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By Steve Grisetti | Friday, March 27, 2015

HitFilm 3 Pro: Blasts, Bursts, and Booms for All Skill Levels

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If you’re relatively new to special effects, you may be most comfortable working with grab-and-drop preset effects. Or you may be more of a do-it-yourselfer, preferring deeper settings and advanced levels of customization.

Whatever your comfort level, HitFilm 3 Pro will meet you there—and accompany you as deep as you want to go.

For those who like working with presets, the program comes bundled, for instance, with a surprisingly specific library of ready-to-go gunfire blasts—from small arms to laser beams and from shotguns to Uzis. And for expert users, the program is fully equipped with tools for creating blasts, bursts, and explosions from scratch, with dozens of emitter, core, force, and particle controls.

Let me show you!

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Use a Preset Photoshop or Illustrator Art Path in InDesign

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Learn how to make your InDesign layouts even more dynamic by customizing the shape of your image frames.

You can edit frames with the Pen tool—but why not use a preset art path from InDesign’s sister programs, Illustrator and Photoshop?

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Programming Pro Peggy Fisher Mentors Women Coders

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Peggy Fisher doesn’t mind being a woman in a male-dominated profession. It didn’t bother her as an undergrad studying computer science 35 years ago. It didn’t even bother her as the only woman in a class of 100 volunteer firefighters in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

“It didn’t matter,” she says. “I was there to learn.”

What does bother Peggy—whose lynda.com courses cover Java, C++, and Arduino—is that girls and women aren’t taking full advantage of the wide-open professional possibilities in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. As one of the few female programming teachers at Penn State, she mentors incoming freshmen towards careers as women coders.

Find out how female programming students may be better than their male peers, according to Peggy—and why her job includes manicures (yep, you heard me).

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Great Business Relationships Are Key to Small-Business Success

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I don’t care if you’re the smartest small-business owner on the planet, with the best products or services, and cutting-edge technology. I don’t even care if you’ve got a foolproof business model.

You can have all the brainpower and the very best tools and still not compete effectively. That’s because all of those things—products, technologies, and business models—are about potential. They aren’t worth much until they’re used within great business relationships

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Create 'Pinstriped' Type Like the Madonna MDNA Album

Mimic the striped type on the Madonna MDNA album

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. For the last two weeks, we’ve been creating an image inspired by the cover art on the Madonna MDNA album — but this week’s technique is great whether you’ve been following along or not.

The “pinstriped” type Deke creates in Adobe Photoshop looks just like the type on Madonna’s album cover, and would look just as cool in your own composition.

By Gini Courter | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Share Your Brand in Word, Excel & PowerPoint — with Office Themes

Use Office themes to brand your documents

Here’s some great news for business users of Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013: You have all the tools you need to apply your company brand—its unique look and feel—to documents, presentations, even spreadsheets.

Office themes are designed to enforce your branding efforts whether you’re building robust templates that support your organization’s communications, launching a fresh identity for a departmental initiative, or creating an innovative personal brand.

Many of the Office branding features are global, so the branding work you do in one Office application (for example, Word) is automatically available for use in Excel and PowerPoint.

Here’s how you can use Office themes to communicate your organization’s identity:

By Rudolph Rosenberg | Monday, March 23, 2015

Productivity Tips: Take Control of Your Day in 5 Simple Steps

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Ever wondered how some people stay calm in the face of a massive amount of work and conflicting priorities?

They know how to select from that long list of priorities the very few things that really need doing right away.

Well, I’m not one of those lucky people. There are some days when I feel I just have too much on my plate—too many important-seeming things that require my attention.

When that happens, I use a very simple technique to sort through my true priorities and identify what I should focus on.

Let me show you the simple productivity tips that help me get things done:

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 22, 2015

Retired Nurse Loves Photography Again—Thanks to lynda.com

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Joyce Wells loves to learn. She earned as associate’s degree in her 20s, a bachelor’s degree in her 40s, and a master’s in nursing at age 60.

But there was one thing she didn’t care to learn: digital photography.

“I’ve been interested in photography for 35 years,” says Joyce, a former Cub Scout leader who taught her scouts photography. “But around 2000, I got so disgusted because everything was going digital. I like the darkroom. I like my black and whites. I just thought, this is fake photography.

“I put away my cameras and didn’t pick them up for four or five years.”

It was her grown son who changed her mind:

“He said, ‘Mom, your darkroom is just … inside your camera.’ So I went and got a digital camera.”

Actually, she got two—and a membership to lynda.com. Now she loves her Nikons, uses Photoshop, and takes photography trips with her son and friends from Panama to Nova Scotia.

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