content such as graphics, text formatting, and colors, and share that same content between apps and with others. In this article, web developer Brian Wood takes you on a tour of Libraries in Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, and a few of the Adobe iOS apps and shows you an example workflow utilizing this new Creative Cloud feature.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: FileVault Technology
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Mar 4, 2015
The current FileVault solution is more than just a new volume format; it’s a system of new technologies that enables your Mac to transition from a standard system volume to a protected system volume. The authors of Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite introduce FileVault technology in this excerpt.
Screen-based Thinking: Let’s Make an App!
By Golden Krishna
Mar 2, 2015
In this excerpt from The Best Interface Is No Interface: The simple path to brilliant technology, Golden Krishna takes a second look at today’s screen-obsessed world—how we got here, why we’re still here, why this awful trend is so awful, and how people are moving beyond screens and breaking off their love affair with mundane apps.
Creating Vector Art with Adobe Shape and Adobe Illustrator
By Brian Wood
Feb 26, 2015
With the release of Adobe Shape, capturing inspiration in the form of vector art just got easier. Adobe Shape traces images you capture from different sources and the resulting vector artwork can be shared with others or brought to Illustrator and edited. In this article, web developer Brian Wood looks at how Adobe Shape works and follows an Adobe Shape to Illustrator workflow.
Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite: Keychain Architecture
By Kevin M. White, Gordon Davisson
Feb 25, 2015
The authors of Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials 10.10: Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite discuss keychain architecture and understanding local keychain files.
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.

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