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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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 ( 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.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 23:07
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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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Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers

General Meeting/Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, July 17



At our next meeting, we're excited to welcome back Dave Salahi, who was formerly a member of the OCMMA Board of Directors, as well as the User Group Manager for our OC Flash group for several years. Dave will give a talk on what Creative Cloud has to offer photographers. This meeting will be a great follow-up to our hugely successful CS6 Launch Event on June 16.

You may already know that Creative Cloud includes Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4, but it also includes online storage that is tailored to the needs of photographers as well as integration with Photoshop Touch, Adobe’s new tablet-based image editing software. Dave will show Photoshop Touch, the cloud-based storage, and discuss how these can fit into a photographer’s workflow using Photoshop and Lightroom. Dave will also discuss Creative Cloud support for sharing work with clients and colleagues and through social media.

About Our Speaker

Dave Salahi is a software developer by profession and has been an avid amateur photographer for many years. You can find his in-depth reviews of photo software and hardware at his blog: and you can follow him on Twitter at @photoperform or Google Plus at +David Salahi. As a former OCMMA Board member and User Group Manager, Dave continues to be an active supporter of OCMMA.

Adobe Software Raffle

Earn raffle points at every meeting simply by attending. Earn additional points by presenting or joining OCMMA.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 09:37
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Member Showcase and Adobe Software Raffle!

General Meeting/Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, June 19

Yes, we're still having our regular June meeting!

Member Showcase

It's time for all of you to "strut your stuff"! Think about that difficult project you just delivered to a client, or a new web site, illustration, movie, or other creative content you're working on. Then consider how you can "wow" your colleagues with what you've accomplished! Let's share our latest creations. And in the process we'll learn about particular challenges faced, how problems were solved, and what the creators learned.

We have a great deal of talent in our group, so let's show it off. This Member Showcase is open to all! If you'd like to present, please contact Cynthia Gordon or Virginia Houts through our Meetup site.

Adobe Software Raffle!

We will also be raffling off an Adobe CS6 Software Bundle of the winner's choice with a value of up to $2,100. CS6 is a terrific new release, with many new features, improved performance, and a whole new look to the user interface for some of the applications.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 June 2012 13:58
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Introducing CS6! New Features in Photoshop and Illustrator

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

Adobe Creative Suite 6 is now available and shipping out! Offering tons of new features, along with a new look to the user interface, CS6 will help you move even more efficiently from creative idea to content development to distribution through traditional websites as well as on smart phones and tablets. There's so much exciting stuff to talk about, but for our May meeting, Cynthia Gordon and Virginia Houts are going to focus on some of the new features in Photoshop and Illustrator. Topics to be covered include:


  • Content Aware Patch and Content Aware Move
  • Simplified 3D graphics creation
  • A few "Just do it!" features requested by Adobe community designers, such as vector layers, snap to pixel, and layer search
  • Crop tool: with new overlays and presets, the most used tool in PS has been completely overhauled
  • Blur Gallery
  • Variable stroke: create a stroke and modify the thickness
  • Applying a gradient to a stroke
  • Using the new features in Live Trace
  • Creating a pattern
Come join us to see what all the buzz is about!

OCMMA is partnering with Adobe Systems, the Adobe Technology Exchange, and the South County Photo Club to host a Creative Suite 6 Launch Event in Long Beach. More details coming soon!
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 17:13

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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.