Archive for October, 2009

New OS, new training: Windows 7 Essential Training released today

Published by | Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft’s operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7.

David also covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer’s memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. The video above is just a small taste of the 6.5 hour course.

Your next photo assignment: Fill Flash Portraits with Derrick Story

Published by | Wednesday, October 21st, 2009


Derrick Story has just released another photo-assignment course on with a show-and-tell Flickr component. This course, Photo Assignment: Fill Flash Portraits, explains the benefits of using flash photography outdoors in bright light in order to achieve great looking portraits in otherwise tricky bright light.

This technique will help you build off of what you learned in Derrick’s first Photo Assignment course, but is also a terrific stand-alone course to help you brush up on your photography when you are at daytime, outdoor events.

There is also a new Flickr group set up and ready for you. So get outside, grab your camera, and take some fill flash photography with us. Looking forward to seeing your work on the Fill Flash Portrait Photo Assignment Flickr group.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #26 – Dodge and Burn

Published by | Tuesday, October 20th, 2009



Photoshop offers two tools that paint with luminance: The Dodge tool paints in brightness, the Burn tool paints in darkness. Crazy useful, and they’ve gotten so much better in Photoshop CS4. Deke breaks out his best Dodge and Burn tips in this episode of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown.

Meet the InDesigner: Michael Murphy brings his expertise to

Published by | Friday, October 16th, 2009

Author Michael Murphy with his new baby. From Michael's podcast, The InDesigner, episode 52, available through iTunes.

We are SO pleased to welcome Michael Murphy to our recording booths this week!

Michael has been a designer and art director for over 20 years, maintains The InDesigner blog, and is the man behind The InDesigner videocast available on iTunes (voted one of .net magazine’s Top 40 Tech Podcasts). He’s also an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign, an author and a frequent speaker and instructor. Between all that, and recently welcoming his first baby into the world, we managed to get some of his time for a new InDesign GREP course that we think just might change the way you look at InDesign.

Michael is just wrapping up the GREP course, so it should be ready for your hot little hands in a few months time. In the meantime, check out Michael’s fantastic videocast for really great content, in a really enjoyable format. Thanks, Michael!

Ruby Essential Training covers control structures to object-oriented features (and everything in between)

Published by | Thursday, October 15th, 2009


In Ruby Essential Training, instructor Kevin Skoglund teaches the fundamentals of Ruby, the popular object-oriented open-source programming language. Kevin begins by walking through the basic data types, demonstrating Ruby’s control structures (loops, iterators, conditionals, and code blocks) and showcasing the elegant syntax structure of the language.

Kevin explains variable scope and shows how to use methods, arguments, and return values to write efficient code. After covering the fundamentals, Kevin focuses on Ruby’s object-oriented features. He shows how to define classes and explores OOP concepts, including instances, attributes, access control, and inheritance.

New feature: Course tabs make browsing, searching, and finding what you want simpler

Published by | Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
The new course tabs at

The new course tabs at

Notice something new on the course pages? Each course details page in the Online Training Library® is now organized in to a series of tabs: Table of Contents, Description, Exercise Files, Author, and Course Preferences. Our goal with this new feature is to make it much simpler and faster for you to browse, search for, and find the course information you’re looking for.

Want to use them to their full potential? Watch our Online Training Library® Course Tabs: How They Work video.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #27 – The Crop Tool

Published by | Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Since the first daguerreotype, photographers have cropped their images to hone in on the details that matter most. The crop tool does that, as well as straighten and more. Check it out in this week’s episode of Deke’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown.

This week’s podcast: Pixel Bender Toolkit in Flash Player 10

Published by | Friday, October 9th, 2009

In this week’s video training podcast, learn to create a filter in Flash Player using the Pixel Bender Toolkit with a video from Flash Player 10 New Features with Lee Brimelow.