Add-ons, Plug-ins, and Extensibility for Creatives

Have you ever said, “I should really look into using some plug-ins for my work in InDesign (or Illustrator or Photoshop)…” and then forgot about it? This session is your chance to see some great demos of time-saving solutions that other people have invented to save you clicks in your day-to-day workflows. From the shortest script snippet to the deepest enterprise integration, “extensibility” has something for everyone.

Topics include:

  • Time-saving solutions for Creative Cloud products
  • Learn how you might get started building your own, if you know where to look (we’ll tell you where)
  • Amazing new add-ons for Adobe Express!

Microsoft Lunch Session: Presentation Design in the Copilot Era

This session is sponsored by Microsoft.

Get an inside look at how the PowerPoint team sees design of presentations evolving with AI and Copilot.

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Microsoft Breakfast Session: Meet Microsoft Designer—Your Creative Partner

This session is sponsored by Microsoft.

Learn about the new Microsoft Designer, and how you can leverage it in your work and personal life to generate engaging graphics and images with AI.

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Santa Cruz Software Breakfast Session: Scaling Banner Ad Creation with AI

This session is sponsored by Santa Cruz Software.

Join Luis Mendes as he showcases the power of BannersUI, an automated banner ad creation tool from Santa Cruz Software. Using AI, BannersUI resizes, repositions objects, and then exports various ad sizes while ensuring brand consistency. Transform your ad creation workflow with cutting-edge automation for maximum efficiency in marketing campaigns.

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PageProof Breakfast Session: 5 Game Changers for Creative Workflow Efficiency

This session is sponsored by PageProof.

Unlock massive efficiency gains with PageProof! Discover 5 groundbreaking features designed to revolutionize your creative workflow. Harness best-in-class creative collaboration, seamless design tool integration, and AI-powered productivity boosts. Perfect for design and creative teams facing increasing workloads, this session will show you how to achieve more with less effort.

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Walsworth Breakfast Session: Getting It Right, Right From the Start

This session is sponsored by Walsworth.

When you begin any print project, it’s very important to set your document up correctly, using the right trim size, margins, bleeds, and other settings. Join us for tips, tricks, and best practices for building documents destined for professional print output. Whether you’re building a catalog with hundreds of pages or a gate-fold brochure, there will be something for everyone.

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Ignite CreativePro 2024

Come join us for dessert, plus a heaping helping of tips, tricks, and fun! Or sign up to present 20 slides in 5 minutes. It’s your opportunity to have five minutes of fame, in the relaxed and friendly confines of an after-hours get-together with your colleagues.

When: Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Arlington Ballroom

Who’s Invited: All conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, paparazzi, etc.

Cost: Free!

We’re putting on our annual fun “IGNITE”-style show and need your help! Do you have:

  • An unusual design or production-related technique that you use?
  • A “from the design trenches” anecdote to share — funny or serious?
  • Some hard-won lessons you’ve learned? Or wish your clients would learn…
  • Tips for getting the most out of a conference?
  • An incredibly complex table you created, or special effect, or the world’s best workspace?
  • Advice for designers or computer users or ?
  • Some other pro design topic that you’re passionate about?

Yes? Then take this opportunity to share it with your colleagues in 5 minutes or less! Only 12 spots are available, and it’s first-come first-serve, so don’t wait till the last minute. We’ll confirm via email with our final roster of 12 Ignite presenters and 2 alternates by Friday, June 28. If you’re not sure of a topic yet, but definitely want to do this thing, then fill out the form with a placeholder idea now to save your spot! You can fill it out again later (before June 28) once you’ve decided on a topic.

Rules (for audience members)

  1. Relax, have fun, and enjoy.
  2. Be supportive of your fellow attendees!

Rules (for presenters)

Sign-up for your slot below, but first read the rules:

  1. No prior speaking experience required. Don’t worry—the audience is very supportive. You’re among friends.
  2. Create a series of exactly 20 pages or slides in landscape format, which you will export to PDF and we’ll project it on screen during your talk. The first one’s your opener, the last one is your closer. Email the 20-page PDF to us or bring it with you on a USB Flash drive. Keep your slides simple!
  3. Content: Your topic must be about something related to the field of design or graphic production — tools, projects, tips, rants. It’s okay to be funny, but keep it clean and appropriate. Please don’t use this as a sales presentation or portfolio review. Violators will get “the hook”! If in doubt, ask Khara, your friendly MC, beforehand.
  4. Be prepared to talk about your topic for 5 minutes while we project your slides on the screen.
  5. The slides will auto-advance every 15 seconds! That’s the Ignite rule. And what makes it fun for the audience, too! 20 slides x 15 seconds = 5 minutes.
  6. When your five minutes are up, take a bow, enjoy the applause, and hand the mic back to the MC.

That’s all… nice and simple! Fill out the form below to sign up for fame, fortune, and hilarity. (And did we mention all IGNITE speakers earn a special conference keepsake for their efforts?)


2024 CreativePro Ignite Sign-up Sheet

Closing Session

It’s time to bring this five-day CreativePro extravaganza to a close. Join us for one last opportunity to catch a tip, win a prize, and learn what’s next on the horizon.

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.

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