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.

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
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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
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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.

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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
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A Tour of Premier Pro

Presenter Jon Merrifield will take us on a tour of Premier Pro, beginning with the interface and a description of an optimized project workflow, and then we will edit a 1 minute news break style piece complete with name super ids and with green screen comping on a virtual set.

About the Presenter

Jon Merrifield is an award winning Visual Effects, Finish and Beauty Artist. In his 30 year career he has worked on over a thousand commercials including many Super Bowl spots, over one hundred music videos including MTV’s Music Video of The Year in 2002 and a plethora of established artists from Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Ludacris to Madonna and Natalie Merchant, as well as many feature films and television shows as VFX Designer including INNOCENCE released in 2014 and the X-Files from the late 1990’s.

Mr. Merrifield currently holds the VFX Supervisor position at the VFX/Finish boutique Peli Studio based in Austin and is connected globally. He is also one of the instructors at The Austin School of Film and is a Video Producer and Motion Graphics Designer in the Creative Services Division at the Texas Department of Transportation.

Date: Friday April 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
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Adobe After Effects – Composites, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and more

Presenter Jon Merrifield will begin by showing before and after examples of composites, visual effects, motion graphics and beauty work, all done in After Effects. Then he will move onto a overview and summary of the tools inside Adobe After Effects, followed by a panel and layout exploration, explaining how the tools function and some good fundamentals to consider as a start to learning the tool. Then he will open the composites and show how some of the work displayed in the previous before and after examples were accomplished.

About the Presenter

Jon Merrifield is an award winning Visual Effects, Finish and Beauty Artist. In his 30 year career he has worked on over a thousand commercials including many Super Bowl spots, over one hundred music videos including MTV’s Music Video of The Year in 2002 and a plethora of established artists from Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Ludacris to Madonna and Natalie Merchant, as well as many feature films and television shows as VFX Designer including INNOCENCE released in 2014 and the X-Files from the late 1990’s.

Mr. Merrifield currently holds the VFX Supervisor position at the VFX/Finish boutique Peli Studio based in Austin and is connected globally. He is also one of the instructors at The Austin School of Film and is a Video Producer and Motion Graphics Designer in the Creative Services Division at the Texas Department of Transportation.

Date: Friday March 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
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How To Create a Simple Mobile App Using jQueryMobile and Dreamweaver

This presentation will show how to use Dreamweaver along with the popular jQueryMobile framework to create a simple mobile application that will be styled with CSS. The app will have responsive design and can later be submitted to various app stores using PhoneGap.

Presentation notes (zip file)

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: Friday February 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
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Benefits of Nondestructive Photoshop Techniques

Non destructive modifications is a powerful work-flow that will keep your projects forever editable. These methods give you ultimate flexibility and freedom in your creative process to experiment and play. The magic that lies at the core of a nondestructive work-flow is the power of Smart Objects, Adjustment Layers, Masking and Neutral Layers, just to name a few.

About the Presenter Virginia Brodie has been in the graphic arts since graduating from Ferris State University with a degrees in Printing and Education. She has been an Adobe Certified trainer for the last 15 years and has regularly placed in the top 5 highest rated Adobe trainers in the world. Virginia moved back home to Austin in June to launch her new Adobe training business, Graphicability. She loves taking pictures and expresses herself artistically through compositing images using Photoshop as her medium.

Date: Friday January 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
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Learn the basics of Adobe Muse

Presenter Kenneth Loebenberg demonstrates the basics using Muse to build web pages, including descriptions of HTML CSS and how Muse takes care of this for you.

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 December 12, 2014
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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Use InDesign/Digital Publishing Suite to transform publications into interactive tablet apps

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is a complete solution that lets media and business publishers create, distribute, monetize and optimize publications for mobile devices. DPS consists of a set of tools, applications and services that together form a complete work flow that takes you from content assembly, creative design, testing, validating and publishing interactive magazine apps. Platforms supported include iOS, Windows 8.1, and Android.

The creative process takes place in InDesign. The DPS tools are an integrated part of InDesign, and no additional licenses are necessary for authoring, designing, testing, and sharing apps. DPS leverages the unsurpassed design and productivity features of InDesign, and allows the users to repurpose contents from print publications, adding media rich content and interaction – as well as designing interactive apps from the ground up. When you’re ready to publish your apps online, you’ll typically need additional licenses, both with Adobe, as well as with the various online shops, like App Store, Play Store, and Windows Store.

The presentation will focus on the creative process up to and including local and online testing of apps, and sharing of apps in progress. Attendees who have an email address connected to their Adobe ID, will in fact be able to download and test drive the app that’ll be created during the presentation.

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 is in the process of relocating to Austin, Texas, and has just finished setting up business here.

Date: Friday November 14, 2014
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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Creating Responsive eLearning Projects with Captivate 8

In our ever changing world we are challenged with creating content for many different devices, and they are smaller, more mobile and require custom content for best performance.

Adobe is the leader in creating easy to use, GUI products for web development, and most recently is the leader in the eLearning development industry with Adobe Captivate 8.

Join us on October 10 to get an overview of some of Adobe Captivate 8 features that address these responsive issues:

  • Developing responsive projects for pc, tablet and Smartphone without programming
  • Multi-device preview
  • Device aware delivery
  • Location-aware learning
  • Publishing to Flash or HTML5

About the presenter

Cindy Glenn has been developing training for over 25 years and has found her niche to be engaging, interactive, scenario-based eLearning. “The same regions of the brain are stimulated when we experience an event as when we hear about it. Scenarios tell a story, and a story puts your whole brain to work!”

Cindy is an Instructional Designer and Trainer working in High Tech companies where she maximizes employee productivity and customer satisfaction through training. Her specialties include: Instructional Design, converting instructor-led learning materials into engaging, interactive and cost effective eLearning. She is highly proficient in Adobe Captivate and FireWorks.

Date: Friday October 10, 2014
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