I’ve been making a complex banner-ad for a company I’m going to do a training for in Belgium in Adobe Edge Animate. There are some quit cool techniques being used. It’s hard to get away from Flash. But when you get things sorted out in Edge Animate… it’s not that hard.
ICI Paris XL has got nothing to do with the course. It is being used as an example of what you could do with it.
Social media is very important. I can understand the need for Facebook Like and Share buttons in Edge Animate projects.
But I found it hard to find tutorials about it. So I’ve made one myself!
Go check it out on vimeo!
Frans is a well know blog and book writer about InDesign and it’s workflow. His session today is about color management in InDesign and it’s background.
It’s very helpful to to add a column to the links panel with the PPI information and the color space.
Our eyes are better than any machine on the world. A part of all colors possible could be the Adobe RGB color space. Not all colors can be reproduced in CMYK. So… We need to calculate colors to the possible color workspace. This is what color management does, translate one color to another color that can be reproduced. Not by guessing, but calculating.
The Dutch Adobe User Group is giving 75 members a bigger insight in Adobe InDesign, and I’m one of the lucky ones to attend this session. It has been a long time since I’ve been at Adobes Benelux HQ in Amsterdam.
First session is opened by Guy van der Kolk @macfanguy part of the AUG. Guy is one of the presenters who does a lot for the Print and Publishing theme presentations.
InDesign and tables
We are a bit spoiled by Microsoft word thanks to the table styles… A lot of tables styles. In InDesign are no premade table styles available, and to make them is a bit hard.
Guy demonstrates the power of CC by changing the installed English version to Dutch. This makes it really easy to switch languages. You need to reinstall your apps in the creative cloud app, it only installs the language packages.
A table is actually a character which flows in your text. You can add a paragraph style to the table to align it because it is a character.
Overflow can be seen in the Story Editor, very useful tip!
Cmd shift a deselects all selected objects. Then hit the W on your keyboard to preview the file.
In the end… Tables in InDesign is not that hard, it’s just something you’ll need to get used to. Thanx for the presentation @macfanguy
Adobe Edge Animate is already dropping version 3.0 of the awesome tool. And a lot of features have been added to the piece of software where adding Sound was the number one feature request I think!
Here’s a brief overview of the new stuff:
New: Audio, responsive animations and more
More information: klick here
I’m teaching Cs6 at my school. And I’ve got the Creative Cloud apps running on my system as well. I came to notice that After Effects does not run its Cs6 version on Maverick. But because of having Cs6 and CC at the same time, the application manager has disappeared. So it’s a bit harder to update After Effects Cs6.
Please follow this link to download the update here.
Download the DMG file.
Once you’ve downloaded the file, make sure you’ve closed the application manager of the Creative Cloud.
Install the file and enjoy After Effects Cs6 once again on Apple osx Mavericks.
I don’t know if we have written history yesterday (1-15-2014), but it certainly feels like it! My students of the Audio Visual Design course at the GLR have taken a very serious Adobe Certified Associate exam. The students have been trained in Premiere Pro only since the beginning of this school year and 7 students have passed this test. Which is very difficult and nerve wrecking because… it’s in English.
With Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification, these students are uniquely positioned for digital media opportunities in today’s challenging job market! Fantastic to have such a certificate on your resume. So when opportunity (cleverly disguised as a hiring manager) comes knocking—they’ll be ready.
BUT, WHY DOES CERTIFICATION MATTER, AND WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY DO FOR STUDENTS?
Becoming Adobe certified helps students retain what is learned, and ultimately, reduces the time-to-productivity curve that new hires typically experience. Simply stated, certified students are more attractive to potential employers and better prepared to hit the ground running on day-one of their new job.
AN INTENSE INTRODUCTION TO PREMIERE PRO IN MY LESSONS
I’ve trained and prepared my students to do great things and with ACA certification those great things can begin almost immediately. Studies show that students who receive a certification as part of a career-focused education program achieve a much higher level of academic success.
With Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification, students gain the expertise needed to harness ideas and bring them to life. Students gain confidence and recognition as they certify the workforce skills and software knowledge needed to succeed in higher education and on the job.
With the rapid advancement of video and multi-media technology, Adobe Premiere Pro helps produce and edit productions more fluidly than ever before. And users don’t need a box-office budget to back their next great feature film—just the skills.
The Adobe Certified Associate program offers the exam for the following Premiere versions: Adobe PremierePro CS6.
- Setting project requirements
- Identifying design elements when preparing video
- Understanding the Adobe Premiere® Pro interface
- Editing video sequences with Adobe Premiere® Pro
- Exporting video with Adobe Premiere® Pro
The very cool thing of our school is that we can do the exams inside our own school. So this makes it very easy to organise events like this with help of my colleagues from the Mediacollege.nl. All 12 students where able to take the exam at the same time in an environment which is suited for taking exams from Certiport. So a big thank you for helping out. I consider this the first step in ACA certification at my school. There are tests for a lot more tools from Adobe, so whats next?
I’ve learned that it is very hard for my students to take the test. They where extremely nervous for the exam. Sure my students speak English, but the questions are written on a higher English level and very technical. Even for me some questions are hard to understand. This is something we need to focus on. Extra time for non native speakers would help, like with the Adobe Certified Expert exams.
I’m happy to have been part of the team for making the new Adobe Premiere Pro CC exam. In that way I’ve been able to re-write sentences to a level that I expect my students to understand. So next year… 100%? I sure hope so.
Today I’ve teached the architecture workflow of Autodesk with help of Connect. Students have logged in to my Adobe Connect Room and saw my demo live on their screen instead of the beamer. Secondly I’ve recorded their lesson. I’ve paused and resumed the recording each time that there was something to tell. And later on shared the demo’s with chapters with them on my website. Really cool experiment with my class.
You can find the results in the drop down list of the “Modulen” tab. It’s DIAN3. Sorry that part of the site is Dutch only.
Whenever there’s a live lesson, you will be able to follow the lesson via the Live! button on the menu of this site.
I’ve chosen a different approach for or the lesson Matte Painting in Photoshop/After Effects. Here I’ve pre-recorded the demo for this lesson. And in class I’ve shared the link with them. This allowed me to answer questions during the lessons (and answer e-mails).
Students preferred the first situation. It’s more interactive. And it’s a recording of their very own lesson, which makes it more special. Questions are being answered in the recording.
Cool stuff to play with
As you probably have seen… Adobe Education Summit 2013 in Barcelona was a hit! It was a great experience for the attendees. And I’ve learned a lot over there. Learned a lot about education in other coutries, learned a lot of other teachers.
During the event all the presenters where asked for an interview with an Adobe Education Evangelist. I had the honer to be interviewed by Mihai Corlan. And now the video is online at Adobe.tv! How awesome is that?
We are halfway the event already, sadly enough! It’s a fully packet program with so much great sessions and networking possibilities. As always David Heath would open the day with some house keeping rules and drove some attention to the departing busses to the airport later this day. Yes time goes by so quickly over here. But there’s still a fully packed day ahead of us!
Mind blowing session by Michael O’Neill
Michael O’Neill is a widely appreciated Adobe Europe Evangelist and he covered the video production workflow with a huge emphasis on the visual and special effects! His task was to give us an overview about the video workflow with use of the Adobe tools. And he had only one hour…
So this was a mindblowing up speed session with the coolest stuff with video material of the film 300! Which was so amazing!!
DPS in Dubai
My new friend Brad Moody has told us a lot about his/his schools approach to DPS. He showed us lots of examples during his session. In my talk with him the other night he showed interest in becoming an AEL and was really motivated to join in on the Global Video Battle 2014 in some way.
Communities Can Build Together
Adobe Evangelist Terry Ryan had a session about Communities and most of all the community of the open source Brackets tool for HTML code writing. Because of the fact that there is an open source tool with a great community supporting the tool. Interesting fact was the 90/9/1 rule. Out of a 100% of community members, 90% is passive. 9% is active and 1% is leading the community. So to in order to get a more active community we need to have a bigger community. You are not going to change the 90%. So you need to grow the amount of members to get a bigger 9% group. Good to know for me as a brand new Community Manager for Adobe EMAE Education on LinkedIn.
The Physical side of Creativity
Jan de Coster from Belgium is always showing the greatest stuff about robots. In the end of the 20th century, digital creative media had a hard time breaking free from the traditional analogue media. Since then, thanks to all the technological advancements and new tools, digital forms of creativity have brought us amazing things to look at.
Now it is time to bring both worlds together again. Digital and analogue go side by side in interactive installations that exist in physical space. The combination is not a step back, but rather a big leap into the future of creativity. So how do we prepare future creative professionals for this leap ?
This presentation showed different physical installations on which he has worked over the last year with his studio, Slightly Overdone.
Global collaboration: Yes you can!
Matthijs Clasener (me) showed some facts and figures of his school the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Please visit www.glr.nl/english for more information about that. My talk was mostly about collaborating. One of the most awesome ways to collaborate world wide is the Adobe Education Leader community. I’ve been a AEL since 2009 and proud to be part of this community of educators around the globe doing the same thing as I am doing. Go to the adobe site to find out more or drop me a line.
This community led to my idea to do a video competition with students all over the world. This started with Dusty Parrish and his students in Texas back in 2012. Our student both got the same assignment and did presentations to each other along the way. Due to the success we continued and doubled the amount of schools in 2013 and have had a great time with Sweden and Thailand.
Next year? You are most welcome to join in on this awesome experience for you and your students! Click here!!
Skipped the final session
Yes… horrible… I know. But there where to many teachers interested in AEL and/or my Global Video Battle. So I’m pleased to announce that New Zealand, South Africa, Belgium and Korea have showed interest! And this break of the sessions led to some great talks with fine people of Adobe.
Wrapping up the summit
There was a Q and A at the end of the summit with David Heath, Mark a’Bear, Miquel Bada and Johan Zimmern.
One of the things that was a great subject was the ACA. The Adobe Certified Associate test are not available in our language (Dutch). This makes it very hard for our students do pass the test. There was a comment that even the sentences where very complex. Are we testing the level of English… or the Adobe tools? I’ve stood up and told the room that AELs where asked to join in on the process of making and evaluating the tests. I am reviewing the questions for the ACA Premiere Pro CC and Photoshop CC tests with an emphasis on the sentences. Make the questions easier to understand. And I am lobbying at Adobe and Certiport to get a test in Dutch done as a pilot.