- Create a flat shadow icon set with Anne Bracker
Learn the best way to create an exciting flat shadow icon set with our resident Illustrator guru, Anne Bracker. Anne is a graphic designer with 20 years of experience who loves all things Adobe. Her main strengths are typography and layout, and her design specialty is creating infographics. Anyone who saw her great presentation on Fontself last year won't want to miss this meeting!
- February Meeting: Welcome to Our New Home!
Our longtime meeting hosts, Centriq Training, have moved to a beautiful new space! Come meet, mingle and network with your fellow creatives, get a tour of the new digs, and learn about Centriq's training offerings. Our wonderful sponsors at LandaJob will be on hand to talk about opportunities, and we are inviting the talented folks at KCVideoCore and other friends to talk about their groups. Get to know the other creative people in this wonderful group and find out more of what we have planned for this coming year! This meetup was suggested by members in our end-of-year survey, and we are so excited to welcome everyone to our new space! Centriq's new address is 1740 W. 92nd St. Kansas City, MO 64114
- Online meeting: KCDesignCore 2019 Planning Jam!
We'll meet online to plan our calendar for the year. - What things would you like to learn in 2019? - What are the newest skills and topics we should cover? - What programs have you seen but have no clue how to use? - Which speakers are your favorites? Bring your best list and meet us here...online...and earn a raffle ticket for the upcoming June CC giveaway. See you then! Curl up in your PJs, bring something warm in a mug, and we'll talk. If you have a VOIP setup, you can use your mic and headphones. If you just want to chat in the chat window and listen to the rest of us, that works, too. Thanks for helping make 2019 another great success for our group! Feel free to put suggestions in the comments section before the meeting. The link to the Adobe Connect site is here: http://experts.adobeconnect.com/kcdesigncore2019/ See comments for how to test your connection in advance.
- KCDesignCore December meeting: Potluck dinner, demo night, BIG giveaway!
Let's relax and have show and tell! Our annual potluck and demo night in December gives everyone the chance to see others' work and to have the chance to win valuable prizes! We will spend the evening sharing a potluck dinner, seeing what everyone's been up to during the past year, and exploring new tools and techniques with Creative Cloud. This is our "annual demo night" and it also gives us the chance to give away a complete year's subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud to one lucky winner. When you RSVP, tell us what food you're bringing, and, if you'd like to demo, what you're willing to show and tell. Here's how to get more chances to win... • Just by showing up, you'll receive a raffle ticket. • Having earned one for each meeting you've attended since June, those raffle tickets will be added to the pile. • If you bring at least one food item for the potluck, you'll receive an additional raffle ticket. • If you give a demo of something you've worked on, are currently learning, or just want to show off a technique or tool you've discovered, you'll receive an additional raffle ticket. Demos are limited to 10 minutes. • If you want to buy an additional raffle ticket, they are $10 each and the funds will be used to help pay Meetup costs for the group ($180/year) plus incidental expenses. This is always a fun meeting, and gives us the chance to look up from our computers and see what else is going on around us. Come prepared to eat, have fun, and win prizes! See you there!
- November meeting: Adobe MAX report!
Our November meeting is all about Adobe MAX 2018. Joanna and Kyle will be bringing you our eyewitness report, including new product launches, important software updates, vendors that impressed us, tips and tricks we learned, what the future looks like -- and, inevitably, what we saw at Sneaks this year that scared us. Hope to see you there, after you've voted! RSVP if you are coming, and keep it up to date, so that our great sponsors at LandaJob can bring the right amount of pizza.
- Fontself - Design Color Fonts with Anne Bracker
Have you ever wanted to make your own fonts? With Fontself, you can make your own COLOR fonts in Illustrator or Photoshop CC, and then sell them on sites like Etsy or Creative Market! We'll go over: *How to install Fontself in Illustrator and Photoshop *How to make a color vector font in Illustrator *How to make a color bitmap font in Photoshop Cool things you can do with Fontself: *Turn your handwriting into a font *Use an existing Google font and add new artwork to it *Make non-text glyphs, like pictures or emojis and create a font from those *Sell your fonts on Etsy or Creative Market
- Acrobat Best Practices: Using Adobe Acrobat to Speed up your Workflow
Many print and digital designers incorporate Adobe Acrobat into their internal or external workflow. But are you using it to its potential? Adobe Certified Expert and Lynda.com trainer Kelly Vaughn will show you how to customize your toolset, unlock hidden features, deep dive into commenting and markup, and more. Bring your Acrobat questions, and Kelly will answer them -- plus some you didn't know you had! Kelly is a technical documentation specialist who owns and operates Verity Yacht Publications ( http://verityyachtpubs.com/). She's also founder of the Raleigh, N.C., InDesign user group. Kelly blogs at http://documentgeek.blogspot.com/ Lynda.com subscribers: Check out Kelly's course on PDF commenting here: https://www.lynda.com/Acrobat-tutorials/Adobe-Acrobat-DC-PDF-Commenting-AEC/597013-2.html
- Good Designs, Virtual Reality (VR) and Change.
Have you heard of Virtual Reality (also known as VR)? KCDesignCore's August presentation will show examples of Virtual Reality. Maybe you've heard of iterations such as Augmented Reality (AR) or Mixed Reality (MR). We don't know the future, so we can refer to it as Reality. Todd Einck and friends will help you understand the concepts -- they would like to understand your definition of Reality. Do you feel more productive plugging into multiple monitors? A virtual environment (VR) removes the traditional constraints. Imagine a mobile 360 degree handsfree virtual environment with multiple screens. The early adopters have been using it and refining the technologies for years. Would you like to post examples of your vision? Todd will introduce Ryan Manning, Owner of Bad Rhino Games, who is one of those visionaries. His Design Studio uses advanced Game Engine technologies. The Studio uses the power from the engine to build Reality environments. As a designer, are you creating change? Part I: Virtual Reality (VR) show, tell and try. Part II: "What If" traditional design constraints were lifted. Part III: How intentional Designs are being applied. Part IV: Why Designers need technologies to change.
- June Photowalk & Big Giveaway!
Continuing our tradition of helping a local non-profit organization with our Photo Walk assets, this year we are going to focus our evening (and lenses) on Lakeside Nature Center. They provide care for injured Missouri wildlife, with over 100 hands-on volunteers providing support for wildlife rehabilitation, education, and conservation activities. Rehabilitation of thousands of native animals and birds is accomplished by specially trained staff and volunteers who are instructed by volunteer veterinarians. Late spring is when the center sees many baby animals brought in for rehabilitation. Besides the animal rehabilitation, Lakeside Nature Center has many educational exhibits, and several nature trails. After the photowalk we will post our best images to a website. Lakeside Nature Center will select the prize-winning photo. The photos become available to the nonprofit to use as they see fit in their marketing and promotion (with the provision that our members can use their own photos in their portfolios). Don't forget we will draw for the Creative Cloud annual subscription in the raffle drawing and you must be present to win! Lakeside Nature Center is located in Swope Park, close to the Zoo at 4701 East Gregory, Kansas City, MO 64132 See you Tuesday night, June 5, at 7:00 pm! Buck and Jim