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By Jim Heid | Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Learn Lightroom 3 from Photographer Chris Orwig


The computer industry is usually a secretive place. Companies keep their product plans to themselves, and all product discussions take place under the Cone of Silence from TV’s Get Smart.

That’s one reason why Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is a breath of fresh air. Adobe has made a prerelease version of its popular photo-management and photo-enhancement software available for free downloading. Curious to see what’s new? Grab the beta preview and try it.

But how do you learn it? By diving into Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta Preview, a new lynda.com course from Chris Orwig, photographer and instructor at the Brooks Institute. It’s more than two hours of detailed instruction on all the new features in Lightroom 3′s beta version, and it includes comparisons that illustrate what has changed from Lightroom 2.

Chris will also be doing courses on the final version of Lightroom 3 next year. But why wait? Download the free public beta and dive into the next version of Lightroom right now.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, July 27, 2009

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #38 – Vector Type

Type in Photoshop is forever editable and super-smooth. In Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode #38, Deke shows how it works by assembling a high-res, pro-quality magazine cover in one short video. He demonstrates how align text to a path to wrap it to a shape, how to mask text, and make text suitable for hi-res printing.

See all of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown tutorials.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, July 20, 2009

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #39 – Layer Comps

Layer comps let you assemble multiple image variations or even independent pieces of artwork inside a single Adobe Photoshop file. The Layer Comps palette gives you the freedom to save and compare saved versions of a document within the same file, rather than having to create different documents in order to manage a variety of designs.

Miss #40? Here it is. #38 will be up next Tuesday!

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, June 04, 2009

10 tips for reining in misbehaving InDesign CS4 files


Get ready to take on those misbehaving Adobe InDesign CS4 files. Adobe Certified Instructor Anne-Marie Concepción shows how to take on the top ten InDesign file issues and get back on track with a project. From rebuilding preferences, to deleting a crashing recovery file, to finding corrupt images and testing for corrupt fonts, InDesign CS4: 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Files teaches how to diagnose and repair these problems.

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, May 15, 2009

Dr. Taz Tally at lynda.com

Taz Tally in the lynda.com recording space

Taz Tally in the lynda.com recording space as he waits for his movies to render!

My first memory of Taz is from the late 1990′s when I observed his blurry figure running up and down a giant escalator as fast as he could in the lobby of a hotel where a photography trade show was taking place.Years later, when he first came to record video classes at lynda.com in 2004, we invited him to our house for dinner. Bruce and I will never forget Taz showing up, covered in mud from a local hike he took after work, with a live caterpillar poking out of his curly hair! These two examples describe some of the many sides of Taz Tally. He’s a digital photography master, a fitness fanatic,sports a Ph.D. in geology, and  is a true mountain man who loves to hike and explore the wild.

Taz is currently recording a photography color correction course using Photoshop CS4. He pitched the idea to me of creating a fitness video sharing all the techniques he uses when traveling, working at his desk, or how to take advantage of every day situations and objects instead of gyms and cumbersome equipment. What do you think? Are we ready for fitness videos at lynda.com?

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, May 08, 2009

Flash 10 Player Course coming this summer…


Lee Brimelow, a lynda.com author who has created courses in After Effects, Flash, and Expression Web, wrote to me out of the blue the other day and proposed a course on Flash Player 10.

When creating Flash movies, websites, or applications, it is important to know all the new features of the authoring tool. But it is just as important to know the capabilities of the latest version of the Flash player. Each new version of the player introduces support for the latest and greatest features, many which are not exposed in the authoring environment.

Flash Player 10 introduced a ton of new creative capabilities, from 3D, advanced Text effects, Pixel Bender (like filter effects you’d find in Photoshop, only over time), to new sound and drawing APIs. This course will explain how to tap into these new features to take your Flash work to the next level.

It’s been a few years since Lee contributed to the lynda.com Online Training Library; he’s been busy with his blogs, The Flash Blog, gotoandlearnFlashermag, and working as Platform Evangelist for Adobe Systems focusing on the Flash, Flex and AIR communities.

Needless to say, the course idea is approved in the queue to record soon. We’re honored to work again with Lee; he fits the profile perfectly as an author with true passion, deep knowledge, and he’s addicted to sharing!

By Crystal McCullough | Saturday, May 02, 2009

Kudos from an InDesign must-have

Ajar Productions mentions David Blatner’s new Online Training Library title, InDesign CS4: 10 Free Must-Have Scripts in its blog this week. David featured the animation studio’s Merge TextFrames extension for Adobe InDesign as one of the 10 must haves in his lynda.com course. Read their blog post, and then check out the extension.

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