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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

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

Dec 9 InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator updated, what is new in the CC2017 edition?

Many of the new features in the updated programs deal with Cloud integration and programs communicating with tablet apps. The overall focus in on an improved, streamlined workflow for creating assets for apps and online publications.
At the December meeting we will do a rundown of the new and updated features in the CC2017 edition, and show examples of the improved workflows for mobile and online.

Time permitting, we’ll also showcase some other cool features and tricks we think you’ll enjoy!

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 Dec. 9, 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

Nov. 11: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Work Together Like a Dream Team

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Work Together Like a Dream Team

Create complex shapes in Illustrator and place in Photoshop to produce dynamic art.

Use Adobe Illustrator to:

  1. Use text, shapes, symbols and glyphs to create basic images.
  2. Utilize the Shaper and Pathfinder tools to create more complex shapes.
  3. Use Pattern and Gradient swatches to make your designs colorful and vibrant.

When you are happy with your Illustrator image; bring it into Photoshop to:

  1. Make adjustments that can color manage and intensify hue.
  2. Experiment with brightness, contrast and exposure.
  3. Use effects and filters to take your design to a higher level.

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 Health & Human Services Department, 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 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

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

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

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

What’s new in Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 and cool features also in older versions

In this presentation we will explore new Illustrator CC features such as: Live Corners, enhanced pencil tool, how to reshape segments, Typekit fonts, perspective grid, custom tool panels, and scalable vector graphics (SVG) enhancements.

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 August 8, 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