The history of Softimage is interwoven with the history of 3D animation. The program goes back to the 1980s, when it became the first go-to software tool for character animation. The dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? Animated in Softimage 3D. In fact, many early CG milestones used Softimage. In the mid-1990s, Microsoft purchased Softimage Co. and ported Softimage 3D to Windows. The software was then purchased by Avid Technology a few years later, where it became Softimage XSI, then sold again to Autodesk. And with every one of those changes, the software lost momentum; it never fully recovered.
It’s hard to capture architecture in standard photographs—especially contemporary architecture such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, which can call itself, without boasting, “the most important structure of its time.” Buildings like the Guggenheim Bilbao and its surrounding landscape are what panoramas are made for.
In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to stitch 19 different photographs of the museum into a gorgeous panorama in Photoshop, and then use the Adaptive Wide Angle filter to correct any distortion that results. The technique quickly revisits the Photomerge feature covered in previous episodes and then shows you how to straighten and correct details in the image using the filter’s Correction options. Deke also crops the photo and rebuilds missing areas of the sky with Content-Aware Fill—and corrects any of the telltale, repeating details this tool can sometimes introduce.
Today marks a new direction for Monday Productivity Pointers. Instead of two videos each week (one free and one exclusively for members), we’ll be releasing just one video per week going forward. It will be free to everyone for a week at lynda.com; after that it will be available for members only.
We’re excited to announce a new lynda.com navigation bar, designed to help you more easily find courses and access learning tools. The result of extensive usability testing and member research, our new navigation bar includes several key enhancements to make your lynda.com experience smoother and more flexible.
Browse the library
Our new Browse the library menu makes it easier to scan training topics and software titles within each subject and find the courses you’re looking for.
Often the best camera is the one you already have with you—like your iPhone. Shooting video with an iPhone today is comparable to using an actual video camera. The iPhone 5S includes many features such as 1080 HD video, 30 FPS, slow-motion video capability, and video stabilization, and in this episode Robbie and I walk you through the video features of the iPhone 5S and show how easy it is to take and make great videos.
Create blank lines for your forms and contracts the easy way in InDesign. David Blatner reveals his secret for adding blank lines inside running text and at the end of a line: rules. When you want to add them after text, simply select the text, open the Paragraph Rules dialog, and enable Rule Above and Rule Below. You can then adjust properties like weight, offset, width, and indent to fit your layout. You can even transform your custom rules into a paragraph style, so you can add more blank lines with a single click.
One of the biggest potential wastes of time and money in corporate America is the team-building retreat. Retreats are rarely well planned well or correctly facilitated. The result is that teams often dread attending retreats, considering them either a waste of time or, best case, merely some “fun time” away from the office. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If handled correctly, team retreats can be productive, educational events that strengthen team bonds and encourage creativity.
My first management tip this week looks at the planning phase of a successful team retreat. It starts with being honest about what the team needs; a dose of fun is always helpful, but it should be bundled with serious, targeted learning. Is your team’s key issue trust? A lack of candor? Greater accountability? Brainstorm on the possible learning areas you could tackle, talk to your team, and choose a relevant topic.