May 10: Fix photos with Photoshop

Presenter and Photoshop expert Kenneth Lobenberg will be going over tips and tricks for photo restoration and photo retouching. He will cover how to scan a photo properly and repair damage digitally using Photoshop to final 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 Austin Adobe User Group Facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/austinadobeusergroup/.

Since this is dinnertime, we’ll have pizza available.

The meeting starts at 6:00. The doors are locked at 6:30; if you arrive and they are locked, knock – there will be someone at the New Horizons front desk and they will let you in.

About the presenter

Kenneth Loebenberg  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 almost 20 years.

 When/Where

Date: Thurs, May 10, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the doors are locked at 6:30; the person at the reception desk will open them for latecomers)
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

April 12: Review 12 Adobe mobile apps

During this meeting we’ll take a look at Adobe’s apps for mobile devices. There are more than 12 of them, but we’ll take a look at these 12. Some of them we’ll only describe and take a glance at; others we’ll spend more time on. If there’s something specific you’d like to see, or specific questions you have, post them to the group or on our Facebook page.

Except as noted below, all of the apps are available for iOS and Android. All of them are free, and do not require a Creative Cloud subscription. If you do have an Adobe CC subscription though, you’re able to do more with them. Listed alphabetically:

Adobe Capture: “Just tap your mobile device screen to transform the things you see into creative building blocks for all your designs.”

Adobe Illustrator Draw: “Create beautiful free-form vector designs on your mobile device with Illustrator Draw, the app that lets you turn your ideas into production-quality artwork.”

Adobe Photoshop apps: 5 component apps:
• PS Express (also Windows Mobile OS): The mobile companion to Photoshop CC. “Edit files and make collages from your device, Adobe Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Facebook, or Google Photos.”
• Photoshop Fix: “Liquify, heal, lighten, color and adjust your images to perfection — then easily share them across other Adobe Creative Cloud desktop and mobile apps.”
• Photoshop Mix: “Photoshop Mix lets you cut out and combine elements from different images, blend layers and apply looks on your iPhone, iPad or Android device — all compatible with Photoshop CC.”
• Lightroom CC for mobile: “Edit, organize, and share images anywhere.”
• Photoshop Sketch: “Photoshop Sketch lets you create expressive drawings anywhere using natural drawing tools like pencils, pens, markers, and watercolor brushes to get all the textures and blending effects you’d get on paper.”

Adobe Premier Clip: “Create and edit amazing videos right on your mobile device with Adobe Premiere Clip. Then send your work to Premiere Pro CC on your desktop to refine it.”

Adobe Scan: “The free scan app with text recognition superpowers. Use your phone or tablet to capture images and transform them into versatile PDFs that speed up work.”

Adobe Spark (iOS only): 3 component apps — Post, Page, and Video.
• Post: “Create stunning graphics — in seconds.”
• Page: “Turn words and images into beautiful, magazine-style web stories — in minutes.”
• Video: “Create compelling video stories — in minutes.”

Since this is dinnertime, we’ll have pizza available.

The meeting starts at 6:00. The doors are locked at 6:30; if you arrive and they are locked, knock – there will be someone at the New Horizons front desk and they will let you in.

About the presenter

 Bob Mathews works as Director of Training for a company that produces math equation-writing software. He is always looking to learn more about Adobe products. He believes the way most people learn a product best is by learning a little bit, then learn more by using the product. That’s the reason for this session on mobile apps — let’s learn enough at the meeting to get started with mobile apps, then by using them you’re on your way to becoming an expert.

 When/Where

Date: Thurs, April 12, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the doors are locked at 6:30; the person at the reception desk will open them for latecomers)
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

March 8: How to create a simple mobile/web app using AngularJS and Dreamweaver 2018

Dreamweaver is an Adobe development tool for creating, managing and publishing websites and mobile content. AngularJS is a free easy-to-use open source JavaScript framework that is used to create dynamic web sites.

Why use AngularJS? HTML is great for static web sites. AngularJS is a JavaScript framework that extends HTML attributes with built-in or user-defined DIRECTIVES that offers more functionality to an application or web site.

It is mainly maintained by Google and by a community of individuals and corporations to address many of the challenges encountered in developing Single-Page Applications (SPAs). Presenter Cornelius Chopin will demonstrate how to use both development tools to create a simple mobile/web app.

Since this is dinnertime, we’ll have pizza available.

The meeting starts at 6:00. The doors are locked at 6:30; if you arrive and they are locked, knock – there will be someone at the New Horizons front desk and they will let you in.

About the presenter

Cornelius Chopin is an Accessibility Coordinator 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: Thurs, March 8, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the doors are locked at 6:30; the person at the reception desk will open them for latecomers)
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

Feb 8: Large file InDesign workflows taking advantage of Photoshop and Bridge

For many good reasons, placed images in InDesign documents are stored as external links, not inside the InDesign documents themselves.

When working with lots of photos or illustrations, you face a number of challenges, like where are the images stored, what file format, resolution and color model are they, what pages are the linked files placed on, and so on. And if you find yourself wanting to replace a bunch of low-resolution images with their high-resolution counterparts, you may be in for some tedious, time-consuming overtime work, unless you know the tricks of the trade.

At this Austin Adobe User Group meeting we’ll explore several aspects of InDesign linked files, based on real world design projects. Among the topics covered, we’ll reveal some ‘secrets’ of the Links panel, relink files to a new folder, and to a different file extension. We’ll also set up the Preflight panel to be able to detect more image related errors. Finally, we’ll use Adobe Bridge to form a virtual ‘bridge’ from InDesign to Photoshop and demonstrate how Photoshops batch processing features can save you even more time.

If time permits, we’ll take a brief look at what’s new in the 2018 InDesign release.

Since this is dinnertime, we’ll have pizza available.

The meeting starts at 6:00. The doors are locked at 6:30; if you arrive and they are locked, knock – there will be someone at the New Horizons front desk and they will let you in.

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.

 When/Where

Date: Thurs, Feb 8, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the doors are locked at 6:30; the person at the reception desk will open them for latecomers)
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

Jan 18: All About Photoshop Actions

Join us on January 18 as presenter Kenneth Loebenberg explains one of the most powerful tools in Photoshop for editing large quantities of images, Photoshop Actions. He will cover everything from the basics to some of the most advanced techniques.

Since this is dinnertime, we’ll have pizza available.

The meeting starts at 6:00. The doors are locked at 6:30; if you arrive and they are locked, knock – there will be someone at the New Horizons front desk and they will let you in.

About the presenter:

Kenneth Loebenberg, of Casa Marco Fine Arts, 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 almost 20 years.

Date: Thurs, Jan 18, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the doors are locked at 6:30; the person at the reception desk will open them for latecomers)
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

Dec 14: Photoshop – Learning Selections, Layers, and Masks from the Rapping Professor

In this presentation you will learn these basic Photoshop concepts through raps. For example, when learning about selections, you can remember,

  • “You know when you have a SELECTION defined, when you see the digital ants marching in a line.”
  • “When nothing is SELECTED, the whole canvas gets AFFECTED.”
  • “The layer that is SELECTEDis the ONLY layer that gets AFFECTED.”

Since this is dinnertime, we’ll have pizza available… and holiday goodies

Note: The doors are locked at 6:30; if you arrive and they are locked, knock – there will be someone at the New Horizons front desk and they will let you in.

About the presenter:

Cornelius Chopin is an Accessibility Coordinator 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.

Date: Thurs, Dec. 14, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the doors are locked at 6:30; the person at the reception desk will open them for latecomers)
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

Nov 16: Intro to After Effects

Ever wonder what is under the hood in After Effects? Well, wonder no longer. Jacob Stone will present and describe the overall basics of After Effects to get you started with animating and creating basic motion graphics in no time. In this presentation, he will cover the interface, layers, keyframes, how to create and animate shapes, how to create and animate text, how to import assets, and how to create fire. There will be a practice file with everything in the presentation so you can follow along if you bring a laptop

Since this is dinnertime, we’ll have pizza available

Note: The doors are locked at 6:30; if you arrive and they are locked, knock – there will be someone at the New Horizons front desk and they will let you in.

About the presenter:

Jacob Stone, www.phantom6productions.com/ has been doing professional video production since 2010 and has been working with Instructional Design since 2011. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications Media with a track in Video and Television Production and a Masters of Fine Arts in Adult Education and Community Technology. He has worked with After effects on various projects creating motion graphics for different clients and VFX for short, independent films.

Date: Thurs, Nov. 16, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the doors are locked at 6:30; the person at the reception desk will open them for latecomers)
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

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.

Want to follow along? The 27 photos used in the presentation (in raw file formats) are available here – it’s a 561 MB zip file so download before the meeting if you wish to follow along. (They are all

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