Sessions

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.

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

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

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

Augmenting Reality with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Aero

In the coming years, augmented reality promises to be as game-changing as the first graphic user interface. But what is it, exactly? And how can you start experimenting with it? Rob de Winter shows you how to make the leap and some inspiring and creative ways to use it.

Topics include:

  • Taking your Photoshop and Illustrator images into Aero to build AR experiences
  • Adding interactivity and animation
  • Using 3D assets
  • Triggering AR with a QR or printed image
  • What makes AR different than VR

Three Minutes Max: Illustrator

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 Illustrator 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!

Bringing It All Together: CC Workflows

This session uncovers the secrets to maximizing your design prowess by highlighting the power of Creative Cloud’s online services. Adobe’s Bart Van de Wiele will teach you how to work faster, collaborate with others, and say goodbye to email reviews using a variety of possibilities.

Topics include:

  • Ideate and collaborate using generative AI with Adobe Firefly
  • Streamline your workflow using CC Libraries and Adobe Stock
  • Set up approval workflows using cloud documents and even Adobe Frame io (yes, you have this!)
  • Bring everything together as part of Adobe’s eco-system

AI in Adobe Illustrator

When people think AI in Adobe apps, they usually think Photoshop. But AI can boost your productivity and creativity in Illustrator too! Beloved instructor Jason Hoppe shows you how to integrate AI into your Illustrator work, covering topics such as:

  • Making the most of Generative Recolor
  • Generating vectors from text prompts
  • Bringing type back to life with Retype
  • Integrating Adobe Firefly into your workflow

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Photoshop!

We often focus on the latest and greatest innovations and features of Illustrator and forget how to make the most of foundational tools and techniques that are crucial for developing not only your own style, but also for continued learning and growth. Join renowned Illustrator phenom, Orlando Arocena (Mexifunk), for a look at why approaching basic Illustrator tools with child-like excitement and curiosity is the key to success. You’ll discover how his game-changing approach to gradients has been a driving catalyst in the stunning work he creates.

You’ll discover:

  • Orlando’s backstory and how it shapes his work
  • How to bring curiosity, play, and spontaneity to Illustrator
  • Linear and not-so-linear approaches to working with gradients
  • The untapped power of Illustrator’s native vector brushes