Oct 7: How to make PDF documents accessible

Presenter Cornelius Chopin will demonstrate how to make key elements of a PDF document accessible using Adobe Acrobat Pro. These elements include:
  • Headings
  • Lists
  • Images
  • Tables
  • Links

About the Presenter

Cornelius Chopin is an Accessibility Specialist at Texas Health and Human Services. He received an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) title in Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver and teaches at night at several schools including the Art Institute of Austin. He completed his Master degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies (ISLT) from the Missouri University in December 2012 with emphasis on E-learning and Mobile Application development.

When/Where

Date: Friday Oct 7, 2016 (first Friday)
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

Sept 9: What is Adobe Muse?

Presenter Brandon Winston will walk us through Adobe Muse. Muse allows you to create websites without ever having to learn to code in HTML or CSS. Muse uses an intuitive user interface ideal for designers, along with native support for Adobe TypeKit, Illustrator, Photoshop, and other Adobe products. If you need to build a website but find the prospect of wading through code daunting, Adobe Muse can get you up and running in no time. During this session, Brandon will demonstrate the program by creating and deploying a new web page.

About the Presenter

Brandon is an Instructional Designer with MicroAssist in Austin. He is a native Texan but has only recently moved back after having lived in San Francisco for many years. He has an MA Ed. in Instructional Technology from San Francisco State University.

Date: Friday Sept 9, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

August 12:What is Adobe Lightroom? Why use it if you’ve already got Photoshop?

Workflow, workflow, workflow

Fazia Rizvi will take you on a tour of one of the essential asset management tools of professional photographers, and show you how you can use it to mange your own photos and videos, zipping through photo processing tasks that used to take hours. We’ll walk through the options available on importing photos, either from a camera or from an archived collection, then explore the Library and Develop Modules. You’ll learn how invaluable Lightrooom is to managing your organization’s photos, and speeding up your editing and publishing time.

You’ll also learn to:

  •  Import, tag, and catalog your photos
  •  Review, compare, and otherwise manage your images
  •  Create quick, smart, and manual collections
  • Enhance your images – make them pop without having to start up Photoshop
  •  Export your photos for print and web
  • Create smart edits and backup the catalogue

This course is targeted towards beginners who have no knowledge of Lightroom.

About the Presenter

Writer, actor, anthropologist, and technology geek, Fazia Rizvi is also an enthusiastic photographer. Starting a Kodak 110 when she was a kid and now pointing her Canon 60D at the cat every time she moves, Fazia’s got a lot of experience with “too many photos” to manage.

Fazia currently serves as Webmaster for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, a research and service initiative that is part of the Program in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. She also volunteers as the social media director for the Texas Water Safari, a 260+ mile canoe and kayak race from central Texas to the Gulf of Mexico every June, and for Guide Dogs of Texas, an organization that breeds and trains quality guide dogs for Texans who are visually impaired. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas State University.

Date: Friday August 12, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

July 8: Creating and Editing Animated GIFs with Photoshop

Join the Austin Adobe User Group for our July 8, 2016 meeting. You’ve seen those looping animated graphics that grab your attention — sometimes good, sometimes not so good, sometimes just plain annoying. Animated GIFs have been around for years, but have only recently gained huge popularity, probably due to social media like Facebook and Twitter, both of which support the animations. At the meeting we’ll deal with 3 scenarios: creating an animated GIF from scratch, editing an existing one, and converting a video into an animated GIF. The presenter will use Photoshop CC 2015, but Photoshop CS6 Extended and later will work. Files we’ll use are available for download and practice, so bring your laptop if you want.

About the Presenter

Bob Mathews has been fiddling with cameras and computers for over 45 years, the former as a hobby and the latter as profession. He works from his home in Buda for Long Beach CA software company Design Science, a corporation created 30 years ago to produce “mathematics typesetting software” for documents and accessible websites. Although 100% of the time he’ll correctly use there, their, and they’re, to, two, and too, as well as its and it’s, he struggles to pronounce GIF correctly. Bob’s interests are photography, aviation, and travel.

Date: Friday July 8, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

June 10, 2016 – Modern Accessibility Techniques using HTML5 and WAI-ARIA

Presented by: Hiram Kuykendall, CTO, Microassist on behalf of OpenAIR

Technologies making web experiences perceivable and usable for people with vision, hearing, mobility and cognitive challenges has quietly advanced. While tools such as Dreamweaver facilitate the use of these modern techniques, the recipe for creating accessible experiences is not readily apparent. In this session, we will review a few of the key accessibility features of HTML5 and the Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA).

Target Audience: Web Developer – Knowledge of Basic HTML

What You Should Bring: Laptop, Screen Reader, Headphones (See below)

Outline:

  1. Why Should You Care: Industry Outlook
  2. What is the Measure of Success: WCAG 2.0
    1. WCAG Basics
    2. 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value
  3. Landmarks
    1. HTML5 / ARIA Markup
      • Usage Rules
      • Labeling: aria-label, aria-labelledby
      • Skip Link – Where Visual and Mobility Meet
    2. Quick Check Tools
    3. Working Through the Examples
    4. Navigation Design Plan Exercise
  4. Menu (Time Permitting)
    1. WCAG Pattern
    2. Fixing the Black Box
    3. Examples: Bad, Good

To take full advantage of the session, we recommend bringing a laptop with the following installed:

  1. Screen Reader
    • Windows – NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) screen reader
    • Mac – Just use native VoiceOver.
  2. Chrome Browser

About the Presenter

Hiram Kuykendall, CTO, MicroAssist, has over 20 years of development experience on a wide variety of development platforms and also serves as a leader in the E-Learning industry. Accessibility is a passion for Hiram and he openly shares his knowledge with the development community. Hiram served as the training chair for the Knowbility 2012 Open AIR  contest and can be heard hosting the Knowbility AccessU channel on iTunes.

For a video on the basics of building accessible web sites, watch the recorded June 2016 presentation.

Date: Friday June 10, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

Using Photoshop Nik Plugins

Now that Google has make the very powerful Nik Collection free, Presenter Kenneth Lobenberg will demonstrate how to use all these newly affordable Photoshop plug ins. To get a free copy of theses plugins go to https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

About the Presenter

Kenneth Loebenberg, of New Era HD, has more than a decade of experience as a graphic designer and digital illustrator. He has produced art prints for national upscale hotel chains and home goods retailers and has worked with interior designer Barclay Butera and fashion designer Jeffrey Banks on signature line products sold internationally. He was Co-Manager of the Gulf Coast Adobe User, an Industry Advisor to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and a Featured Speaker/Photoshop Expert for the 2012 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi Conference. Kenneth graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with dual degrees in graphic design and illustration and has been working in Photoshop for more than 15 years.
Date: Friday May 13, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

April 8: What’s New in InDesign?

Want to learn about the newest changes and features in InDesign? Presenter Tom Berglie will describe and demonstrate them, focusing on Publish Online and Interactivity, and will also include lots of other smaller and bigger tips & tricks

About the presenter

Tom Berglie, a native of Norway, is an Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign and the Digital Publishing Suite, as well as in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the publishing business, including several years in charge of production of the Norwegian edition of Computerworld, and as Executive Editor of the Norwegian edition of Publish magazine. Since 2005 he has been running his own teaching and consulting business in Norway, focusing mainly on Adobe creative software. He is also the author of several text books on Adobe InDesign. Tom has relocated to Austin, Texas, and has recently set up business here.

Date: Friday April 8, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

March 11: Actions & Batch Processing using Adobe Illustrator

Description:

Do you do the same steps in Illustrator repeatedly? Create actions and save time!

A thorough walkthrough of the Actions workflow in Adobe Illustrator which will demonstrate, step by step, all you need to know about putting Actions to work for you in your next project which requires batch-processing. We will go over basic action creation and dive straight into the details of the batch process. By the end of this presentation, you will become familiar with all of the settings inside the cryptic Batch dialog, and become a knowledgeable in the usage of:

  • Creating actions
  • Processing folders of files
  • Processing variable datasets
  • Using custom scripts inside of a batch process
This presentation will be supplied with demonstration files (available here; 500 MB zip file) for a hands-on educational experience, anyone who has a version of Adobe Illustrator installed on a laptop is encouraged to bring your device for a rewarding session of follow-along fun!

About the presenter:
Vasily Hall (LinkedIn profile) is a Dallas-area Adobe Illustrator user and graphic arts workflow automation professional. Since picking up Adobe ExtendScript at his first production art job 4 years ago, he has been steadily learning and growing clients in North Texas, as well as nationally, with custom graphics workflow scripting services. Vasily’s greatest reward is seeing the positive results of his work in the impact on occupational lives of creative professionals, and he believes that there is no true failure in mistakes, unless it is a failure to learn.

Date: Friday March 11, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

Feb. 12 – Bootstrap 3

Learn Bootstrap 3 which is a free easy-to-use framework that is used to create a mobile-first responsive design web site or app  that automatically scale to look great on all devices (e.g., phones, tablets and desktops). Bootstraps includes HTML and CSS templates for typography, form, navigation and other elements as well as optional JavaScript plug-ins. It supports mobile first methodology and it is compatible with all modern browsers.

About the Presenter

Cornelius Chopin is an Accessibility Specialist at the Texas Department for Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). He received an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) title in Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver and teaches at night at several schools including the Art Institute of Austin. He completed his Master degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies (ISLT) from the Missouri University in December 2012 with emphasis on E-learning and Mobile Application development.
Date: Friday Feb 12, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

January 8, 2016 – Unlocking the Mystery of Photoshop Layer Masks

Presenter Kenneth will be unlocking the mysteries of Photoshop Layer masks – helping you discover Blend modes and revealing how to use smart objects and more.

About the Presenter

Kenneth Loebenberg, of New Era HD, has more than a decade of experience as a graphic designer and digital illustrator. He has produced art prints for national upscale hotel chains and home goods retailers and has worked with interior designer Barclay Butera and fashion designer Jeffrey Banks on signature line products sold internationally. He was Co-Manager of the Gulf Coast Adobe User, an Industry Advisor to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and a Featured Speaker/Photoshop Expert for the 2012 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi Conference. Kenneth graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with dual degrees in graphic design and illustration and has been working in Photoshop for more than 15 years.
Date: Friday January 8, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event