This week on Monday Productivity Pointers we’ll be ditching technology and getting back to old school communication: writing letters. Specifically, writing letters of recommendation.
At any point in your life, you may be called on to write a letter of recommendation for someone you know well. It could be for a college application or a new job, but no matter the occasion, one fact remains the same: Someone else’s success is riding on the quality of your letter. In this week’s video, I’ll show you how to write a great letter.
Have you ever worked with a mirrorless camera? In mirrorless cameras, light doesn’t hit a mirror and bounce off of it like in DSLRs; it comes straight through the lens to the image sensor. And there are pros and cons to the mirrorless process.
Join Rich and I this week as we jump into the studio to demo three different mirrorless cameras while we capture a live recording, then compare and contrast the cameras’ picture quality and perspective in the final footage. We’ll also show you how flexible a mirrorless camera can be for your productions, supporting all sorts of lenses from Nikon, to PL, to FD mounts.
There are two Polygon tools in InDesign: the basic shape tool called (unsurprisingly) the Polygon tool, and the Polygon Frame tool. Although it’s the “basic” version, the regular Polygon tool offers you quite a bit of drawing power. It can help you draw polygons from 3 to 100 sides, quickly and easily.
In today’s free episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you a couple of tricks for working with the Polygon tool and creating a variety of multisided shapes. She’ll even show you how to vary the number of sides and the inset on the fly, as you draw. Plus, learn how to take advantage of the Polygon tool’s “sticky” settings and convert any shape to a polygon using the Object menu.
Communication at work is a lot like trust: Both take time to build but can be lost in a moment.
In this week’s first tip, I’ll tell you several phrases you should avoid saying at work. Here’s one: “That’s not my job.” Even when it’s true, it’s never helpful. It draws lines, sounds combative, and otherwise turns people off. So one part of effective communication is choosing the right things to say, while another is avoiding troubling or unproductive phrases.
The history of Softimage is interwoven with the history of 3D animation. The program goes back to the 1980s, when it became the first go-to software tool for character animation. The dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? Animated in Softimage 3D. In fact, many early CG milestones used Softimage. In the mid-1990s, Microsoft purchased Softimage Co. and ported Softimage 3D to Windows. The software was then purchased by Avid Technology a few years later, where it became Softimage XSI, then sold again to Autodesk. And with every one of those changes, the software lost momentum; it never fully recovered.
It’s hard to capture architecture in standard photographs—especially contemporary architecture such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, which can call itself, without boasting, “the most important structure of its time.” Buildings like the Guggenheim Bilbao and its surrounding landscape are what panoramas are made for.
In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to stitch 19 different photographs of the museum into a gorgeous panorama in Photoshop, and then use the Adaptive Wide Angle filter to correct any distortion that results. The technique quickly revisits the Photomerge feature covered in previous episodes and then shows you how to straighten and correct details in the image using the filter’s Correction options. Deke also crops the photo and rebuilds missing areas of the sky with Content-Aware Fill—and corrects any of the telltale, repeating details this tool can sometimes introduce.
Today marks a new direction for Monday Productivity Pointers. Instead of two videos each week (one free and one exclusively for members), we’ll be releasing just one video per week going forward. It will be free to everyone for a week at lynda.com; after that it will be available for members only.