Archive for September, 2009

Check out the Certificates of Completion video that explains how it all works

Published by | Friday, September 11th, 2009

If you haven’t started racking up Certificates of Completion for courses yet, now’s the time to start. Check out the Certificates of Completion information page, and be sure to watch the video that explains how it all works.

Whether you’re up for a promotion, seeking employment, or just wanting to show off to your friends, you can share a Certificate of Completion when you finish a course. We’ve also created banners and links for your web site, blog, or social networking profile—all at no extra cost to you.

By popular request: Photoshop Top 40 Countdown series now available as video podcast

Published by | Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

top40By popular request, the free Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland series published here every Tuesday on the blog is now available as a video podcast. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or any other podcatching software of your choice and you’ll automagically receive each new episode every Tuesday, conveniently downloaded directly to your computer.

Subscribe to the podcast through iTunes, or paste our feed URL into your podcatcher or RSS reader.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #32 – The Pen tool

Published by | Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Many folks select images in Photoshop with the likes of the Quick Select and Magic Wand tools. Highly automated, but these tools rarely work accurately.

Experts use the Pen tool. Using the Pen tool is an art form worth learning, because it always works. In this week’s episode of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke unveils his secrets to expertly using the Pen tool for selections.

Limited time deal: Get 50% off all training on CD/DVD-ROM

Published by | Sunday, September 6th, 2009

50% off all training on CD/DVD ROM in September

For the month of September, we’re offering members a limited-time 50-percent off deal on all the CD/DVD-ROMs in the store.

Benefits of buying training on CD/DVD-ROMs:

  • • No internet connection required
  • • Great gift for on-the-go learning
  • • Ideal as back-to-school study guides
  • • All instructor exercise files included
  • • Nearly 400 courses to choose from

Whether you travel a lot and want to take your learning on the road with you, or want to give the gift of learning to someone going back to school or who may not have high-speed internet access, as a member you’ll save half the price of each CD/DVD-ROM—even the ones that are already on sale!

Remember, you only have until September 30, 2009 to take advantage of this great deal.

Get the 50% off coupon code here for tutorials on CD/DVD-ROM! Good only until September 30, 2009.

Dreamweaver CS4 Essential Training Photoshop CS4 for Photographers
Photoshop CS4 One-on One Excel 2007 Essential Training
Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training Flash CS4 Professional Essential Training
InDesign CS4 Essential Training PowerPoint 2007 Essential Training

Lights, camera, live action: Dane Howard on the set of his new course

Published by | Friday, September 4th, 2009

A panoramic view of the live-action set.

Dane Howard has been keeping our live-action set hopping this week while he records a new training course stressing the important techniques (angles, lighting, and so on) of product photography for eCommerce.

These days everyone seems to buy and sell on ebay, make hand-made goodies for Etsy, or are just using their own personal websites and blogs to share images of things they have cooked/made/found/purchased. This new course from Dane will not only inspire, it will teach how to improve the quality and visual appeal of product shots. Our live-action set is filled with adorable crafts and goodies that Dane has been shooting this week, and we can’t WAIT for you to see the final training course as he brings these items to life!


Dane sneaks a picture of himself on the monitor.

New Creative Inspirations features Renegade Animation (and an interview with Goofy Grape)

Published by | Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Renegade Animation has pioneered digital 2D paperless animation with a unique all-Flash workflow—and a bunch of really great cartoons! Including Goofy Grape.

This installment of Creative Inspirations gives us an inside look at this innovative character animation studio, Renegade Animation. Partners Ashley Postlewaite and Darrell Van Citters describe how they left jobs with major studios to form their own company, and how they have been able to create a successful business that defies all the rules and provide a great working environment in the process.

Learn how these renegades have evolved traditional character animation into a completely digital workflow that provides greater creative expression and faster turnaround. And watch an entertaining interview with Goofy Grape in the introduction.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #33 – Calculations

Published by | Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

One of the oldest, most abstruse, downright incomprehensible commands in Photoshop, Calculations, lets you merge two channels to create a new alpha channel. Deke’s advice? Learn it: It’s the backbone of masking.