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By Jess Stratton | Friday, November 14, 2014

Virtually Together: 5 Ways to Connect with Your Family Digitally

A video chat is a great way to connect with far-away friends

‘Tis the season for connecting with loved ones. And if you can’t connect physically with your family and friends over the next few weeks, there are plenty of options for you to do the next best thing: Connect virtually.

Whether you’re across town or halfway around the globe, here are some ways to make your world a little smaller and bring loved ones closer to you.

By Nur Duygun | Friday, November 14, 2014

Windows 8 Users: New lynda.com App for PCs and Tablets!

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of our new App for Windows 8 PCs and tablets. This native App includes a fully responsive layout, personalized dashboard with recommendations and “continue watching” features, offline-viewing mode for learning on the go, and much more. And it’s free to all.

lynda.com is passionate about delivering the best learning experience possible—in all the places you love to learn. Get the same high-quality training from our expert instructors whether you’re on a Windows 8 device, Galaxy, iPhone, or even Kindle. Check out our Mobile Apps page to make sure you have our apps for all of your devices!

Here’s a first look at the streamlined Windows 8 experience.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, November 13, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Creative Uses for InDesign Slug Guides

InDesign slug guides are often overlooked but easy to access

You may know and use bleed guides, but do you use InDesign slug guides?

The slug area is one of the most overlooked features in InDesign, but it’s incredibly easy to enable and access.

I’ll show you some creative ways to use it in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Konrad Eek | Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Great Reasons for Shooting Film (Yes, Film). Give It a Try!

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When I began my formal study of photography, Minolta had just introduced an auto focus 35mm SLR, and you had to master exposure and chemical film and print processing to get a great photo.

The digital revolution has made it difficult to get a bad result with any type of camera these days—and if you do, Photoshop cures most ills. I confess to doing virtually all my professional work with a digital camera.

However, there are still great reasons for taking the time to learn the traditional process of shooting film. Here are five of them:

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Video Editing Tips: Share Project Data in Premiere Pro and FCPX

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When video editors start out, we often view our editing projects as islands of creativity—with our project files and media assets living alone on a single system. When we export the project and hand it off to the client, we assume that’s the end, and it’s time to move on to the next thing.

If only it were so easy.

In an increasingly collaborative world, it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to hand off a project, or a specific subset of a project, to another editor or colleague. This means moving the project files containing your sequences and all of your organized folders, bins, and clips—as well as all of the associated media—to another system so your collaborator can access your edits and work on the project further.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, you’ll get video editing tips on transferring an entire project, a partial project, or even a single sequence in both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Are You a Creator — or an Innovator?

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In this week’s Management Tips, I tackle a very common mistake: thinking that creativity and innovation are the same thing. They are not. They are related and complementary.

Understanding how they differ — and whether you’re a creator or an innovator — will give you more peace, clarity, and understanding about your role at work.

By Doug Winnie | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: The Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker and Smart Watch

The Microsoft Band has a lot of cool features.

Microsoft recently released the Microsoft Band, a fitness tracker and smart watch device. What makes it unique in a crowded and growing market for digital lifestyle wearables?

The Band has some impressive features, but comes with some bulk and awkwardness in fit. Let’s take a look.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator

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New in Photoshop CC 2014.1, and created by the geniuses at Adobe’s Imagination Lab, the flame generator packs a lot of options and sliders into one little dialog box.

But if you know how to adjust them, you can create flaming type and illustrations quicker than ever before.

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