Archive for January, 2010

John Derry: Mastering Brushes and Photographic Craftsman

Published by | Friday, January 29th, 2010

As one of the original creators of Corel Painter, John Derry could easily be known as one of the most qualified people on the planet to teach it.

With his brand new course, Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes, John shows how to recreate real-world art media techniques, optimize brush controls, and how to design custom brushes.

Also announced today, is the award honored to John by the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) as a Photographic Craftsman. The Photographic Craftsman degree is awarded in recognition for service to the photographic profession as an orator, author, and mentor. This personal and professional goal has been years in the making, and congratulates John on his accomplishment!

Go behind the scenes in John Derry’s live-action shoot for Corel Painter: Mastering Brushes in this photo gallery. Click on any image to bring up the slideshow viewer.

New site feature: Bookmarks

Published by | Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The new Bookmarks feature in the Online Training Library® lets you mark and tag courses, chapters, individual video tutorials, or even specific points in a video in order to find them again later. Click on Bookmarks in the My Training menu to see all the items you’ve bookmarked.

There are options here to view, sort, edit, and navigate your bookmarks. There is now a bookmark icon next to course titles, chapter titles, and individual movie names. Simply click on the bookmark icon once to mark any of these items, and the icon fills in to show that it has been activated.

Master your compact camera with our latest live-action course

Published by | Thursday, January 28th, 2010

In Chapter 1, Getting the Most Out of the Lens, Derrick shows us how to use sunglasses as a polarized filter.

Compact, point-and-shoot cameras are getting better and better. They’re also getting more complex, sporting features that give you the kind of creative options that were once the exclusive domain of bulky, expensive cameras.

With our latest course, Getting Professional Results from a Compact Camera, photographer Derrick Story shows you how to master your camera’s exposure settings, control its flash, and squeeze every bit of performance out of its optics. Go on-location as Derrick shoots everything from panoramas to macros to nighttime shots, then return to the computer and see how to make them look their best.

This course is one of a growing series of live-action courses that we’re publishing. The world is about more than software, and we’re working hard to bring it to you. In our Photo Assignment courses, we take you on location to learn how to shoot natural light portraits, master fill flash, and conquer tricky backlight situations.

Formatting forms and reports with Office themes in Access 2010 Beta

Published by | Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

In Access 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, author Gini Courter uses real-world examples to explore Access’s database creation and management features. Gini shows how to create professionally formatted forms and reports and make ugly databases a thing of the past using Office themes. Here’s Gini’s tutorial on how to edit and apply themes for much more efficient and accurate database design and layout.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #12 – Camera Raw

Published by | Tuesday, January 26th, 2010


p>Camera Raw is an independent application that lets you develop your raw photographs and exploit every byte of the vast information captured by your digital SLR camera. Not just powerful, it is a force unto itself. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke shows us how to tap into its many features.

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta training now available on

Published by | Friday, January 22nd, 2010

This week, published five new Microsoft Office Beta 2010 online training courses.

Gini Courter, author of countless Microsoft Office books and partner of TRIAD Consulting, has been busy authoring many of these new releases, including Powerpoint 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, Word 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, Access 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, and Outlook 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects.

Also available now are Curt Frye’s Excel 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, and David RiversOffice Beta Preview.

With more Office 2007 and 2010 online courses in the works, this is a rapidly expanding and exciting area of training for Let us know what you think.

Ten years ago at

Published by | Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The web site back in February 2000.

Do you remember what you were doing ten years ago?

Ten years ago at, we released our new Learning Flash 4 series on three VHS tapes. That made a total of six courses in our store.

The latest discussions on the message board were about After Effects and Illustrator 9.

One of our more popular polls asked web designers what size browser they were designing for (43% said 800 x 600; 1% said Palm Pilot).

Our lab at the Ojai Digital Arts Center sported 20 400mhz iMacs and 10 PCs running Windows 98, with 16 GB and 6 GB hard drives, respectively. had just launched a job board to help companies fill the ever-growing need for web design professionals. authors David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción launch InDesign events

Published by | Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 authors David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción have lauched a new InDesign conference and seminar series, InDesignSecretsLive. Their website,, has become such a wildly popular web resource for InDesign users that they are now taking the show on the road.

In addition to Anne-Marie and David, you may recognize other authors who are slated to speak at InDesignSecretsLive events: Mordy Golding,  Michael Ninness, and Colin Fleming. Check out the conference and seminar dates on the site. is happy to be a sponsor of InDesignSecretsLive.