Font Club

 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

WHERE

NCRMA // 209 Fayetteville Street // Raleigh NC, 27601 – View Map

Love fonts? We do! So come join the Font Club. Join us on October 10th as we discuss all things fonts.

First, we’ll have some fun. We’ll talk about finding and selecting fonts, chat about font formats, and talk about what InDesign does well (and doesn’t) with fonts and play with some cool tools. Then we’ll help you navigate some of the new confusing font technologies. SVG, HTML5, bitmap fonts, OTFV and other font technologies are here to make our lives easier more confusing, so we’ll tell you what you need to know now — and show you what is coming soon.

Great news! We are coming back to Raleigh! We’ll meet this time at the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association as they have graciously volunteered to host us. Who is the NCRMA? NCRMA is a non-profit association that was organized in 1902 to improve the business climate for retail merchants in NC. NCRMA is proud to continue to be the voice of the retail industry in North Carolina. Learn more about them here: http://www.ncrma.org

As always, to pay for our expenses, we rely upon our popular raffle instead of a member subscription. For only $1 per ticket, you have the chance to win books, plugins, software, T-shirts, and more. Please bring a few dollars cash to purchase some raffle tickets.

Note: The address above leads to the parking garage for NCRMA to make it easy for you to set your GPS. The front door of NCRMA is actually located at 209 Fayetteville Street, we will post walking directions from the garage to the front door soon!

An Evening with Michael Murphy

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Tuesday, July 11, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

WHERE

McKinney // 318 Blackwell Street // Durham NC, 27701 – View Map

The Raleigh InDesign User Group, along with McKinney, is pleased to host An Evening with Michael Murphy. Michael will cover some of his favorite document efficiency tricks in InDesign, tips for honing your GREP skills, and connecting styles to HTML and CSS tags for print-to-web workflows, as well as fielding any burning InDesign questions you may have.

Michael Murphy (@theindesigner) is a Digital Media Solutions Consultant for Adobe, acting as a technical liaison to Adobe’s enterprise customers in the publishing, broadcast, and agency markets. Prior to joining Adobe, Michael spent 25 years as a hands-on creative director, pushing the limits of Adobe’s tools on a daily basis for a variety print and web projects. He’s the author of two books from Adobe Press, five video training courses on Lynda.com, and the creator and host of The InDesigner video podcast (www.theindesigner.com). An unapologetic sci-fi and comic book lover, Michael is based in Connecticut, where he is usually being run ragged by his daughter and twin sons when not geeking out over technology, typography, or photography.

Join us for pizza and networking at 6:30, and Michael will get started around 7. As always, to pay for our expenses, we rely upon our popular raffle instead of a member subscription. For only $1 per ticket, you have the chance to win books, plugins, software, T-shirts, and more. Please bring a few dollars cash to purchase some raffle tickets.

Note: You may be able to find a spot directly infant of McKinney, but the majority of McKinney parking can be found 305 West Pettigrew Street. Click here to download a map to help you walk to McKinney from the parking deck.

Sites Sans Code

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

WHERE

McKinney // 318 Blackwell Street // Durham NC, 27701 – View Map

Adobe Muse is a fast easy way to create truly unique, expressive responsive websites for yourself and your clients, without writing any code. If you’re familiar with Adobe InDesign, then you’ll slide right into Adobe Muse. In this meeting, Adobe Muse CC Classroom in a Book author Brian Wood will show you how to visually create a responsive website complete with all of the bells and whistles we expect in a site today.Taming the tools in Acrobat DC

As always, to pay for our expenses, we rely upon our popular raffle instead of a member subscription. For only $1 per ticket, you have the chance to win books, plugins, software, T-shirts, and more. Please bring a few dollars cash to purchase some raffle tickets.

Note: You may be able to find a spot directly infant of McKinney, but the majority of McKinney parking can be found 305 West Pettigrew Street. Click here to download a map to help you walk to McKinney from the parking deck.

PDF Like a Boss

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

WHERE

Clean Design // 6601 Six Forks Road, Suite 400 // Raleigh NC, 27615 – View Map

Ever opened the export panel in InDesign and thought…what does all this stuff even mean? Ever tried to make a PDF from Powerpoint and it was absolutely huge?

Confused by Acrobat DC? Can you even renumber your pages now? And did they really go and change commenting…again?

Ever thought there has to be an easier way to______? We’ll show you some cool tools to make your life easier including Automator, tools in Acrobat and more!

Want to be a PDF boss? Well, join us on August 17th at Clean Design, when we take a look at our old friend Acrobat and help you own aspects of PDFs that you didn’t even know existed. We’ll delve into various PDF topics such as:

  • Taming the tools in Acrobat DC
  • Explore PDF compatibility and standards
  • Making the best PDFs from InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Powerpoint and more.
  • Distilling
  • Renumbering pages
  • Using Automator
  • Tips, tricks and much more
As always, to pay for our expenses, we rely upon our popular raffle instead of a member subscription. For only $1 per ticket, you have the chance to win books, plugins, software, T-shirts, and more. Please bring a few dollars cash to purchase some raffle tickets.

April 18 Meeting: Visual Design | Accessible Design

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Monday, April 18, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

WHERE

McKinney – 318 Blackwell St Durham, NC 27701 – View Map

What do you do? Are you a designer, communications director, prepress technician, freelance art director, marketing coordinator, or copy editor? No matter your job title, if you work in InDesign—you spend your days thinking about visual communications. But is that enough, what about accessible design?  Join us Monday, April 18th to learn how many of us are affected, how to best design for visual impairment and what role technology plays in both visual impairment and accessible design.

Speaking of communications…we are going do something different with all those old ones you have sitting on your shelf. We’re hosting our first ever White Elephant Social complete with coffee, decaf and cookies. We’ll trade books at random, open them up and then take turns stealing the books away from each other. Here’s the details:
  • Pick your most out-of-date book that still has that one golden-nugget-of-goodness hiding in the pages. (Like that Photoshop CS effects book that you just can’t bare to part with because it does have that ONE awesome tutorial on metal effects. You know, the one that you have yet to ever actually use.)
  • Wrap it up all fancy using pretty wrapping paper, a re-used Christmas gift bag, the Sunday comics, or just the plastic bag from your first trip to Publix.
  • Bring it to the meeting (we’ll have a few extra so no worries if you live in a tiny house and have already purged yourself of anything older than CC2015.)
As always to pay for the free pizza and our meetup subscription, we rely upon our popular raffle. For only $1 per ticket, you have the chance to win books, plugins, software, T-shirts, and more. Please bring a few dollars cash to purchase some raffle tickets.

What’s New in InDesign CC 2015

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WHEN

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

WHERE

McKinney – 318 Blackwell St Durham, NC 27701 – View Map

Come see what’s new in InDesign CC 2015! There have been quite a few improvements in the latest version of InDesign. We’ll be demonstrating many of them, such as: [Read more…]

September 30 Meeting: Best Practices for File Management and Workflows

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Consider the following scenario: A co-worker comes to you and says, “Do you remember that project we did 2 years ago, and it had the picture of a squirrel? Well, I need some of the other photos we took that day. Can you find them for me?” Would you be able to help? What if you could?

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July 30 Meeting: The Art, Technology, and Process of Custom Signage

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Step outside of the cubicle and away from the computer on Thursday, July 30, as we learn about what goes into designing and creating a custom sign. Rodney’s Custom Cut Signs is a nationally recognized sign manufacturer and it’s partner company, Ink Waves, offers both large- and small-format digital printing. A sign shop is truly where the digital world intersects with real-world materials. [Read more…]

Microsoft Office and Adobe together at last!

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Oooh! A meeting about using Microsoft products…how fun! Said no one, ever. [Read more…]

Explore It! Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing

In a nutshell, software testing is exploring software in a variety of circumstances to discover what things can happen. I originally got this book because I thought it would be helpful for me when I beta test plugins. I really had no idea what a software tester’s job entailed. [Read more…]