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By David Franz | Friday, February 20, 2015

A Peek Inside the Music Industry

Look inside the music industry

We’re proud to introduce a new four-part interview series offering a look inside the music industry through the insights and stories of four of its rule-breakers.

Watch as music producer Bobby Owsinski interviews iconic industry personalities Al Schmitt, Richard Gibbs, Hanson Hsu, and Michael Beinhorn—all of whom have an uncanny capacity for adaptation, reinvention, and making their own luck.

We kick off the series with Al Schmitt with Bobby Owsinski: Wrapping Cables to Winning Grammys featuring the Grammy-winningest music producer/engineer in history (23 so far!).

By Cynthia Sanchez | Friday, February 20, 2015

Freelancers: How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Business

how to use pinterest to promote your business

A source of web traffic and increased revenue for many companies, Pinterest is especially popular with businesses in the home decor, fashion, and food industries.

But did you know that freelancers can also use Pinterest to attract and retain clients?

Here’s how to use Pinterest to promote your business.

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 19, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Hiding the Annoying Content Grabber Icon

InDesign Secrets this week

I don’t just like InDesign; I LOVE it.

But as with even the closest couples, there are still some features in it that drive me batty. Like the content grabber donut—that little icon that appears when you pan over an image. You might call it a bagel or an “O.” Whatever you call it, it’s just not that helpful.

So in this super-short, super-sweet video from my InDesign Secrets series, I show you how to hide the icon, without changing any of InDesign’s behaviors or preferences.

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 19, 2015

What's the Coolest Thing You Ever Made with Photoshop?

For two decades, Photoshop has been an essential part of lynda.com training.

To celebrate the tool’s 25th anniversary, we’ve created lots of brand new Photoshop tutorials and documentaries for you. Visit our Photoshop tribute page for tons of new tricks and artist interviews.

But first—we asked our Photography and Design authors, “What’s the coolest thing you ever made with Photoshop?

Here’s what they showed us.

By Josh Zweig | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Avoid a Tax Audit (Hint: Use FreshBooks!)

how to avoid a tax audit? use FreshBooks

Of all the things on your to-do list, neat record-keeping probably doesn’t fall high on the list. But when your neighborhood tax auditor comes around, you may wish it had.

Many business owners don’t keep proper records, so they get burned during a tax audit, paying out hard-earned dollars in interest and penalties. Fortunately, with cloud accounting software like Freshbooks, you can “audit-proof” your books to stay in the clear—and reduce your stress during tax season.

Here’s how to avoid a tax audit using FreshBooks.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Create the Look of Chiseled Letters in Photoshop

Create a chiseled letters effect in Photoshop

Welcome to another installment of Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke shows how to take some plain, unassuming type and “chisel” it with Photoshop.

Even though the final effect appears carved in stone, the text remains fully editable, thanks to Photoshop’s Smart Objects and Smart Filters.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Author Spotlight: The Multi-Dimensional George Maestri

George Maestri

The author of our brand new course Getting Started in 3D and Animation, George Maestri has been using 3D and animation tools for more than 20 years—starting with pencil and paper and learning the software as it developed.

He rides bikes, plays music, and … um, takes welding classes in his free time, but his professional life has led him to writing, directing, and producing gigs on projects from Rocko’s Modern Life to South Park.

“Each job taught me more about the process, and I got to invent new ways of doing things,” he says. “Everything was evolving so quickly, you always had to invent and learn.”

Find out why 3D and animation are important skills for anyone working in creative fields today—and how a lynda.com course once saved his hide!

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, February 16, 2015

Understanding Copyright for Photographers — and Beyond

the basics of copyright for photographers

Everyone has heard of copyright, but not everyone knows what it really means.

Here’s the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and why” of copyright for photographers — and anyone who works with pictures.

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