Essential Tools and Services for Accessibility

When it comes to creating accessible documents, you can do most of what you need in InDesign and Acrobat… but a third-party tool or online resource can often help you work smarter and faster. Discover this art director and accessibility expert’s favorite add-ons and services that can upgrade your accessibility workflow from good to great.

Topics include:

  • Demos of 3rd party plug-ins for accessibility
  • Reviews of online tools and resources for accessible design

Accessible PDF Files: Key Acrobat Techniques

In the two earlier sessions (Accessibility Fundamentals for InDesign and Next Steps in InDesign Accessibility), we explored how to set up Adobe InDesign documents to export accessible PDFs. But there’s only so much InDesign can do! In this session, we’ll see the critical next steps you need to take in Acrobat.

Topics include:

  • Key Checkpoints to Check Every time
  • Accessibility versus Usability
  • Testing with a Screen Reader without being an Expert
  • How to Use the Preflight Panel to Your Advantage
  • Testing Tools You Should be Using

Next Steps in InDesign Accessibility

In the previous session (Accessibility Fundamentals for InDesign), we laid out the basics: what every InDesign user needs to know. Now, we’ll take the next step and explore some of the most important rules for building accessible PDF files.

Topics include:

  • Working with Accessible Colors
  • Best Practices for Accessible Tables
  • Accessible Hyperlinks
  • Exporting to PDF and Checking for Compliance

Accessibility Fundamentals for InDesign

Ensuring that the PDF files you produce are accessible to everyone is not only a good idea, it’s the right thing to do! In this session, learn about what accessibility and “Section 508” means and how you can produce PDF documents that are accessible to all!

Remember, as George Kerscher of the DAISY Consortium said, “Access to information is a fundamental human right.”

This tutorial is split into five separate sessions. This session takes you through the steps of adding accessibility features to your InDesign files.

Topics include:

  • How to build an InDesign document the right way from the start
  • Controlling content order
  • Using features that already exist in InDesign

Down the Rabbit Hole with a Photoshop Legend, Part 3

This is Part 3 of a three-part tutorial by Photoshop legend Bert Monroy. It’s an honor and privilege to host Bert at CreativePro Week, and remember, each of these sessions contains in-depth lessons and also live, interactive Q&A where you can ask questions and find deeper insights.

In Part 2, Bert explored brush strokes, paths, and other great Photoshop techniques. Now, see how he uses Photoshop and Illustrator together to achieve his masterpieces.

Down the Rabbit Hole with a Photoshop Legend, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three-part tutorial with Photoshop master Bert Monroy. In Part 1, Bert explored some of his recent artworks and we looked at masks, layers, and channels. Now, let’s explore brushes and paths, and how sometimes the subtlest changes can make the most profound differences.

See Part 3 here.

Down the Rabbit Hole with a Photoshop Legend, Part 1

Bert Monroy has been working in Photoshop longer than almost anyone on Earth, and his artwork hangs in offices and museums around the world. From photorealistic imagery to commercial illustration, Bert has done it all, and he’s here to share his secrets with you. A session with Bert is like falling down an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole, with amazement around every turn. But with Bert as your guide, you’ll quickly be learning how to use his techniques for your own Photoshop projects.

This is Part 1 of a 3-part tutorial. See Part 2 here.

Learn to Love PowerPoint, Part 3

Learn to Love PowerPoint, Part 3

Wednesday, 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Pacific

Let’s face it: PowerPoint is different from other apps that we’re used to. But different isn’t necessarily bad! In Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-session tutorial, we learned how to get up to speed quickly and find all the core features we’ll need to create awesome presentations. Now, in Part 3, we’ll see what makes PowerPoint shine, including some features that Adobe apps only dream of!

Learn to Love PowerPoint, Part 2

In Part 1 of this three-part session, we learned how to get up to speed fast, navigate PowerPoint like a pro, and set up masters. Now, we face the hardest task of all: Figuring out why Microsoft hid all the most important tools (and discover where they hid them!)

By the end of the hour, you’ll be ready to face PowerPoint with confidence! Next up, see Part 3 here.

Learn to Love PowerPoint, Part 1: 0–60 for Designers

PowerPoint is the app that creative pros love to hate. And yet, we all have to use it sooner or later! The dirty secret is that once you learn how PowerPoint works, you’ll find it’s actually incredibly powerful and can perform some tasks even better than Adobe’s tools.

If you’ve ever feared or hated PowerPoint, take this opportunity to get to know it a little better. The more you know, the more fun it is!

This is Part 1 of a three-part tutorial. See Part 2 here.