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By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Do Graphic Designers HAVE to Go to College?

Must a graphic designer go to college these days?

Do I have to go to college if I want to be a graphic designer?

This is a question I hear on almost a weekly basis. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as cut and dry as you might hope. These days the rules are much different than those that governed the workplace even five or ten years ago.

Do you have to go to college to be a graphic designer? No.

Here’s why you may—or may not—want to go:

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Facebook Cover Photo Size — Made Easy

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Want to create a custom Facebook cover—and match it to your profile picture?

Facebook has updated the layout of user profiles and made quite a few more changes under the hood since Deke last covered this topic in Deke’s Techniques.

So in this video, Deke covers the latest and greatest Facebook cover photo size and dimensions, providing measurements for every tiny detail, from the space taken up by your name to the gradient that appears over the lower third of the cover photo.

By Britt Andreatta | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

6 Steps to Creating a Learning Culture — and Why You Should

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Whether you know it or not, your organization already has a learning culture. If you employ humans, then learning happens in your workplace every day because we’re biologically wired to learn; we can’t stop ourselves from doing it.

The real question is whether you have a transformative learning culture that makes your organization more successful—or one that breeds conformity and stagnation.

I could go on and on about the perils of the latter: how organizations with poor learning cultures experience high turnover of their top talent, struggle to keep their customers, and ultimately fall behind their competitors on a number of fronts. They may seem profitable on paper for a bit, but ultimately the costs of the human factor catch up and they fail.

Organizations that create transformative learning cultures not only succeed but thrive. They know that learning is as natural and biologically driven as breathing—and they cultivate people’s potential through learning opportunities.

Here are the six steps to create a learning culture at your organization—and how it will help.

By Starshine Roshell | Monday, May 04, 2015

A Fair Flight: Drone Photography and the Law

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Photographers and videographers are always looking for a new angle to shoot. The latest trend is using “unmanned aircraft systems” (“UAS”)—also known as drones—to provide an exciting new view of the world.

But before you take off into these skies, make sure you really understand drone photography laws. Here’s all you need to know.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, May 03, 2015

50 Ways to Bust Through a Creative Block

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It happens to the best of us. You’re working on a project and suddenly—without warning—your creative well runs dry.

You’re stuck. Stranded. You’ve got nothin’.

Whether you’re writing a proposal, designing a layout, or mixing a song, we all hit a creative wall sometimes—even the expert authors at lynda.com. So we asked our authors what they do to get over a creative hump, and they shared the following 50 tips for busting out of a rut.

Take a shower. Help someone else. Dance to Metallica. And more.

Keep this list on hand for inspiration and motivation the next time a creative block jumps into your way. You can also watch Creativity Bootcamp on lynda.com for more help.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Pros and Cons of the Polaroid Cube Action Camera

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Polaroid doesn’t just offer instant cameras these days. Behold the Polaroid Cube action camera.

But is this a camera that will complement your workflow? In the latest episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I take you through the ins and outs of the Polaroid Cube.

By Derrick Story | Friday, May 01, 2015

What to Pack for a Photo Trip to Cuba: Nine Essentials

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Having just the right gear, and not too much of it, facilitates creative travel photography. A light bag means less fatigue. And when you’re not tired, it’s far easier to be creative.

Have you ever passed on a shot just because you didn’t feel like walking a couple hundred yards to investigate it? (Yeah, I don’t like to admit it, either.)

On a recent photo assignment in Cuba, I was allowed 17 pounds for a carry on. I needed to have enough gear to capture the required stills and video, but not so much that I would grow weary hauling it through long days that always stretched into night.

In preparation for the trip, I developed this list of nine essentials for my camera bag—scrutinizing each item carefully to make sure it provided the maximum performance per ounce.

Here are the things you need for a photo trip to Cuba:

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Display the Last Page Number in a Book Layout

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Did you know InDesign has a feature that lets you automatically calculate and display the last page number of your layout? And it’s incredibly easy to add, using the Type > Text Variables menu.

But what if your last page is on a different layout—say in a different chapter in a book? In that case you have to use a cross reference instead.

In this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you how to create a cross reference, point it at text or a text anchor, and format it to display the last page number of a book spanning multiple layouts.

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