Three Minutes Max: PowerPoint

This crowd favorite is back and better than ever! Don’t miss this fun-filled, action-packed, highly educational, and mind-blowing session where each of our instructors will have just three minutes to share their favorite PowerPoint tip—then you get to vote for your favorite!

In past years, some of the best tips have been held for this session, so you don’t want to miss it!

CreativePro Partner Panel: Finding Solutions

We all know that Adobe makes powerful tools. But these days, the only way to be truly efficient and productive is to think outside the box and look at the ecosystem of services, resources, and third-party tools that are available to you.

Join us for a panel discussion that looks at how to expand efficiency, improve workflows, and plan for a successful future.

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Make it Move: Animation in PowerPoint

PowerPoint’s animation tools are incredibly powerful and capable of far more than you might expect. Veteran PowerPoint instructor Jole Simmons shares his favorite tips and tricks for bringing your deck to life with professional animation techniques.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Embrace animation and learn when it’s appropriate to use it
  • Find ways to simplify concepts by using animation
  • Learn the power of creating and using animated GIFs within PowerPoint
  • Learn how to create amazing showstopper moments using animation
  • Utilize some of PowerPoint’s rarely used animation presets to create cool effects

GREP: You Know You Need This

GREP is one of the most powerful features in InDesign, but sadly it’s one of the least used! In this introductory session, Erica Gamet will get you up to speed with this amazing tool for finding, changing, and formatting text patterns.

You’ll learn essential GREP techniques, such as:

  • The basics of creating an expression to easily find and format text
  • Finding a range of characters
  • Automatically formatting specific text within a paragraph style, such as fractions, keywords, or a company name

Using After Effects as a Photoshop Plug-in

If your client asks for something “new” or “out of the box,” take a look at using After Effects. It works just like Photoshop, and can be used for any design project . . . even still images with no video! This session we’ll explore quick-and-easy techniques to create jaw-dropping graphics for any design project.

In this session we’ll remove colors from a photograph, generate editorial graphics for blogs and social media, create amazing lighting effects within a photo, and generate unique textures — from presentations to repeating backgrounds for web pages. And when we’re done, we can send the project back to Photoshop!

You’ll learn:

  • The After Effects interface
  • How After Effects is similar to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • How to import photos, videos, and art into your project
  • Applying effects (it’s all about effects!)
  • Creating original artwork and enhancements
  • Forget AI — create your own unique artwork in minutes!

Make an Impact! How Designers Can Promote Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

We know that diversity and inclusiveness are crucial components of every design. But what does that look like in practice and how do you know if you’re doing it right?

In this session, designer and brand strategist Nicte Cuevas shares best practices and strategies for:

  • Approaching designs with mindfulness to create more effective and authentic connections with your audience
  • Increasing empathy and understanding across lived experiences
  • Expanding representation and inclusion with diverse content

Slidedeck Remix: Before & After

Watch this immersive, real world, step-by-step slide deck makeover. Get practical tips, techniques, and tools you can use immediately to make professional slides quickly. Mike walks you through how he transformed a cluttered, ineffective client slide deck into a powerful and professional presentation in only 5 hours. Be even more of a superstar. Walk away with amazing slide solutions that make your job easier!

Grids: The Backbone of Design

We know we should be using grids in our designs, but which ones? How do you choose? Where do you even start? Join Nigel as he shares invaluable insights, practical tips, and real-world examples to demystify the complexities of grid-based design. By the end of the session, you’ll not only understand the importance of grids but also be equipped to use them strategically for visually stunning and harmonious layouts.

You’ll learn:

  • The different kinds of grid: document, layout, baseline, and how to combine them
  • Strategies for working with grids in InDesign, as well as Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Creative ways to break the grid for added impact

Approachable Animation in After Effects

Having the ability to animate your designs is becoming a must these days, and After Effects is the app that can truly bring your creative vision to life. Emmy-winning motion designer Kyle Hamrick will guide you through the fundamentals of this often-intimidating program, and demonstrate approachable techniques you can use right away to boost your own work.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • When, why, and how to incorporate motion into your skill set
  • Fundamentals of the After Effects UI and multimedia workflow
  • How to import and animate layered designs from Photoshop or Illustrator (It’s not as hard as you’d expect!)
  • Beginner-friendly techniques that can make a big impact

Taking the Fear Out of InDesign and Illustrator Scripts

A carefully curated collection of scripts is guaranteed to up your game in both InDesign and Illustrator. In this session, you’ll discover how easy it is to find, install, and use an enormous variety of helpful scripts for both InDesign and Illustrator.

You’ll learn:

  • The easy way to reliably download and install any script in InDesign or Illustrator
  • The quickest way to run a script in InDesign or Illustrator
  • The best places to look online for high-quality, useful scripts
  • How to get started customizing scripts to adapt them for your needs