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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tips on Working with Captions in InDesign

Captions in InDesign don't have to be tricky

Make it easier to work with captions—with these InDesign Secrets.

In this week’s free video, I’ll show you how to keep your captions in InDesign looking consistent from page to page in a magazine spread or any other long document.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, January 29, 2015

Introduction to Video Editing: Continuity Editing

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My new course Introduction to Video Editing weaves targeted technical instruction with the art and aesthetics of film editing—using classic and contemporary examples from the last century of cinema.

Whether you’re a video-editing novice or you just need a refresher on aesthetics, you can dive right in to learn just how important the editor’s role is within the storytelling process. You’ll also learn how to follow the rules of editing—and how to break them.

This article will give you a taste of the course by showing how a good editor maintains continuity.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Teacher Tips: Using Social Media in the Classroom

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A growing number of teachers are incorporating social media into their lesson plans—and I’m one of them.

It’s been great to see students really embrace some innovative ways of expression through apps like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress—creating and curating images and ideas while interacting with their world outside of the classroom. It helps us teachers break down classroom walls and class-time barriers as students learn and reflect by using tools on their mobile devices.

Here are some great ways to use social media in the classroom:

By Todd Perkins | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to Develop Android Apps: Build Your First One!

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There are a lot of tools out there to help you build Android apps, but if you’re new to developing for the Android platform, where should you start?

This guide will show you how to develop Android apps — whether you have any prior programming experience or not.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Correcting Brightness for Print — with Deke's Techniques

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When you create vibrant, continuous color artwork (like the flowering origami pattern shown in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques), you inevitably encounter problems when it comes to printing.

In particular, you might see banding in areas where colors transition and a general darkening effect. But it’s not a calibration problem; it’s a gamut problem.

The colors you see on your monitor aren’t always printable—even on sophisticated printers. When it comes down to it, you’re better off modifying the artwork than trying to tinker around with inks.

This week—free for one week only—Deke shows how to correct brightness for print by taking your vector artwork into Photoshop, where you can better isolate and control the corrections.

By Curt Frye | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Create Pivot Tables in Excel 2010

Excel workbooks let you summarize your data using a powerful set of built-in functions and features such as sorting and filtering.

That said, basic worksheets are static and make rearranging data difficult. Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid all that cutting and pasting: Pivot Tables.

You can learn everything you’d ever want to know from my lynda.com courses Excel 2007: PivotTables for Data AnalysisExcel 2010: PivotTables in Depthand Excel 2013: PivotTables in Depth.

But here’s a quick-start guide for you:

By Scott Fegette | Monday, January 26, 2015

New Feature: Download Your Notes on lynda.com Courses!

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Starting today, you can download the course notes that you’ve saved at lynda.com!

Since last year, our members have been able to take notes on their courses—but until now they were only handy while you were logged into your lynda.com account online.

Now you can export any note you’ve taken to three different file formats, and two popular cloud services.

By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, January 26, 2015

Stop Junk Mail from Burying You at Home

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How many free address labels and calendars do you really need?

Nonprofit organizations are one of the prime contributors to the piles of junk mail we get at home every day. And although you may want to support a particular charity and its mission, most of us do not need the constant donation requests in our mailboxes.

In my free video tutorial Stopping unwanted junk mail, I offer lots of tips for reducing the amount of mail you have to sift through and recycle each day.

Here’s how to stop junk mail from charities, specifically:

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