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By Crystal McCullough | Wednesday, December 22, 2010

lynda.com celebrates the year and the holidays

lynda.com employees, authors, artists, and their families had a great time this year at our annual holiday party! Here’s just a few photos from our event, which featured dinner, dancing, games, and more. Just one of the amazing reasons to work at lynda.com!

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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lynda.com gift subscriptions are perfect for the last-minute shopper. There’s no waiting in line, nothing to wrap or ship: It takes you just a couple of minutes online, and they’ll be learning in no time.

Find the gift subscriptions that fit your budget—from a one-month membership to a full year’s Premium access. Order online and have your gift sent now, or designate a day for it to arrive in their email.

Happy holidays and happy learning from lynda.com!

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Free NMC webinar on Wednesday with Lynda Weinman: Love to Learn

Love to Learn - webinar with Lynda Weinman

On Wednesday, November 10 at 12pm PST/3pm EST, Lynda will be sharing her thoughts and ideas about the co-founding of lynda.com, her life, and her passion to share the love of learning. This webinar, hosted by the New Media Consortium (NMC) will be a special opportunity to hear from Lynda and her view on how our company has made a difference in so many people’s lives.

The webinar will take place in the NMC Adobe Connect Seminar room, and is free and open to anyone interested in participating. Additional information, including about how to configure Connect, can be found at the NMC web site.

We look forward to having you join us!

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Douglas Kirkland book signing this week

Douglas Kirkland's book Michael Jackson: The Making of ThrillerOn Thursday, November 4, all are welcome to Celebrity Vault in Beverly Hills for the book signing of Michael Jackson: The Making of Thriller by photographer Douglas Kirkland. The book signing and reception is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In four days in 1983, Douglas Kirkland was the only photographer allowed on the set of Thriller. Kirkland took photos for Life magazine, but the photos were never published until now.

Kirkland is the focus of one of our lynda.com Creative Inspirations documentaries, Douglas Kirkland, Photographer.

The book is available on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble.

By Crystal McCullough | Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween from lynda.com!

Just some of the many awesome, gruesome, ghouly, and goofy costumes seen around the offices at lynda.com:

Happy Halloween from lynda.com 2010

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, October 28, 2010

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced preview—Phase six: Scaling and editing

Phase six: Scaling and editing traced artwork

In this exclusive preview of his upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course, lynda.com author Deke McClelland shares six phases in the creation of an authentic five-by-three-foot pirate flag. In this last episode, Deke uses Illustrator to enlarge, recolor, and edit a group of paths to create a finished piece of art. Look for the full course to be released in its entirety later this year.

Topics include: • Using the Scale tool to resize a piece of art • Selecting and recoloring a collection of paths • Moving a few subpaths to perfect a piece of art

Part one: Sketching Part two: Editing scanned line art Part three: Adding contrast and color Part four: Live trace and resolution Part five: Expanding and separating artwork

By Crystal McCullough | Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced preview—Phase five: Expanding and separating artwork

Phase five: Expanding and separating artwork

In this exclusive preview of his upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course, lynda.com author Deke McClelland shares six phases in the creation of an authentic five-by-three-foot pirate flag. In today’s episode, Deke uses Illustrator to expand, separate, and prepare a piece of artwork for output to any medium. Look for the full course to be released in its entirety later this year. Phase six will be online tomorrow.

Topics include: • Expanding a Live Trace object into path outlines • Separating commonly colored paths to a layer • Resizing the artboard and creating a full bleed

Part one: Sketching Part two: Editing scanned line art Part three: Adding contrast and color Part four: Live trace and resolution

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced preview—Phase four: Live trace and resolution

Phase four: Live trace and resolution

In this exclusive preview of his upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course, lynda.com author Deke McClelland shares six phases in the creation of an authentic five-by-three-foot pirate flag. In today’s episode, Deke prepares the base artwork for tracing in Photoshop and auto-traces it in Illustrator. Look for the full course to be released in its entirety later this year. Phase five will be online tomorrow.

Topics include: • Saving a piece of art for placement in Illustrator • Placing pixel-based images in Illustrator • Applying the Live Trace feature

Part one: Sketching Part two: Editing scanned line art Part three: Adding contrast and color

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