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By Scott Fegette | Sunday, July 20, 2014

Deconstructing Game of Thrones' Visual Effects

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It’s often said that visual effects only succeed when you don’t notice them. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received a staggering 19 Emmy nominations in 2014, including Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. It’s no surprise, given the show’s beautifully integrated visual effects are largely responsible for immersing viewers into its fictional world of Westeros. German VFX house Mackevision recently published a video breakdown of its visual effects work on the show’s fourth season, and as stunning as it is, the FX techniques they employed to create the world of “Game of Thrones” aren’t as out of reach to mere mortals as you may think. First, watch the reel.

By David Powers | Saturday, July 19, 2014

Send Email from a Web Form with PHP

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Sending the contents of an online form to an email address is one of the most useful applications of PHP. It’s not difficult; but it’s easy to make a mistake. In this article, I’ll show you how to avoid common pitfalls that arise when sending the contents of a form with PHP.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 18, 2014

Launch Your Video Camera with a Quadcopter

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One piece of video gear that has risen in popularity over the past few years is the quadcopter.

Before quadcopters, getting your camera into the air was an expensive task. But DJI recently launched the much awaited Phantom 2 Vision, which has a built-in camera.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Francis Torres and I will walk you through the ins and outs of the new DJI Phantom 2 Vision.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, July 18, 2014

Creating an Open Book in Photoshop, Part 2

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In our last episode, Bert showed us how to make an open book illustration in Photoshop. This week he finishes the illustration by adding the pages and a cover.

By David Franz | Friday, July 18, 2014

St. Vincent Sound Guru Teaches lynda.com Course

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Did you catch St. Vincent on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night? Get an inside look at how the band’s explosive, exhilarating sound is put together with a new course by its keyboard player and programmer Daniel Mintseris.

By Todd Perkins | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Build Your First iOS App with Swift

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Interested in building iOS or Mac apps? The Swift programming language lets you do that faster than ever before. In this brief tutorial, you’ll see how you can quickly create an app using Swift.

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 17, 2014

InDesign Secrets: How to Rotate Text Inside a Frame

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Everyone knows you can rotate a text frame at any angle you want: 5 degrees, 63 degrees, etc. The text then tags along with it.

But what if you want to rotate text separately from the frame—or rotate the frame around the text? I show you how this week in InDesign Secrets.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, July 17, 2014

iPad Photography in the Field: Rate, Tag, and Export Photos

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An iPad in your photo bag gives you more than just a way to check your email when you’ve finished shooting. In Part 1 of this series, I pointed out how the iPad can help you research photo locations. In Part 2, I demonstrated how valuable the iPad can be for importing and reviewing photos while you’re still capturing them on location.

But what happens after the shots are captured? Traditionally, you’d have to wait until you could transfer the photos from your memory cards to a computer for further work. With the iPad, though, you can get a jump on important post-processing tasks like rating and applying keywords while you’re still in the field and your memory’s fresh—and so they don’t loom over you when you get home.

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