Meet our Community Professionals!

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Feb 22, 2022 Feb 22, 2022

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Have you ever seen users badged in this community as Adobe Community Professionals? Did you ever wonder why they have this distinction or how they got there? I have answers for you!

The Adobe Community Professional Program consists of teachers, creatives, freelancers, authors, publishers, bloggers, hobbyists, and industry influencers from among our customer base who use their experience and expertise to educate and inspire their fellow users on the Adobe Support Community and other platforms.  


As community leaders in their field, they exemplify the program values of sharing their product expertise, with a passion for fostering creativity, supporting their peers and problem-solving.


Some of our members are also content creators in other platforms such as Behance, YouTube, LinkedIn Learning, etc.; or even educators, trainers, influencers and subject matter experts.


Let's meet some of them!



@Monika Gause
In the Program since August 2010
Product Expertise: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe XD, Dimension
About Monika: I am a graphic designer based in Hamburg, Germany. As an active Adobe Community Professional, I am helping people in the Illustrator community, in Facebook groups and wherever I come across an interesting problem. After being involved in the production of a couple of interactive installations in museums, I am now a freelancer designing mostly for print. Besides writing about Illustrator in magazines and a book (currently in its 8th edition), I am a lecturer at the University of Lüneburg, Germany, and have produced a couple of LinkedIn Learning courses on Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer and Inkscape.



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@Warren Heaton
In the Program since July 2016
Product Expertise: After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Media Encoder
About Warren: I am a Senior Designer at CBS Marketing & Brand Design creating promo motion graphics for CBS broadcast, Paramount+ streaming, and corresponding ViacomCBS social media content. I'm also Associate Faculty at the Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design teaching Motion Graphics I & II. While earning my MFA in Live-Action Film and Video (studying to be a cinematographer) from the California Institute of Arts, I discovered Premiere 3, Photoshop 2.5, and—of course—Cosa After Effects 1.5 which almost instantly changed my career path. If you can imagine it then you can create it. I feel fortunate to be among the very talented group that make up the Adobe Community Professionals. In addition, I'm also the co-host and co-founder of the world’s longest-running After Effects user group Digital Media Artists Los Angeles (DMALA).




Dave Richardson, aka @davescm
In the Program since December 2016
Product Expertise: Photoshop, Substance 3D Painter, Substance 3D Designer, Lightroom, Bridge
About Dave: I have been an Adobe Community Professional since 2016. I use many Adobe applications but have used Photoshop for around 19 years. Now retired, I get to indulge my passion for making images both through photography and 3D applications. I enjoy both the freedom and the challenges set by creating scenes from scratch, and I am a keen extoller of the AdobeSubstance suite in making and applying textures to my 3D work. I live in the North East of England and, outside of image-making, I play guitar and bass, and I love Indian food.



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Neil Barstow, aka @NB, colourmanagement net
In the Program since December 2012
Product Expertise: Photoshop
About Neil: 25 years in advertising photography led me into a career as a colour management specialist. Since 2000, colourmanagement.net has been helping those involved in digital imaging to achieve imaging consistency through their workflow, using colour management and ICC profiling and supplying relevant equipment and software. Colour management is a process enabling users to better control image appearance and visual consistency through the imaging chain. In a flagship project, I worked extensively with Christie's the Art auctioneers, helping to implement an end-to-end process to control colour, from image acquisition by digital or film and scan—via retouch and proof all the way to recalibrating the offset press process used to produce their 600+ catalogue issues per year.




@kevin stohlmeyer
In the Program since February 2011
Product Expertise: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat
About Kevin: I am a designer and instructor with 30+ years of experience in digital illustration and have been teaching professionally since 2000. I love educating others and sharing my passion for technology and design. You could say I'm a self-proclaimed geek! My experience with publications, workflows and digital imaging enhance my credibility as an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Ambassador. I founded the Milwaukee Adobe Users Group/Graphic Design Meetup in 2007. I have been featured in Photoshop User Magazine, InDesign Magazine, and Adobe Inspire Magazine. I've also been a featured speaker at events and conferences for AIGA, Adobe MAX, Adobe Creative Now, Photoshop World and the Adobe Creative Cloud tour.



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Mohammed Jogie, aka @mj 
In the Program since February 2010
Product Expertise: Aero, After Effects, Bridge, Character Animator, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Adobe Stock, Adobe XD, Acrobat, Capture, Fresco, Substance 3D
About Mohammed: I studied fine art, graphic design and multimedia. My post-grad research focuses on circular and regenerative design. Having done work for a number of tech multinationals, I'm now the head of Strategy and Design at Morning Star Design, a creative training school and bespoke design consultancy. I'm the founder of Creativeweek, and have hosted workshops across the globe, making Adobe tools accessible to a wide variety of audiences. I am an Adobe Certified Associate, Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Ambassador. I'm active on the design scene, too. I have served as Vice President of Ico-D, and as a board member of think, DSA and Cafe. I'm also a member of the IxDA, ISTD, City and Guilds, PADI, Index, Indigo and sit on the REC of PSA. I am a lead on the MPPC and 20x20 design democracy initiatives.



Why would you want to join?
As an Adobe Community Professional not only would you be continuing your amazing contributions but also joining other creative professionals worldwide with whom to network and collaborate. About 275 of them all around the globe to be exact.
Our members also receive amazing benefits like access to prerelease information, private community boards, access to networking meetings with fellow members, an invite to tech-related events made just for you, a direct line of communication with Adobe, and more! 
If you would like to learn more, click here!

How to join the program?
The short answer is: through community participation.
Once you start replying to other users in the Adobe Support Community, you'll go up the ranks. We're always on the lookout for any users that may show not only high levels of engagement but are also providing helpful constructive answers to their fellow community users. 

So? What are you waiting for? Start helping others in the Adobe Support Community with their product questions and in time we may be in touch with a very special invite 😉

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Silvia Naylor
Community Program Manager

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