October 13: Lightroom CC & Lightroom Mobile made easier

Lightroom is a powerful tool for organizing and enhancing your photos. It’s easy for power to become overwhelming though, so we’ll try to make it easier. Join us at our October 13 meeting for an introduction to Lightroom and a demonstration how to make photo processing faster with presets. You’ll see how to create, save, and share your own presets, as well as how to find and use presets from others. If you haven’t plunged into Lightroom Mobile, you’ll also see how to sync your photo collections to Lightroom, process them on your mobile device, and work with a single photo in both Lightroom Mobile and PS Express.

Note: If you want to follow along and don’t have a Creative Cloud subscription, the Photography plan (http://bit.ly/aaug-oct17) includes Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as the mobile apps, for $9.99/mo. You get get a trial first, but it’s only a 7-day trial, so if you’re planning on that, you may want to wait until October 7 or later, so you can use it during the October meeting.

About the Presenter

Bob Mathews has been “into photography” for over 45 years, but has never been accused of being a professional. (Though he does claim to have accumulated a total of $101 in photography income over that time period — enough for one cup of Starbucks a year for something less than 45 years.) 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. Bob’s interests are photography, aviation, and travel.

Date: Friday October 13, 2017
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
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

Sept 8: Acrobat Pro DC – what does it do?

Interested in learning what Adobe Acrobat Pro DC can do? Learn how to

  • Create PDFs – multiple ways (from another document, a web page, combining multiple files into one PDF or portfolio, and more)
  • Customize the initial display when the PDF is opened in Reader
  • Create interactive (fillable) forms that can be saved in the free Acrobat Reader using Acrobat Pro
  • Edit or add text or images and headers/footers
  • Check for and improve document accessibility
  • Add comments to a document while reviewing, including on mobile devices
  • Redact text
  • Create a secure PDF
  • and more

About the Presenter:

Besides being a long-time Acrobat Pro user, Donna Blumberg is also a senior software instructor.  She teaches Adobe products including Acrobat Pro, Captivate, InDesign and others, Microsoft Office programs and several other e-learning, video programs and more.

Date: Friday September 8, 2017
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
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 14: Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate: Vector graphics and raster images

Adobe Faculty, Education Leader (and more) Thomas Benner  will discuss the differences between vector graphics and raster images and demonstrate tips and tricks in Photoshop, Illustrator and Animate (previously called Flash) along the way.

There should be lots of information for people at every experience level!

About the Presenter

Thomas Benner,  Adobe Faculty, Adobe Subject Matter Expert, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Education Leader,  is an Innovative designer, animator, developer, programmer and instructor who loves training others always seeking opportunities to develop outstanding courses utilizing the Adobe Creative Cloud and Apple Macintosh software with a focus on integrating various applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Animate, DreamWeaver, Muse, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Behance) for effective desktop and screen publishing workflows.

Extensive experience teaching web design and development, vector and raster graphics, interactive multimedia, animation and digital presentation. 9 years Web and Interactive Media Faculty at the Art Institute of Austin. 4 years writing the ACA and ACE exams for Photoshop, Illustrator and Animate. Technical editor for the textbook “Beginning Animate”.

https://www.facebook.com/MACinTUTOR – www.linkedin.com/in/thomasbenner

His latest book (he was the technical editor): Beginning Adobe Animate CC

Date: Friday July 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
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

Case Studies in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign; Featuring Customized Typography, pt 2

Senior graphic designer and presenter 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 a review of subjects covered in Part 1, presented in February:

  •  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
New topics wil include:
  • 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.

About the Presenter

Carol Gunn has been the sole proprietor of a 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.

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

Links:

Date: Friday June 9, 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

May 12: More InDesign news, tips and tricks (and what is FrameMaker?)

Tom Berglie will continue his walk-through of various methods for InDesign document setup, and he will throw in some neat tips and tricks along the way, including a rundown of what’s new in the latest update (of April this year).

Adobe has another page layout program in addition to InDesign, called Framemaker. Tom will do a little feature comparison and explain why or when you would consider using Frame instead.

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 May 12, 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

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
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

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
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

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

Links:

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
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event