April 14: How to create an accessible PDF form?

Accessibility Expert Cornelius Chopin will show the steps it takes to convert a Word form to a PDF form. Then he will show how to add the form elements to the form to make it accessible in Adobe Acrobat Pro. He will also explain some tips and techniques on how to streamline the conversion process.

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: April 14, 2017
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
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March 10: InDesign Workflows

Join us as InDesign expert Tom Berglie talks about Advanced document setup in InDesign, how InDesign thrives on native Photoshop and Illustrator files and shares some cool tips and 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 March 10, 2017
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
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Feb 10: Case Studies in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign Featuring Customized Typography

During this presentation, graphic artist Carol Gunn will showcase project-based case studies featuring illustration and typography in Illustrator and Photoshop, with a special emphasis on customizing typographic designs, and a brief overview of finishing projects in InDesign and Acrobat Pro.

Topics will include:
• Brief intro to typography basics: kerning, tracking, and leading
• Creating typographic designs by customizing Open Type fonts using glyphs: built-in character stylistic alternates, terminal forms, ligatures, swashes, and decorative elements
• Converting live type to vector outlines for further customization
• Importing customized type outlines into Photoshop and creating masks to add textures and effects
• Bringing it all together and adding body type in InDesign
• Exporting to Acrobat Pro to finalize artwork for print and web

Carol Gunn is an experienced freelance graphic designer for print and web, also specializing in photography and illustration. Expert Level in the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and Intermediate Level in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Sole proprietor of freelance graphic design business since 2002. Previously, in-house graphic designer for a worldwide manufacturer. Prior design experience includes art departments of three TV stations and a newspaper. Based in Austin, TX.

Specialties include:
• Corporate branding and identity
• Logo design
• Photo manipulation and retouching
• Illustration, hand-drawn/painted and computer Illustrator/Photoshop)
• Photography (tabletop product shots and portraits)
• T-shirt design (digital and silkscreen)
• Turn-key print advertising from design through delivery of printed pieces (posters, brochures, packaging, print ads, trade show banners, etc.) and adaptation of those materials for web
• Copywriting and editing

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Date: Friday Feb 10, 2017
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

Jan 13 Project Workflow Using Illustrator & After Effects with Creative Cloud tools

Chris Murdock will walk-through a small demo project that includes creating illustrations and motion graphics while sharing assets using Creative Cloud libraries and folders (assuming the wifi network is available). He’ll work with Illustrator, After Effects, and maybe a little Photoshop. If possible, he’ll ask for help creating assets from others at the meeting to demonstrate some handy project sharing tools in Creative Cloud, so bring your laptops and Creative Cloud subscriptions!

Here are a few points he’ll cover:

  • Color Palette creation and sharing using Adobe Color

  • Illustrator common tools and techniques (eyedropper tricks, scaling tools, arranging objects, hotkeys, importing assets, lines & arrows, clipping masks, text box editing, alignment tools, etc)

  • After Effects basic animation, integration with Illustrator, rendering animation with Adobe Media Encoder.

About the Presenter

Chris Murdock is a digital artist and has worked in many industries including fabrication, architecture, video games, and 3d visualization. He has shipped a  number of video games where he created visual effects, animation, 3d environments, 3d models, and more. Currently his projects include motion graphics, info-graphics, and 3d visualization.  He enjoys drawing and painting outside of work.

Past projects:

http://artsymurdo.com/    3d Visualization

http://cargocollective.com/murdockgameart   Video Game Art

http://thechrismurdock.tumblr.com/        Sketches, drawings, paintings.

Date: Friday Jan 13, 2017
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
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Dec 9 InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator updated, what is new in the CC2017 edition?

Many of the new features in the updated programs deal with Cloud integration and programs communicating with tablet apps. The overall focus in on an improved, streamlined workflow for creating assets for apps and online publications.
At the December meeting we will do a rundown of the new and updated features in the CC2017 edition, and show examples of the improved workflows for mobile and online.

Time permitting, we’ll also showcase some other cool features and tricks we think you’ll enjoy!

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 Dec. 9, 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
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Nov. 11: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Work Together Like a Dream Team

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Work Together Like a Dream Team

Create complex shapes in Illustrator and place in Photoshop to produce dynamic art.

Use Adobe Illustrator to:

  1. Use text, shapes, symbols and glyphs to create basic images.
  2. Utilize the Shaper and Pathfinder tools to create more complex shapes.
  3. Use Pattern and Gradient swatches to make your designs colorful and vibrant.

When you are happy with your Illustrator image; bring it into Photoshop to:

  1. Make adjustments that can color manage and intensify hue.
  2. Experiment with brightness, contrast and exposure.
  3. Use effects and filters to take your design to a higher level.

About the presenter

Veronica Primeaux is a graphic artist with over 20 years of experience in the field of computer generated art.  She works for Texas Health & Human Services Department, creating posters, brochures, presentations, and web graphics. Before then she was an art teacher in Laredo public schools and also a commercial artist creating advertising designs. In her spare time she works with oils on canvas and watercolor.

Date: Friday November 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

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