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Preserve the memories from an amazing trip with a scrapbook! Whether you visited the the country of your ancestors or spent a week at a nearby beach, preserve the memories and share your experiences by creating a unique scrapbook of your trip. According to Aly, your scrapbook starts even before you depart (so pack a Ziploc bag to collect important bits of paper like maps or photos from your journey). Once you’ve enjoyed your vacation and gathered the pieces, Aly will show you how to make a beautiful scrapbook of your trip.


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Raphael’s painting, “The School of Athens” depicts two of the founding fathers of western philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, surrounded by other famed intellectuals from various years and countries, all in a very Roman space. It’s a visually pleasing painting, but what does it mean? What was Raphael’s purpose for creating it? In this art history lesson, learn the meaning behind “The School of Athens,” as well as the physics behind the hallmark of Roman architecture: the arch.


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You don’t have to use a professional rig to get a cinematic look for your film—in this lesson, learn the common mistakes that lead to a less than professional looking video sequence, and how to get the look that you want! A cinematic aesthetic takes lots of planning, shooting at the right frame rate, and mastering manual settings (you’ll want to turn down the contrast and saturation on your camera, for starters). Done right, no one will know that you aren’t working with professional equipment.


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If you scrapbook, chances are you have a pretty good stash of paper. Don’t let those resources go to waste—instead, learn how to make a paper kit. In this lesson from Kiwi Lane Designs, Susan shows you how to sort your paper by color and pattern, and how to assemble a kit that contains paper for a background, photo mats, borders, and accessories. Not only will making these paper kits save you money, you’ll also save time by utilizing and organizing the materials you already have.


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Think you need an expensive and glamorous location to shoot a good looking music video? Think again! In this cinematography lesson from Tom Antos, learn how to shoot a music video full of contrast, depth, and definition, using a simple tungsten light and a rim light. Get great tips on how to add even more contrast with lights behind the subject, and learn how to add interest with a streak filter! After this tutorial, the only thing you’ll need is an artist to film who is worthy of your talents.


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Paint like the masters! Before you start compiling you oeuvre, build an arsenal of brushstrokes to use in any situation. These will come in handy as your paintings become more detailed and complex. This tutorial by Lorraine Watry—the first in a series—demonstrates solid wash, graded wash, masking fluid and tape, wet on wet, drop color on wet color, and more. See the attachment of the Techniques page and supply list by clicking the attachments button at the top right.


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Want to take your scrapbooking to the next level? In this lesson, Kiwi Lane Designs teaches you how to take advantage of templates to experiment with your designs, then add coordinating embellishments to your scrapbook pages. Get trips on selecting coordinating patterns and shapes, using elements of the paper you have already, and cutting out tricky stencil shapes such as delicate floral patterns.


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Tired of scrapbook styles that only highlight one photo or require expensive decorations? Kiwi Lane Designs brings you a whole new style of scrapbooking based around framing your pages with matching paper borders. See how templates, borders, and layered paper can create a great, balanced look that leaves room for plenty of photographs. Framing with the smaller templates is also great for decorating cards or mini-albums.


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You've chosen your paper, but now how do you start applying your scrapbook elements? Kiwi Lane Design teaches you the the cut, trace, replace method to design and adhere your layout! Get tips for cutting out tricky curved designs, learn how inking can hide a multitude of sins, hear the best methods for adhering your elements, and see how your accessories can tie together your scrapbook's color scheme.


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Want to get scrapbooking, but not sure how to get started? Kiwi Lane Designs shows you how to select which papers to use! Learn what to look for in a background sheet, how to make sure your patterns and colors won't clash, how many individual sheets to choose, and how to select your patterns for the photo matt, accessories, and frame for your photographs.


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Scrapbooking is an excellent way to preserve memories for future generations. Although typically scrapbooks are graphically focused (with pictures, ticket stubs, cards, or other memorabilia creating the bulk of the contents), consider enhancing your books with creative journaling. In this lesson, Susan shows you how to add journaling to your scrapbook. Your life and your memories are unique; ensure that those once in a lifetime moments truly are unforgettable with creative journaling.


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Is there a hole in your drawing skills? Fill it in, no problem! In this online drawing lesson from Drawing Teachers, learn how you can use basic shapes like parallelograms and circles to create a realistic picture of a 3D hole. All you will need is a pencil, paper, and marker. These step-by-step instructions will make drawing a hole even easier than falling into one.


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For career photographers, better product photos mean better clients! In this first lesson of Phillip McCordall’s Product Photography In Depth course, get an overview of professional product photography techniques. Learn how to position products and how to achieve studio-quality lighting with a low-cost method for diffusing light. Most importantly, learn how to eliminate lens flare. These basic techniques help create photos that result in sales, and an expanding client base for photographers!


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Take a photograph using the tips you've learned, and share it with us! Don't worry if you don't have fancy equipment!

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According to gizmodo.com, 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook daily. While sharing photos online may allow far away friends to keep in touch, digital photo albums lack the charm and personal touch of the scrapbooks you might remember from your childhood. In this lesson, Amy Ulen of Studio Scrapping discusses the myriad of reasons why you should preserve memories by digital scrapbooking: it’s cheaper, faster and easier than traditional scrapbooking.


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We use fonts every time we type, but do we really understand them? In this first in a series of typography lessons from Yes I'm a Designer, get an introduction to the wonderful world of fonts. You'll learn how to use InDesign to view the full range of glyphs in a font (beyond the characters you're used to seeing on your keyboard), discover how fonts are stored on your computer, and unravel the mystery of unicode.


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DSLR stands for “digital single lens reflex,” but DSLR cameras are much more than just an acronym. Unlike the SLRs of old (film cameras), DSLRs can hold thousands of images, all of which can be previewed instantly using an LCD display. Find out why professional photographers almost always choose DSLRs when shooting any type of photography in this tutorial by EasyDSLR.


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Shooting a scene in which two people sit at the beach and talk sounds simple enough, but certain techniques must be employed to create a dynamic sequence. In this lesson on cinematography principles, Tom Antos begins by discussing the simplest and most common way to film a basic scene like this: using three angles, and employing the rule of thirds. Also, learn how different lenses affect the mood of your scene, and how to vary the framing of each shot just enough to avoid unsightly “jump cuts.”


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Take on a true watercolor challenge! This lesson by Larry Hamilton, the first in a series, shows you how to start painting a Californian mission scene. Even if you have a different scene in mind, Larry’s narration provides countless pro tips and tricks that apply to any subject. Follow along at home or take notes on techniques to use in your next painting.


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Disappointed by your doodles, and wish you could draw better? Drawing well is about your hand being able to do what your brain tells it to do. And if your hand doesn’t have much practice at creating certain shapes or lines, the end result of your sketching may not look at all like it did in your mind’s eye. But drawing is a skill and the old saying “practice makes perfect” still applies—learn how to improve your drawing skills with this lesson from Drawing Teachers. Michael shows you a beautiful and interesting way to practice drawing shapes and lines.


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