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Simplicity: Why It Matters
By Garr Reynolds
Dec 14, 2019

In this sample chapter from Presentation Zen, Third Edition, author Garr Reynolds talks about simplicity - in daily life, then in professional life. He discusses how designers can bring clarity, directness, subtlety, essentialness, and minimalism into their work.

Orthographic Views
By James D. Bethune
Sep 4, 2019

In this sample chapter from Engineering Design Graphics with Autodesk Inventor 2020, author James D. Bethune presents orthographic views using third-angle projection in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) first-angle projections are also presented.

Storyboarding: Build your visual script
By Liz Blazer
Aug 13, 2019

In this sample chapter from Animated Storytelling, Second Edition, author Liz Blazer covers the basics of storyboarding first and then continues on with some important concepts you’ll need to make your storyboard complete and ready for animatics. The entire process is organic; let your storyboarding evolve gradually from simple to more complex.

By James D. Bethune
Aug 2, 2019

In this sample chapter from Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD 2020, author Bethune presents the fundamentals of freehand sketching as applied to technical situations. It includes both two-dimensional and three-dimensional sketching. Like any skill, freehand sketching is best learned by lots of practice.

Repairs and Hoaxes
By xtine burrough
Aug 1, 2019

In this sample chapter from the second edition of Foundations of Digital Art and Design with Adobe Creative Cloud, author xtine will teach you to match textures and values to create photographic illusions in two compositions. You’ll explore various tools for healing and cloning parts of an image, as well as add a simple layer mask to blend image features for a quality of verisimilitude.

Expressive Strokes
By Sharon Steuer
Jul 20, 2019

In this sample chapter from The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book for CS6 and CC, 2nd Edition, author Sharon Steuer shows you how to create organic strokes, hand-drawn lines, painterly effects, shading, and much more.

Getting Started
By James D. Bethune
Jun 25, 2019

In this sample chapter from Engineering Design and Graphics with SolidWorks 2019, author James Bethune gets you started on SolidWorks. This chapter will show you how to start a New drawing and introduce the Line, Circle, and Edit tools. The Smart Dimension tool will be used to define and edit lines and circles. Line colors and relationships will also be introduced.

Using Animation Presets
By Conrad Chavez, Joe Dockery
May 21, 2019

When you apply an effects preset, it can contain multiple effects that already use specific settings and may be a combination of effects that produce a specific result. In this sample chapter from Learn Adobe After Effects CC for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, learn how to save time with animation presets.

Dust, Mold, and Texture Removal
By Dennis Dunbar, Katrin Eismann, Wayne Palmer
Dec 1, 2018

In this sample chapter from Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, 4th Edition, dive into the feather-dusting tools in Photoshop to learn how to clean digital camera files, work with the Clone Stamp, and more.

Getting the Big Picture
By Kim Cavanaugh, Mark DuBois, Rob Schwartz
Nov 1, 2018

In this sample chapter from Learn Adobe Dreamweaver CC for Web Authoring: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation, 2nd Edition, explore how the client-to-design process works for creating page prototypes that meet customer requirements. You will learn how to use images to further define the look and feel of a design, how to insert and position images, and the tools that Dreamweaver provides to help you get those jobs done.

Creating the Back of a Business Card
By Chad Chelius, Rob Schwartz
Oct 20, 2018

In this sample chapter from Learn Adobe Illustrator CC for Graphic Design and Illustration: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation, 2nd Edition, explore the Appearance panel in Adobe Illustrator CC and work through a project scenario to learn techniques for drawing and manipulating paths.

Compositing with Green Screen Effects
By Conrad Chavez, Joe Dockery, Rob Schwartz
Sep 10, 2018

In this sample chapter from Learn Adobe Premiere Pro CC for Video Communication: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation, 2nd Edition, you will complete a project scenario on weather reports to learn how the television industry uses compositing with green screen effects. Learn how to “key out” a background, import a layered Adobe Photoshop CC file, and more.

Sketchnoters' Stories: 8th-grader Allison Huang revolutionizes her school notes with sketchnotes
By Mike Rohde
Aug 8, 2018
We are excited to share this story about Allison Huang, an eighth grader passionate about sketchnoting. This is her story about discovering and integrating sketchnoting as a powerful tool for the way she thinks in school and in her life.
My Workflow: here's my typical start-to-finish project
By Scott Kelby
Jul 3, 2018

In this sample chapter from The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book for Digital Photographers, learn how Scott Kelby uses the same workflow in Lightroom for every type of project.

Use the Command-Line Interface
By Adam Karneboge
Apr 6, 2018

In this sample chapter from macOS Support Essentials 10.13 (Apple Pro Training Series): Supporting and Troubleshooting macOS High Sierra, learn how to use the command-line interface (CLI) to access additional administrative functionality.

Visualization and Sketching
By Marla Goodman, Cindy Johnson, Shawna E. Lockhart
Apr 6, 2018

In this sample chapter from Modern Graphics Communicaiton, 5th Edition, learn how to visualize and sketch objects in three dimensions to communicate your ideas quickly and accurately.

By Robin Williams
Feb 2, 2018

Learn how to optimize the content of your presentation by focusing on relevance. In this sample chapter from The Non-Designer's Presentation Book: Principles for effective presentation design, 2nd Edition, Robin Williams shows you how to remove superfluous items, choose a complementary background, select high-impact photos, and more.

An Introduction to MySQL
By Larry Ullman
Jan 24, 2018
See how to define a simple table using MySQL’s allowed data types and other properties and learn how to interact with the MySQL server using two different client applications.
By Scott Kelby
Mar 10, 2017

Scott Kelby discusses how you can fix lens problems and issues in Photoshop CC (2017).

Orthographic Views
By James D. Bethune
Mar 10, 2017

Learn how to create and interpret orthographic views with Solidworks 2016.

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