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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.
Photoshop CC Update: Linked Smart Objects
By Dan Moughamian
Feb 21, 2014
Photoshop educator Dan Moughamian brings you up to date on another new feature that’s part of the Photoshop 14.2 update, available to Creative Cloud subscribers. Smart Objects have always been a valuable part of the Photoshop workflow, whether you're a graphic artist or photographer. However, (embedded) Smart Objects can have a downside in that they can substantially increase the file size of your documents. Dan shows you how Smart Objects just got smarter, allowing images to be linked to one another rather than being embedded, providing several advantages.
A Lighting Gear Checklist for Photographing Kids
By Allison Tyler Jones
Feb 20, 2014
In this chapter from 100% Kid: A Professional Photographer's Guide to Capturing Kids in a Whole New Light, Allison Tyler Jones give you a rundown on how to use and how not to use your flash. She also talks about the studio lights that photographers use the most and how to set up your camera and trigger those lights.
How to Choose the Right Lenses for Your Digital Camera
By Khara Plicanic
Feb 19, 2014
The lens you choose (or that comes built into the camera you buy) plays a more integral role in the look, feel, and quality of your images than the actual camera body itself does. Khara Plicanic, author of Getting Started in Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, gives a basic tutorial on lenses and then explains how to pick the best lenses for your camera and style.
9 Pro Tips for Getting Better Results in the Field from Your HDR Images
By Tim Cooper
Feb 18, 2014
In this excerpt from his FuelBook, The Realistic HDR Image, Tim Cooper offers some advice to assure that your HDR photos look their best.
My Favorite Iconic Designs for the Olympics
By John Clifford
Feb 17, 2014
John Clifford, the author of Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design, talks about some of his favorite designers of Olympic icons.
Spiff Up Your WordPress Site with the Jetpack Plug-In
By Jessica Neuman Beck
Feb 13, 2014
Dive into the advanced features of the Jetpack plug-in to give your WordPress website some extra oomph. Jessica Neuman Beck, coauthor of WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, Third Edition, shows how to set up the Infinite Scroll, Single Sign On, and Mobile Theme Jetpack modules.
How to Produce a Virtual Drum Track with Logic Pro X
By David Nahmani
Feb 12, 2014
In Logic Pro X, you can speed up the process of producing drum tracks by taking advantage of the new Drummer feature along with its companion software instrument, Drum Kit Designer. In this lesson, you will produce a virtual drum track to start producing a new imaginary indie-rock song.

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