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By Jethro Jones | Friday, September 26, 2014

Send Teacher Newsletters That Get Read—and Enjoyed!

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Like most teachers, you probably send out a classroom newsletter each month, right?

They’re popular tools for communicating with students and parents—but they’re typically not very exciting. Use these tips to make your teacher newsletter newsworthy this school year.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 08, 2014

How to Blur Photo Details to Protect Your Privacy

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It’s easy to post pictures on social networks, but sometimes we’re looking at them from such small screens that it’s easy to miss tiny details that can compromise your privacy—or worse, someone else’s.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to easily blur or cover up a small portion of a photo before posting it on a social network.

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, August 22, 2014

Facebook Messenger: Understanding Privacy Settings

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Earlier this month, Facebook made a move that sparked lots of controversy on the Internet. That’s a statement that’s been made about many Facebook moves over the years. But this time we’re talking about Facebook Messenger—a handy little smartphone app that gives users access to Facebook messages.

Facebook messages are private, like email or chat messages; they can only be seen by the people involved in, and invited to, the conversation. So messages are very different from public wall posts and status updates.

The Facebook Messenger app has been around for a while. Justin Seeley covered it very well in his Up and Running with Facebook course. What’s changed is that Facebook has made the move to require all users of the Facebook smartphone app to switch to Facebook Messenger to access messages. That means the only way to work with Facebook messages on an iPhone or Android is to install and use the Facebook Messenger app. But that’s only half of the story.

By Maria Langer | Saturday, June 28, 2014

Make the Most of the Twitter Profile Page

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If there’s one thing that’s true about any Web-based application, it’s that change is inevitable. While Twitter doesn’t often make major changes to its interface, the recent update to its user profile feature was a complete facelift, leaving a cleaner look and more features for sharing information about yourself with others.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Q&A With Best-Selling Author Jonah Berger

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Jonah Berger spent a decade studying what makes products and ideas go viral. Now the research behind his New York Times best-selling book Contagious: Why Things Catch On is available in a lynda.com course.

In the example-rich, one-hour course Viral Marketing: Crafting Shareable Content, the Wharton School marketing professor shares the six steps to crafting messages and information that get people talking.

In a recent Q&A, Berger revealed some surprises in his own research, corrected a common misconception about viral marketing—and told us about the one product he loves to share.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Exporting an illustration as a universally supported PNG file: Deke's Techniques

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Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

Welcome to the final stage in the Deke’s Techniques avatar challenge—where you transform your Adobe Illustrator file into a PNG graphic with a transparent background. Transparent PNGs are now supported by all major web browsers, so it’s a great file format choice for graphics you intend to display on the web. The trick to this technique is to take your file back to Photoshop. From there, you can compare it to your reference photograph for accuracy and make sure the avatar scales down correctly. Deke also shows you how to nicely center your avatar on the canvas, and choose the resampling option that’s best for reducing the size of your artwork—and (surprise) it’s not the option Adobe recommends. Learn all about it in today’s free video.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Tracing a social avatar in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Tracing a social avatar with the Photoshop Pen tool.

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

Embark on the first part of a three-week journey that will lead to your own unique social avatar—a perfect profile pic to represent yourself in the online world. Simply provide your own photograph and follow along with Deke. This episode of Deke’s Techniques shows how to use the Pen tool in Adobe Photoshop to carefully trace your features and edit the anchor points along the way. In the end you’ll have a series of path outlines, which, handily, can later be imported into Illustrator for further refinement.

Watch the free video below to get started and come back next week to learn how to start fleshing out your social avatar in Illustrator.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, November 14, 2013

lynda.com Certifications—Now Available On Your LinkedIn Profile

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This week we’re pleased to announce a new way to integrate your lynda.com course completion certificates with your LinkedIn profile—and share with any prospective recruiters and hiring managers the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired here at lynda.com.

If you’re a member of both lynda.com and LinkedIn, when you complete a course on lynda.com, you’ll receive an email with a link that lets you quickly and easily post your new certificate of completion to your LinkedIn profile—adding depth and breadth to your online resume. It’s now easier than ever to share your accomplishments in the job market, and showcase your skills and knowledge.

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