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By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What to Do When Your Content Is Pirated

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I woke up on Saturday to find a new link posted to a popular video editors forum I belong to. It was advertising lots of free tutorials, available to anyone.

I looked closer at the post, and noticed that the tutorials were mine—those I had recorded under contract for lynda.com. As a special bonus, the collection even came with a cracked (unauthorized) copy of the software that I teach!

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 17

Day 17

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to drawn an eye as realistically as possible—and then to draw one as graphically as possible.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Work with a Difficult Boss

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Here’s an uncomfortable but inevitable truth: Sooner or later, we all have to work for people we don’t like!

Hopefully, this won’t happen to you too often—and when it does, let’s hope it doesn’t last.

But when you’re in the middle of it, you need to know how to effectively navigate the situation.

By Kristin Ellison | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 16

Day 16

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to use the reference images of an owl and redraw it in an iconic style by reducing its form to simple flat shapes.

By Terry Lee Stone | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

3 Truths About Freelancing

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After years of working as an employee for several design firms, I came to freelancing later in my career—and found that I needed to acquire a few new skills.

Here are some things I’ve learned as a freelancer:

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Creating a 3D Doughnut in Illustrator

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Today, foodies are the food. The people who declare the cupcake out and the cronut passé have dared to critique the most cherished of tasty treats: the doughnut.

So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to transform two flat foodie characters into 3D glazed doughnuts with Adobe Illustrator.

Don’t worry; it’s nondestructive. In fact, this technique relies on a dynamic effect called 3D Revolve that never puts the characters in real harm’s way.

By Judy Steiner-Williams | Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Write a Research Paper — in 3 Steps

 

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The thought of researching and writing a paper can be intimidating.

Your syllabus lists four research paper assignments. Questions begin swirling through your mind: Where do I start? What format should I use? And most importantly—how do I get an A?

I’ll answer these questions and more, and show you the three easy steps to writing a research paper to impress your professors:

By Kristin Ellison | Monday, August 25, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 15

Day 15

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to redraw the dinosaurs he provided, distorting them in any way we needed to make them fit.

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