Archive for April, 2010

On sale! Trust me. I’m a trained professional.™ t-shirts

Published by | Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Nothing says ‘trained professional’ like wearing a t-shirt that declares it to the world. The lynda.com Trust me. I’m a trained professional.™ t-shirt has been around for a few years, and we’d like to see a photo of you in yours. Here’s just a few of us in ours:

Steve Johnson, senior partner manager, Melody Misiaszek, marketing project manager, Ryan Hannington, quality assurance lead, Megan Read, author relations manager, Steve Shura, training solutions advisor, Mary Fairchild, sales manager, Paige O’Brien, training solutions advisor.

If you don’t already have a Trust me. I’m a trained professional.™ shirt, we’ve cut a deal with our own store: For a limited time, get a women’s or men’s for just $9.95 (that’s $5.00 off!). We also arranged for lower-cost shipping. Use discount code TSHIRT to receive 40% off on UPS Ground shipping fees on all domestic orders. Sale ends on Friday, April 30, at midnight PST, so grab one while you can!

12 new CS5 courses in the Online Training Library®

Published by | Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

On Monday, Adobe officially announced its Creative Suite 5 line of products, and lynda.com released 10 Adobe CS5 New Features training courses, one Essential Training course, and a Creative Techniques course. Click on any one of the following images to view the trailer for that course:

Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training Course TrailerAfter Effects CS5 New Features Preview Course TrailerDreamweaver CS5 New Features Course Trailer

Encore CS5 New Features Course TrailerFireworks CS5 New Features Course TrailerFlash Professional CS5 New Features Course Trailer

Illustrator CS5 New Features Course TrailerInDesign CS5 New Features Course Trailerhotoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features Course Trailer

Photoshop CS5 New Features Course TrailerPremiere Pro CS5 New Features Course TrailerAfter Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques Course Trailer

Here are the direct links to each course:

After Effects CS5 New Features
After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques
Dreamweaver CS5 New Features
Encore CS5 New Features
Flash Professional CS5 New Features
Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training
Fireworks CS5 New Features
Illustrator CS5 New Features
InDesign CS5 New Features
Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features
Photoshop CS5 New Features
Premiere Pro CS5 New Features

View the entire course listing on lynda.com. We’ll be releasing another group of courses on April 30, and more CS5 titles in weeks to come. As always, we invite you to let us know what you think.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #1 – Open and Save

Published by | Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Virtually every Photoshop project starts with Open (how often do you choose New?) and ends with Save. And unlike other apps, Photoshop treats all image formats as native. Open and Save are the alpha and omega of imaging.

Adobe Creative Suite 5 new features training on lynda.com

Published by | Monday, April 12th, 2010

From 'Making use of updated color effects and blending modes' in the lynda.com After Effects CS5 New Features.

Today Adobe officially announced its Creative Suite 5 line of products, and lynda.com released a dozen of our Adobe CS5 New Features training courses:

After Effects CS5 New Features
After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques
Dreamweaver CS5 New Features
Encore CS5 New Features
Flash Professional CS5 New Features
Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training
Fireworks CS5 New Features
Illustrator CS5 New Features
InDesign CS5 New Features
Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features
Photoshop CS5 New Features
Premiere Pro CS5 New Features

View the entire course listing on lynda.com.

Elastic Audio: throwback to DJ record manipulation, but better

Published by | Friday, April 9th, 2010

Author Brian White has just released a new training video on one of ProTools most powerful editing tools, Pro Tools 8: Time Manipulation with Elastic Audio.

In this excerpt from Chapter one, Understanding Elastic Audio, Brian draws an analogy to the days of vinyl and tape:

“Elastic Audio allows users to stretch or shrink slices of audio within the edit window, effectively slowing down, speeding up, or changing the rhythmic feel of an existing recording, all while preserving the original pitch. So, when I think about the origins of time manipulations, I think back to tape and vinyl, how DJs could slow down or speed up a record to match the tempo of the previous song, or how you could speed up or slow down the tape playback. The problem with this is that while it changed the tempo, it also changed the pitch.”

Brian wrote an interesting two-part Elastic Audio review on his blog last October. If you missed it there, check it out here and here.

For more tips from Brian, check out his weekly ProTools column at audioMIDI.com.

From Polaroids to Lensbabies, low-fi photography thrives

Published by | Thursday, April 8th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I bought new digital SLR. And last week, I bought a few packs of funky film and a thrift-shop Polaroid camera that was made forty years ago.

I’m a big fan of what’s often called “low-fi” photography—photography that’s much more about mood than it is about perfect technical quality.

lynda.com authors at NAB in Las Vegas this week

Published by | Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

This Saturday marks the start of the NAB conference in Las Vegas. The conference brings audio, video, and film professionals together for five days of inspiring keynote sessions, demos of the latest cutting edge equipment, and hundreds of vendors in the vast exhibit hall.

There are quite a few lynda.com authors who will be speaking at NAB this year, and it’s not too late to register for tickets.

lynda.com authors speaking at NAB include Robbie Carman, Mark Christiansen, Abba Shapiro, Rich Harrington, Larry Jordan, Scott Bourne, Jeff Greenberg, Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer, and Jeff Foster. Look for them on the NAB sessions calendar.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #2 – The Layers Palette

Published by | Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Home to at least eight of the features Deke has mentioned so far in the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, the Layers palette is command central—the place where most of the action in Photoshop happens. Were it not for this one palette, Photoshop as we know it would not exist.