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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Easy, Powerful Plug-ins from Astute Graphics

General Meeting/Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, July 16

 

Whether you're a seasoned Adobe Illustrator (AI) user, or just learning about this wonderful software program, you're not going to want to miss this meeting. Our guest speaker will be Nick van der Walle, the Managing Director of Astute Graphics, coming to us via a recently recorded Adobe Connect session in San Jose, CA. It's great what we can now offer through Adobe Connect. Astute Graphics is based in England, and time zone differences would make it difficult to view a live presentation, but this is definitely the next best thing!

Astute Graphics is a leading innovative company that designs great plug-ins for AI that are both easy to use and very powerful. Their aim is "to bring back the fun to drawing with enhanced results." (quote from their web site) This presentation will cover their whole suite of products, by giving a quick demo of each. Then, Cynthia Gordon will demo live their latest product, MirrorMe, which is being released just a few days prior to our meeting.

We will also be raffling off two plug-ins donated by Astute Graphics as door prizes! One is called DynamicSketch, which is a natural sketching tool for AI, making your process feel more intuitive and speedy. The second prize will be an InkScribe plug-in, which is a replacement for the pen tool in AI, providing for precision drawing. You do need to be physically present at our meeting to win.

Adobe Software Raffle

Twice a year, in November and June, we raffle off a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud! One lucky winner will get to explore all the software and services available through Creative Cloud for a whole year! Click here for full Raffle Rules.

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Member Showcase, Creative Cloud News, and Adobe Software Raffle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 will be launching the updated Creative Cloud and the new Creative Cloud versions of their software on Monday, June 17. So we're sure to have some late-breaking news on this at our meeting. It should be exciting to talk about what new features and enhancements we'll be seeing!

Adobe Software Raffle!


 

 

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**Meeting Rescheduled from Last Month**

Part 1: An ENCORE Performance!

General Meeting/Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, May 21

Adobe® Encore® CS6 is 64-bit software that enables you to create DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs, all from a single interface. Send Adobe Premiere® Pro projects directly to Encore without rendering, and then use flowcharts to define and view their navigation. Encore is included in Adobe Premiere Pro software.

Save time with Adobe integration

Easily move assets between Encore and Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects®, Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and Adobe Audition® software. Adobe Dynamic Link allows you to eliminate intermediate rendering.

Petr Hasa, owner of Infinity Focus Productions, will be demonstrating how to make use of Adobe’s Encore DVD authoring system. He will give insights on how to best prepare your assets and plan out your project before opening Encore. Inside Encore, he will demonstrate a work flow  that will work well for beginner and advanced users.

Part 2: Adobe Secrets Revealed- Cynthia Gordon Tells All!

This is part 2 of a 2 session presentation. Part 1 will be presented at the Web - Video Crossroads meeting on Thursday, May 9th.

Cynthia Gordon, President of the Orange County MultiMedia Association, will reveal what she has learned about what's coming related to Adobe and their software. She will give highlights of what she learned at Adobe Max earlier in the month. You will see stuff that will amaze you!

Cynthia is the owner and principal of MedAnimations, specializing in easily understood computer animations and illustrations, for use in patient education and advertising. With years of fine arts training and experience, she is a highly skilled medical illustrator and graphic artist, who specializes in developing original, engaging images in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and lively animations in Flash.

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*** Meeting CANCELLED Due to Power Outage ***

An ENCORE Performance !

General Meeting/Creative Suite User Group - Tuesday, April 16

Adobe® Encore® CS6 is 64-bit software that enables you to create DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs, all from a single interface. Send Adobe Premiere® Pro projects directly to Encore without rendering, and then use flowcharts to define and view their navigation. Encore is included in Adobe Premiere Pro software.

Save time with Adobe integration

Easily move assets between Encore and Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects®, Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and Adobe Audition® software. Adobe Dynamic Link allows you to eliminate intermediate rendering.

Petr Hasa, owner of Infinity Focus Productions, will be demonstrating how to make use of Adobe’s Encore DVD authoring system. He will give insights on how to best prepare your assets and plan out your project before opening Encore. Inside Encore, he will demonstrate a work flow  that will work well for beginner and advanced users.

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Muse'ing with Mobile and More

 

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

 

Adobe Muse has had a couple of great updates since we last looked in on this creative-friendly web design tool. At this meeting Cynthia Gordon will lead a discussion about some of those updates and take a close look at several functions. Most exciting is the ability you now have to design alternate layouts for the desktop, tablet, and smart phone devices within Muse. Muse does much of the heavy lifting for you, so that you can focus on creating just the look and feel of the web site you want.

Because navigation is a foundation for any web site design, Cynthia will also be showing how easy it is to develop menus within Muse through the use of the Widget Gallery.

 

And, just for inspiration, we'll take a look at a few cool, Muse-designed websites, which are becoming more common as the creative community embraces this great application. Plus we'll see where to find some very helpful resources, so you can continue to explore Muse on your own.

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Meeting: 6:30-9:00 p.m. 
Location: Digital Media Center
1300 South Bristol Street 
Santa Ana, CA 92704


 

Adobe User Groups

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.

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.

 

July 2015 Note:
Though the following are no longer Adobe User Groups, expect OCMMA's Leadership Team to continue to address your interests through the above meetings or another, yet to be formed.

Creative Suite User Group

The final meeting of The Creative Cloud User Group took place in June of 2015. The Creative Cloud User Group provides educational presentations organized around applications in the Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more. The Creative Cloud User Group met jointly with the General Meeting of OCMMA. Visit the Creative Suite User Group page for an amazing archive of past meeting programs.

OC Interactive

The final meeting of the OC Interactive User Group took ploace in June of 2015. OC Interactive dealt 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 for an amazing archive of past meeting programs.