Archive for December, 2009

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #16 – Adjustment Layers

Published by | Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Office 2010 Beta Preview offers a taste of enhancements and new features

Published by | Monday, December 28th, 2009

In Office 2010 Beta Preview, David Rivers offers a taste of the enhancements and new features in Microsoft Office 2010. He explores the improved Ribbon, which is now customizable in each application in the suite. In Word, he discusses the expanded search function, in-document image editing, and the introduction of OpenType fonts.

David shows off the expanded filters and conditional formatting in Excel, and the ability to add screenshots and animation in PowerPoint. Access now includes the ability to create pre-built database modules, and David shows how to integrate and re-use these assets in an example database. Last but not least, he reviews the enhancements to Outlook and OneNote, which can link notes to all the applications in the suite. View the full course and let us know what you think.

Last minute holiday gift idea: Give the gift of knowledge

Published by | Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Macworld.com thinks that lynda.com would be a pretty cool holiday gift idea for the creative types in your life, and while we might have a bit of a bias, we agree.

Here are a few reasons to give the gift of lynda.com this year at the holidays:

You know someone who is getting a new digital camera this year. Check out the hours and hours of digital photography and camera RAW courses in the Online Training Library®.

You would like to build a basic photo-sharing website so that your friends and family can all see photos you took of your Christmas tree, Menorah, hand-knitted reindeer sweater, or all of the snow our friends on the East Coast have been getting. iWeb ’09 Essential Training will help get your photo site built in an afternoon.

Instead of sending a written card to everyone this year, you’d like to try your hand at an animated Flash card like Chris Georgenes does every year. (How cute is this?!?) Flash CS4 Professional Tools for Character Animation and Flash CS3 Animation Secrets are a great way to get started on your own.

You got married and want to explore your family trees together. Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree is an ideal course to help get started researching and organizing who you are related to.

You’d like to share the love (and sell some of the junk stuff you got for the holidays last year), while making a little pocket money for yourself. One of our latest titles, Product Photography for E-Commerce, will give you at least a fighting chance to sell off those footie-pajamas and over-sized plaid pants you got from your grandma last year.

You’d like to help your mom start a cooking blog of all her yummy holiday recipes. WordPress.com 2.7 Essential Training is five hours of everything you need to know to get her sugar cookies and brown bread recipe online and shared with the world.

So, yes, we’re a little biased, but we know from experience that there are hundreds of reasons not to want to go to the mall this time of year: The long wait in lines, not knowing your giftees’ clothing sizes, fighting traffic, catching colds from strangers. There are also a lot of reasons that a gift subscription to lynda.com is a great option for many on your gift list. Visit the lynda.com Gift Center today and give the gift of knowledge.

Happy Holidays from all of us lynda.com!

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #17 – Layer Effects

Published by | Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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Yes, layer effects let you make drop shadows. But they also let you create credible compositions, render simple layers in dimension, and add ambient lighting. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke explains why he can’t imagine working in Photoshop without them.

Content inspiration and think-tank week at lynda.com

Published by | Monday, December 21st, 2009

Last week at lynda.com, all of our off-site staff authors, acquisitions managers, content managers, and the like were in town for the company holiday party and to take part in week-long think-tank meetings to plan the content for the lynda.com Online Training Library® in the coming months. It’s always inspiring to get everyone together, and admittedly, a bit exhausting to generate so many great ideas!

Counter clockwise from lower left: Laurie Burruss, George Maestri, Jan Kabili, Samara Iodice, Auriga Martin, Jim Heid, Toby Malina, Max Smith, Cynthia Scott, Joel Fugazzotto, Bonnie Bills, Kirk Werner, Garrick Chow, Joe Randeen, Tanya Staples, Megan O. Read.

Clockwise from lower left: Laurie Burruss (in checked shirt), George Maestri, Jan Kabili, Samara Iodice, Auriga Martin, Jim Heid, Toby Malina, Max Smith, Cynthia Scott, Joel Fugazzotto, Bonnie Bills, Kirk Werner, Garrick Chow, Joe Randeen, Tanya Staples, Megan O. Read.

To let off a little steam and relax, the entire content development team went to dinner and a movie. Not just any movie, though! One of our very own cinematographer/directors here at lynda.com, Jacob K. Cunningham, screened his first film Thy Will Be Done in downtown Ventura. It was great to see so many people at the screening, and to support one of our own talented people in their creative endeavors.

Jacob K. Cunningham at his film screening.

Jacob K. Cunningham at his film screening.

Using open source software to integrate smart design with your CMS

Published by | Thursday, December 17th, 2009

In Preparing CMS Web Graphics and Layouts Using Open Source Tools, Jen Kramer shows us how developers and graphic designers can collaborate to create a great site design that integrates with a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla!, all using open-source software. So if you’ve been trying to find an effective, yet inexpensive solution for integrating a CMS into your website, be sure to check this title out.

You asked for it: lynda.com Monthly Premium subscription option available

Published by | Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

This week, we’re happy to announce a new subscription option that you’ve long been asking for: Premium access to our Online Training Library® courses on a monthly basis. The new Monthly Premium account is $37.50 a month, and includes access to the same exercise files that the course instructor uses in each lesson. Until now, only Annual Premium accounts had access to exercise files. Watch our The advantage of exercise files video below to find out more:

Seen on Twitter: A letter to Santa

Published by | Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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Gino, we want you to get the same thing, too. Maybe you could surreptitiously send your boss a link to the lynda.com Gift Center?