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News: This Choose-Your-Own-Adventure AR Game Makes the Merge Cube a Compelling Stocking Stuffer

Did you forget to get a Christmas gift for that niece or nephew who you see once a year? If you're lucky, the Walmart near you may have a Merge Cube in stock. When paired with the 57° North game for the Merge Cube, the mysterious-looking cube offers the possibility of extended sessions of virtual adventure in the palm of your hand. Available for $2.99 through the App Store or Google Play, 57° North is a choose-your-own-adventure game that takes place in augmented reality.

How To: Design compelling eBooks in Adobe InDesign CS5

Whether you're new to Adobe InDesign or a seasoned graphic arts professional after a general overview of CS5's most vital new features, you're sure to be well served by this official video tutorial from the folks at Adobe TV. In it, you'll learn how to create compelling eBooks with enhanced support for the EPUB file format with CS5 Design Premium and Digital Editions.

How To: Create a compelling resume

In this video, we learn how to create a compelling resume. When you talk about your prior experience, write down something that you learned from your work background, preferably something that matches the job you're applying for. Employers are looking for something you were taught in your experience. Write down any accomplishments you received while on the job, and how well you did them as well. If you're graduated, let them know when you are available for full time work and when you are grad...

How To: Play a word play scam / trick on people

Not all Roman alphabet letters are created equal. Some are used much more than others, as becomes readily apparent in this mind game / brain teaser / scam. It involved compelling people to list words that lack certain letters, without which words all but cannot be made. Watch this video to learn how to play this trick on unsuspecting (and preferably pretentiously wordy) friends or enemies.

How To: Make a dramatic film

This tutorial covers some of the basics of dramatic filmmaking. A drama is a film that is character-driven, using the characters' emotional responses to situations to move the story along. Epic and historical dramas put their characters in historical events. Crime dramas are set within the rules and boundaries of reality, but do not have to be linked with any historical event. These films utilize suspense and action to push the characters through the story. Biopics are motion picture biograph...

How To: Create professional looking business promotional video

In this video, we learn how to create professional looking business promotional video. To make your video more professional, you can first make your video shorter. The shorter the better, which will get your point across more quickly. Videos should be less than a minute and thirty seconds. If you're using a web cam, don't get too far away from it. If you're using a Flip camera, use a tripod and make sure the light source is coming from in front of you. Natural lighting is also nice. Make sure...

How To: Create dynamic, colorful background elements in AE

Discover how easy it is to harness After Effects to create compelling, deep motion graphics with very little thought. In this episode, Dennis of the Genesis Project walks through how a single element can be combined and reused to create a nice background element. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular motion graphics and compositing software or a seasoned video professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with the program and its various features and filters, you're sure to be well se...

How To: Make the Vista logo in Photoshop

A compelling and quick moving tutorial on making the Windows Vista logo with Adobe Photoshop. The logo can be made quick without going too in depth into some of Photoshop's more advanced features. Starting with a circle a gradient shade is layered over the shape. Two circles are cut out and shaded white to give the circle a 3D feel. Then adding a drop shadow to the entire shape really gives it the logo's appearance. The windows themselves within the logo are cut to shape and copied and moved ...

How To: Write an introduction to an argumentative essay

This video takes the viewer through a simple, step-by-step process for writing a compelling introduction to an argumentative essay. According to the author, an ideal introduction should begin with detailing the subject matter of the essay, and should provide the background information on the issue being discussed in the essay. The introduction should be very clear about the conclusion that the author of the essay is alluding at. One of the major problems with student essays is that their intr...

How To: Reduce your lawn

One of the most compelling reasons to reduce lawn is it gives more opportunities to create beautiful flower beds like this one. However, it really goes beyond the beauty of these flowers, it's about the environment. Lawn mowers negatively impact the enviroment. Over the years as your garden continues to evolve, you can make a concerted effort to look for ways to reduce the amount of lawn that you have to care for. Find out how you can reduce your lawn with this tutorial.

News: Adam Cosco's Short Film 'KNIVES' Ups the Ante on Virtual Reality Moviemaking

While you can't turn art into a formula, the film industry has managed to come stupidly close. While many storytelling principles still stand across mediums, successfully crafting a compelling, immersive narrative in virtual reality requires a brand new rulebook. Through trial, error, and success, writer/director/editor Adam Cosco figured out the right rules to follow (and break) in "KNIVES"—his latest 360-degree short film. The film tells an old-fashioned tale of a woman, Kelsey Frye, strugg...

News: The Incredible VR Painting Experience Tilt Brush Adds Greater Control, 3D Models & a Word Game

Google's Tilt Brush has proven to be one of the most compelling VR experiences for the HTC Vive, letting you paint with crazy materials like electricity and duct tape. It is clearly an experiment in bringing the joy of imagination to life—or creating some form of virtual LSD—and the app's latest update brings a variety of features that only continue to support that theme. There are few to no rules in virtual reality app development, and that can both be freeing or absolutely paralyzing when t...

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