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Take and Make Art from Donovan Beery
By Von R. Glitschka
Jan 9, 2015
In this excerpt from Take and Make Art: Hundreds of Royalty-Free Vector Illustrations for Discriminating Designers, Von R. Glitschka shares some great spot illustrations from designer Donovan Beery.
Video Production 101: Design and Execution
By Antonio Manriquez, Thomas McCluskey
Jan 8, 2015
In this chapter from Video Production 101: Delivering the Message, learn the importance of several areas where exacting standards and attention to detail are needed to complete a polished, interesting piece of work. Casting your project, designing it, costuming it, and lighting it are all key steps to creating a work worth seeing, thinking about, and talking about.
Control Structures in Swift
By Maurice Kelly
Jan 7, 2015
On the surface, the control structures in Swift are the same as those in Objective-C, but once you start to dig a little deeper you will begin to find that they go beyond what was possible before in a number of ways, as Maurice Kelly explains in this excerpt from Swift Translation Guide for Objective-C Users: Develop and Design.
The Connected Apple Home: Passwords and Security
By Jeff Carlson, Dan Moren
Jan 5, 2015
The days when you could choose a pet name as a password, or use the same password for more than one Web site or service, are long over. The authors of The Connected Apple Home: Discover the Rich Apple Ecosystem of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and AppleTV discuss how to keep your Apple devices safe, including iOS passcodes, Mac security, iCloud Keychain, 1Password, and finding a lost device.
Working with Animations in Adobe InDesign CC
By Diane Burns, Sandee Cohen
Jan 1, 2015
Even if you’ve never created any sort of video or animation, it’s easy to apply motion effects to InDesign elements. Learn how in this excerpt from Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC: Moving Beyond Print to Digital.
Sketching and Modeling with Charcoal in Photoshop
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Dec 30, 2014
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, demonstrates one of Photoshop's cooler capabilities: drawing with electronic "charcoal." Smudge and shadow to your heart's content. The charcoal tip even gives you the effect of wearing down as you use it!
Nikon D750: The Professional Modes
By Rob Sylvan
Dec 29, 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 aperture and shutter speed, but why you are controlling them. Rob Sylvan explores the modes of the Nikon D750, including Program Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode, in this excerpt from Nikon D750: From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Interview with Diane Burns and Sandee Cohen on Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC
By Sandee Cohen, Diane Burns
Dec 26, 2014
Diane Burns and Sandee Cohen, authors of Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC, answer interview questions for designers about moving from print to digital format and layout.
The Use of Repetition in Design
By Robin Williams
Dec 25, 2014
In this excerpt from The Non-Designer's Design Book, 4th Edition, Robin Williams talks about the use of repetition in design and offers many examples of effective repetition.
Animating Text in Adobe After Effects CC (2014 release)
By Andrew Faulkner, Brie Gyncild
Dec 23, 2014
Adobe After Effects offers many ways to animate text. You can animate text layers by manually creating keyframes in the Timeline panel, using animation presets, or using expressions. You can even animate individual characters or words in a text layer. In this lesson from Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you’ll employ several different animation techniques, including some that are unique to text, while you design the opening title credits for an animated documentary called Road Trip. You’ll also take advantage of Adobe Typekit to install a font for use in your project.
Five Common Copyright Mistakes That Photographers Make
By Christopher S. Reed
Dec 22, 2014
Take some free advice from a photographer who's also a lawyer. Chris Reed, author of Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images, shares knowledge gained from other professional photographers as well as time spent working with the U.S. Copyright Office. If you're not avoiding these five common copyright errors, your work and your business could be at risk.
12 Principles to Create Realistic Animation the Disney Way
By Steven Bradley
Dec 18, 2014
Transitions and CSS animations can help make websites friendlier, but their movement can be mechanical and somewhat unrealistic if not handled well. Website designer/developer Steven Bradley shows how designers can take a cue from the animators at Disney and the 12 principles of animation they follow, and apply to all their work.
Three Steps to Designing Effective Logos
By Maggie Macnab
Dec 17, 2014
Maggie Macnab, a professional designer and educator, shows how an effective logo maximizes a client’s budget by using meaningful visual descriptors that are at once universal and concise. For the audience, this relationship translates into interesting, commonsense and sometimes surprising a-ha! connections, prompting longer viewing times and more likelihood of recall.
The Elements: Nature's Sensuality
By Maggie Macnab
Dec 16, 2014
In this chapter from Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design, you’ll enhance your awareness of how subtlety supports continuity between your design, color, and element—the sensibilities that underscore all relationships.
Top Eight Considerations for Choosing Nikon Lenses
By Jerod Foster
Dec 15, 2014
In this chapter from Nikon Lenses: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Jerod Foster offers eight issues not only for researching and purchasing a new lens for your camera body, but also for learning about and using lenses in a way that resembles how a skilled artisan uses her tools.
Writing Functions and Closures in Swift
By Boisy G. Pitre
Dec 11, 2014
In this chapter from Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design, you’ll learn how to tidy up your Swift code into nice clean reusable components called functions.
Ten Ways to Amaze with Your Amazon Fire Phone
By Scott McNulty
Dec 10, 2014
Amazon and device expert Scott McNulty, author of The Amazon Fire Phone: Master Your Amazon Smartphone, gives a quick flyover of his top-10 favorite reasons to love the Amazon Fire.
Scream of the Crop: How to Resize and Crop Photos in Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Scott Kelby
Dec 8, 2014
Scott Kelby covers cropping (which was completely overhauled in Photoshop CS6) and resizing photos in this excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 release).
Getting Started with Macaw: The Rest of the Tools on the Macaw Interface
By Rex Rainey, Joe Chellman
Dec 5, 2014
Learn about the tools in the Macaw interface, including Page Manager, the various tools such as Select and Eyedropper, the canvas, and the menu bar, in this chapter from Getting Started with Macaw: Build responsive websites with a cutting-edge application.
The Benefits of Using CSS Animations
By Steven Bradley
Dec 4, 2014
Steven Bradley discusses the benefits of CSS animations vs. transitions in this chapter from CSS Animations and Transitions for the Modern Web.

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