Animating with Photoshop and Illustrator files in After Effects

Jon Merrifield will review the implementation, layer conversions, and best uses for importing and utilizing Photoshop and Illustrator files and paths in After Effects animations, maintaining vector shapes, and the differences. We’ll examine when and why there may be a preference for one or the other as source files for After Effects.

Meeting Date is June 8th, 2023, at 6pm CST
To get the Zoom link, please write to

Merrifield is a creative media professional with core skills in visual effects compositing and motion graphics. Jon operates a post and visual effects boutique, Peli Studio, based in Austin with global clientele, working on over 1,000 commercials, 100 music videos, 10 feature films, and a plethora of broadcast design projects. In addition to his creative film and design endeavors, Jon also has contracts with several high-end tech companies such as Salesforce to create social and promotional episodic media. Jon also is currently a trainer and consultant in After Effects and Premiere Pro at Lumenbrite, an international Adobe training company.

Benefits of Using Smart Objects In Photoshop – Part 2

In Part 2 of this 2-part series on creating and using SMART OBJECTS, Cornelius Chopin will discuss some additional benefits of using them. For example,
you will learn:

  • The advantage of DUPLICATING a SMART OBJECT
  • How to REPLACE content in a SMART OBJECT
  • How to LINK SMART OBJECTS instead of embedding SMART OBJECTS
  • And more, made easy for beginners to advanced users.

This meeting will be held online, via Zoom, Thursday, April 13, 2023, 6pm- 8pm. To get the link (same as used in previous meetings), please contact

Creating MOGRT templates for Adobe Premiere Pro

During this presentation, Jon Merrifield will review the creation and implementation of graphics and lower-third titles in Premiere Pro utilizing the essential graphics panel. He will cover and specifically review creation of MOGRT (motion graphic template) files in Premiere Pro, as well as details for team sharing. A couple of tricks for social media graphic approaches will be included, in addition to some resources to attain free and purchasable MOGRT templates while reviewing the addition of these files and templates to your Premiere Pro library and workflow.

Meeting will be held on Thursday February 9, 2023 at 6 pm CST

We’ll be in the usual Zoom location. If you need the link, please write to

How to Make a Dynamic PDF Portfolio in InDesign

Join us at the October meeting, online, at 6 pm CDT on Thursday, October 13th. We’ll be in the usual Zoom location. If you need the link, please write to

Program description, How to Make a Dynamic PDF Portfolio in InDesign:
Already have a portfolio website, but need a PDF version for sharing? Join designer and teacher Roman Villarreal to learn tips and tricks for laying out and designing a dynamic professional portfolio using InDesign and Creative Cloud. You’ll discover how to create a slick PDF portfolio that changes dynamically based on your needs and lets you stand out and get noticed by potential clients.

As Roman Villarreal shares his techniques, you’ll learn how to:
• Use Creative Cloud Libraries to create, store, and access assets from Photoshop and Illustrator
• Create layout templates with InDesign that let you rapidly swap out content to keep your portfolio fresh and relevant
• Explore timesaving tools to redesign your portfolio for each position to emphasize your qualifications, especially when applying for multiple jobs or projects

This is a preview of the presentation that will be delivered at Adobe Max.

About the Presenter:
Roman Villarreal has been a designer and teacher for over 20 years. He is the founder of Lumenbrite, a company that specializes in teaching marketing courses to help boost the skill sets of digital and print content creators.

Bonus: Logo design in Illustrator
After Roman’s presentation, AAUG co-manager Cornelius Chopin will demonstrate how to re-create a logo in Illustrator.

Creating Animated GIFs with After Effects

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6 pm – 8 pm, the Austin Adobe User Group’s monthly meeting, a free event, features a presentation by Roman Villareal. In this session, Roman will show you how to create looping animated Gifs using After Effects and some plugins. This is a beginner- to intermediate-level tour of features, how-tos, and tips/tricks.

Roman Villarreal is a designer and the principal at Lumenbrite Digital Design Training.

Session Recording can be found here:

This is also the twice-a-year meeting when the big raffle is given away. Be present to win a free annual subscription to the Creative Cloud.

Create a Portfolio Website with Adobe Portfolio

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 6 pm – 8 pm

Create a personalized website to showcase your creative work with Adobe Portfolio. Included in your Creative Cloud subscription, Portfolio is easy to use,  requires no coding, and automatically creates responsive versions of your site for desktop, tablet, and phone. 

About the presenter:  Carol Gunn is an experienced  graphic designer and sole proprietor of Gunn Graphics, located  in Austin, Texas. See She works at expert level in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. When her freelance work is done, she creates labors of love.