Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Online Virtual Meeting


Back to the Basics


Thursday, May 21, 2020

3-4:30 p.m.



Two veterans have been snagged for the first Los Angeles InDesign User Group meeting to take place online. Erica Gamet will be the featured presenter with Randy Dunbar hosting. We go for about 60 minutes, but no longer than 90. The meeting is free.


The meeting will begin with a fairly short "Back to the Basics" presentation where novices can get their feet wet and old timers can pick up a trick or two.


After that, the floor will be open to ask Erica anything you want about anything related to Adobe InDesign. This will also be a unique opportunity for others to weigh in with answers or suggestions as to how they might deal with the question on the table. Come with questions. Come prepared to share your knowledge and experience.


This first online meeting makes it easy for some who've never attended an LAIDUG meeting to do so.

If you.........

  • Are new to InDesign
  • Are uncomfortable in new settings or around strangers
  • Have difficulty getting to physical meeting sites
  • Don't like to drive or you want to conserve resources
  • Can't attend evening meetings
  • Are outside of Southern California

.........then this online meeting is for you!



About the Presenter


Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for nearly 30 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine and CreativePro.com, has been a speaker at the InDesign Conference, PePcon, ebookcraft in Canada, and Making Design in Norway; and she offers online tutorials on CreativeLive.com and through her own YouTube channel.



About the Host


Randy Dunbar has worked in publishing on both coasts. In N.Y., he gave his touch to Mademoiselle, Self, GQ and Health magazines. Later, in L.A., he was art director at Movieline, HOME, Exposure, The Advocate, Out, Genre, Muscle & Fitness, Code, and California Apparel News. He was both editor-in-chief and art director of The LA Fashion. He is currently publisher and editor-in-chief of SoCal magazine and teaches typography, pre-press, and publication design at the Fashion Institute of Design.



Free Raffles


Yes, we will still have raffles. But this time they're free. All prizes except for the Charmin will be delivered electronically. If you win the Charmin, we'll need a physical address located in the continental United States.



Raffle Prizes


Charmin Ultra Soft Bath Tissue. List price $26.99. Value $750.

30 rolls, 214 sheets, 2-ply. Clog-safe and septic-safe. Roto-Rooter approved,


Adobe Creative Cloud. 12 month subscription. Value $599.88

Collection of 24 Adobe software applications for graphic design, video editing, web development and photography including InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and Dreamweaver among others.


GoProof from Oppolis Software. 3 month subscription for 2 users. Value $300.00

Proofing add-on for Adobe Creative Cloud. Version history tracks what has been changed and by whom.


Markzware. Any single product. 12 month subscription. Value $199.00

Choose one from the list below:

Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), Convert and open QuarkXPress files in InDesign.

PDF2DTP (PDF to InDesign), Convert PDF files to InDesign.

FC (FlightCheck), Check native and PDF files for printing quality.

IDMarkz, Open, preview, export and convert InDesign files.


Suitcase Fusion 10 from Extensis. 12 month subscription. Value $119.95.

Font management program that allows you to organize your fonts from one plane—including system fonts, purchased fonts, fonts synced from Adobe Typekit, Google fonts, etc.


Font Agent Pro from Insider Software. Value $99.95

Font management that allows you to organize, distribute and control your fonts.


InMotion Hosting. Web hosting and free domain. Value $90.00

Web hosting company.


DTP Tools Cloud for InDesign. 6 month subscription. Value $77.40

Suite of 14 different InDesign productivity tools.


Adobe Stock. 15 image licenses. Value $44.00

Royalty-free, high-quality photos, videos, and illustrations.


InDesign Magazine. 6 month subscription. Value $30.00

Monthly PDF publication devoted to InDesign how-tos, in-depth features, and quick tips.



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