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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.

By Chris Converse | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Optimize Web Content for Mobile

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Your site’s performance can make as much of an impression as its content. When considering the many ways users will be accessing your site, it’s also important to consider what content you show, based on screen size. The two techniques discussed below will allow you to tailor content, animation, and overall user experience.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'Uncropping' a Cropped Photo

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When you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation and you’re experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment—you only get one chance to get the shot. And in the heat of the moment, a lot of us fall prey to the “photographer’s sin,” as Deke calls it: cropping out an arm, a leg, or some other vital body part.

Take the image featured in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, starring Deke’s sons Sam and Max. They’re posed on the top of the Ixmoja pyramid among the ruins of Coba, an ancient Maya city. It’s a great photograph in every way except two: The horizon is crooked and poor Sam’s foot is cut off.

Luckily, Deke has a way to salvage this photo: using the Crop and Content-Aware Fill tools to both straighten and “uncrop” the photograph.

By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Share a Google Doc with a Non-Google User

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Sharing and simultaneous collaboration is a huge benefit to using Google drive—but what if you have to share a Google Doc file (such as a word-processing document) with a user who doesn’t actually have a Google account?

By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 21, 2014

Download your Twitter Archive

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A few weeks ago, I showed you how to download your Facebook timeline to your computer. This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a similar feature in Twitter.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Things You Must Do Before Starting a Photography Business

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Friends are asking you to take their family photos. Strangers are inquiring about copies of your images. You’re thinking about trying to make some money from your photography.

But what do you need to get started? Here’s a checklist for getting started with your photography business.

By Scott Fegette | Sunday, July 20, 2014

Deconstructing Game of Thrones' Visual Effects

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It’s often said that visual effects only succeed when you don’t notice them. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received a staggering 19 Emmy nominations in 2014, including Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. It’s no surprise, given the show’s beautifully integrated visual effects are largely responsible for immersing viewers into its fictional world of Westeros. German VFX house Mackevision recently published a video breakdown of its visual effects work on the show’s fourth season, and as stunning as it is, the FX techniques they employed to create the world of “Game of Thrones” aren’t as out of reach to mere mortals as you may think. First, watch the reel.

By David Powers | Saturday, July 19, 2014

Send Email from a Web Form with PHP

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Sending the contents of an online form to an email address is one of the most useful applications of PHP. It’s not difficult; but it’s easy to make a mistake. In this article, I’ll show you how to avoid common pitfalls that arise when sending the contents of a form with PHP.

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