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Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Game Prop Creation in Maya

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Sep 5th 2012
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Discover Autodesk Maya and the excitement of 3D game props and special effects. Educator and trainer in 3D applications for computer generated imagery Adam Crespi, demonstrates modeling techniques that encourage real-world details such as dirt, grain, wear, and rust using UV maps and ambient occlusion. Additionally, Crespi reveals in the course how to influence simple parts and reusable textures, block out the overall form of a prop, convert bump maps to normal maps, unwrap and clone objects, painting textures,... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Maya Rendering for After Effects Composites

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Sep 4th 2012
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Through this course, learn how to create render passes in Autodesk Maya and how to recombine the passes in Adobe After Effects. Author, animator, and director Lee Lanier teaches viewers in this quick and effective course the Render Layer Editor and mental ray rendering system. Furthermore, learn how to work with image sequences, match 3D camera video footage, light models in Maya, split scenes into multiple render passes, batch render, setup and manage motion trackers, refine layers with rotoscoping,... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: WordPress Building Responsive Themes

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Sep 3rd 2012
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Learn how to create and design responsive webpages that automatically adjust to the many different screen sizes to ensure your visitors a positive tour to your website. Author and web designer Morten Rand-Hendriksen demonstrates how elements within a theme can be altered to guarantee that your website is easily accessible on mobile devices, desktops and tablets through code examples and design strategies and practices. The course helps you learn what screen sizes are most common, how to create responsive... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Windows 8 Release Preview First Look

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Sep 1st 2012
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Take a peek into the newest Windows 8 operating system release and be one of the first to get acquainted with the new program enhancements and special features. Training Specialist and author David Rivers demonstrates in the training video the latest updates found in Windows 8 and explains how to make a seamless transition to the new interface, how to navigate through the operating system, how to work in many different applications, and how to connect with others on... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: WordPress Mobile Solutions

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 31st 2012
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Learn how to install and configure plugins to create mobile WordPress websites. Author and web designer and developer Morton Rand-Hendriksen reveals in this course how to operate three different plugins including WP Mobile Detector which automatically adjusts to your device type, WPtouch which transforms websites into an app theme, and WordPress Mobile Pack which makes much-needed adjustments. Whether you are modifying a website appearance, tracking stats, configuring themes or widgets, customizing menus, or sending push notifications, the course author... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Creating Game Environments in Maya and Photoshop

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 30th 2012
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Learn how to construct 3D buildings for video game imagery with this online tutorial from Adam Crespi, renowned visual design and animation educator and trainer. The course begins with modular blocking and planning techniques in Adobe Photoshop and then progresses to building re-creation in Maya with polygonal modeling and texturing techniques. Learn how to create model elements such as walls, doors, islands, and canopies as well as create contours and shadows, add texture stacking, moving and sewing UVs, painting... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: InDesign Typography

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 29th 2012
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Discover Adobe InDesign typography with Nigel French, experienced graphic designer and educator, as he teaches the many aspects of typeface and defines the vocabulary of typography. In this online tutorial, explore the abundance of type features, type options, and type preferences. You will also learn the many different page elements including alignment, spacing, indentions, columns, and grids. Using real and factual examples, this course is for intermediate designers who want to go beyond the basics and dig more into... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Building Your Brand

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 28th 2012
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Build your name and personal brand with author, speaker, trainer, marketing expert, and CEO of Web Marketing Therapy, Lorrie Thomas Ross. This short course for beginners quickly examines the world of brands and branding. The author of this training tutorial provides an outline of branding basics and teaches how to brand your business and yourself with confidence. Tried and true examples are given to prove success through consistency and communication as well as how to build visibility and credibility... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 24th 2012
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Paul F. Aubin, independent architecture consultant and acclaimed author, presents this training course on how to create compelling architectural designs with Autodesk Revit software. In the training tutorial, Aubin introduces the building information modeling (BIM) workflow and how to work with one model in many different views and how to use the various software modeling tools. Readers will also navigate the Revit interface, learn how to start a project, work with modeling basics and modeling components, create and work... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Creative Portfolios in WordPress

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Aug 23rd 2012
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Web designer, developer, and WordPress enthusiast Morten Rand-Hendriksen has crafted this tutorial for the specific purpose of creating an online portfolio using three free WordPress themes (Hatch, Gridly, and Touchfolio) that result in three different unique web appearances. Whatever the need for a web presence, this tutorial will guide you to setting up your personal portfolio site, teach you how to configure the theme options without ever having to work with codes, and explains the advantages and disadvantages of... CONTINUE READING

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