Archive for July, 2009 author news: Final Cut training, top-secret series, and more

Published by | Friday, July 31st, 2009

Top: Abba Shapiro and producer Max Smith in a recording booth. Bottom left: How we get our trainers activated. Bottom right: Derrick Story hard at work on his new series.

This week at, Apple-Certified trainer and author Abba Shapiro is in town recording some brand spankin’ new Final Cut training – his first course for The Digital Story’s very own Derrick Story is recording a new top-secret training series! Stay tuned for more!

Another luminary in our Creative Inspirations series, Margo Chase, will be featured in the AIGA Los Angeles Fellows Speaker Series to talk about the business of design. Visit the AIGA Los Angeles web site for registration information for this event on August 27.

Got pics? Check out the podcast on Flickr Essential Training

Published by | Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

In this video training podcast, learn to edit photos uploaded to Flickr with Derrick Story, from his title Flickr Essential Training.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #38 – Vector Type

Published by | Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Type in Photoshop is forever editable and super-smooth. In Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode #38, Deke shows how it works by assembling a high-res, pro-quality magazine cover in one short video. He demonstrates how align text to a path to wrap it to a shape, how to mask text, and make text suitable for hi-res printing.

See all of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown tutorials.

Lynda and AIGA: discover, understand, appreciate, and be inspired by design.

Published by | Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Last year, I was invited by one of my most-valued mentors, Clement Mok, to apply for a seat on the national board of AIGA, the professional association for design, and I was selected to serve for one year. Ive never been on a non-profit board before, and its been a wonderful experience so far. I am inspired by the passion and dedication of the organization- from those who work tirelessly at the national headquarters in NYC to those who donate their time to the regional chapters. Im doing my part to spread the word of this 95 year-old(!) organization by writing this post, and inviting you to join me and 22,000 other design professionals to support AIGA.

AIGA is above all an advocate for designto discover it, discuss it, understand it, appreciate it, be inspired by it. AIGA has 65 chapters across the US that offer networking events, inspirational talks, events, portfolio reviews, design competitions, conferences, and community outreach to evangelize the value of design. The AIGA website is full of great information and resources, from job boards, to member portfolio sites, to design archives, to design blogs, to best practices.

In the age of everything virtual, AIGA offers many opportunities to meet and mix with other design professionals. Everyone needs to get away from the computer now and again and get together in the physical world to stand and bask in the light of design.

How you can get involved:

Find your local chapter, and attend an event. Non-members are welcome to all events! See if you like it! I am pretty certain you will.

Join the chapter as a member and get discounts on AIGA events, Adobe products, products, health insurance and more! Your membership fee is also tax-deductable.

Become active in AIGA governance; every chapter has its own local board of directors and offers a great chance to flex and build your business skills. Its a way to give back to others, and that always feels good. Youll see me evangelizing AIGA events in the blog now and again. I hope to see you at an AIGA event soon please let me know if you are a member; its always a great treat to meet you in person.

The latest author news: Congrats, Chad! and Go, Tom!

Published by | Friday, July 24th, 2009

Hi friends,

Our fantastic authors are at it again! Here’s the latest: author Chad Perkins has recently won the Seattle’s 48 Hour Film Festival award for sound design and composition. Big congrats to Chad! Here’s the winning video with awesome sound:

Tom Geller‘s brand new Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data training video was recently highlighted on Way to go Tom! You’ve been all over the Drupal world.

Exclusive online tutorials on Final Cut Studio at

Published by | Thursday, July 23rd, 2009


We are pleased to announce Final Cut Studio Overview, with nearly three hours of free video training content for Apple’s latest release of Final Cut Studio. Produced and recorded by Damian Allen, these video tutorials will introduce you to new features and have you up to speed in no time. Check out new content on Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Color 1.5, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Compressor 3.5, and Final Cut Server 1.5:

10 things you should know about iPhoto, InDesign, Bridge, and more

Published by | Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

For those of you looking to brush up on a few skills but are limited on time, has developed a new “10 Things” series. This series is a great way to get the highlights of a software application before deciding to dive into the full-length training course. We’ve been really excited about these new “10 Things” courses and hope you enjoy them as well! Here are some of the current 10 Things courses with more on the way. Let us know what you think!

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #39 – Layer Comps

Published by | Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Layer comps let you assemble multiple image variations or even independent pieces of artwork inside a single Adobe Photoshop file. The Layer Comps palette gives you the freedom to save and compare saved versions of a document within the same file, rather than having to create different documents in order to manage a variety of designs.

Miss #40? Here it is. #38 will be up next Tuesday!