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By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Transforming Photos with Photoshop LAB Color Mode

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Some people think Photoshop’s Lab color mode is destructive, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, Lab color mode allows you to make the smoothest possible levels adjustments—corrections that can’t even be seen in the image’s histogram.

How? The trick, as Deke reveals in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, lies in converting to Lab, applying your adjustments, and converting back to RGB.

By Nigel French | Monday, August 24, 2015

How to Put Textures or Pictures Inside of Text


Putting a picture or texture inside of letter shapes is sometimes irresistible. Remember the thrill you felt the first time you filled a word or phrase with a picture? I do—and I’ve been working to improve on it every since.

All of the Big Three—InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop—allow you to place pictures inside of text shapes in similar but sometimes confusingly different ways.

Here are some tips on how to do it:

By Brad Batesole | Sunday, August 23, 2015

The 4 Things Your SEO Tools Should Be Doing for You

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SEO is an ongoing effort that requires constant evaluating, tweaking, and refining. You need to always be aware of where your SEO is succeeding and failing—and to do that, you need tools.

Trying to manage your SEO without tools is like being dropped in a brand new city without a map; you’d just drive around aimlessly.

You’ll use tools to identify where you are with your SEO, which paths are available, and what roadblocks lie in the way.

Here are the tools you need:

By Steve Wright | Saturday, August 22, 2015

Star Wars Meets Zombies for VFX Course

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The big challenge in creating high-quality VFX shots for training is getting high-quality elements: the greenscreens, background plates, digital matte paintings, and CGI required to put the shot together.

Studios are notoriously protective of the elements that go into the shots for their movies, so the only solution is to create your own.

We did just that for my new course, NUKE Compositing: Sci-Fi Force Field, the first in a three-part series of VFX courses on lynda.com: We used costumed “Star Wars” fans, ghoulishly made-up zombies, and a top VFX studio with a RED camera.

Here’s how we did it:

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 22, 2015

Shooting with the GoPro 3-Way

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From chest mounts and tripods to floaties, there is a large collection of GoPro mounts and accessories—each with its specific purpose.

But what if there were a piece of gear that had multiple accessories in one? That’s where the GoPro 3-Way comes in.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I demonstrate the versatility of the GoPro 3-way.

By Steve Simon | Friday, August 21, 2015

The Secret to Shooting the City at Night


There’s no doubt we’re in a golden age of photography. Thanks to tremendous gains in ISO sensitivity and quality, we now have opportunities to make images that were previously unseen because they were impossible to get.

Now, if you can see it (and even sometimes when you can’t), you can capture it.

I’m often astonished at just how beautifully our modern sensors render low available light. As I demonstrate in my new course Street Photography: The City at Night, it has opened up a whole world that allows us to capture the magic, grit, and atmosphere of dimly lit scenes.

Here’s how I do it:

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, August 20, 2015

10 Courses to Make You Happier at Work


Of course you know that learning makes you smarter. More skilled. More valuable.

But did you know it can also make you happier?

Studies show that autonomy and mastery make people happier on the job—and we’ve got you covered in both areas!

Below are 10 lynda.com courses to put you in control of your professional life, and on top of your game. Because when you’re in charge and in the know, then work feels good.

So are you ready? Get happy!

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Creating a 'Fold-Back' Effect in InDesign


This week in InDesign Secrets, learn how to create a “fold-back” effect (where a heading appears to overlap and wrap around a text frame) in InDesign—and set it up so you can repeat the effect with a few clicks.

The technique requires a thick paragraph rule, and a triangle anchored in just the right spot. But all you need to start is a text frame with some dummy text.

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