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Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Lighting for Photographers

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 24th 2012
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This course is for beginner photographers who need to appreciate the basics of lighting and the techniques involved to create timeless images. Natalie Fobes, photographer and teacher, teaches this course for portraiture lighting, which is also applicable for strobe lighting. The course begins with taking apart photos to better understand the basics of lighting and the mood of a portrait. She then moves on to lighting setup options including the use of butterfly lighting, the Rembrandt pattern, split lighting... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: EaselJS First Look

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 23rd 2012
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EaselJS provides powerful solutions when working with rich graphics and interactivity with HTML5. This course from Ray Villalobos transitions graphic designers who are accustomed to working with Adobe Flash and ActionScript to the new framework and the HTML5 Canvas element. This training course introduces the JavaScript library which features hierarchal display lists and a core interaction model, how Canvas draws and animates, how to draw lines and strokes and graphic primitives, transforming and animating shapes, importing bitmaps and vector... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: SketchUp Rendering Using V-Ray

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 22nd 2012
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Learn how to create and render 3D architectural drawings with V-Ray. Brian Bradley, 3D artist and author, presents this online tutorial that shows you how use a single scene and create layers of features and elements to create a truly one-of-a-kind drawing. Learn how to add interior and exterior elements, add lighting with sun and sky, move cameras, and improve an objects appearance. Viewers will also be taught the basics of V-Ray and its tools and features, how to... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 19th 2012
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Professional photographer and framer Konrad Eek presents this online training tutorial for those interested in matting, framing, and hanging photographs without the added cost of paying a professional do it for you. This tutorial will teach you how to mat and frame your photos with simplicity and expertise. Eek provides you with tested techniques and inspired creativity needed to accomplish this task on your own. Viewers will learn framers’ vocabulary, how to select a mat and frame, deciding on... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: CINEMA 4D Essentials 6: HyperNURB Modeling and Sculpting

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 18th 2012
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This is the sixth course of the CINEMA 4D Essentials series with director, animator, editor and author Rob Garrott who introduces two modeling techniques including HyperNURBS and sculpting. Garrott teaches the basics for both methods and how to prepare and work with them both. When working with HyperNURB learn how to prepare your model, create loose shapes when working with polygon modeling tools, connect shapes and bridge gaps, refine shapes with knife cuts, and clean up the lines by... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: CINEMA 4D Essentials 5: Rendering and Compositing

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 17th 2012
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This fifth online training tutorial in the CINEMA 4D Essentials series with director, animator, editor and author Rob Garrott covers the basics of image rendering and compositing those elements and effects into a movie. The tutorial walks you through configuring and adjusting your render and multipass render settings, understanding the linear and 3D animation workflows, and using the composite tag and object buffers to create a truly unique composite. Stay tuned for more videos in this CINEMA 4D Essentials... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Acing Your Interview

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 16th 2012
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Ace your interview and get the job of your dreams with the help of career coach Valerie Sutton. This online training tutorial prepares you for different interview questions and interview styles and how to practice and answer those questions based on your research of the company. Learn how to make a first and lasting impression, navigate the difficult interviews, ask smart and impressive questions, assess your performance, give your thanks, and respond to a follow-up decision. This course gives... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: CINEMA 4D Essentials 4: Materials, Texturing, and Lights

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 15th 2012
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This fourth tutorial in the CINEMA 4D Essentials series covers the enhancement options for 3D objects with color and clarity. Director, animator, editor and author Rob Garrott leads this online tutorial. He describes how to create color and texture such as reflective and shiny, rough and bumpy, transparent, and how to texture with multiple materials. You’ll also learn how to work with lights in the 3D world, the effects of light, how to create and adjust shadows, and how... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Dreamscapes

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Oct 12th 2012
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Use Adobe Photoshop to create truly unique artwork and “turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.” Author and illustrator Bert Monroy presents this training tutorial and shares techniques to fine-tune and modify your images to create new unique and incomparable artwork. Learn how to transform images from one look to another, combine photos, create alpha channels, composite photos, blend colors and tones, and isolate content. Enhance your images and imagination with Photoshop! Topics include: • Understanding the basics • Moonlit... CONTINUE READING

The Best WordPress Portfolio Themes in 2012 (so far)

By: Nathan Weller on Oct 11th 2012
The Best WordPress Portfolio Themes in 2012 (so far)

In my first post for GraphicDesign.com I outlined the pro’s and con’s of using WordPress as your portfolio platform in addition to (and even instead of) the other options readily available on the web. I argued that WordPress is the most open, powerful, customizable, and effective platform for designers (or artists of any kind for that matter) to build a meaningful and profitable personal brand online. Now, as a follow up to that article I’ve put together a list... CONTINUE READING

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