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

Sept. 11 meeting Photoshop Masking Made Easy: Unmasking the Mystery of the Mask

Photoshop expert Cornelius Chopin will demonstrate his Photoshop Tutorial App on Masking.

If you can master the concepts of selections, masks and layers, you can go a lot further and a lot faster than trying to remember “steps” on how to do many advanced techniques that have intimidated many designers from moving from basic to more advanced editing and compositing with ease. To get you started, know that any kind of mask regardless whether it is digital or not will show, hide or protect

What is under the mask will help to take the mystery out of learning these concepts.

About the presenter:

Cornelius Chopin is currently 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 September 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

Photo restoration and retouching with Photoshop

Kenneth will be going over tips and tricks for photo restoration and photo retouching. This demonstration will cover how to scan a photo properly and repair damage digitally using Photoshop to finalize color correction. He will also provide basic and advanced techniques for editing photos such as replacing skies and fixing smiles.

If you have any photos you want Kenneth to show you how to fix, please post them on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/austinadobeusergroup) and he will get back to you promptly.

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 previously worked for Wendover Art Group in Florida and Iconic Pineapple Art in Maryland as well as advertising agencies FKQ and Dancel Multimedia. 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 August 14, 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

July 10: In Illustrator import variable text and image data with a script

If you use Illustrator to create many variations of the same item – such as name tags that have text and images – you’ll be repeating the same steps over and over and over and… Automate that process!

A new Illustrator script called “VariableImporter.jsx” makes dynamic data user-friendly and accessible to all creative professionals by providing a robust interface for importing data from .csv and .txt files. This presentation will illuminate the usage of Illustrator’s variable data feature and showcase several sample projects to show real-life scenarios where Illustrator’s unique powerful features are used with text data to create sets of robust dynamic documents.

The script can be downloaded at https://github.com/Silly-V?tab=repositories

For an example of how this script works, watch this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCBrK8tZAXQ&feature=youtu.be

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 July 10, 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

June 12, 2015 Photoshop actions

This month Kenneth Loebenberg will be presenting on one of the most powerful, and least used, tools in Photoshop – Actions. Kenneth will be going though basic and advanced Photoshop actions, including: writing actions, editing, conditional actions and nested actions. The session will also include a question and answer session; so please bring your ideas for Photoshop actions.

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 previously worked for Wendover Art Group in Florida and Iconic Pineapple Art in Maryland as well as advertising agencies FKQ and Dancel Multimedia. 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 June 12, 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

Behance – portfolios and network for creatives

Our May 8, 2015 meeting will feature a demonstration of Behance. Behance, as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, is the largest creative professional network in the world (4 million portfolios, more than 80 million images) conneting online-communities of top art schools and organizations around the world. Top companies use Behance to find and hire creative talent. This presentation will cover features that inspire and connect artists/creatives.

1. Curated Galleries

2. New Book: Super-Modified, The Behance Book of Creative Work

3. Portfolio Review Week: you can attend events in hundreds of cities across the globe.

4. Behance Team Blog: keeps your knowledge up-to-date.

5. BULLY Project Mural: artists sharing their stories on bullying, via pieces uploaded to Behance.

PDF presentation notes

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 May 8, 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