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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Selectively convert photos to black and white

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Selective color adjustment is almost as old as photography. It was just 20 years after photography was officially “born” in 1839, that photographers started hand-painting images. Today selective colorization is easy for anyone to achieve with digital tools like Photoshop. Instead of recoloring areas of a monochrome image, you desaturate a color image, masking the portions you wish to remain in color. Deke shows you how in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Judy Steiner-Williams | Monday, July 14, 2014

Watch Your Tone: Email Etiquette for Business

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Watch your tone.

That’s an expression commonly heard when we speak. But written communication —especially email—also has a tone that needs to be “watched.” Why? Because the tone impacts the reader’s reaction, resulting in higher or lower morale, expanded or reduced sales, and increased or decreased ratings.

You’re more likely to achieve the correct tone if you recognize what impacts tone, how readers react to tone characteristics, and how you can control those elements. Here are five red-flag areas to consider:

By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 14, 2014

Find Your Missing iPhone Songs — and Get Them Back!

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Songs tend to vanish from iPhones. It’s a complaint I hear quite a lot from my friends and have even noticed myself. A song is there for months—and then one day you’ll sync with iTunes and for some reason, it’s just not there anymore.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a quick way to get that song back on your phone—without having to go back to iTunes on a desktop or re-sync your phone—so you can be rocking out again in no time.

By Rose Meza | Saturday, July 12, 2014

Building Sets — On the Fly, and on Budget

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Do you ever notice the backgrounds in our live-action courses at lynda.com? Building sets is part of our production process. Our stellar team works with directors, producers, and builders to plan and assemble eye-catching sets in our soundproof, well-lit studios. But when the sandwich shop next door to our studios closed, leaving the space vacant for a few months, we saw an opportunity to create a new stage and build a fun new set in that space.

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, July 11, 2014

Android Wear: A New Age of Voice Control

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I’ve just spent some time living the Android Wear lifestyle, and my big takeaway is that voice control is finally hitting prime time. In preparing our new course Up and Running with Android Wear (using the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch), I was excited to see voice control actually hitting the point where it’s both reliable and usable.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 11, 2014

Get Better Video Focus: Use a Loupe

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LCD screens let you see exactly what the camera is seeing. Adding a loupe on top of your LCD screen helps you see more of the fine details of your shot, and get the crispest video focus. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through using a loupe.

By David Gassner | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Installing PHP on Windows

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The Windows packaging of PHP has changed since my course Installing Apache, MySQL and PHP was last updated, and could affect your installation should you choose to install separate components. No fear—you should be able to correct the problem by creating a new version of your php.ini file. Here’s a solution for installing PHP on Windows that works on my system.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 10, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Vertical Justification

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Let’s say you have two text blocks of different lengths. How can you unite them visually and create a consistent look and feel in your design?

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