Category Archives: Photoshop

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

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

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

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

July 8: Creating and Editing Animated GIFs with Photoshop

Join the Austin Adobe User Group for our July 8, 2016 meeting. You’ve seen those looping animated graphics that grab your attention — sometimes good, sometimes not so good, sometimes just plain annoying. Animated GIFs have been around for years, but have only recently gained huge popularity, probably due to social media like Facebook and Twitter, both of which support the animations. At the meeting we’ll deal with 3 scenarios: creating an animated GIF from scratch, editing an existing one, and converting a video into an animated GIF. The presenter will use Photoshop CC 2015, but Photoshop CS6 Extended and later will work. Files we’ll use are available for download and practice, so bring your laptop if you want.

About the Presenter

Bob Mathews has been fiddling with cameras and computers for over 45 years, the former as a hobby and the latter as profession. 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. Although 100% of the time he’ll correctly use there, their, and they’re, to, two, and too, as well as its and it’s, he struggles to pronounce GIF correctly. Bob’s interests are photography, aviation, and travel.

Date: Friday July 8, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
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

Using Photoshop Nik Plugins

Now that Google has make the very powerful Nik Collection free, Presenter Kenneth Lobenberg will demonstrate how to use all these newly affordable Photoshop plug ins. To get a free copy of theses plugins go to https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

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 May 13, 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