Archive for July, 2010

Building cross-browser, interactive web sites with open-source JavaScript libraries

Published by | Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

In Prototype and Essential Training, Joe Marini introduces the concepts and techniques for using Prototype and, two of the most popular open-source JavaScript libraries for building cross-browser, highly interactive, and visually appealing web sites. This course also covers installing each of the libraries and explaining their unique purposes, using simple CSS3 expressions to manipulate web content, working with events in a cross-browser way, and enhancing a real-world web site example to show different ways that the libraries can be used.

Create compelling architectural designs in Revit

Published by | Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

In Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training, author Paul F. Aubin shows how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Revit. This course covers the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from design concept to publishing. It also covers navigating the Revit interface, modeling basic building features such as walls, doors and windows, working with sketch-based components such as roofs and stairs, annotating designs with dimensions and callouts, and adding 3D geometry.

New Creative Inspirations documentary highlights the career of DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh

Published by | Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Put on your yellow hazmat suit, strap on your energy dome, and listen up, spuds!

OK, if the last sentence didn’t make any sense, then you missed being part of DEVO’s following. But it’s never too late.

Our latest Creative Inspirations documentary installment, Mark Mothersbaugh, Music Composer, tunes in to one of the founders of the alternative band DEVO. Mark is also a very talented music composer for film, television, and games. We hook up with Mark at Mutato Muzika, the round, bright green building on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, to talk about his life from the de-evolution days, to the 70 films he’s scored, to the new DEVO album—their first in over 20 years. Meet key members of the Mutato family that do everything from write orchestrations for 100-piece orchestras and manage the extensive collection of Mark’s art that is exhibited all over the world.

It’s a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet one of Hollywood’s enduring artistic talents.

Taking the long view on landscape photography

Published by | Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Last week, we published Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography, a new course from Ben Long. Ben is a veteran photographer, teacher, and author. I’ve been reading his articles on photography and Photoshop for years, and my copy of his book, Complete Digital Photography, is as dog-eared as my dog’s ears.

True to its name, Ben’s course focuses on using Photoshop CS5 to make landscape photos look their best—to optimize their appearance and composition in ways that do justice to the original scene.

And because photography isn’t just about Photoshop, Ben and our live-action crew ventured into the great outdoors to shoot some downright gorgeous on-location movies that deal with everything from choosing equipment to shooting images for panoramas and high-dynamic range (HDR) processing.

If the phrase “landscape photography” makes you think of Ansel Adams taking a week to shoot a single photo using a camera the size of a phone booth, think again. All of us shoot landscapes when we’re on vacation or driving along a scenic road.

“One of the most important techniques a landscape photographer needs to master is the U-turn,” Ben once told me.

So whether you specialize in fine-art landscapes or simply like to capture the beauty of the world around you, you’ll benefit from Ben’s creative insights and exceptional teaching ability. Watch a few minutes of Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography and let us know what you think.

Introducing two new Avid Media Composer 5 authors and courses at

Published by | Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Our effort to expand our list of video titles brings two new courses and two new authors to Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started with Steve Holyhead and Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training with Ashley Kennedy. Avid is one of the pioneering video editing suites, and the software is used extensively in feature films, television, and many other venues. The brand new Media Composer 5 offers a completely reengineered platform that has been getting a very positive response. For those who want to get their feet wet in the world of Avid editing, we’re proud to present two courses.

In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects.

In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, inclusing how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer.

We hope these courses are the start of an ongoing series of titles that cover Avid tools and workflows. Let us know what you think. top pick for editing tutorials

Published by | Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The Cisco blog lists as a site they love for “learning new editing programs, motion graphics or even basics on Microsoft programs like Office, Apple iMovie, etc… not only is it GREAT for doing video based training on stuff I own… but stuff I am considering.”

Read the full story on the Cisco blog, Telling Better Stories with Video.

Preserving web design resources

Published by | Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Greg Storey of Airbag talks about his dilemna: What do you do with old web design books? Lynda Weinman’s designing web graphics.2, he says, is a keeper.

Read his full story on Airbag.

Setting up a DNS server to provide network resources

Published by | Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

In Mac OS X Server 10.6 Snow Leopard: DNS and Network Services, instructor Sean Colins introduces the networking services available in Snow Leopard Server. This course covers setting up a DNS server to provide network resources, using firewalls to protect systems against intrusion and to route traffic, using DHCP to automatically configure network settings for computers when they join a network, and accessing a network securely via a remote VPN (virtual private network) connection.