5 Days in Tucson!

at the ACTEAZ 2017 Conference


Friday, July 14, 2017 Day: TOUR PRINT FACILITIES

Tour and learn about print production on a large scale as we go on-site a major print facility. This tour is always one of our best attended and highest reviewed. Space is limited. Facilitated by Peggy Deal and Rick Burress







Saturday, July 15, 2017 ADOBE CERTIFICATION: How to Teach towards Adobe InDesign Certification (ACE)

Rick Burress: All Day

Becoming an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) lets you announce you know your Adobe product. Rick Burress will show you how to teach with the end goal of achieving ACE certification. Rick is the President of the Arizona Chapter of the Adobe InDesign User Group. He also consults at Arizona Highways Magazine (29 years), Origami Owl, and Grand Canyon University. He teaches at Scottsdale Community College.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 TYPOGRAPHY: How to Finesse Type and Why it Matters

Peggy Deal: All Day

Discover how to use type resources correctly and how to select the right font for the job. “Good type” results in higher retention, and more effective calls to action. Peggy Deal is the Graphic Design Program Chair at the #4-rated Community College in America. She literally “wrote the book” of Graphic Design used in Universities around the country (with Dr. Z. A. Prust.)

Sunday, July 16, 2017 PHOTOGRAPHY! Non-Destructive Image Editing with Adobe Camera RAW

Rick Burress: All Day

Photoshop is a destructive image editor. Adobe Bridge and Lightroom are non-destructive image editor. Come learn the power of the Adobe Camera RAW editor that undergirds both.Understand the mind-blowing digital asset management tool that is Adobe Bridge. Rick Burress will take you in-depth through this Workshop and Lab (CS4 through CC2017).

Sunday, July 15, 2017 GRAPHIC DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS

Peggy Deal: All Day

In this highly Interactive course, Peggy Deal will examine the elements and principles of design with projects for each. Includes clearly outlined goals and simple rubrics ready for outcomes assessment to facilitate improved student learning.


Monday, July 17, 2017 PHOTOGRAPHY!
Light, Flash, & Strobes Workshop: Light Shaping and Modifiers, Umbrellas, Reflectors, Flags, Softboxes, Grids, Gobos.

Rick and Jacob Burress: All Day

Rick Burress and Jacob Burress will lead this highly interactive photographic lighting workshop. See how to create specific setups for portraits, products, interiors, and landscapes. Cheap DIY light setups and other solutions will be explored. Hands-on Workshop! Rick is consultant for Arizona Highways Magazine, among others, and Jacob is product photographer for Origami Owl, a multinational corporation based in Chandler, AZ. Bring your DSLR Camera

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 ALL GCEF—ALL DAY!

The A Team


SESSION 1: Teaching with the new State-0f-the-Art textbook: Graphic Communications Digital Design & Print Essentials by ZA Prust and Peggy Deal.

Peggy Deal explores the latest Graphic Design Textbook, a modern revision to the industry classic. Co-written by Peggy with the acclaimed king of Print and Graphic production, Z.A. Prust.

SESSION 2: How to Speak to Your Printer: Getting the printer involved at the point of design concept

Communications with the Printer—at the start—is key to a successful publication or project. Get questions to ask your printer, up front, to save endless angst at the end.

SESSION 3: Understanding Resolution: PPI, DPI, LPI, Effective PPI

As graphic designers and photographers, a solid understanding of the differences between DPI, PPI, LPI and other technical specifications is key. We’ll unpack the mysteries in an energetic presentation and discussion. Facilitated by the GCEF.

SESSION 4: Graphic File formats Demystified

Why not jpg? EPS? PSD? TIF? RAW? As graphic designers and photographers, our bread-and-butter is high-quality and efficiency. We’ll tell you why file formats make-or-break.



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