Save the date: CreativePro Week 2020, June 1-5 in Austin

We’re bringing CreativePro Week to Austin, June 1-5, 2020!

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and CreativePro Week 2020 in Austin is bound to be our biggest and best event yet. Join us next June for the essential “how-to” events for CreativePros, including:

  • The InDesign Conference
  • Ps/Ai: The Photoshop + Illustrator Conference for Designers
  • PePcon: Bridging Print and Digital Publishing
  • Click: The Presentation Design Conference

Be on the lookout for early registration information coming your way in early July! We’ll be offering a limited number of super-discounted tickets for the first 48 hours once registration is live, so be sure to sign up to be on our newsletter and follow us on social media for the latest info!

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We look forward to seeing you in Austin. Until then, we will see you online!

Anne-Marie Concepcion and David Blatner
co-hosts, CreativePro Week, CreativePro Network

p.s. Are you interested in speaking at CreativePro Week 2020? Our presentation submission form is here.

p.p.s Are you interested in sponsoring CreativePro Week 2020? Contact us here.


CreativePro Week 2019 Virtual Passes On Sale Now!

Can't wait til next June? You can still get all the essential training from the CreativePro Week 2019 in Seattle with a Virtual Pass! The virtual pass gives you access 80+ recorded sessions, 100+ page PDF of speaker handouts, private forum access, attendee freebies and discounts, and more! Click here to learn more!

Free Photoshop Plugin for Every Creative Pro Week Attendee

We hope you’re as excited for CreativePro Week as we are!

We’ve got more great news to share: If you're attending this week's event, you'll not only get free InDesign plug-ins from Em Software, but you can also receive a brand new, very cool Photoshop plugin! Our partner Skylum Software is offering every CreativePro Week 2019 attendee a complimentary license to Flex, a cool new plugin to fix and stylize photos.

This plugin suite offers automatic photo enhancements powered by machine-learning. Plus a collection of 50+ filters to unlock new creative options and details hidden inside photos. The tool is perfect for designers and offers quick fixes and creative options in just a few clicks. Make every photo in your document or website pop.

You can learn more about Luminar Flex here.

This plugin is worth $70 and does not expire. Every person attending in person will get a copy (due to the nature of this giveaway, we can only offer it to people who are attending live; not available for virtual pass attendees).

If you can’t come to the show, Skylum has a time limited show special good for the month of July. Get the plugin for $39 a seat. That’s 45% off an an exclusive deal for our Creative Pro Network.

Thanks to our partner, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Ten Tips Every Beginning InDesigner Needs to Know
A Free 30-minute Webinar with David Blatner

Are you new to Adobe InDesign? Join David Blatner, author of "InDesign Essential Training," as he explores 10 tips every beginning user needs to know. From tool techniques to essential workspace changes, David puts the "FUN" in fundamentals!

How to join this 30-minute webinar:
Click here on Thursday, May 30th just before 10 am Pacific. You should be taken right to the meeting, which will be available about 10 minutes before the start time.

If you’re not familiar with the Zoom Webinar format, check out this helpful tutorial:
http://bit.ly/2Ic1rHE

Seats are limited and may fill up quickly!

 

Top 10 Things to Do in Seattle for Designers

Seattle is chock full o' awesome-ness for people who love design. Here are 10 of our favorite places to visit:

Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
The Pacific Northwest is home to one of the world's greatest glass artists—Dale Chihuly—and you can find some of his incredible work here. The museum is on the grounds of the Seattle Center, near the Space Needle—which you have to go see anyway, right?

Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum

Seattle Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum—or SAM—maintains three facilities, with this main location encompassing varied art from all over the world. Collections include Islamic, Oceanic, and African art, decorative arts and furniture design, and a large Native American collection with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Get a selfie with the iconic "Hammering Man" statue out front!

Olympic Sculpture Park
The nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park is a free outdoor art venue featuring permanent and temporary pieces. Part park, part open-air museum, you can wander around on your own or take a guided tour about the sculptures, as well the park's landscape design.

Living Computers Museum
This museum provides a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience with computer technology from the 1960s to the present. The collection comprises the world’s largest collection of fully restored—and usable—supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers and microcomputers. A new main gallery offers direct experiences with robotics, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, big data, the Internet of Things, video-game making, and digital art.

Frye Art Museum
This free museum offers art in many forms, dating from the 19th century right up to the present. Don't miss the "salon style" viewing, where over 150 paintings are hung from floor to ceiling to be viewed as it might in a stately home.

Frye Art Museum

Fremont: Center of the Universe
The Fremont neighborhood is the self-proclaimed "Center of the Universe." What better place to view a statue of Lenin, take a selfie with a giant troll, or gaze upon Rapunzel brought to life in neon? There's always some new artistic discovery in this funky enclave on the northwest edge of Lake Union.

Artwork in the Fremont neighborhood, just outside Adobe's Seattle offices

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Located next to Seattle’s historic Space Needle, MoPOP houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artifacts. Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and film make MoPOP a destination unlike any other. The extraordinary (and crazy-shaped) building was designed by Frank Gehry, who apparently tried to imagine a combination of an electric guitar and a heart.)

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
This museum sits right on beautiful Lake Union and showcases the rich and innovative history of the Puget Sound region. The permanent and visiting exhibits run the gamut from maritime history to technological innovation to civil rights.

Archie McPhee
Archie McPhee is both a toy shop and a local institution, proudly offering up a strange and wonderful collection of toys, miniatures, novelties, and games. A visit wouldn't be complete without a tour through their world-famous Rubber Chicken Museum!

Seattle Glassblowing Studio
This interactive art gallery and working studio lets you peek in on the world of glassmaking. You can even create your own glassy masterpiece, with sessions as quick as a mere 15 minutes long!

Seattle Glassblowing Studio

And that's not all…

Oh my, we can't stop at 10! Here are five more must-experience Seattle sites that designers will love:

  • Paper Hammer: For paper and type lovers alike, this retail store features a large collection of hand-crafted letterpress goods, many from their studio in Central Washington.
  • Watson Kennedy: With new, carefully curated inventory daily, Ted Kennedy Watson's iconic lifestyle store sets out to celebrate the beauty of the everyday.
  • Fireworks: This shop features functional merchandise from artists and artisans that endeavors to "Celebrate Life in Art."
  • Theo Chocolate: If chocolate is your thing, a visit to the amazing Theo should be on your list. Tasting room is open for everyone. Factory tours are available every day, but need to be booked in advance.
  • Seattle Pinball Museum: This tiny gem features a collection of over 50 pinball games going back to the 1930s. Admission includes unlimited play on the machines during your visit.

Seattle Pinball Museum

Want even more ideas? Check out our earlier list of great spots to visit around Seattle!

Free InDesign Plug-ins for Every CreativePro Week Attendee

News flash: Our partner, Em Software, is offering every CreativePro Week 2019 attendee a complimentary subscription for their InDesign workflow plugins, WordsFlow and DocsFlow!

These plugins create live links to Microsoft Word documents or Google Docs, and allow you to update the files in a way that is simply not possible any other way. Just think: designers can be laying out pages in InDesign while editors keep making changes in Word—and these plug-ins seamlessly merge the two versions together. The results can do miracles for your production schedules!

WordsFlow is the InDesign plug-in that CreativePro Week co-host David Blatner called “the thing I’ve been waiting for for 20 years!” And DocsFlow is similar, but uses Google Docs as the editor.

You can learn more about WordsFlow and DocsFlow here:
WordsFlow: http://emsoftware.com/try/wordsflow
DocsFlow: http://emsoftware.com/try/docsflow

These subscriptions are worth over $250 and are good until December 31, 2019—so the sooner you sign up, the more value you’ll get.

For registered attendees, click here to redeem this amazing offer now! (Must be a registered attendee signed into our Connect site to view.)

And if you're not yet registered… sign up today!

InDesign Styles: Beyond the Basics!
A Free 30-minute Webinar with Anne-Marie Concepciòn

Join Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepcion, co-host of CreativePro Week, this Thursday, May 16th at 10 am Pacific for a FREE fast-paced tour of her favorite text style tips and tricks. From the under-appreciated Redefine Style (the best way to clean up broken styles!) through Based On, Next Style, Nested Styles, and the world’s easiest GREP styles, you’ll pick up great techniques you can apply to your own documents today!

How to join this 30-minute webinar:

Click here on Thursday, May 16th just before 10 am Pacific. You should be taken right to the meeting, which will be available about 10 minutes before the start time.

If you’re not familiar with the Zoom Webinar format, click here to view a helpful tutorial.

Participation via Zoom is limited and may fill up quickly! If you’re not able to get in once we’ve reached capacity, you can watch on Facebook Live on the CreativePro Week page:

Please note that you won’t be able to participate in Q&A if you watch on Facebook.

A Coffee Lover’s Guide to CreativePro Week 2019

[Guest post by Jeff Carlson]

When I travel to another city, one of my first questions is: where can I find good coffee?

Sure, there’s coffee in the hotel, and especially here in Seattle you don’t have to stumble far before running into one or more Starbucks stores—but this is a coffee city! Much of what we know as current coffee culture started here.

So, to ensure that you’re caffeinated with the good stuff, here’s a list of good coffee and espresso destinations I recommend surrounding the conference. Fair warning: I’m a coffee snob, so this won’t be exhaustive by any means.

I’m ordering these by proximity to the Westin:

  • Anchorhead Coffee — 1600 7th Ave. — When I’m in this part of downtown, Anchorhead is my go-to place. (And not just because I wonder every time if I can pick up some power converters at Tosche Station.)
  • Top Pot Donuts — 2124 5th Ave. — Okay, the coffee here isn’t exceptional, but did you not see “donuts” in the name? (To be honest, General Porpoise makes better donuts, but it’s located in the Amazon Spheres and is open only to Amazon employees, unless you head to their other location up on Capitol Hill.)
  • Mr. West Cafe Bar — 720 Olive Way. — To be honest, I’ve only been here once, but it made an impression.
  • Moore Coffee Shop — 1930 2nd Ave. — Although the coffee here is good, the appeal is the fanciful latte art that accompanies every milk-based drink.
  • Seattle Coffee Works — 107 Pike St. — A little more of a hike from the Westin, but one of the best coffee purveyors in the city. This shop near Pike Place Market does a good job with everything.
  • Starbucks Roastery — 1124 Pike St. — There’s your every-corner Starbucks, and then there’s the Roastery. This is the flagship Starbucks showcase store, and it’s as much a visual treat as a caffeinated one. You’ll find limited-edition beans, several brew methods (try the siphon if you have some time to sit and enjoy), and a bakery on-site that makes better, fresher pastries than in most stores. (As a contrast, if you’re at Pike Place Market and you want to go to the “original” Starbucks—it actually isn’t the first, but whatever—by all means take a look and remember the spot and marvel at the line of people waiting to go in; but don’t bother ordering coffee there, because it’s the same stuff you’ll get at most every other Starbucks cafe.)

Venturing further away from the hotel? I’ve put together a list of my favorite places in the area here.

Getting To and Around Seattle

I’m so excited for CreativePro Week this year! For all the usual reasons, of course, but also because everyone will be coming to my city. I’ve only been here 2 years, but I love it, and am excited to share it with old friends and new.

One of the great things about Seattle is the ease of getting around using public transit. So I thought I’d share some transit tips for getting to and around the city, to help make the most of your visit to Seattle.

Getting Downtown

If you’re flying in to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) there are several easy ways to get to the Westin Seattle and the downtown core, including rideshare and the Light Rail.

Both Uber and Lyft rideshare services operate throughout the metro area. From the airport, this option will run you about $32–40 and the ride to downtown takes about 30 minutes. Catch your rideshare on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. Get there by exiting from the arrivals level and following the signs for rideshare pickup.

My favorite hassle-free way to get downtown is to take the light rail. It’s a whole lot cheaper ($3), takes about 40 minutes without any of the sometimes stressful traffic, and drops you two blocks from the hotel. Take the Sky Bridge (one level above baggage claim) to the parking garage and follow the signs to Link Light Rail. There's even a handy video to explain it all.

There are ticket vending machines to easily grab a ticket and jump on the train headed towards "Seattle/U of Washington," which come by every 10 minutes or so. If you don't think you'll be taking other public transit during your visit, just purchase your one-way ticket and be on your way. Otherwise, see the transit card options in the "Navigating the Transit Options" section below.

If you're heading to the Westin (or another nearby hotel), exit at the Westlake Station, then head north on 5th or 6th Avenue. You'll see the Westin's double-barrel towers looming about two blocks away. The Sound Transit site has more info.

The Westin Seattle and the Seattle Monorail near Westlake Station

Venturing Further Afield

When you're not at the conference and you want to see the sights that are further out, there are several transit options. The bus system is pretty decent and many buses run super late, or even all night. Fares are generally $2.75.

If you prefer to be in control of your transportation, there are several carshare programs: Car2Go, Reach Now, Zipcar, and Lime; as well as a couple of "free-roaming" bikeshare programs: Lime Bike and Jump. You'll see the bikes parked all along the sidewalks. (Note that there is a technically a helmet law for everyone in Seattle, and that bikes can be ridden on the sidewalks.)

Free-roaming bike rentals are all over Seattle.

If you are going to check out the infamous Space Needle (and if you don't, have you even really visited Seattle?) you can certainly walk there in under 20 minutes. Or, you can hop on the space-agey monorail that will take you right there! Catch the Seattle Monorail at Westlake Plaza, mere steps from the Westin (you can see the tracks right outside the hotel). Catch the monorail from within the Westlake Plaza (mall) or via the outside escalators on 5th Avenue. It's only $2.50 each way and will zoom you from Westlake to the Seattle Center (also home to the Museum of Pop Culture and the Pacific Science Center) in under three minutes. It runs until 11pm.

Seattle also has a streetcar that runs a short distance, with the end of one line sitting right next to the Westin. The short trip runs out to Lake Union and back. After afternoon sessions, you could check out the lake—a favorite activity of mine is watching the seaplanes land on the lake—and still be back in time for that evening's presentations.

A trip to the waterfront or out on to Puget Sound is also an easy outing. You can easily walk to Pike Place Market and the waterfront or you can catch the free waterfront shuttle. There are two downtown shuttle stops: one at 1st and Pine and one in front of the Sheraton on 6th and Pike. If you're like me, you might walk down there and save the shuttle for the return ride back up. (Did I mention Seattle is super hilly? If you don't have "biking calves" before you arrive, you will by the time you leave!)

The waterfront has lots to offer, including the Seattle Aquarium and shops and restaurants. If you want a little water-based sightseeing without spending a lot of money, jump on a ferry out to Bainbridge Island (35 minutes) or Bremerton (60 minutes) for $8.50. I like to jump on the Bainbridge ferry just before sunset: you get to watch a sunset over the evergreen trees along the shore and then return to the city all lit up after dark. The ferry terminal is located at Pier 52.

Navigating the Transit Options

The most confusing part of having all these transit options is that they are run by different agencies, each with their own ticketing and fare systems. If you are going to ride multiple modes (light rail to streetcar to bus, for example), know that you can't transfer between these with individual paper tickets. In this case it's best to buy an ORCA card (at the airport and other vending machines) and load up your ORCA "e-purse." The card costs $5 and you can load from $5 to $300 onto it. It works on the buses, light rail, streetcar, and the ferries (though not the monorail). If you're going to be using the card a lot, you can also buy a regional day pass for $8/day.

To use the ORCA Card, tap your card on the yellow card readers at light rail stations, at the front of the bus, or at the streetcar stops and certain bus stops. Using an ORCA card on the light rail also requires you to tap again as you exit the station...but if you forget, it just charges you the maximum fare difference (like, maybe 50 cents more). The nice thing about the card is that you have a 2-hour transfer window, which means you can board the streetcar to grab a quick coffee by Lake Union and jump back on within 2 hours and not pay an additional fare. Also, transferring between bus and light rail with a card automatically figures out any fare difference and pulls it off the card. Bottom line: If you're going to use a lot of transit during your visit, it might be worth buying and loading up an ORCA card; if not, pay as you go might be the best option.

Also there is an app for buying tickets called TransitGO and the One Bus Away app for checking on upcoming buses, trains, streetcars, etc. is a must.

Whew! As you can see there are many ways to get around the city, the hardest part is actually navigating the system for buying tickets. Your next big task to figure out is, what to see when you're not filling your head with all the great info at CreativePro Week!

I love to help people find cool stuff in Seattle, so if you're coming to the conference, reach out to me on the Connect Forums.

2019 Virtual Pass Now Available

Ask The Expert: Laurie Ruhlin – Thursday, April 11th at 10am PT

Join us this Thursday, April 11th at 10 am Pacific for another “Ask the Expert Live!” CreativePro Week speaker Laurie Ruhlin will be joining David Blatner for this live event.

Laurie has been teaching, creating and speaking about Adobe software for over 20 years. She is an Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign and Illustrator. Laurie provides classroom and custom training both live and online as a consultant in the Chicagoland area and beyond.

If you have questions for Laurie, send them to asktheexpert@creativepro.com and then join us here, live on Thursday!

Be sure to check out Laurie’s CreativePro Week page and visit her website

Tune in on the CreativePro Week Facebook Page or watch below!