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CreativePro Week Conference Speaker Spotlight: Diane Burns, the Animations Super Star

Welcome to our Speaker Spotlight series, designed to highlight some of our CreativePro Week 2017 Conference speakers, which will be in Atlanta, Georgia, May 22–26. We’ve assembled a dream team roster of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator gurus, and thought you’d like to get to know what makes them tick, why they’re passionate about what they do, and what you can expect to learn from them at the conference.

The Diane Burns File

Geek Cred: Diane Burns is the animations super star. Want to make your publications stand out, include animations! Don’t know how? Don’t fret—Diane can help!

Hails from: Live Oak, Florida, which is in Suwannee County (as in “Way Down Upon.”) North Florida, the deep, deep South. Over 30 years ago, she traveled west, discovered San Francisco and never looked back.

Hangouts: A chef extraordinaire, you can almost always find Diane somewhere near a kitchen, at cooking class abroad (the pic below is from Bodrum, Turkey) or shopping the great local farmer’s markets for fresh vegetables to use in her cooking. You may also find her hiking, and depending on the week, maybe even in the Eastern Sierra, hiking well above 10,000 feet.

Short bio: Adobe InDesign Trainer and Consultant, Author, Chef Extraordinaire.

Diane-Burns-Speaks-at-PePcon-2016First job:  At 14 she had a part-time job selling movie tickets, working the ticket booth in a local movie theatre.

First computer: Apple IIc running CP/M operating system

Pen and paper or keyboard?  She likes pen and paper, very much, but uses a keyboard.

Favorite foods: Loves food and trends vegetarian, though there’s nothing wrong with bacon in her book. ;-)

At 6AM I am usually: reading the print version of the New York Times.

Current Projects: Diane runs a localization company called TransPacific Digital and has her hands full with private training and consulting gigs.

Her CreativePro Week 2017 Session: This will Diane’s 8th year speaking at PePcon (part of CreativePro Week) and this year her session is titled: Publish Online: Web Distribution with a Click of a Button. Attendees can expect to see examples of how Publish Online is being used, they will also learn the best ways to use Publish Online and take advantage of InDesign’s powerful interactive features.

An InDesign Tip from Diane:

Add One Color Swatch from Another File
You can add colors from another file to the Swatches panel by choosing Load Swatches on the panel’s flyout menu. But what if you want to add just one color? Choose New Color Swatch. Under the Color Mode menu, choose Other Library, then select the file containing the colors you want to add. The colors from the file will show up as individual swatches that you can add one by one to your current file.

What attendees have to say about Diane’s conference sessions:

“Diane’s object styles class was amazing. I can’t wait to use the knowledge I gained in this session some time soon.” ~PePcon 2015 attendee


Social Media: Twitter: @dianeburns_sf Linkedin: Diane Burns


Register today for the CreativePro Week 2017 Conference! Four conferences back-to-back: The PS/AI: The Conference for Photoshop and Illustrator Users, The InDesign Conference, PePcon: The Print and ePublishing Conference, and the Creative Developers Summit.

Don’t miss out on these great conferences and a great early bird deal: Get $100 off any multi-day registration now through March 31st.

We’ll see you in beautiful Atlanta, May 22–26, 2017.

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