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By Todd Dewett | Monday, April 20, 2015

Online Learning Boosts Employee Engagement

Employee engagement lifts when training is available

Employee engagement matters. It improves morale, productivity, and retention. Stronger engagement means stronger performance.

Many factors influence engagement, including the quality of the leader-follower relationship, trust in management, and the use of recognition and rewards.

Career-development activities—especially training—are another strong and sometimes overlooked contributor to engagement. This is particularly true in the managerial ranks. While we know that management-related training produces better managers, companies still don’t always provide it.

One reason has always been cost, but that simply isn’t an excuse with today’s online learning options. In fact, it’s now possible to add more value than we did back in the classroom—at a fraction of the cost.

By Doug Winnie | Sunday, April 19, 2015

3 Life Lessons I Learned from Coding

coding teaches you about life

When I was learning how to code as a young child, I didn’t realize that that it would affect the way I see the world and tackle problems for the rest of my life.

When I look back, I realize there are three ways that coding teaches you to think—all of which prepare you for challenges far beyond coding.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, April 18, 2015

Eliminate Flicker in Your Slo-Mo, High Frame Rate Footage

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Sometimes a non-linear editor isn’t enough to interpret high frame rate footage—you need a third-party option to help you control your slow motion footage.

Third-party options can eliminate the artifacting or flicker you sometimes get with footage that’s shot with a high frame rate.

In the latest episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I explore some third-party options to help your high frame rate footage look its best.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, April 17, 2015

A Peek Into the Life of Game Developers at an Indie Studio

find out how game developers roll

What does it take to be a successful independent game developer in today’s competitive, multi-platform market?

We asked Christine Clark and Matt Marshall of indie game studio Wayward for a peek into the life of a game developer.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Making a Long Shadow in InDesign or Illustrator

Create a trendy long shadow

The long shadow is a fun, trendy effect and it’s a great way to make flat text and icons stand out—like those used to represent apps in iOS and Android.

Unlike a soft-edged drop shadow, though, the long shadow can’t be achieved with the click of a button in InDesign.

But this week’s InDesign Secrets will show you how to create a long shadow in InDesign in just a few steps. You’ll also learn how to move your design over to Illustrator and use a shortcut there to create a slightly more refined version of the same effect.

By Jane Barratt | Thursday, April 16, 2015

3 Ways to Make Tax Time Easier Next Year

Tax time doesn't have to be ghastly

Doing your taxes can be stressful, complicated, and time consuming—as most of us have just been reminded.

Alas, tax time isn’t going anywhere.

So here are three tips for making tax season a little less painful next year.

By Lauren Harmon | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Photoshop an Underwater Shot from the GoPro HERO Black

Enhancing a shot from the GoPro HERO Black

Deke McClelland has been diving and shooting underwater photography for over 20 years. This year, he brought a GoPro HERO Black to Honduras, where he shot most of the images featured in his course, Enhancing Underwater Photographs in Photoshop.

This little camera doesn’t auto-adjust images on the go. But this is good news for videographers and photographers.

Without in-camera corrections, you have all the data you need to properly adjust the image in Camera Raw and Photoshop. And Deke shows you how in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By David Powers | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to Become a Web Developer: Where to Start

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Building a static website is relatively easy. But to build a rich, interactive web experience today takes much more code behind the scenes than you may have expected.

And while becoming a web developer may seem daunting, there’s a lot you can do to learn the ropes quickly and efficiently.

Here’s advice on how to become a web developer. I specialize in PHP for back-end development, but these tips are relevant no matter which aspect you’re interested in.

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