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Windows 8.1 Preview First Look

with: Doug Winnie

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Windows 8.1 is on the horizon. Learn what to look for in this new release of Windows, which offers a few small changes that amount to big news. Staff author Doug Winnie reviews the Start screen enhancements, with a return of the Start button and the ability to customize the organization of your apps; the new search functionality; and other features of this preview.


Building an Integrated Online Marketing Plan

with: Matt Bailey

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Learn how to integrate all the moving parts of a successful marketing strategy—email, social media, search, and more—without diluting your message is a critical skill for businesses large and small.


Up and Running with Evernote for Windows

with: David Rivers

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Harness the power of Evernote for Windows, a popular cloud note-taking and note-sharing tool. The course begins with a look at ways Evernote can help you note and track important items and then build and work with notes and collect notebooks for sharing.


Up and Running with Evernote for Mac

with: David Rivers

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Harness the power of Evernote for Mac, a popular cloud note-taking and note-sharing tool. This course begins with a look at ways Evernote can help you note and track important items and then build and work with notes and collect notebooks for sharing.



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Creativity and Learning: A Conversation with Lynda Barry

with: Lynda Barry

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What happens when a renowned cartoonist, humorist, and writer sits down with a passionate educator? You get an inspiring conversation about creativity, learning, and the importance of arts education in America. Lynda Weinman interviews Lynda Barry, her friend and fellow alumni of Evergreen State College, at our campus in Carpinteria, California.


The Creative Spark: Von Glitschka, Illustrative Designer

with: Von Glitschka

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Von Glitschka shows us how to take our brains offline to find design inspiration through sketching and exploring the world around us.


Illustrator CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

with: Deke McClelland

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Learn to create elegant, optimized graphics with Adobe Illustrator and industry-pro Deke McClelland’s patented One-on-One path to mastery—now updated for Illustrator Creative Cloud. This installment introduces the basic features of Illustrator CC: sizing and arranging artboards; accessing panels, menus, and tools; and creating your first illustrations with line art, shapes, and type.


Creating an Interactive PDF Magazine

with: Mike Rankin

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Learn to take a magazine originally designed as a static Adobe InDesign document and convert it to an interactive PDF. Of all the ways to create a digital magazine, PDF is a great choice because it fully preserves the look of your print design and requires no coding to create.



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Start with a Theme: Food Blogs in WordPress

with: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

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Learn how to set up a food blog using WordPress and work with two different themes (Gallery and Truly Minimal) and a plugin that result in three completely different looks.


Applied Interaction Design

with: David Hogue

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Dave Hogue has been studying how people interact with digital devices and interfaces for over 15 years, and knows how design can make or break a website. In this course, he shares a hands-on approach to improving interaction design for a better user experience on the web.



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Up and Running with Cloud Storage APIs

with: Joseph LeBlanc

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Cloud storage services give you limitless capacity and flexible access through convenient APIs. This course explores the RESTful APIs of several popular cloud storage services, and shows some practical examples of simple applications that can be built with them.


Up and Running with AngularJS

with: Joseph LeBlanc

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Extend HTML through the rich JavaScript framework AngularJS. Learn how to use scoped controllers to bind data to markup, while keeping your JavaScript decoupled and reusable. Use filters to handle the final visual output of your data, without cluttering the rest of your codebase.


Up and Running with Raspberry Pi

with: Mark Niemann-Ross

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The Raspberry Pi is a small, cheap, single-board computer that opens a new door to computer exploration. Simple to use and program, it can be embedded in innovative projects and has been used to build Internet-connected dog treat dispensers, low-res plotters, cell phone—operated coffeemakers, and a solar-powered computer.


Up and Running with Python

with: Joe Marini

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Get a quick intro to Python, the popular and highly readable object-oriented language. Joe Marini provides an overview of the installation process, basic Python syntax, and an example of how to construct and run a simple Python program. Learn to work with dates and times, read and write files, and retrieve and parse HTML, JSON, and XML data from the web.


Up and Running with Google Cloud Platform

with: Joseph Lowery

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Google Cloud Platform makes the robust infrastructure of Google—including its high-speed network, servers, and software—available on an enterprise level but accessible to the everyday web developer. In this course, author Joseph Lowery introduces each of the service’s five products: App Engine, Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, BigQuery, and Cloud SQL.



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The Creative Spark: Brian Kaufman, Visual Journalist

with: Brian Kaufman

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Wander around the Packard Plant with Brian Kaufman, a visual journalist for the Detroit Free Press as he documents the plant’s deterioration and explains how his multimedia projects boost newspapers’ relevance in a digital age.


Shooting a Photo Essay: An Artist at Work

with: Paul Taggart

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A photo essay is a series of photographs that tell a story about a person, place, event, or trend. In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart takes us on assignment as he photographs Kevin Carman, an artist in Ventura, California.


Working with Raw-Format Photos in Lightroom and Photoshop

with: Bryan O’Neil Hughes

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Many cameras can save photos in raw format, and it’s the best way to capture all the data the sensor is capable of recording. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw (included with Photoshop) to bring out the best in these kinds of photos.


Lightroom 5 Essentials: 03 Develop Module Basics

with: Chris Orwig

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This installment of Lightroom 5 Essentials shows how to boost the quality of your images—their color, tone, saturation, and brightness—and restore seemingly “lost” detail using the powerful Develop module in Adobe Lightroom.


Using Presets in Lightroom

with: Jan Kabili

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Learn how to put Adobe Lightroom presets to work for you. Jan Kabili covers how to create and apply presets to save time and automate repetitive tasks at key points in your Lightroom workflow—when you’re importing, editing, and exporting your photos.



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Sony Vegas Pro Essential Training

with: Steve Grisetti

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Learning to edit video professionally or to cut your own projects together? Get to know Sony Vegas Pro. In these tutorials, film and television industry veteran Steve Grisetti walks you through the entire Vegas workflow.


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Learning V-Ray for Maya: A Professional Reference Guide

with: Dariush Derakhshani

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V-Ray for Maya is powerful rendering software that allows you to have render-time subdivisions, motion blur, and depth of field in your renders. It also offers an innovative global illumination engine. This course covers all the key aspects of V-Ray, from lights and shaders to object properties and render layers, as well as creating passes and elements, and of course rendering and optimizing.


Vehicle Rigging in Maya

with: Adam Crespi

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Learn to rig a car model in Autodesk Maya for use in animation, games, design visualization, and visual effects. Author Adam Crespi starts with an overview of parenting and hierarchy, moving into separating the model into working components.


Light and Texture for Product Visualization in modo

with: Ellery Connell

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This course will help you build the skills you need to create stunning product visualizations in modo. Learn how to work with materials, textures, UV maps, lights, and environments, as well as how to create clean and professional finished renders.



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Logic Pro X New Features

with: Dot Bustelo

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Logic Pro X is here, with a set of powerful creative tools for musicians and producers. Dive into the new streamlined, modern interface and the new feature set with Logic insider Dot Bustelo.


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