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 will be available for download and practice in July, 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 October 2012 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

December presentation: Photoshop to Illustrator and Back

This presentation will include an overview of the different strengths and purposes of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and a demonstration of workflow using both applications, including two projects (the following are links to the presenter’s related Behance portfolio projects):

an example of Creating Vector Outlines from Photos for Silkscreen

the poster that the presenter created

About the Presenter

Carol Gunn, www.gunngraphics.biz is  an experienced freelance graphic designer for print and web, also specializing in photography, illustration, copywriting, and editing. For 16 years she was a member of an in-house advertising team for a worldwide manufacturer; since 2002 she has been the sole proprietor of a freelance graphic design business. Her prior design experience includes art departments of three TV stations and a newspaper. Her specialties include corporate branding and identity – logo design – turn key print advertising – photo manipulation and retouching – illustration – photography – t-shirt design – copywriting and editing

Date: Friday December 11, 2015
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

Nov. 13: Create Great Designs using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop’s: Gradients, Patterns, Styles, Brushes, Layers, and Filters

Illustrator and Photoshop allow you to combine features that excel in each and create beautiful images that are only limited by your imagination. Join us for a step-by-step demonstration of how to use Adobe’s tools PLUS plug-in filters such as “Perfect Effects” or “Alien Skin’s Eye Candy”.

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 Department of State Health Services, 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 13, 2015
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. 9 2015: Interactive publications – where is InDesign going?

Adobe InDesign is by far the leading tool for creating paper-based publications, but the program can also create a wide variety of digital and interactive publications. The interactive formats and platforms that InDesign supports are ever changing and rapidly evolving. In the October AAUG meeting we will get you up to speed on the latest changes, what new features are added (and what has been removed!) in InDesign.

Here are some of the topics we will cover:

  • The DPS 2015 (Digital Publishing System) is replacing the old DPS (Digital Publishing Suite). What is new, and where can I find the old DPS functions?
  • The support for fixed layout eBooks is growing fast, but what are the new functions, where can I find them, and how can I use them?
  • Reflowable eBooks are not dead, what is the best practices and workflow for converting an InDesign document into an eBook?
  • What does the new “Publish Online” button do?

The presentation will also give a brief overview of other new features of the InDesign CC 2015 version.

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 just finished setting up business here.

Date: Friday October 9, 2015
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