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Portrait Photography FuelTip: Three Keys to a Successful Composite Portrait
By Eric Doggett
Apr 3, 2014
In this excerpt from Introduction to Compositing: Creating Your First Composite Portrait, Eric Doggett offers some tips that will give you the best results when creating a composite portrait.
Five Interaction Design Tips for Your Mobile App
By Cameron Banga, Josh Weinhold
Apr 2, 2014
Apps for mobile platforms might seem simple, but they're far from it. Programs that run on smartphones and tablets have their own style and rules, which are far different from the protocols and techniques established on their desktop computer ancestors. Cameron Banga and Josh Weinhold share five tips for perfecting your app designs in ways that will help you meet or exceed your users' expectations.
Portrait Photography FuelTip: Composing a Portrait
By Dan Ablan
Apr 2, 2014
In this excerpt from Composition for Portraiture: Creating Compelling Headshots, Group Shots, and Senior Pictures, Dan Ablan looks at portraits that go beyond the headshot.
Portrait Photography FuelTip: How to Use Available Light for Your Environmental Portrait
By Kathleen Lavine
Apr 1, 2014
Kathleen Lavine, author of Environmental Portraiture: Tell Your Subject’s Story and Create Dynamic Portraits with One Bag of Gear, offers tips for how to use available light to tell your subject's story.
Portrait Photography FuelTip: Taking Environmental Portraits of Strangers
By John Batdorff
Mar 31, 2014
John Batdorff offers advice on how to approach a stranger on the street about taking his photograph, in this excerpt from Street Photography: A Guide to Finding and Capturing Authentic Portraits and Streetscapes.
Editing with Blade Speed in Final Cut Pro X 10.1
By Brendan Boykin
Mar 26, 2014
The variable speed change applies at least two different playback rates within a single clip. This effect requires dividing the clip into segments, one for each speed rate. Brendan Boykin shows you how in this excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production.
Creating Custom Views and Custom Transitions in iOS Apps
By Richard Warren
Mar 24, 2014
In this chapter from Creating iOS Apps: Develop and Design, 2nd Edition, Rich Warren shows you how to customize the user interface. First, he looks at drawing. By drawing your own views, you can create a wide range of visual effects—and by extension, a wide range of custom controls. Then he looks at setting the transitions between scenes and providing animations for those transitions.
Making the First Edit in Final Cut Pro X 10.1
By Brendan Boykin
Mar 20, 2014
In this excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production, learn how to add and rearrange clips within a primary storyline; Ripple, Roll, and Slip trim clips; blade, replace with gap, ripple delete, and join through edit; perform connect edits; create and edit in a connected storyline; adjust audio levels; and share the project to a media file.
Nikon D5300: The Professional Modes
By Rob Sylvan
Mar 18, 2014
If you really want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is essential that you understand not only how to control the Nikon D5300's professional modes, but why you are controlling them. Rob Sylvan explores Program Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode.
Getting Down & Dirty with Corey Barker: Corey's Favorite Photoshop Tricks
By Corey Barker
Mar 17, 2014
Corey Barker, author of Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume 2, shares some of his favorite Photoshop tricks.
FuelBooks Urban and Street Photography Tip: Know Your Goal
By Todd Sipes
Mar 13, 2014
Todd Sipes, author of Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Shooting Abandoned Places, asks, are you shooting as an artist or a documentarian? Know what you're shooting and why.
FuelBooks Urban and Street Photography Tip: Be at the Right Place at the Right Time
By John Batdorff
Mar 12, 2014
John Batdorff, author of Street Photography: A Guide to Finding and Capturing Authentic Portraits and Streetscapes, explains that knowing the best times and locations to find interesting people for street photography are critical.
FuelBooks Urban and Street Photography Tip: Shooting in the Dark
By Todd Sipes
Mar 11, 2014
Todd Sipes, author of Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Shooting Abandoned Places, shares some tips on shooting well and safely in an urban environment.
Working with Leading in Adobe InDesign
By Nigel French
Mar 10, 2014
Nigel French discusses leading—the space between lines of type— in this excerpt from InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign, 3rd Edition. Nigel talks about how much is enough, screen leading, auto leading, and consistency.
Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers: Playing with Photographs
By Corey Barker
Mar 6, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume 2, Corey Barker takes photos from some of well known photographers and runs them through the creative ringer to see what comes out.
iPad and iPhone for the Birds
By Lisa L. Spangenberg
Mar 4, 2014
Are you a bird enthusiast, like Lisa L. Spangenberg, author of Meet iPhoto for iOS 6? With your iOS device and the birding apps described in this article, you can skip old-fashioned manual searching through cumbersome and silent field guides. A few taps will lead you to detailed information about the feathery fellows hanging out in your neighborhood.
Fundamentals of Game Design: Understanding Your Player
By Ernest Adams
Mar 3, 2014
In this chapter from Fundamentals of Game Design, 3rd Edition, you'll learn about the characteristics of certain kinds of players, what kinds of feelings different players like to experience as they play, and the importance of demographics: men and women, boys and girls, dedicated (“hardcore”) players, and casual ones. All this information will help you define what kinds of people you want to entertain and, in consequence, what kind of game you should build to entertain them.
Professional Audio Techniques for Adobe Premiere Pro
By Luisa Winters
Feb 26, 2014
This chapter will help you start to generate great audio in your program. Because you don’t always get to work with perfect audio, this chapter also features a section on how to fix common audio problems using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition CC. From setting up your working environment to adjusting levels to adding effects, you’ll work with audio just like the pros do.
Tips for Creating Realistic HDR Imagery
By Tim Cooper
Feb 25, 2014
In this excerpt from his FuelBook, The Realistic HDR Image, Tim Cooper shares a few tips that will help guide your hand while you are creating your HDR images.
Sharing WordPress Posts: Post Locking, Autosave, and Revisions for Multiple Authors
By Jessica Neuman Beck
Feb 24, 2014
When multiple people share a WordPress post, it's easy to make mistakes. Worse, you could lose the whole thing! With WordPress 3.7.1, multiple authors no longer means multiple headaches. Jessica Neuman Beck, coauthor of WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, Third Edition, shows how the post locking, autosave, and revision features make working with multiple authors a breeze.

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