Archive for February, 2010

Author interview: Chris and Trish Meyer

Published by | Friday, February 26th, 2010

Trish and Chris Meyer

I sat down with authors Chris and Trish Meyer, legends in the motion graphics industry, to talk about where they came from, who inspires them, and what the future holds. Here’s what they had to say.

 When did you get started in the motion graphics industry? What was the industry like then? What/who inspired you?

 We got our start back in the early 1990s, which was when motion graphics started moving to the desktop. We were one of the development sites for After Effects 1.0, and used a lot of “1.0” software back then. This was the era where traditional post production houses charged in the area of $500/hour, one gigabyte hard drives were just starting to appear, and capturing uncompressed standard definition video (one frame at a time) to a computer file required a dedicated Abekas hard disk recorder. Desktop-based tools like After Effects were what we call today a “disruptive technology.” Indeed, the reason we started writing books was to help train other desktop motion graphics artists about the right way to do things, so that clients would have no reason to pick a traditional post house over a desktop-based artist.

Introducing the new iPhone App!

Published by | Thursday, February 25th, 2010

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You’ve always been able to access the Online Training Library® anytime, anywhere. Now you can access your learning on the go with the new, free iPhone App, featuring high and low video quality for optimal streaming no matter what your connection. members: You have access to your account just as you do on your computer. Just log in and start learning! Once logged in, you’ll see the most recent video you watched, whether you watched it on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or on your computer’s web browser. Just pick up where you last left off.

We look forward to hearing what you think!

The story: Lynda’s educational pedagogy

Published by | Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Lynda talks about how her personal learning experiences formed the foundation of her unique teaching style. She became both a sought-after instructor to corporate clients such as Apple and Microsoft, and a contributor to major publications. While a faculty member at Art Center in Pasadena, CA, Lynda not only met her future husband and business partner Bruce, she also registered the domain name and used it as her sandbox for learning and teaching web design and for showcasing her students’ work.

We invite you to view the entire story on

HTML structure and markup language basics

Published by | Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Web Design Fundamentals with James Williamson is a survey of Web design and development techniques and technologies, fundamental concepts, terms, and best practices involved in professional web design. Instructor James Williamson examines popular web development tools, server-side software solutions, content management solutions, and cloud-based software, providing a high-level overview of the world of Web publishing. In this excerpt from the course, James explains the basics of HTML structure. makes list of most useful web design books

Published by | Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

SmashingShare, a site covering “web resources, design inspiration, freebies and tutorials,” includes two books in its list of 10 Useful Web Design and Development books. In the list are CSS Web Site Design by Eric A. Meyer and Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Hands-On Training by Todd Perkins.

Read the full story at SmashingShare.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #8 – The Eyedropper

Published by | Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

The ubiquitous Eyedropper is simple in purpose and easy to use. But can you imagine a world without it, where you had to dial in every one of Photoshop’s 16.8 million+ colors manually? The Eyedropper is Photoshop’s color ambassador. In this week’s episode of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke gives us the complete rundown of the humble and powerful Eyedropper tool.

Paul Trani discusses the important elements of a portfolio web site

Published by | Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional by Paul Trani is a new course in the Library this week. I asked Paul a few questions about this highly anticipated course, starting with why he thought a portfolio web site in Flash is important.

“Creating a website in Flash is a great start for people,” Paul told me, “and the reason I recorded a course on that topic. After Creating a First Web Site in Flash was published, I got a lot of feedback from people who wanted to take it to the next level, by putting their portfolio online. Nobody carries their portfolio around anymore. The ideal situation is to just give someone your url on a business card.”

I asked Paul how much Flash experience our members should have before viewing this training.

Creative Inspirations: New Deal Studios features one of Hollywood’s top visual effects houses

Published by | Friday, February 19th, 2010

New Deal Studios is where the line between illusion and reality disappears. Come along for peek behind the magician’s curtain at one of Hollywood’s top visual effects houses. In this Creative Inspirations documentary, find out how key scenes from Martin Scorsese’s film that opens today, Shutter Island, were created, as well as segments of The Dark Knight and Night at the Museum. Using a combination of models, miniatures, computer graphics, and digital effects, New Deal Studios was designed from the ground up to be a place where effects professionals could do their best work, and where filmmakers could have their visions realized.

Watch the entire  New Deal Studios: Creative Inspirations documentary in the Online Training Library®.