General Meeting/Creative Cloud User Group

The General Meeting of OCMMA meets every third Tuesday of the month, in concert with the Creative Cloud User Group - Orange County (CC-OC). The goal of this official Adobe sponsored group is to provide local designers and developers with a forum for learning from speakers and from each other about how best to leverage the power of Adobe applications in their business workflows.

Our meetings feature presentations by Adobe specialists, business entrepreneurs, camera and hardware pro's, and others. Topics include trends in multimedia, and demos of Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and others. We also have discussions about best business practices for web technology and the digital arts, especially for those multimedia professionals who are developing their own enterprises. Topics are selected to have broad appeal across the various multimedia disciplines.

From time to time, the Creative Cloud User Group will also organize larger workshops and/or special presentations, offering more in-depth training in selected Creative Cloud applications. In these sessions, the focus will be on ways to streamline your workflow and jump back and forth among apps to get your work done.

Cynthia Gordon, who is the current President of OCMMA, is the Manager of CC-OC, and Virginia Houts is the Co-Manager.

 



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Power Tools for the Web - Edge Tools and Services & OCMMA Board Election

General Meeting/Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, January 15

For those of you who attended our Adobe CS6 Launch Camp back in June, you'll remember that Adobe Community Professional Chris Griffith presented at an afternoon session about mobile development. So for our first meeting of the new year, we're bringing Chris back to tell us more!

It feels like the online world is changing almost daily, thanks to new web technologies and the proliferation of devices and internet connections. So how can you stay on top of these new technologies and create compelling content for this new, modern web?

Adobe allows you to stay in the forefront by launching Adobe Edge Tools & Services. In this session, Chris will demonstrate all you need to know about these powerful new tools and services. Everything from Edge Animate, Edge Code, Edge Inspect, to PhoneGap Build, and even a sneak of Edge Reflow, among many others.

About Chris

Chris is a Staff Engineer in the User Experience group at Qualcomm, Inc. and has over 15 years experience developing a wide range of prototypes for a variety of clients. He is currently working with the full spectrum of the Flash Platform from mobile devices to web/desktop.

He shares his knowledge with other web professionals as the manager of the San Diego Flash User Group and the Flash Catalyst Community Lead for Adobe Systems, Inc, as well as an Adobe Community Professional. Chris is regularly invited to speak at conferences such as Adobe MAX, 360Flex, D2WC, and various user groups.

Chris is also involved with the National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library project. He recently developed several iPhone applications. He writes for peachpit.com and O'Reilly's InsideRIA. When not coding, Chris is either spending time with my family or sea kayaking.

 

 

OCMMA Board Election

 

As required by our Bylaws, we will also have our election for members of the OCMMA Board of Directors at this meeting.

In order to vote you do need to be an annual member.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 00:29
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Member Showcase and Adobe Software Raffle!

General Meeting/Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, November 13 (Special Date due to Thanksgiving Holiday)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's that time again...time for you to share what you've been working on, whether for work or just for fun. Please consider stepping up to the front of the room and showing us your latest website, graphic design, illustration, or movie. If you'd like to participate, please contact Cynthia Gordon or Virginia Houts through our Meetup site.

 

Adobe Software Raffle!


 

 

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Uncovering Your Own Tips, Tricks, and Secrets in Adobe InDesign and Illustrator

General Meeting/ Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, October 16 (Please Note: Presentation will begin at 6:30 PM)

For our October meeting, we're going to welcome our speaker over Adobe Connect. That's right, we're "biting the bullet" and trying out another way to have stimulating presentations. Jeff Witchel will be joining us live from New Jersey to offer his take on uncovering timesaving methods in Adobe InDesign and Illustrator.

Following is an outline of his talk:

- Using the logic of applications to uncover undocumented tips.

- If it works in one application, it could work in another.

- Who knows what you'll find just "playing" with an application?

- Happy accidents!

- Tough questions that lead to unheard-of answers.

He will share the techniques he's used for nearly five years, and will explain how you can use the same techniques to find your own tips, tricks, secrets, and workarounds.

In addition, in celebration of Adobe Illustrator's 25th Anniversary (yes, it's older than Photoshop!), Jeff will also have some fun discussing what it was like working in very early versions of the application.

 

About Jeff Witchel

Jeff Witchel graduated from Pratt Institute in 1973 with a B.F.A. in Advertising Design and Visual Communications. He has been an award-winning advertising art director, writer, designer, illustrator, and TV producer ever since. Jeff built his career at top New York ad agencies such as Young & Rubicam, Grey Advertising, and Wells, Rich, Greene. He's created award-winning work for many clients, including AT&T, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Jell-O Pudding, The Plaza Hotel, and Pfizer. His many prestigious awards include N.Y. Art Directors Club Gold Award, One Show Gold Award, N.J. Art Directors Club Award, multiple Andy Awards, Graphis Annual, numerous readership awards, plus an Emmy Award nomination.

Jeff is a self-taught computer artist with over 25 years of experience. Having arrived on the desktop publishing scene so early, he became the “go to” guy for answers when others started getting into computer graphics. Today Jeff is an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, and Digital Publishing Suite, with training clients throughout the USA.

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Adobe Illustrator - I did not know I can do that...

General Meeting/ Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, September 18

We are excited to welcome Chana Messer to our next meeting, where she will inspire us to new heights using Adobe Illustrator. She will discuss what is new in AI CS6, and give us a look at ways to use Illustrator with Adobe Ideas in the Cloud. But wait, there's more! Chana will cover brushes, appearance, and workflow with Adobe Photoshop. She will take your questions at the end, too, if you have any. This is a must see meeting!

Chana Messer is a Fine Artist, Designer, Trainer, and Software Evangelist. She has taught at the university level for 25+ years in the fields of Fine Art and Digital Imaging in the Department of Visual Arts at UCLA. She is a Lead Instructor at the Walt Disney Company.

Chana (http://www.chanamesser.com)is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Partner, Adobe Community Professional, part of the Adobe Professional Freelance Team, and an Adobe User Group Manager. As such, she has been invited to present at Adobe events at Mac World and AIGA, Adobe MAX, and other events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, New York, and Tel Aviv.

 

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No Meeting on August 21

General Meeting/Creative Suite User Group

We're taking a summer break! Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 18. Details to be posted soon.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Cynthia Gordon & Virginia Houts

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 02:41
 
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Time: Food and networking 6:00 p.m.
Meeting: 6:30-9:00 p.m. 
Location: Digital Media Center
1300 South Bristol Street 
Santa Ana, CA 92704


 

Adobe User Groups

Creative Suite User Group

The Creative Suite User Group provides educational presentations organized around applications in the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more. The Creative Suite User Group meets jointly with the General Meeting of OCMMA every third Tuesday of the month. Visit the Creative Suite User Group page.

Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group

The Digital Video/After Effects Abuser Group brings together presentations on video editing and special effects software. The DV/AE Abuser Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Visit the DV / After Effects Abuser Group page.

OC Interactive

OC Interactive deals with all aspects of design and production of interactivity and animation in applications delivered across the full spectrum of desktop, web and mobile device platforms. Topics include programming, user interface design, 2D and 3D animation, and professional business development. Visit the OC Interactive User Group page.

Web Video Crossroads

The Web Video Crossroads User Group addresses all aspects of video on the web and mobile devices. Web designers, web developers, and video/audio producers are welcome to discuss the latest developments in this fast-changing industry. The Web Video Crossroads User Group meets on the second Thursday of each month. Visit the Web Video Crossroads User Group page.