Archive for November, 2009

New Creative Inspirations showcases Trigger’s exuberance and excellence

Published by | Thursday, November 12th, 2009
Jason Yim, president and executive creative director at Trigger

Jason Yim, president and executive creative director at Trigger.

Trigger may be the biggest little interactive shop that probably has never been heard of. This amazing boutique shoots out web sites, online games, Facebook apps, and iPhone apps for major motion pictures like Spider-Man and District 9, and consumer brands like Nike and Red Bull. Combining a talented design team with solid software engineering, Trigger has mastered the integration of creative expression and technology. With offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai, they’ve found the elusive winning formula for East-West collaboration. This installment of Creative Inspirations in the lynda.com Online Training Library® takes viewers inside what may be a prototype for the next generation design firm.

Vivid Savitri, creative director-Shanghai, gives us a tour of the Shanghai workspace.

Vivid Savitri, creative director-Shanghai, gives us a tour of the Shanghai workspace.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #23 – Color Range

Published by | Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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p>If you use the Magic Wand tool, stop what you’re doing and switch to Color Range. This outrageously useful command lets you select an image as easily as the wand, but with more flexibility and much better results.

Jen Kramer, CMS content, and fake hamburgers

Published by | Monday, November 9th, 2009

Jen Kramer is awesome. She is the queen of Joomla!, her first book is rapidly approaching completion, she plays a mean flute, and she’s in town recording a couple of really cool CMS courses for lynda.com (CMS Website Strategy and Planning, and Preparing CMS Web Graphics and Layouts Using Open Source). Hooray for more Jen Kramer content! We took her to lunch at a local vegan/raw restaurant on Friday, because we wanted to give her the “Southern California Experience”—and because we think it’s yummy. Looking forward to your next visit out here, Jen!

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Jen and her organic and vegan "hamburger," lynda.com Producer Samara Iodice, Author Relations Manager Megan, and the fantastic Jen Kramer at a Mary's Secret Garden in Ventura, CA.

lynda.com highlighted in The Wall Street Journal segment

Published by | Friday, November 6th, 2009

Jon Gray, an out-of-work planning and analysis manager featured in The Wall Street Journal “Laid Off And Looking” segment, today named lynda.com as his online training site of choice in his blog entry. The “Laid Off And Looking” section has regular out-of-work M.B.A. contributors that The Wall Street Journal follows as they search for jobs in what they dub a “post-meltdown world.”

Gray states:

“My goals when refreshing or obtaining new skills are keeping costs low and learning efficiently. As such, I prefer an online training site. There are several online options out there, but the one that I prefer is lynda.com. I recently used it to refresh a data query language that I hadn’t used in several years, but knew an upcoming interviewer would ask me about. It provided me with another layer of confidence to be able to say that I’d updated my knowledge only days ago.”

We are very proud that lynda.com is helping those who are seeking employment gain an edge over their competitors, especially in this challenging job market. Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal site.

Photoshop Live and The InDesign Conference Wrap-up

Published by | Friday, November 6th, 2009

This week, eight lynda.com authors and other talented industry speakers gathered in Washington DC for the MOGO Media conferences Photoshop Live (November 2nd & 3rd) and The InDesign Conference (November 4th & 6th).

Mordy Golding, Jan Kabili, Lesa Snider, Ted LoCascio, Michael Ninness, Derrick Story, Anne-Marie Concepcion, and Michael Murphy were all in fine form teaching an eager audience at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center, located just off the Mall in downtown DC. If you were in attendance, you know this was an excellent opportunity to get to sit and listen to some inspiring instruction, go on an evening Photo Walk with Derrick Story, and eat pizza while Michael Ninness gave an awesome three and a half hour (by demand!) session on InDesign. If you missed this show, be sure to check out other MOGO conferences and seminars.

Photoshop Live

Left column: Photoshop Live poster, Michael Ninness. Middle column: Mordy Golding, Derrick Story, Jan Kabili, Anne-Marie Concepcion, Michael Murphy, Right column: Washington Monument, White House, Author Dinner featuring Lesa Snider, Jay Nelson, Garrick Chow, Jan Kabili, Derrick Story, Ed and Megan Read, Michael Ninness, and Mordy Golding.

Branching out: Family tree and ancestry research and presentation

Published by | Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree shows how rewarding and informative building a family history can be. Genealogy instructor Jeff Sengstack teaches how to find lost ancestors, connect with living relatives, and collaborate with others to grow a family tree. He explains how to use the Family Tree Maker application along with Ancestry.com and other internet sites to track down census data, immigration records, and other important documents, and then organize family tree data. Jeff also presents tips on how to scan old photos, create video slideshows, and build family web sites.

Another you-asked-for-it new feature: lynda.com Flash Beta Player

Published by | Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

We’re in the process of many new website and delivery enhancements right now. So many members have requested a non-QuickTime-based player that we’ve been hard at work, making it happen! The Flash player is completed and live on the site in beta test form, but we are still in the process of converting our 40,000+ movies to Flash, so not all courses are working with the new Flash Beta Player yet. For this reason, it’s not available as an over-all preference (accessible via My Training > Preferences), but it’s very easy to set it up as the preference for a particular course.

Flash Beta Player

The lynda.com Flash Beta Player

The lynda.com Flash Beta Player has the same look, feel, and functionality as the lynda.com QuickTime Beta Player, with an added bonus: the maximize this window button. Click to make the player fill your monitor window. When maximized, the button turns into a minimize this window button that when clicked, brings the player back to standard size.

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Choosing the Flash Beta Player as a course preference.

To access the lynda.com Flash Beta Player for a particular course, click on the Course Preferences tab, choose Flash Beta Player, and then click on apply. This only changes the preferences for this course. For now, the Flash Beta Player is not available as the default player for all courses, but will be once all the movies in the library are converted; due for completion in December 2009. And yes, a WMV player is in the works too, but not ready for launch just yet.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #24 – Curves

Published by | Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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p>Where luminance correction is concerned, no feature gives you greater control in Photoshop than Curves. This one command lets you rein in highlights, open up shadows, and reveal all points in between. Curves takes a bud of an image and makes it blossom.