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Feb 14, 2011
Web graphics with Photoshop (user group meeting)
Portland State University Professional Development Center

Spend Valentine's evening with other lovers of Photoshop and Illustrator. Presentation "PDX Loves Photoshop and the Web!" by Nancy Wirsig McClure of

At this month's meeting of the official Adobe User Group, PDDA, learn to use Photoshop to make the best web graphics, animated GIFs and favicons -- and to generate HTML! See Illustrator's latest web-oriented features, too.

6 pm snacks and socializing

6:30 Presentation

7:45 Introductions (brief round-robin), break and networking

8:15 Presentation continues; Q & A

No fee to attend. Sign up on the web site to get monthly meeting announcements via email.

Feb 20, 2012
Photoshop + AI User Group
ISITE Design (old venue)

Of the users, by the users, for the users, sponsored by Adobe. Monthly presentation and networking, book giveaways, and twice-a-year giveaways of Adobe Creative Suite.

Feburary 2012: PRESENTATION on masking and selecting -- by Nancy Wirsig McClure, designer and trainer. Tips and tricks from basic to advanced, mostly Photoshop with a bit of Illustrator. Replacing backgrounds, selecting elements for compositing, and more.

No charge to attend. RSVP not required.

Sign up on the Google Group to get announcements of monthly meetings, focused on the design and illustration aspects of the tools, for users with some experience.

May 8, 2012
Photoshop + Illustrator User Group
ISITE Design

Photoshop & Illustrator Users. Join fellow users for a presentation, discussion, networking and giveaway!

We focus on a level beyond absolute beginner (experience with either or both programs).

No charge to attend. No membership fees. RSVP not needed.


"Vectors to Bitmaps and Vice Versa (Auto Trace and Rasterization)" with two professional presenters: Rick Vazquez and Nancy Wirsig McClure (using both Photoshop and Illustrator).

Plus discussion with other users: designers, photographers, UI folks, artists....


Every month we give away a Peachpit book to one attendee.

This month we'll also be giving away Adobe Creative Suite. You are eligible to win this BIG prize if you attend THIS meeting AND attended a prior meeting in 2012. If you're not eligible this time, learn about the next BIG giveaway in November on our web page.

Get announcements of monthly meetings: Join the Google Group.

Jun 23, 2012
DorkbotPDX Workshop -- Programming Digital Art

In this introductory workshop, we'll walk through a few different approaches for creating screen-based digital artwork using code. We'll be learning Processing, a free open-source programming language & environment for creating realtime graphics. Processing has become an immensely popular tool for artists and designers to create interactive artwork, data visualization and generative processes.

The topics for the workshop include an introduction to the Processing environment, working with images, basic animation practices and generative art.

Some prior familiarity with programming will be helpful, though not required.

Please RSVP by emailing Jeremy Rotsztain: jeremy (at)

May 31, 2013
PSU Tech Talk: Using Graphics Processors for everything but Graphics
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

Back in 2001, researchers decided to try to use "the other" processor in their PC (the graphics card) for computation. These early, tedious efforts were promising and lead to a new type of computation called General Purpose GPU (GPGPU) Computing. NVIDIA vastly accelerated such efforts with the release of CUDA in 2007, that provided a much simpler interface to programmers wanting to use the GPU for general computation. Today, GPUs are being used to accelerate some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world (see In this talk I'll describe the ideas behind this very different kind of computing, show some simple CUDA examples, and mention the open source alternative to CUDA (OpenCL). I'll give a bit more detail on our newly acquired NVIDIA K20, and briefly outline my GP-GPU Computing course for summer 2013.

About the speaker

Dr. Karavanic is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Portland State, where she teaches courses in Operating Systems, performance measurement and modeling, and High Performance Computing. She was selected as an HPC Educator for the SC2012 Conference, where she offered a full-day tutorial on CUDA to faculty from around the U.S. Dr. Karavanic came to PSU in 2000 from Madison, Wisconsin, where she earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Jun 12, 2013
Fluid images for responsive web design (Adobe User Group)

Photoshop & Illustrator User Group meeting.

Presentation and discussion about images in web sites — especially those with responsive design and Wordpress sites.

NO fee to attend. No RSVP required.

For location and time details, visit!topic/pdx-adobe/AkDlJBqafFI

Meetings are on second Wednesday of each month. You can sign up to get announcements at the above web site.

We'll be giving away a book donated by Peachpit Press (everyone at this meeting is eligible for the drawing!)
Be sure to plan for our November giveaway: Adobe Creative Cloud. To be eligible, attend in November AND at least one meeting June - October. 

Jan 21, 2014
Hacks/Hackers PDX January Meetup

Yes, Hacks/Hackers PDX is still alive! We have two co-organizers, M. Edward (@znmeb) Borasky and Melissa (@capnleela) Chavez.

For January we’re having a 2014 kickoff round table with lightning talks. We want to hear what journalists and developers are working on and where more collaboration is needed.

Dec 15, 2016
Maxon Cinema 4D Roadshow Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Join Us for the Cinema 4D Roadshow 2016 Enjoy food, drink, prizes*, community and learning 3D

Take part in this rare opportunity to hang out with and learn from industry-leading 3D animation profesionals. Attend and you'll discover how easy it is - with virtually no experience - to create impressive motion designs. Then, a special guest artist dives deeper to share favorite tips and techniques. This event is designed for artists of all skill levels. RSVP for this limited-capacity event and you'll enter a raffle to win from thousands of dollars worth of prizes. Food and drinks are included. You won’t want to miss this.

Oct 15, 2020
Remote Tech Talk at the Guild - Introduction to Ray Tracing with Typescript
PDX Code Guild

Ray tracing is an algorithm for generating 3D images and involves tracing rays of light around a virtual scene. Ray tracing is more computationally intensive than rasterization (which is used for video games) but is better at capturing phenomena like reflection and refraction. A simple raytracer can be written in a day, while complex ones requires advanced physics equations and statistical techniques. In this 90-minute talk, we'll cover enough material for you to build your own raytracer, and some more advanced features you could add to continue developing. Ray tracing lends itself to object-oriented programming so we'll also get some practice with typescript.

Presented by PDX Code Guild Instructor Matthew Cooper