Tutorials

QuickStart!
QuickStart! - Adobe Photoshop CS5

Get ready to jump into the exciting world of Adobe Photoshop CS5. Geoff Blake's QuickStart! course will get you up to speed on this industry-standard image-editing software in no time at all. He will also demonstrate some of the amazing new features found inside the latest version including the new Refine Edge dialog box, inserting layered PSD Smart Objects, On Image editing, and more. You will learn the techniques and skills to masterfully handle photos, resize images, and create layered layouts. Finally, he'll show you Photoshop's powerful color correction tools, as well has how to non-destructively adjust images to look their best. Work files are included. Click on one of the movie links below to get started!

* VTC QuickStart! courses are available only to registered VTC Online University members.

Scribus
Scribus 1.3: Basics

Scribus is a full-featured Free and Open Source desktop publishing layout application that is relatively easy to learn. Scribus is freely available for a number of operating systems including Windows, Mac, and Linux via web distribution. In this course, James Street teaches you the fundamentals of creating documents using Scribus including: using the interface, creating and editing content, formatting options, and finalizing your documents. Work files are included. To begin learning Scribus today, simply click on the movie links.

QuickStart!
QuickStart! - Adobe After Effects CS5

After Effects CS5 is the latest version of an industry standard special effects application. With new features and tools like the Roto-Brush, Auto-Keyframe Mode, additional Adjustment Layers and more, you will be more productive and creative than ever before. Color correct, animate with the Puppet Tool, turn video into moving cartoons with the Cartoon Effect and more. From motion graphics to television and film visual effects, After Effects can handle it all with style. Join professional illustrator, television animation art director and writer Dwayne Ferguson as he shows you how to get the most out of this powerful software. Learn the interface, cameras and lighting, animation and more. Work files are included. To get started today, simply click on one of the QuickStart! - Adobe After Effects CS5 lessons.

* VTC QuickStart! courses are available only to registered VTC Online University members.

FileMaker
FileMaker Pro 11: Intermediate

FileMaker Pro is powerful enough to handle most database jobs yet easy enough to create simple solutions in minutes. This practical "how to" course by FileMaker expert John Mark Osborne, starts from advanced level and uses a single invoicing example to demonstrate FileMaker Pro 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 10 and 11 features and techniques including the Ultimate Find, saving a found set of records for future retrieval, saving find criteria for future use, text parsing to create features, making new requests easier for users, parsing web form generated emails, five methods for deleting duplicates, recursive phone filter, creating preferences in a single-user and multi-user scenario, web-like back and forward buttons, conditional buttons, custom form letters, changing text attributes with scripts, script triggers and many more techniques with an emphasis on adaptive scripting and calculations. Examples of the invoice file are provided at every stage of the creation process so the user can easily review one section without starting from the beginning.

Microsoft
Microsoft LINQ

Language Integrated Query is a new programming feature set that Microsoft officially introduced as part of the 3.5 release version of the .NET Framwork. LINQ brings the world of data queries into the .NET Framework and makes the query itself part of the development environemnt. The result is that developers can now access data from diverse sources using queries with very similar syntax. LINQ provides Intellisense, compiler hints and assistance as well as making data queries happen with few lines of code that is easier to read and understand.

In this course, Mark Long introduces you to the basics of LINQ. He shows you how to get started with LINQ, how LINQ works and with lots of programming demos, he takes you step by step through using LINQ to query Objects, SQL Server and XML documents. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Autodesk
Autodesk Mudbox 2010

Autodesk Mudbox is one of the industry standard digital sculpting and texturing applications. From concepting, lighting, special effects previews and painting, artists can create compelling content for a wide variety of industries. Mudbox provides digital artists a wide variety of sculpting and painting tools, stencils, stamps and presets for lighting and materials.

Professional illustrator, television animation art director and writer Dwayne Ferguson shows you how to get the most out of this powerful 3D content creation software. Learn the interface, sculpting and texturing and more. Work files are included. To get started today, simply click on one of the Mudbox 2010 movie links.

Mac
Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X 10.6, "Snow Leopard" is the latest update to the Unix-based operating system for Macintosh. It builds on previous versions of Mac OS X to provide an even more powerful and easy-to-use experience. Snow Leopard works with Apple's newest hardware (Intel-based Macs) to provide faster and more responsive applications that require fewer resource to install and run. The course covers everything from the basics of setting up your computer and its preferences to using your computer remotely (Back to My Mac), Time Machine to keep your files automatically up to date, and synchronization with your iPhone, iPod, and MobileMe account. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Microsoft
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Development

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 relational database management server is the heart of a comprehensive data platform that provides access and managment of the business critcal data that powers business. In this course, Microsoft Certified Trainer Mark Long introduces you to the basics of SQL Server 2008 Database Development. Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

WordPress
WordPress Blogging

Get up to speed on the premiere blogging platform, WordPress. In this course, you'll learn the skills and techniques needed to effectively install, run, and maintain a WordPress blog. You'll discover an array of options for creating, editing, customizing, and publishing posts and static pages. You'll learn how to create lists of links and maintain a blogroll as well as how to view, moderate, and manage comments. You'll then delve into customizing your blog before going even further with widgets and WordPress plugins. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

CorelDRAW
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4

Delve headlong into Corel Graphic Suite X4 and discover the possibilities! VTC author, Geoff Blake, begins by giving you a foundational understanding of raster and vector graphics and teaching you techniques for navigating through the many options provided by the CorelDraw interface. He will then guide you through using shapes, custom objects, fills, fill effects, and more. Geoff then demonstrates key techniques for achieving amazing effects and building flexible files using layers, multiple pages, and threaded text frames. Finally, you will learn how to optimize your work for output both online and in print. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Digital
Digital Recording Studio on a Budget

Digital Recording Studio on a Budget is an exciting new course from engineer, author, and educator Sam McGuire. In today's world of ever decreasing prices for professional quality audio software, this course focuses on introducing you to the tools and concepts which will allow you to create a powerful music production studio capable of producing high quality music recordings. Whether you are a solo artist or a member of band trying to make demo recordings or even your very first album, this course will take you through each step of the process from original concept to final online marketing all the while keeping the budget issues in the forefront. Throughout this course, author Sam McGuire shares tips and tricks that have been refined while working on hundreds of projects in the studio and thousands of hours in the classroom. Included are work files and equipment purchasing recommendations.

ACT!
ACT! by Sage 2010

Act! 2010 is a professional database driven contact and customer management application from Sage. Its use facilitates management of data and activities that are connected with developing and maintaining business relationships. Using Act! 2010 allows you to integrate existing 'Micorsoft Outlook' contact and calendar databases so that you can control all your business from one program. It is both a textual and visual tool in particular with its use of dashboards that offer a graphical view of all necessary data, when managing jobs, contacts and history. Act! 2010 also links with Swiftpage to create excellent e-marketing campaigns. Join Veteran businessman, Mark Struthers as he shows you how to get the most out of ACT! To begin learning, simply click on one of the movie links.