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At Noble Desktop you can learn how to code websites, build iOS apps, make graphics, and more. From our front-end coding bootcamp to Photoshop classes, we offer a variety of comprehensive day, evening, and weekend training classes as well as certificate programs in web design, web development, HTML email, and more. Courses are available in-person (at our training facility in Soho), live online, and customized corporate or private training. Our course materials and workbooks are used by colleges and schools worldwide. Learn a skill today and start using it tomorrow.

Video: Top 10 Beginner Excel Tricks You Need to Know

In this video, we'll cover various tips and tricks for beginners to improve their Excel skills. Get a taste of some of the tricks and techniques we cover in our Excel classes with this video. We'll touch on various chart features, calculation features, shortcuts, and more.

Video: Get Started in Graphic Design

Want to get into graphic design? In this video, you’ll learn what graphic designers do, what apps they use, how to get started, and more. See examples of design work and learn about creating a graphic design portfolio. You’ll learn what classes and certificate programs are appropriate so you can take the next step and get started in graphic design.

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Live Online Free Seminars Every Day New York Businesses are Closed Due to COVID-19

During this challenging time, Noble Desktop is renewing its commitment to providing industry-leading technology and business education. Each business day that New York businesses are closed, Noble Desktop will offer a free live online seminar in topics across design, coding, business, and finance.

Register for free live-streamed classes here. 100% free: no credit card or personal information (besides an email) required.

Introduction to Motion Graphics Free Video Seminar

Get a Free Introduction to Animation, Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, & More

What is motion graphics? What’s the difference between Premiere Pro and After Effects? Do you need to be a good graphic designer to become a good motion graphics animator? What are the job opportunities in this field? In this free video introduction to the world of motion graphics, we will answer these questions and so much more. Get ready for a video packed with great information.

The following video includes 12 lessons, 100+ information slides, multiple screenings of professional motion graphics projects throughout, and tons of useful information.

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How to Write Web Content (and Blog Posts) That Is Good For Users & Search Engines (SEO)

This is a blog post about how to write blog posts and other web content. Writing for the web is different than other media such as books, brochures, magazines, etc. For the most part, what’s good for users will also be good for search engines too, but there are things you should keep in mind.

Let’s go over specific recommendations you can use to improve the writing on a website or blog.

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Web Design Crash Course: Everything You Need to Know

Web design has become one of the most crucial components of web development dynamics. If you’ve ever thought about getting into web design, it’s probably because you’ve got a creative streak or at least want to. Web design is made up of many exciting parts, including creating your first website and establishing the right layout to attract your audience. This involves thinking outside of the box, learning how to design, and finding the right elements to develop precisely what you’ve imagined. 

If you’ve always wondered what web design is all about and what it takes, here’s a little crash course: 

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Optimizing SVG Files

What is SVG?

SVG stands for scalable vector graphics. It’s an XML-based coded file format that enables us to use vector graphics in webpages.

Why Should You Optimize SVG Files?

Design apps such as Sketch, Adobe XD, and Illustrator code SVG files differently. Some produce cleaner code than others. Regardless of what app codes the SVG file, it’s likely that the code can be further optimized, offering cleaner code and a smaller file (which downloads faster). Loading speed is important because website speed is one factor that affects your website’s Google ranking.

Optimizing SVG files can have other benefits. Once we had an SVG file that Illustrator didn’t like. The SVG was exported from Sketch, and we were trying to open it in Illustrator. We got an error message and it appeared wrong in Illustrator. After optimizing the SVG file, it imported without error and looked correct!

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Variable Fonts: Exciting for Designers & Developers

What are Variable Fonts?

Variable fonts are a new kind of font that allows for amazing new levels of flexibility. With just one font file you can alter thickness, width, or just about any attribute you can think of... all while keeping the file-size small (important for websites).

Do not limit your thinking to the standard options that you’ve seen before (bold, italic, extended, condensed, etc.). Font designers can make variable fonts do all sorts of cool things!

example of adjusting a variable font

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Photoshop Tutorial: Using Hair Brushes to Paint Hair Masks

Topics: Using custom hair brushes to create a selection/mask, Refining the hair mask, Removing a color cast

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Python and Pandas: A Bigger Data Solution to Excel

Excel spreadsheets have been the standard in the business world, allowing people to leverage spreadsheets for everything from accounting to managing schedules. As one of the world’s most popular software programs, Excel is used in all facets of a company, from human resources to Finance. However, there comes a time when one may look to grow beyond Excel and foray into the world of databases and coding-based solutions.

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