Archive for March, 2011

Outlook 2007/2010 shortcut: changing the default address book

Published by | Monday, March 14th, 2011

Ever email your boss an email meant for your friend because Outlook pulled the wrong contact from the wrong address book? This tutorial from David Diskin shows how to change the default address book so the one you use most often is the one Outlook searches first. You’ll find this time-saving tip along with hundreds more in David’s new courses Outlook 2007 Power Shortcuts and Outlook 2010 Power Shortcuts.

Creating a Facebook Page for your organization

Published by | Friday, March 11th, 2011

Many people who are interested in creating a Facebook presence for their business, band, or other organization often make the mistake of setting up a new personal profile on Facebook, substituting the name of their organization into the First and Last name fields on the Facebook signup page. This can frequently result in frustration (especially when you’re trying to fill in the fields for the gender and birthdate of your organization), and there’s usually a decent chance of the profile being disabled by Facebook, because Facebook profiles are intended for personal use by individuals, not groups or companies.

To create a presence for your group, you need to use Facebook Pages, which are essentially profiles geared towards companies and other organizations or services. To create a Page, sign into your personal Facebook account and then go to facebook.com/pages and click the + Create Page button. (If you don’t have a personal Facebook account you can still create a page by going to facebook.com/pages, but you will have to register in order to administer your Page.)

Next, choose which kind of organization you’re creating the Page for, such as a band, a non-profit, your freelancing service, and so on. Based on the category you choose, you’ll be asked to enter additional information, such as the address of your business, or the name of the event you’re creating the Page for. Just follow the prompts to complete the required info. Once you’re done with the set up you’ll be taken to your page.

At that point you can start dressing up your Page like a regular Facebook profile by adding photos, posting status updates, and commenting or posting on other people’s Walls. One important note: if you want your comments to appear as being posted by your organization, and not from your personal Facebook account, go to the Account menu in the upper-right hand corner of the website, and choose Use Facebook as Page. If you have more than one Page, you’ll be able to select which identity you’d like to use when interacting with other pages and profiles. Return to the Accounts menu when you’re ready to switch back to your personal identity again.

Here are some other cool and useful things you can do with your Page. First click Edit Info under your Page’s name. From there you can do things like:

Add apps. Select Apps from the left hand column, and choose to add apps like Events, Photos, Video, and Discussion Boards, which make it easy to add multimedia and interactivity to your page.

Add Admins. More than one person can manage a Facebook Page. Just go to Manage Admins to give other Facebook users Admin privileges. Just be sure you trust the people you make admins, because they’ll have complete control over the Page.

Check your stats. Click Insights to see data and graphs detailing how many people have Liked your Page and how many users are actively using your Page each month.

And be sure to explore the other categories in the left sidebar to see what additional options are available for you to customize.

Once your Facebook Page is looking the way you like, be sure to promote it by linking to it on your personal account’s wall so that it will appear in your friends’ newsfeeds. Encourage friends and others to visit your page and to click the Like button and become Fans of your Page. Any updates or announcements you make on your Page will appear in the newsfeeds of all your Fans.

Learn more about creating Facebook Pages in Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter with Anne-Marie Concepcion, which will be updated later this spring with new information.

Access 2007/2010 shortcut: toggle between views

Published by | Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Sure, you can use the View toggle button in the upper left corner of the ribbon to toggle between views in Access 2007 or Access 2010. But did you know there are actually half a dozen ways to make the switch, depending on where your cursor is? This time-saving shortcut from Alicia Katz Pollock shows all the ways you can toggle between the Design and Data views. You’ll find this tip along with lots more in Alicia’s courses on lynda.com, Access 2007 Power Shortcuts and Access 2010 Power Shortcuts.

Deke’s Techniques #10: Making 3D type with Repoussé

Published by | Monday, March 7th, 2011

Nothing gives your words more weight than adding a third dimension to your text. This week, Deke shows you how to create 3D text using the Repoussé feature in Photoshop CS5 Extended. With this tool, you can take ordinary text, give it heft, add color to each of its newly created sides, and twirl it around to show off its new facets. Deke also shows you how to smooth out the edges and polish up your object by applying ray tracing. It may take a while to render, but, hey, it’s adding a whole new dimension to your Photoshop repertoire. Here’s what I created in just over 10 minutes, by just following along with Deke.

By the way, if you like the background in this week’s project (especially since the infiniteness of synthetic space reduces your need to match perspective with your 3D object), you can see how to make it from scratch in last week’s free video technique.

And for lynda.com members, there are two exclusive videos available inside the Deke’s Techniques course in the Online Training Library® this week, both of which further explore the Repoussé feature in Photoshop CS5 Extended. In the first movie, Deke shows you how to use one 3D object to cast shadows on another. And in the second, you’ll see how to adjust the lighting in the scene to modify your shadows.

Meanwhile, we’ll see you back on planet earth next week for another free video from Deke’s Techniques.

Related links:
Deke’s Techniques
courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library®
courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

Remembering Doyald Young, 1926-2011

Published by | Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Doyald at his drafting table.

All of us at lynda.com are mourning the loss of a true inspiration and magnanimous talent, Doyald Young. We were so fortunate to have worked with Doyald in 2010 to create one of our recent Creative Inspirations documentaries, Doyald Young, Logotype Designer. It is our hope that it is a fitting tribute to share our documentary with both members and non-members at no cost to honor his work and his life, his love of detail, and his joy in sharing the beauty of typography.

Watch Doyald Young, Logotype Designer, and please share the link to his documentary. He was an amazing man who made an indelible contribution to his field.

Deke’s Techniques #9: Building a synthetic starfield from scratch

Published by | Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This week, intrepid Photoshop explorer and lynda.com author Deke McClelland gives you no less than the infinite universe. Actually, this installment of Deke’s Techniques shows you how to create your own galaxy view, complete with stars, lens flare, and space gas, all created completely from scratch in Photoshop. Starting with a layer of nothing but black pixels, Deke uses smart objects and classic Photoshop filters to create an infinitely customizable space-scape that you can use in your own design voyages. The universe is at your command.

Next week, Deke will put this starfield to work as a useful background for dramatic repoussé text. In fact, every week Deke brings you a new free technique in this course, and lynda.com members can view the entire collection—plus some exclusive members-only techniques—inside the Online Training Library®.

Which are your favorite techniques so far and how have you put them to work?