Display archivesHow to make a Gantt chart in Excel

March 10th, 2016
Free tutorial, published by Tuts+




Read the tutorial or watch the video here. Exercise file is included.



Display archivesExcel 2016 Essentials course now available

January 23rd, 2016
Do you need to learn Excel 2016? Check out my new course for both Windows and Mac, published by Pluralsight.


Excel screen sample



Display archivesTutorial: multiple artboards in Photoshop

December 20th, 2015
In the recent update of Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe introduced multiple artboards. You can now have as many artboards as you want in the same file, perhaps for multiple versions of a design. I just published a thorough tutorial on the feature in my Mastering Photoshop Layers course on Udemy. If you already purchased this course, you immediately have access to the new lesson at no additional cost. So happy holidays!


Multiple artboards in Photoshop



Display archivesAfter Effects tip: move the in-point or out-point of a layer

October 5th, 2015
I just discovered a great tip for After Effects: let’s say you pasted a layer from one composition to another, and the layer is very far away from the CTI, which you’re probably looking at. Rather than zooming out, scrolling, pushing, etc, and rather than manually typing the time code for the in-point in the layer, just press “[" (the left square bracket key). That moves the layer, so the in-point is at the CTI. Alternatively, press "]” (the right square bracket key) to move the out-point of the layer to the CTI. In either case, the duration of the layer will remain unchanged.





Display archivesOutlook 2016 for Mac doesn’t play well with Exchange

July 23rd, 2015
Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac always throws a security error when connecting to an Exchange server. What does Microsoft suggest as a workaround? Disable SSL. Not only does this not solve the issue, it’s an unwise choice to make. Major fail.





Display archivesMicrosoft Office for Mac now looks like Windows

July 17th, 2015
Applications in the new Office for Mac 2016 (a/k/a version 15) look just like their Windows counterparts, not like one-off versions or even like native OS X applications. This makes it easier for you to switch between the two platforms.


If you subscribe to Office 365, you have access to the new Mac versions right now. If not, you’ll need to wait for September for the Office applications to be released with a regular purchase license, rather than by subscription.


Here’s a screen shot of Excel 2016 for Mac: