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Adobe Photoshop Elements 6: A Visual Introduction to Digital Photography
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6
A Visual Introduction to Digital Photography
Paperback      ISBN: 0240520998

If you are an amateur or professional photographer who works with digital images and wants great results fast, this essential, easy-to-follow guide from world-renowned Adobe Photoshop Elements expert Philip Andrews is for you There are countless ways to use Adobe's powerful Elements 6 software, and Andrews helps you with the skills to conquer them all; from turning ordinary photos into extraordinary scrapbooks, calendars, and albums to making business cards, flyers, and other promotional materials for your organization quickly and economically. Real-life examples and precise, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions will help you get up to speed with Elements 6 fast for the results you want in no time, whether your photographs are from your digital camera or scanned images from film and slides. If it's in Elements, it's in this book. Andrews covers tried and true tools which have been revamped to better suit photographers' needs, such as the Adjust Color Curves and Convert to Black and White features, the Brightness/Contrast feature, and a smoother workflow for the creation of photo projects such as Photo Books, Photo Collage, Online Galleries, CD/DVD Jackets, and CD/DVD Labels. He also dives into the exciting, all-new features of Elements 6 such as: *The Quick Selection Tool *Fantastic Photomerge technology for group shots and faces, which lets you combine the best pieces from multiple images *Direct copy to CD/DVD to speed up your workflow when you need to copy several images to disc quickly *The Guided Edit Workshop with interactive technique tutorials *Smart Albums, to automatically add photos that match certain criteria to your Album *The Refine Edge feature, which allows you to control how smooth or feathered the edges of your images appear *A Task Pane with five different Task Modes (Organize, Fix, Create, Share and Edit) to help you manage the processing of your images.and much, much more. Whatever your organizing, editing, creating, and sharing needs are, you'll find clear-cut, no-nonsense answers in this introductory book/CD/website learning package. If you find yourself getting stuck, Philip is just a click away with over two hours of superb video tutorials on the included CD. Or, visit the book's website, www.guide2elements.com, for updates and more images that you can use to practice your new skills. Written by a photographer for photographers, this book is for those who want to know the techniques that get results and can be put into practice immediately.

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
Presentation Zen
Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0321525655

Presentation Zen will help presenters see the process in a way that is different, simpler, more visual, more natural, more effective, and ultimately far more meaningful. Presentations are generally poor because their creators have learned bad habits and lack awareness and knowledge about what makes for a great presentation (and what does not). This book aims to help people break out of the rut of making typical PowerPoint presentations. This book provides an equal dose of inspiration and education. The content focuses on helping readers become (1) more aware, (2) more knowledgeable, and (3) more inspired. Presentation Zen is a provocative mix of illumination, education, and guidance. What may seem like common sense regarding presentations is not common practice. Presentation Zen is an approach to presentations that is appropriate for our age, an age in which design thinking, storytelling and so-called right-brain thinking are crucial. Those who are talented communicators and skilled in design and storytelling are increasingly in demand.Balancing the principles of design, the tenets of Zen simplicity, multimedia and cognitive learning theory, along with practical advice from the fie

QuickBooks 2020 for Dummies
QuickBooks 2020 for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 111958969x

The perennial bestseller--now in a new edition

QuickBooks allows small businesses to manage their own accounting and financial management tasks--without needing to hire expensive financial professionals. This perennial bestseller is here to show you step by step how to build the perfect budget, simplify tax return preparation, manage inventory, track job costs, generate statement and financial reports, and every other accounting-related task that crosses your desk.

Written by CPA Stephen L. Nelson, it shows you how to get the most out of the software that helps over six million small businesses manage their finances.

  • Handle your financial and business management tasks more effectively
  • Get the most out of QuickBooks' features
  • Create invoices and memos with ease
  • Pay bills, prepare payroll, and record sales receipts

If you use QuickBooks at work--or want to implement it in 2020--this book has you covered.

Professional Sharepoint 2010 Cloud-based Solutions
Professional Sharepoint 2010 Cloud-based Solutions
Paperback      ISBN: 1118076575
An authoritative guide to extending SharePoint's power with cloud-based services

If you want to be part of the next major shift in the IT industry, you'll want this book. Melding two of the hottest trends in the industry--the widespread popularity of the SharePoint collaboration platform and the rapid rise of cloud computing--this practical guide shows developers how to extend their SharePoint solutions with the cloud's almost limitless capabilities. See how to get started, discover smart ways to leverage cloud data and services through Azure, start incorporating Twitter or LinkedIn into your solutions, find the best ways to secure everything, and much more.

  • Shows developers how to use Microsoft SharePoint 2010 to create scalable, cloud-based solutions
  • Melds the hottest new trend in the industry--developing, hosting, managing, or storing code in the cloud--with what SharePoint developers need to know to weave these technologies into their solutions
  • Provides developer patterns, real-world examples, and invaluable walkthroughs
  • Topics include SQL Azure for data management and BI, building an Azure-based corporate tax service, connecting Linked In and SharePoint profile data, creating a filterable Twitter dashboard, leveraging Bing Maps Geo services, maintaining security, and more

SharePoint developers, discover exciting new ways to extend SharePoint's functionality with this practical and content-rich guide.

QuickBooks Online for Dummies
QuickBooks Online for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 1119590663

Your quick guide to using QuickBooks Online

Searching for a cloud-based solution for your small business' accounting needs? Master the fundamentals of QuickBooks Online--the world's most popular software for fast and easy mobile accounting

QuickBooks Online brings this popular accounting software to your browser for a monthly fee, allowing you access to its tools from any device with an Internet connection. From generating financial reports to simplifying tax preparation to tracking business finances, QuickBooks Online For Dummies covers it all

  • Handle your financial and business management tasks more effectively
  • Get the most out of QuickBooks' features
  • Create invoices and memos with ease
  • Pay bills, prepare payroll, and record sales receipts

If you use QuickBooks Online--or want to implement it--this new edition gets you up and running fast.

Building with Virtual Lego: Getting Started with Lego Digital Designer, Ldraw, and Mecabricks
Building with Virtual Lego
Getting Started with Lego Digital Designer, Ldraw, and Mecabricks
Paperback      ISBN: 125986183x

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Virtually build any LEGO creation you can imagine--with any LEGO part ever made

This fun guide shows how to create just about anything from virtual LEGO blocks using free software. Learn how to install and customize LEGO Digital Designer, navigate the user interface, and get started on your own projects. LDraw and Mecabricks are also clearly explained. Building with Virtual LEGO: Getting Started with LEGO Digital Designer, LDraw, and Mecabricks features DIY projects that illustrate each technique and software tool. You will see how to upload and share your creations online--even modify projects that others have built

Find out how to:
- Download, set up, and configure LEGO Digital Designer
- Navigate the LDD user interface, menus, and tools
- Identify the different Lego parts and explore brick palettes
- Quickly and easily start creating your own LEGO models
- Access the huge library of out-of-print LEGO bricks in LDraw, including those designed by hobbyists
- Get up and running on Mecabricks and launch creative projects online
- Write clear instructions and share them with other virtual LEGO enthusiasts
- Create custom bricks and participate in the LDraw parts design process

Python Playground: Geeky Projects for the Curious Programmer
Python Playground
Geeky Projects for the Curious Programmer
Paperback      ISBN: 1593276044

Python is a powerful programming language that's easy to learn and fun to play with. But once you've gotten a handle on the basics, what do you do next?

Python Playground is a collection of imaginative programming projects that will inspire you to use Python to make art and music, build simulations of real-world phenomena, and interact with hardware like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. You'll learn to use common Python tools and libraries like numpy, matplotlib, and pygame to do things like:

  • Generate Spirograph-like patterns using parametric equations and the turtle module
  • Create music on your computer by simulating frequency overtones
  • Translate graphical images into ASCII art
  • Write an autostereogram program that produces 3D images hidden beneath random patterns
  • Make realistic animations with OpenGL shaders by exploring particle systems, transparency, and billboarding techniques
  • Construct 3D visualizations using data from CT and MRI scans
  • Build a laser show that responds to music by hooking up your computer to an Arduino

Programming shouldn't be a chore. Have some solid, geeky fun with Python Playground.

Final Cut Pro 2 for Firewire Dv Editing
Final Cut Pro 2 for Firewire Dv Editing
Paperback      ISBN: 0240804996

Final Cut Pro 2 for FireWire DV Editing...the how and why of independent digital video editing. This guide is a comprehensive introduction to Apple Computer's Final Cut Pro editing system, and the digital video format in general. It provides relevant information about the format's specifications, proper configuration of the basic editing system, and professional tips-all in clear, jargon-free terms. Final Cut Pro 2 for FireWire DV Editing's workbook-approach explains how to setup your desktop studio, edit your digital video, and complete and distribute your project. It provides the information-and the encouragement-every digital video editor needs to complete projects of exceptional quality, from setup and capture to editing, effects work, and output to tape and the web.Roberts' guide is the only Final Cut Pro handbook that provides a detailed, step-by-step format that follows the course of your project as it progresses, defining the drop-down menus and keyboard shortcuts as you'll need them, and answering questions as they arise. Additionally, Final Cut Pro 2 for FireWire DV Editing explains in detail the Apple Macintosh hardware, software, and Firewire DV equipment set up and specifications, so that you'll know what tools you may need--and what you likely won't so that you can most efficiently execute your project.

Photoshop Elements 5 for Windows: Visual Quickstart Guide
Photoshop Elements 5 for Windows
Visual Quickstart Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0321476719

This guide uses pictures to guide readers through Photoshop Elements and show what to do. Topics covered include creating and managing images, fixing and retouching photos, changing and adjusting colours, painting and drawing, and preparing images for the Web.

Autodesk Maya 2010: The Modeling & Animation Handbook, Intermediate
Autodesk Maya 2010
The Modeling & Animation Handbook, Intermediate
Paperback      ISBN: 1897177534

Maya is the industry-leading 3D animation and effects software used in movies, special effects, games, cartoons, short films, commercials, etc. Complex and difficult to learn, the new Maya 2010 features updates to modeling, animation, dynamics, and rendering modules. This invaluable book offers hands-on introduction to the tools and techniques of this fascinating software.

This extraordinary, full-color book presents you with clear step-by-step instructions to projects that enhance your understanding of the modeling and animation stages of production using files from the Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures feature film Roadside Romeo. You'll learn how to build models with a variety of surface types and then make them move with a range of animation techniques. Instructor-led tutorials are featured on the DVD that will help you grasp best practices from the beginning with the intent of avoiding unnecessary challenges further along in the process.

  • Serves as the next step after you have gained a solid understanding of Maya and you're ready for 3D modeling and animation
  • Explains polygon and NURBS basics and walks you through modeling a body and head
  • Demonstrates how to work with inverse kinematics, blend shapes, and apply and animate constraints
  • Addresses animating a complete scene, working with lip synching, and using full body IK
  • DVD includes clips from Roadside Romeo, artist interviews, and instructor-led videos

This book-and-DVD combo is essential for 3D modeling and animation.