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By Chris Converse | Saturday, July 26, 2014

Optimize Graphics for the Mobile Web

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When creating graphics for the web, we walk a delicate line between file size and image quality. We want smaller files for faster performing sites, especially on mobile, but we also want beautiful imagery on today/s high-quality screens.

With nearly 20% of all web traffic coming from mobile devices, it’s important to consider the file size of your graphics. The irony of this trend is that mobile devices have higher quality displays and, typically, a slower internet connection. This challenges web designers to create high-quality graphics with smaller file sizes.

This is a pretty tough order, but I have some techniques that can help reduce sizes and optimize graphics for web delivery.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, July 25, 2014

Create Logo Text with Paths and Layer Styles

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This week, Bert walks us through how to use paths and layer styles to create logo text.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 25, 2014

Audio Recording Alternatives to the Zoom H4n

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The Zoom H4n is a versatile audio recorder. Not only does it record in stereo, but it can record audio to four tracks while offering the option to add effects and EQ.

Still, it isn’t the only audio recorder on the market. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you some other choices available for recording audio.

By Deke McClelland | Friday, July 25, 2014

Missing Comic-Con? Become Your Own Hero—at Super Speed

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Classic comic book superheroes are notorious for their awesome powers of transformation. So in honor of Comic-Con 2014, and armed with my not-so-secret weapons Photoshop and Illustrator—I set out to transform this ordinary dumbbell dude on the left into the fabulously fabricated superhero on the right.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 24, 2014

InDesign Snippets vs. Libraries: What's the Difference?

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Snippets and libraries are both reusable pieces of InDesign content. Anything you can select can be turned into either a snippet or a library object—and can then be used again and again in other InDesign docs.

Both techniques beat copying and pasting. But what’s the difference? Why use snippets over libraries … or vice versa?

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Create Responsive Featured Images in WordPress

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Responsive layouts have become commonplace in today’s web experiences, but the current HTML <img> element still has a fundamental flaw when used with responsive designs: It assumes uniformity in the screens it’s displayed upon, a uniformity that doesn’t exist in today’s mobile-saturated world.

Consider an image on a web page from the viewer’s perspective. Although it appears to be part of the page, it’s actually a replaced element: The code of the page cuts a hole in the page big enough to contain the image, and then retrieves it from its remote location to fill that hole. In some cases the hole has a specified width and height; in others the hole is built to be flexible and scale to a percentage, or proportion, of the screen size.

By Joseph Linaschke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shoot Macro Photos — with a Pringles Can

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Macro photography requires a big investment in lots of expensive gear, right? Well, maybe not. With a little creative thinking, you can save money by doing some amazing things at home.

A ring light is an expensive but incredibly useful accessory for shooting flash photography of close-up objects. If you aren’t ready to invest in one, but want to play around with one, try this:

Using nothing more than a Pringles can and a few common household items, I’ll show you how to create softly lit macro photos with a pop-up flash.

By Selin Atagul | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playlist Center: lynda.com made you a mixtape

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Who doesn’t love getting a mixtape? It means someone cares about you. At lynda.com, we care about your learning—so we made you more than 100 mixtapes.

Check out the new lynda.com Playlist Center, where you’ll find carefully tailored playlists, or compilations of courses, that guide you through a variety of learning topics.

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