Archive for October, 2012

Lovers of the Luminous Lights-VegasPhotoWalk



photowalk badgeThe Las Vegas Adobe User Group hosted a “Neon Photowalk” in the Fremont Street district (Old Vegas) — Sunday, Oct 21st, 2012, from 4-10pm. This was a FREE event for all levels of photographers from pros to iPhone/iPad users. We also had lots of Adobians from out of town (Los Angeles, Florida, San Jose, San Diego, etc) as well as some new friends from the Sin City Photography Group.  And that was the main purpose of the Photowalk: community building between two very different communities.There were over 120 signups to the event; but, we kicked things off with over 60 shutter snappers at Emergency Arts – “The Beat” coffee shop. As it turned out, some of the Beat employees were also lovers of the luminous lights. One employee had already been photographing hundreds of Vegas neon signs for his own art-piece which he presented me a copy which was very cool!

The Beat has definitely got an artistic vibe to it and the Photowalk organizers were so pleased that they allowed us to set up camp there. While onsite, we also conducted few drawings for Adobe Software, T-shirts, and a special drawing for a WACOM tablet (Thanks to Tony Arredondo –WACOM Technology & Stephen Burns). Those in attendance also got a free beverage courtesy of Adobe. With maps in hand, the Photowalkers sallied forth in their quest for best Neon Photo and a chance to win (CS6 Photoshop Extended).

One of our favorite stops was the Neonopolis courtyard and some of us spent a lot of time at this location. At NeonoPolis, Adobe Community Professional Stephen Burns gave lessons to about a dozen Photowalkers on color extractions using timed exposures and also a nifty click and drag technique which produced some interesting abstract neon photos. Here’s one:


Abstract Neon Photo — Delayed Shutter Technique

Click & Drag Technique



ACP Chana Messer finds some new friends on the PhotoWalk

This event spawned TWO other Blog posts worth mentioning:

Chana Messer Photoshop Touch App WorkFlow with Neon:

Lee Varis: “Color & Tone”

Notable Twitter Posts:

Facebook Posts:

Photowalkers taking a break at Mediterrean Cafe after shooting inside Neonopolis courtyard

“Thanks for sharing with the group! And special thanks to Krystal, Nate, Aaron, Stephen, Chana, et al., for putting on a great event!” — Speer Photography & Design

We gave lots of stuff away to the Neon Photowalkers at the Adobe Table

“I LOVED the photo walk. Well organized and I met some GREAT TALENTED photographers and Photoshop gurus I admire. I had a great time and I can’t wait for the next one!” — Barbette Siller

” I made these images on the Adobe sponsored Photowalk down Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas a week ago Sunday, October 21st at night. It was put together by several hard working folks both from Adobe and the Las Vegas Adobe Users Group. Made slideshow using only iPhone and the Photodex’s Mobile App.! Using the 30 horizontally composed images I posted just below this video. We had about 60 photographers participating walking in small groups.” — John Daniel

NeonPhotoWalk Photo Winner:

“Viva Vegas” — Cindy Wilson Winner LVAdobe Neon PhotoWalk Photo Contest!

Here is our winning picture for the event. Congrats to Cindy Wallace for “Viva Vegas” and also to the runners-up Jeff Speer and Wayne Wallace — True Pros! There was also some very very nice stuff shot by Stephen Burns, Sally Cox, Chana Messer, Nate Ludens, Krsytal Hosmer, and of course, Lee Varis! Thanks for being good leaders of this Photowalk

As with anything we do with Adobe Community Events we try to capture some data on how the event went down. From the number of signups to the pageviews we try to gage how we will promote the next events. We had a slow start to the promotion of the event, but things ramped up quickly the last 72 hrs before the event as evidence from these EventBrite charts.

Stats — Attendee Signups

Stats – Page Views Up till the Event


 Oh What Fun We Had!

Oh What Fun We Had! — Thanks Wayne Wallace Photography!

Mobile Camp Los Angeles-18Oct2012

Mobile Camp Los Angeles convened on 18 Oct 2012 at LA Mart. Adobe Community team was a co-sponsor of this camp along with RIM BlackBerry Playbook folks, and Lunarpages. We had over 380+ paid registrants. Audience mainly consisted of: Entenpreneurs, hackers, coders, designers, i-Phone, Android Developers, and Adobe LA area User Groups. (We had more attendees viewing the live-stream)
Greg Wilson, Adobe’s Evangelism director, kicked-off the event keynote with a couple of questions:

  • How many people (raise hands) knew that Adobe was involved in web standards?
  • How many people know that Adobe is contributing to WebKit?

Response: Very few hands…which was exactly what we were looking for. Adobe is trying to build awareness around its contributions to WebKit and HTML5, so this is the type of audience we are doing outreach to. There’s a new website dedicated to showcase our contributions, use-cases, and the new html5 tools — Adobe is a tools company. So, for the 250 folks watching the Adobe keynote, Greg Wilson (Adobe Evangelism Director) focused on Adobe Edge Tools & Services (Animate, Reflow, Code, Inspect, Web Fonts, TypeKit, & PhoneGap Build) and CSS Shaders. This was same content from the “Create the Web” launch event which kicked-off on Sep 24th, 2012. Greg also did an additional deep dive session after the keynote; and, the overwhelming interest from the attendees was in the responsive design tool “Reflow” which is to be released by the end of 2012. (Those who signed up for the free Edge tools creative cloud account would get notified via Adobe Application Mgr + email when reflow would be available.  Greg’s slides are forthcoming.

Over 25 LA-area technical User Group communities came together to organize this huge effort; and, there was lots of learning along the way for the event planners (i.e. power outages, “musical chairs”, etc). Adobe’s local User Groups were heavily involved in the logistics, venue selection, setting up the day before, and the promotion of the event. My thanks to the volunteers and the event planners: ShaRon Sachse (HTML5-LA organizer & DDLA AUG Mgr) & George McKinney (LA PhoneGap User Group Mgr). Thanks to the sponsors like LunarPages and RIM BlackBerry Playbook team.  Without sponsorships, large events like mobile camp LA just don’t happen, there’s lots of logistics to consider. Lunch, Prizes, Speakers…Yep, lots to do! Thanks ShaRon & George!

 Photos from the Event:



 STATs for this Event:

Main registration Page:


107 FB likes; 143 tweets















Adobe Illustrator Los Angeles-AstuteGraphicsTour-9Oct12

In part of my ongoing quest to visit ALL of the Los Angeles area Adobe User Groups, I had the opportunity to attend the Adobe Illustrator User Group of LA (AILA) on October 9th (Facebook event URL) They have partnered with ING Direct Cafe to hold meetings at their location. ING cafe has nice digs and they are nice people. They regularly let folks use their cafe for community meetings.AILA Mgr Chana Messer met me at the door; and, there were some regular AILA & Adobe User Group members I have seen at other LA events: AILA-CoMgr Andrew Kutchera,  Sebastian Bleak, Andew Kanavagh, Cynthia Gordon (, Beverly Houwing, Sharon Sachse, and several other Adobe User Group Mgrs came out to this event.  Astute Graphics was on its final leg of its USA Tour, so once again Nicholas der Walle was presenting the new tool plugin tools Vector Scribe for Adobe Illustrator CS6. We had about 45 folks on hand to observe and take part of the presentation.Here are some photos from the event.

AILA members tune in to the Astute Graphics presentation

Astute Graphics Founder Nicholas van der Walle addresses the AILA audience

Nicholas van der Walle from AG discusses Phantasm Color Correction tool for Vectors using a piece of Von Glitschka (aka @Vonster on twitter) artwork: “Evil Worm”

AILA AUG Mgr – Chana Messer & Adobe Community Mgr Aaron Houston

 AILA is one of many Adobe User Groups in the Los Angeles area; and, they often coordinate with the other Adobe User Groups to hold joint events (ie the CSNext LA event).  My next stop in LA will be for LA PhoneGap and Digital Designers of LA’s  LA mobile event on Oct 18th, 2012.

Illustrator is NOT just for Illustrators Anymore! SF Bay ILUG


With all of the things going on at Adobe this fall (ie Acrobat XI launch, Create the Web & AdobeEdge tools, Creative Cloud, etc), it is prudent for a Community Manager to keep an eye out for other activities happening out in the community. I had not visited the SF Bay Area Illustrator Adobe User Group (aka SFILUG) in awhile and I got a tip from an Adobe Community Professional that the SF group was hosting something special at their Oct 4th meeting. The folks from Astute Graphics were stopping by and it looks like they have some interesting Toolbar Add-ins for CS6 Illustrator, so I thought I’d drop in and check it out.

Meeting — Preplanning, A Discussion, & Setup

Bay Area Illustrator Group meets at the Adobe SF offices, so I met up with Adobe User Group Manager, Teresa Roberts, in the lobby and helped her check-in folks. We briefly caught up on the User Group happenings; and the group is doing quite well, since the leadership change 2 years ago + securing an Adobe sponsor to help them with their meetings. Thanks Terry Hemphill (Adobe Illustrator Product Mgr).

Teresa stressed that she was looking to expand the membership of her user group and create an awareness that: “Illustrator is NOT just for Illustrators, anymore”. Lots of people use Illustrator these days: Marketing/Print folks, Web Designers, some Mobile App builders, Product Development, traditional art designers, and also… Cartographers? Teresa is always seeking innovative speakers from different disciplines to come speak at her User Group.  Indeed, Illustrator is one of those rare Adobe products that touches across a lot of Adobe’s creative communities. It is important to note that Teresa also has a co-manager: Terry McGlone who is a big help with the logistics at these meetings!

Happy San Francisco Bay ILUGer sporting the new “Ai” button


Attendees roll in: 

We had 44+ in attendance; 80+ RSVPs, typical for a free event…those other 40 really missed-out though!

First of the Attendees to sign-in: noted author Sharon Steuer!  Sharon has always been one of the Bay Area ILUG core members and she’s quite generous over the years to the User Group with her books. Thank You Sharon — her latest CS6 book. After catching up with Sharon, I moved over to the main room set up the Adobe swag table: stickers, t-shirts, buttons, pens etc. The new Illustrator buttons were a big hit!  Several SF Bay ILUGers were sporting their new buttons! Adobe Community Team showed off a couple of new T-shirts too!  There were also free pizza, a 12 mo Creative Cloud prize, CS6 Design Standard prize + T-shirts and swag from Adobe.

Astute Graphics:

I had a chance to chat briefly with the speaker for the evening, Nicholas van der Walle (AG founder & evangelist) before his talk. I quickly learned, judging by the accent, that AG is based out of the UK and San Francisco was the 2nd stop of their USA tour. Nick mentioned that he first likes to see what types of folks in attendance and then gage the types of techniques they are using; then show of those same techniques with Astute Graphics tools in the demo. In other words, it is less about showing off the tools and more about learning about WHO is coming to the event and HOW they use Illustrator. Good Approach!Bay Area ILUG is a quiet group as Nick found out, but he did manage to tease some info out of the audience. SFILUG consists of lots of designer/freelancers; not too many agencies folks/art directors…..and a Cartographer? Interesting.

Nick led off the discussion with a question:

Nicholas van der Walle from Astute Graphics

Nicholas van der Walle from Astute Graphics

How would YOU render this shape below? — The Saunder’s Leaf

The Bay Area ILUGers came up with ALL kinds of answers–lots of discussion….AND then “All was revealed” at the end. Nick showed how he did it with the new CS6 Vector-Scribe tool add-in to the Illustrator tool bar. Be sure to catch-up with Nick via the Astute Graphics Blog, Twitter, and Facebook page.

Astute Graphics also has a whole list of short 4min-15min tutorials about their different tool-sets…. Here is link to them and the image below links to one of the videos I liked–Path Scribe which looks very useful in rendering vectors from a sketch.


Video About Path Scribe Tool

 Thank You Nick! I will be seeing you again at the Adobe Illustrator Group of LA (AILA) next week. I promise I won’t spoil your “Saunder’s Surprise”


Lastly, Astute Graphics is a partner of Adobe, so I was not surprised to see Adobe folks in attendance at the meeting: Terry Hemphill (Project Mgr Illustrator), Brenda Sutherland (Adobe Customer Engagement), Anubhav Rotahgi (Sr. PM for Illustrator), and Rajesh Budhiraja (Sr engineering manager for Illustrator). At a time, when Adobe is remaking itself, it was nice to see that one of Adobe’s Product Teams is still very much connected/committed to their community. Of course there’s always more work to do in this area; and, it is a bigger problem to solve than most people realize.  Note to User Group Mgrs: It is important to cultivate your contacts within Adobe Product Teams as well as staying connected to the Adobe Community Team 😉