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By Seán Duggan | Friday, April 03, 2015

Enhancing a Time Lapse Video with Photoshop

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I was in Iceland recently leading my Winter Landscapes & Auroras workshop and I had the good fortune to be there for a near total solar eclipse.

You can actually see the shape of the partially eclipsed sun in the lens flare on my friend's parka.

You can actually see the shape of the partially eclipsed sun in the lens flare on my friend’s parka.

In addition to taking close-up still shots like I did for the last eclipse, I also wanted to shoot a time lapse sequence that showed a wide view of how the landscape was transformed by the fading light as the sun was eclipsed, and then its gradual return to the full brightness of daylight.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Put a Box Around or Behind a Paragraph With InDesign

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InDesign is a powerful document-formatting tool, but there are still some tasks that Microsoft Word performs better.

One of those tasks I hear the most complaints about is putting boxes around or behind paragraph, a feature Word calls paragraph borders. So in this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you a hack for mimicking paragraph borders in InDesign. Unfortunately, there’s no single button, checkbox, or effect you can apply, but using rules and tables, you can approximate the effect.

Watch this week’s free movie to learn more.

By Jeff Toister | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Onboarding: Create the Ultimate New Hire Checklist

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Onboarding new employees can be a time-consuming process: paperwork, workstation set-up, training…

And the whole process can come to a screeching halt if you forget something important—like ordering a new computer before an employee’s first day.

One way to streamline things is to create a new hire checklist. It’s a simple tool to help you track progress and make sure nothing’s missed. A checklist also makes it easy to repeat the process the next time you hire someone new.

Here’s how to create the ultimate new hire checklist.

By Mike Figliuolo | Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Pricing Strategies: Get Your Numbers Right

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Getting your pricing wrong is one of the biggest and costliest mistakes you can make in business.

Avoid it by following this smart pricing strategy:

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Forge a Million-Dollar Stamp in Photoshop

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Recreate one of most famous, priceless stamps in history—in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. The first dedicated airmail stamp, printed in 1918, is already highly collectible. But one sheet is more valuable than the rest. Due to a printing error, the plane was printed upside down, resulting in the so-called “inverted Jenny” stamp. A single stamp from this sheet now approaches the $1-million mark at auction.

By Brad Batesole | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Will Your Site Survive the New Google Mobile-Friendly Test?

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Google has announced that on April 21st it will start using a site’s mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. In a nutshell this means that sites optimized for use on a mobile device will rank higher than their mobile-unfriendly counterparts.

Here’s how to determine if your site will pass the Google Mobile-Friendly Test.

By Jeff Bloomfield | Monday, March 30, 2015

Want to Grow Your Business? Know Your 'Why'

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There have been a myriad of books written and talks given on how to grow your business, improve your marketing, close more deals, etc. Some of those lessons are good; some are useless.

But successful organizations have proven that the guaranteed way to get results is to change your company focus from what you do to why you do it.

It’s a strategy that boils down to just three simple elements …

By Peni Acayo | Sunday, March 29, 2015

7 Brainstorming Tips: Generate Ideas that Solve Problems

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Stuck in a rut? Facing a creative problem and fresh out of ideas?

That can be frustrating—even defeating. But sometimes all you need is a fresh perspective from someone else to inspire new ideas.

Brainstorming, or bringing a group of people together to generate problem-solving ideas, is a great tactic. Rather than finding one single answer to a question, the goal is to produce as many ideas as possible.

Here are 7 brainstorming tips to get the most out of your next idea session.

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