Although simple to use, the content management system Drupal offers some powerful tools to help you build highly sophisticated websites. In this workshop developer and trainer Joe Chellman shows you how to incorporate advanced functionality like views, calendars, the Display Suite module, news, polls, surveys, forms, panels, and social media integration to your basic Drupal site so you can customize it to suit your needs. You’ll learn how to use some of the best contributed modules from the Drupal community and even how to create your own module. In the process you’ll build the development skills you need to build websites of any kind.
One of the best things about WordPress is how themes let you customize the way your site looks and works. Though there are lots themes available for free, you may want to create your own in order to communicate your unique online identity. In this workshop developer and trainer Joe Chellman shows you two approaches to creating a theme. You’ll learn how to create a child theme from an existing theme, using the current default theme, Twenty Twelve, as an example. You’ll also learn how take a single, static HTML file (with attendant CSS and image files) and build it into a WordPress theme with support for widgetized sidebars and custom menus.
Putting together composite images is a great way to exercise your creativity, and in this course Tim Grey shares his tips for getting great results when you do so. After introducing the basic concepts and looking at some automated methods of creating a composite, Tim covers a wide variety of nifty techniques, from creating composites based on a gradient, to painting on a mask, to using a selection as the basis of a mask. You’ll also learn how to clean up and improve the overall quality of your layer masks, apply adjustments to specific elements of a composite, add creative effects, work with layer groups, and much more.