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Transformations with the Content-Aware Move Tool in Adobe Photoshop CC (2015 release)
By Andrew Faulkner, Conrad Chavez
Jun 19, 2015
In this excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release), learn how, with the Content-Aware Move tool, you only need a few quick steps to create a copy of an image that combines seamlessly with the background, and is also different enough that it doesn’t look like an exact copy of the original.
Using an Effect More Than Once in a Layer Style in Adobe Photoshop CC
By Andrew Faulkner, Conrad Chavez
Jun 19, 2015
A great way to add visual impact to a design element is to apply multiple instances of effects such as strokes, glows, or shadows. You don’t have to duplicate layers to do this, because you can apply multiple instances of an effect inside the Layer Styles dialog box. Learn how in this excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release).
Video: My Top Five Favorite New Features in Adobe Photoshop CC (2015 release)
By Kelly McCathran
Jun 19, 2015
Kelly McCathran, author of Adobe Photoshop CC (2015 release): Learn by Video, shares her top five favorite new features in Adobe Photoshop CC (2015 release).
Working with Adobe Color Themes in Photoshop CC (2015 release)
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Jun 19, 2015
This excerpt from Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2015 release) shows you how to use the Adobe Color Themes panel to create and save color themes, explore themes from other designers, or view and edit your own saved themes.
Working with Color Themes in Adobe InDesign CC (2015 release)
By Kelly Kordes Anton, John Cruise
Jun 19, 2015
To create colors that complement an image you are using in a document, you can use the InDesign Color Theme tool. This excerpt from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release) shows you how.
Working with Paragraph Shading in Adobe InDesign CC (2015 release)
By Kelly Kordes Anton, John Cruise
Jun 19, 2015
InDesign CC 2015 provides a new paragraph shading feature that you can quickly and automatically apply through a paragraph style. In addition, InDesign provides many options for fine-tuning the shading, as you'll see in this excerpt from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release).
Using Adobe Photoshop to Create Great Effects with Your Old Photos
By Robert Correll
Jun 11, 2015
In this excerpt from Photo Restoration: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Robert Correll shows you how to work with Clarity, duotones, and masks to create cool effects with your old photos.
Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits with Your Nikon D5500
By Rob Sylvan
Jun 10, 2015
You can’t always change how someone looks, but you can control the way you photograph that individual. In this chapter from Nikon D5500: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Rob Sylvan explores some camera features and techniques that can help you create great portraits with your Nikon D5500.
Adobe Illustrator: New Ways to Draw
By Brian Wood
Jun 8, 2015
Recent Adobe Illustrator updates have focused on core tools, resulting in a lot of love for the drawing tools. Web developer Brian Wood, author of Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Classroom in a Book, explores the latest drawing features, including updates to the Pen and Pencil tools, the new Curvature tool, and improvements in how users select and edit paths.
Photo Restoration: Repairing Physical Damage
By Robert Correll
Jun 4, 2015
Robert Correll, author of Photo Restoration: From Snapshots to Great Shots, offer tips for repairing the physical damage to old photos, including filling holes and other surface damage and reconstructing torn or cut photos.
Scott Kelby's Editing Essentials: How to Develop Your Photos in Adobe Lightroom CC
By Scott Kelby
Jun 3, 2015
Intimidated by Lightroom's Develop module? Don't be. Scott Kelby shows you how to manipulate all of those scary-looking buttons, checkboxes, and sliders to improve your hard-to-fix photos, in this excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers.
More Painting with Photoshop's Mixer Brushes: Creating and Using Custom Brushes
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Jun 2, 2015
Photoshop is well known as a retouching software, and the application is also an art studio with brushes and paint. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, shows how to use Photoshop to create a still life painting without getting your studio messy.
OS X Server for Yosemite: Managing Setup and SSL Certificates
By Arek Dreyer, Kevin M. White
Jun 1, 2015
This lesson from Managing Apple Devices: Deploying and Maintaining iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Devices, 2nd Edition begins with a brief introduction of OS X Server before moving into the requirements and initial setup of OS X Server. This lesson also covers selecting and configuring Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates required for Apple device management.
Writing Minecraft Plugins in JavaScript: Choosing and Using a Text Editor
By Walter Higgins
May 28, 2015
In this chapter from A Beginner's Guide to Writing Minecraft Plugins in JavaScript, Walter Higgins shows you how to choose and use a text editor to help you write Minecraft plugins in JavaScript.
Impressionist Pastel Painting with Painter 2015: Loose, Luminous Pastels
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
May 26, 2015
Corel Painter 2015 gives artists the tools to create soft, glowing effects that flatter complexions and make landscape canvases look dreamy. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter Wow! Book, Tenth Edition, shares techniques for working with Painter's Pastels brushes for effects that look beautifully natural.
How to Create Moody Light for Your Photo Shoot
By Nick Fancher
May 25, 2015
In this excerpt from Studio Anywhere: A Photographer's Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations, Nick Fancher shows you a number of different techniques to achieve that moody light effect during a photo shoot, including colored gels, flash grids, and blacking out the scene except for the subject.
Quick Start to Close-Up and Macro Photography
By Rob Sheppard
May 21, 2015
Rob Sheppard, author/photographer of Macro Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, provides guidance on how to get started capturing the world of the very tiny. Whether you want to show the exquisite intricacy of a delicate flower or the fascinating machine-like details of an insect's body, Rob explains the kind of equipment you'll need, how to control your camera's focus, and the importance of the background behind your subject for getting that perfect shot.
OS X Server Essentials 10.10: Describing How DHCP Works
By Arek Dreyer, Ben Greisler
May 20, 2015
This excerpt from Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Server Essentials 10.10: Using and Supporting OS X Server on Yosemite explains how DHCP works, including using DHCP networks, defining leases, comparing static and dynamic address assignments, and serving multiple subnets.
Redstone: The Charge That Ignites Minecraft
By Cori Dusmann
May 18, 2015
Cori Dusmann, author of The Minecraft Guide for Parents and co-author of A Visual Guide to Minecraft, discusses redstone, Minecraft's form of electrical power. Players use it in all sorts of ways and build endless clever devices with it, learning as they go along.
Minecraft Modding Is Easier Than You Think
By Walter Higgins
May 14, 2015
If you've played Minecraft and heard that players can add custom modifications ('mods') to the game, you might be curious about creating your own mods. Walter Higgins, author of A Beginner's Guide to Writing Minecraft Plugins in JavaScript, offers some encouraging words and simple examples to help you get started. Even if you're not a programmer, adding small Minecraft mods is pretty easy when you follow these directions.

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