Monthly Archives: October 2009

November Meeting – 7:30pm, Friday 20th: Imagery

In November at OFVM Film Oxford the Adobe User Group will focus on imaging software.

Alun Ward will take us through the Adobe tool for editing images online and integrating with online photo collections like Flickr.

Glenn Clarkson will show how he created an award-winning presentation for a housing association using Illustrator, Photoshop and PowerPoint.

Glenn will also show the beta release of Lightroom V3.

In addition, in response to members’ requests, we shall be visiting to look at Using Masks in Photoshop.

If you have any specific areas of these tools you would like to have covered please let us know (

Bring along a friend or colleague, there will be lots of opportunities for networking with likeminded creatives.

See you there.

Advance warning of our December meeting. Thursday December 17th, 7:30pm, OFVM Film Oxford, Christmas social and guest animators.

Keep up to date with the User Group and RSVP please at the Adobe Groups site.

OFVM Film Oxford, can be found here:

Steve Newberry – October 21st Meeting report

We had a great night on Wednesday thanks to Steve Newberry who drove down from Adobe HQ to give us a whirlwind tour through some of the timesaving devices in Illustrator, Bridge, Photoshop and Flash CS4.

I noted down just two of the millions of tips, feel free to send in the ones you remember if you were there.

In Bridge, Ctrl-Space-B (PC) on a selection of images brings up the ‘cover show’ cycle of images full screen. Very nice.

Photoshop: zoom even when using the Hand tool on a pic by pressing Ctrl, phew!

Then we had a quick tour through Adjustment layers in Photoshop – for the casual user, which must still be me then.

Content Aware Scaling – a reminder of this amazingness. How many times could I have used that recently if I’d remembered it was there!

Examples of 3D  usage – only available in Photoshop Extended, however, along with video editing and medical imaging.

In Design: we had a pretty in-depth example of exporting an In Design document to SWF and to XFL format, an interchange format which brings all the design imagery and text through correctly preserved, ready to play with in Flash CS4. We looked at FLYP – a more complex online magazine format.

We watched a quick preview movie from Russell Brown about potential Photoshop developments. If you like his quirky presentational style, he’s all over the web.

Steve answered a bunch of your questions and was both helpful and entertaining, so it was a great night.

A reminder that the next User group meeting is on Friday November 20th, but there’s also a soft-launch of the Premiere User Group on November 12th also at OFVM.

Adobe Open Source, Nov 11th

Advance notice of an online discussion about Adobe’s Open Source Media Framework.

It’s on Adobe Connect on November 11th at 7pm

Title:  TechWeds: Introduction to Adobe’s Open Source Media Framework by Sumner Paine

Connect Link:  Click here to join the meeting!

Date: November 11, 2009 (open to the public – feel free to share!)

Start time: 10:00am PT (Los Angeles) / 1:00pm ET (New York)

Join us for an overview of Adobe’s open source media framework — what it can do and how you can use it in your current projects. You’ll learn how OSMF can help you create rich media experiences online and how the new development framework can increase monetization opportunities with your media assets through direct integration with advertising services for tracking and reporting services. Developers can use this framework to create media viewing environments that drive longer view times and leverage the latest features such as Dynamic Streaming and DVR from Adobe Flash Media Server.

Speakers:   Sumner Paine & Company

Read more at the Adobe Groups page.

October 21st Meeting: Design

This month, the Adobe User Groups have Stephen Newberry, Technical Resources Mananger at Adobe HQ (UK), coming to talk to us about all things Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign, at OFVM.

If you have any pressing topics you’d like covered, do let Alun know as soon as you can (

You can find out a bit more about Stephen at Linkedin:

There’ll be time for questions after his presentation, and the usual chat with likeminded creatives from the Oxford area.

Keep up to date with the User Group and RSVP please at the Adobe Groups site.

Advance notice too of next meeting in November: Friday November 20th.

OFVM, Oxford, can be found here:

See you there.