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By Deke McClelland | Friday, July 25, 2014

Missing Comic-Con? Become Your Own Hero—at Super Speed

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Classic comic book superheroes are notorious for their awesome powers of transformation. So in honor of Comic-Con 2014, and armed with my not-so-secret weapons Photoshop and Illustrator—I set out to transform this ordinary dumbbell dude on the left into the fabulously fabricated superhero on the right.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 24, 2014

InDesign Snippets vs. Libraries: What's the Difference?

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Snippets and libraries are both reusable pieces of InDesign content. Anything you can select can be turned into either a snippet or a library object—and can then be used again and again in other InDesign docs.

Both techniques beat copying and pasting. But what’s the difference? Why use snippets over libraries … or vice versa?

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Create Responsive Featured Images in WordPress

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Responsive layouts have become commonplace in today’s web experiences, but the current HTML <img> element still has a fundamental flaw when used with responsive designs: It assumes uniformity in the screens it’s displayed upon, a uniformity that doesn’t exist in today’s mobile-saturated world.

Consider an image on a web page from the viewer’s perspective. Although it appears to be part of the page, it’s actually a replaced element: The code of the page cuts a hole in the page big enough to contain the image, and then retrieves it from its remote location to fill that hole. In some cases the hole has a specified width and height; in others the hole is built to be flexible and scale to a percentage, or proportion, of the screen size.

By Joseph Linaschke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shoot Macro Photos — with a Pringles Can

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Macro photography requires a big investment in lots of expensive gear, right? Well, maybe not. With a little creative thinking, you can save money by doing some amazing things at home.

A ring light is an expensive but incredibly useful accessory for shooting flash photography of close-up objects. If you aren’t ready to invest in one, but want to play around with one, try this:

Using nothing more than a Pringles can and a few common household items, I’ll show you how to create softly lit macro photos with a pop-up flash.

By Selin Atagul | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playlist Center: lynda.com made you a mixtape

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Who doesn’t love getting a mixtape? It means someone cares about you. At lynda.com, we care about your learning—so we made you more than 100 mixtapes.

Check out the new lynda.com Playlist Center, where you’ll find carefully tailored playlists, or compilations of courses, that guide you through a variety of learning topics.

By Chris Converse | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Optimize Web Content for Mobile

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Your site’s performance can make as much of an impression as its content. When considering the many ways users will be accessing your site, it’s also important to consider what content you show, based on screen size. The two techniques discussed below will allow you to tailor content, animation, and overall user experience.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'Uncropping' a Cropped Photo

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When you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation and you’re experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment—you only get one chance to get the shot. And in the heat of the moment, a lot of us fall prey to the “photographer’s sin,” as Deke calls it: cropping out an arm, a leg, or some other vital body part.

Take the image featured in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, starring Deke’s sons Sam and Max. They’re posed on the top of the Ixmoja pyramid among the ruins of Coba, an ancient Maya city. It’s a great photograph in every way except two: The horizon is crooked and poor Sam’s foot is cut off.

Luckily, Deke has a way to salvage this photo: using the Crop and Content-Aware Fill tools to both straighten and “uncrop” the photograph.

By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Share a Google Doc with a Non-Google User

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Sharing and simultaneous collaboration is a huge benefit to using Google drive—but what if you have to share a Google Doc file (such as a word-processing document) with a user who doesn’t actually have a Google account?

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