InDesign—The “Right” Way

You get there in the end, but is it always in the most efficient way? Under the hood, would your InDesign documents stand up to scrutiny? If there are serious edits to be made, would your document fall down like a house of cards? This session looks at ways to make InDesign’s document infrastructure and automation features work for you, not against you, and is for novices—as well as seasoned users who secretly suspect there is a better way.

  • Banish repetitive drudgery
  • Boss your text flow
  • Keep your documents tidy and problem free

Creative Cloud Unleashed

Explore new avenues for your creativity with professional-level design tools on the iPad. Photoshop and Illustrator have been re-imagined for a touch-enabled experience — and offer a whole new dimension for designing unique and engaging content.

Whether you use your fingers, or Pencil, you’ll discover new ways to seamlessly work across your desktop and iPad apps while creating professional-level content.

We’ll also take a look at Fresco. This natural-media based app brings truly unique features to the iPad for drawing and painting. See how these applications can enhance real-world design projects for any medium.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Photoshop, Illustrator and Fresco on iPad.
  • How common desktop features translate to the iPad.
  • Unique tools, features and workflows only available on a touch device.
  • How to create, edit, and share documents across devices, projects, and other designers.
  • Drawing and sketching techniques that you can use in any creative project.

Agile Infographics

Nowadays the ability to design professional infographics isn’t enough—you need to do it quickly and efficiently. One way to achieve this is to adopt Agile methods. This cutting-edge workshop shows step-by-step how to use Agile techniques to turn words into professional, compelling infographics quickly. Learn the proven techniques and tools the pros use to do more with less!

Storytelling in PowerPoint

Like any children’s book, engaging novel or award winning film, a good story should be the backbone of your presentation. But what separates a good story from a not-so-good one? In this session, you’ll discover the essential structure and elements you need to craft engaging and memorable stories. Then, learn how to bring your story to life with presentation techniques that make a strong emotional connection with your audience. Lastly, you’ll learn how to wrap it all up and create the storybook ending that your clients and audiences are looking for.

In this session you will learn:

  • The elements that make up a story and how to use them in any kind of presentation
  • What it takes to make a good story into a great story
  • How to use visual storytelling principles to make your presentation look and feel amazing

Hands-On Design & Creativity

Studies show that creating with our hands is as good for the brain as it is for the soul. As designers, our software skills are a huge advantage, making it easy for us to branch out into new creative realms, but—only if we’re willing to put down our mouse now and then. In this session, Khara shares what’s possible when you mix Adobe know-how with analog play, some glue, and an endless amount of curiosity.

You’ll (re)discover:

  • Easy ideas for adding more hands-on creativity to your life
  • Resources for ongoing exploration and experimentation
  • Delightful ways analog elements can enhance your digital projects

Pocket Guide to Design Law in the Age of AI

In this session, legal expert Kathryn Goldman will delve into the three pivotal legal areas every designer must navigate: contract, copyright, and trademark. As AI continues to revolutionize the design industry, understanding its impact on these legal domains has never been more crucial. Kathryn will break down top-line best practices, offering a clear, concise guide tailored to the needs of today’s designer.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, this session will equip you with the knowledge to handle legal challenges in your creative work confidently. Expect to walk away with practical tips that will serve as your go-to reference in the rapidly evolving world of design law. Don’t miss this opportunity to turn complex legal concepts into your competitive advantage in the age of AI.

AI in PowerPoint

AI is everywhere these days, even in the world of presentation design—both inside PowerPoint and in dozens of standalone apps and services. Discover how to leverage AI to help you create effective presentations in record time. Streamline your process with help from AI to generate everything from a basic outline or storyboard to custom graphics and templates.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Take advantage of PowerPoint’s Copilot feature
  • Work with Designer and PowerPoint
  • Create on-brand content with a variety of tools
  • Generate text-based content
  • Use AI tools for image manipulation and layout generation

Figma—What’s the Hype About?

You’ve heard everyone talking about Figma, but what exactly is it? Join us in this introductory session where we’ll explore Figma from the perspective of a Creative Cloud user. We’ll start with the interface and design techniques, then expand into the truly unique features of Figma, including components, dynamic layouts, collaboration, and even prototyping. Check out this new trend in design, where designers, writers and developers can all exist peacefully in a creative environment.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the Figma interface
  • Work with components
  • Design elements with an “awareness” of layout
  • Collaborate
  • Make the most of prototyping and animation capabilities
  • Understand the ways Figma is (and isn’t) like Adobe InDesign

25 Years of Timeless Tips and Tricks

Since 1999, CreativePro has been dishing out amazing tips and tricks to help graphic designers work more efficiently, be more creative, and have more fun. In this session, CreativePro Editor in Chief Mike Rankin will share his favorite tips that have stood the test of time. This is no trip down Memory Lane; these tips are all just as cool and useful today as when they were first published.

This session includes awesome productivity tips for:

  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Acrobat

Designing for the Real World

Working on a screen all day is one thing, but bringing your work into the physical world and creating with your hands (using something other than a mouse) is something else entirely! Atlanta-based illustrator and muralist, George Baker III, shares what he’s learned from transforming your digital world into real-world, physical designs.

You’ll discover:

  • Why you should step out and create physical products with your digital designs
  • Ways to use your digital tools to create tangible goods (i.e murals, clothing, screen-printed pieces, hand-drawn type, etc.)
  • How to bring a hand-made component into your digital world
  • Infinite ways to traverse back and forth between the digital and analog realms