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By Mike Wong | Thursday, September 24, 2015

3 Alternatives to Using Charts in Excel

There are times when a full-fledged chart in Excel is overkill and you just want to create a quick visual representation of your data.

For those times, here are three in-cell alternatives for using charts in Excel.

By Doug Hills | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Create Your Own Pop Art with Manga Studio

Manga Studio illustration

In celebration of my new Manga Studio Essential Training course on lynda.com, I’m going to show you how to take a drawing and turn it into a piece of Pop Art.

You can take part in this exercise, too. You can download my original drawing, an attempt at drawing Breakfast at Tiffany’s-era Audrey Hepburn, as a Manga Studio file. So you can work right along with me!

By Gini Courter | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Best Practices for Creating a Template in Word

In Microsoft Word, it’s wicked easy to create powerful templates that you can personally reuse or share with other members of your team. The key to creating a template in Word is thinking about how it will be used and handling page and paragraph formatting as part of your template design.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Create a Keyboard Shortcut for the [None] Character Style in InDesign


Designers rely on keyboards shortcuts to get their work done faster and more efficiently in InDesign.

Font styles, for example, are much easier to apply from the keyboard than by scrolling through the Paragraph and Character Styles panels.

However there is one (and only one) character style InDesign won’t let you assign a keyboard shortcut to: the [None] style.

We’ll show you a workaround.

By Starshine Roshell | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yes, as a Matter of Fact. You Do Need to Learn 3D.

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Can you remember when Photoshop was new and seemed too complicated to use? Now “photoshop” is a verb and it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t have some experience using the application.

3D is the new Photoshop. Already part of the visual landscape, 3D is fast becoming the medium that everyone will eventually use—and all artists will need to know how to manipulate.

And we’ve got exactly what beginners need.

By Mike Wong | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Build an Irresistible Business Presentation


Creating and delivering an effective business presentation can be nerve-wracking for many people. Breaking the presentation-building process into logical chunks provides the structure you need to successfully create and present your next project at work.

Follow these tips to get started in the right direction.

By Stacey Gordon | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Find a New Career — While Stuck in Your Current Job

how to find a new career from your old job

I live by two creeds:

  • Choose a job you love and you’ll never “work” a day in your life.
  • Luck favors the prepared.

As a career strategist, I believe the two go hand in hand. A job you love will not just fall into your lap; you have to choose what you want—and that requires preparation.

We’ll show you how to find a new career you’ll love by prepping with these five steps.

By Linda Sellheim | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Creating 3D Games with 'Substance'

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It’s the hot concept in 3D games right now: PBR or physically based rendering. It’s what makes metal look like metal and wood look like wood.

And we’ve got an interview with Sebastian Deguy, the guy whose PBR tools are changing the creative pipeline in game development.

Here he explains Allegorithmic’s quest for a subscription model that’s fair, the secret to marketing to young and indie game developers, and the big changes coming for 3D: virtual/augmented reality and 3D scanning.

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