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By David Blatner | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Delete Paragraphs Tabs — with InDesign Secrets

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Macs and PCs aren’t typewriters! But people still add spaces or tabs to the beginning of paragraphs in their documents. Unfortunately, it then falls to you, the designer, to remove them for layout in InDesign.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Please Release Me: When to Use a Model Release Form

A model release form is never a bad idea

Humans are among the most popular photographic subjects—of course. But when do you need a model release form before clicking the shutter or displaying those photos?

By Scott Erickson | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Key to Success for 'Book of Life' Director? Ignore the Word No

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“No.”

It’s a word Jorge Gutierrez has heard many times in his career. But as we discovered in our documentary about him a few years back, he never let that stop him.

And today, after a 14 year struggle, his first feature-length animated film, “The Book of Life,” is in theaters everywhere.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stuck in a Creative Rut? Bust Out of Your Daily Routine

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Here’s an odd truth: The very routines that make your day bearable are killing your creative capacity.

We all rely on thousands of daily routines to navigate our basic tasks: the order of our morning routines, the clothes we choose to wear, the place where we buy our morning coffee, the route we drive to work, the people with whom we eat lunch, and so on.

The result? Decreased creative thought. The more we rely on our automatic processes, the less we are actually thinking something through; there’s no real opportunity for new insight.

But you can change that.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beyond Pleasantville and Sin City: Secondary Color Correction

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For newbies, the process of secondary color correction may be reduced to references to the movies Pleasantville or Sin City.

If you’ve seen those movies, you know what I mean; selective colors emerge dramatically from a mostly black-and-white world.

While this may be easiest to understand with such stark differences in color palette, secondary color correction is actually a great tool any time you want to perform color replacement—and most of the time, you’re dealing with much subtler adjustments.

What is secondary color correction?

Simply put, it’s when you isolate a range of color, saturation, and brightness values and make adjustments in only that range—with minimal or no effect on the remainder of the color spectrum.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly tutorials, we’ll take a look at how to perform secondary color correction in both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Code Clinic: Program a Musical Instrument

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If you want to learn to program, you can’t do better than watching an expert coder at work.

Code Clinic is a series of courses from lynda.com that gives you a front-row seat to watch a panel of expert authors solve computer challenges—and this fourth Code Clinic challenge is deceptively simple:

Create a musical instrument using the mouse.

By Nick Brazzi | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Set Up with Apple Pay and Instant Hotspot. We'll Help!

Apple Pay is easy to use

Apple Pay and Instant Hotspot are finally here—and they’re pretty great.

We’ve all been anxiously anticipating the release of Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment system, and with yesterday’s release of iOS 8.1, it has arrived. I did some shopping with it and want share my insights on how to get it running.

I’m happy to report that it’s very easy to use, as advertised. It takes a little bit of set up—and you do have to make a quick phone call to your bank to verify each of your credit cards for Apple Pay. But once it’s going, you can complete a transaction very quickly.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Transformation: Turn a Photo Subject into an Elf

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Halloween is almost here. Don’t have a costume? Outfit yourself in post—with this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke shows how to turn a normal teenage boy into a dark elf—an effect you can re-create with any of your own photographs. The trick (or treat) of this technique lies in Photoshop’s Liquify feature, which can be applied as a nondestructive Smart Filter in Photoshop CC.

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