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Al D.

Experienced Creative Art Director

Encinitas, CA (92024)

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25 miles
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I have over thirty years of experience as an art director in all fields of communication. My experience has now been made available to the many hundreds of students that I have instructed in classes of graphic design for over ten years, using the main core of tools for the beginning design student. Classes in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Packaging, and Desktop Publishing. My students have consistently graded me with superior marks in all of the classes I have instructed over the years.

The classes I instructed were given at: UCSD Extension, San Diego Continuing Education North City Campus and most recently The San Diego University for Integrative Studies in Old Town San Diego.

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Al’s subjects

Adobe Illustrator

Vector drawing program for designing: logos, packaging, flyers etc.

Adobe InDesign

As an experienced Art Director for over thirty years, my program of choice has become Indesign. It is a desktop publishing program. The choice for creating multiple page layouts such as:newspapers, newsletters. Including: Ads, postcards, business cards or any collateral.

The classes I have instructed for over six years have included a good combination of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator in that they intuitively work best together over any other program such as their nearest competitor Quark Express.

Adobe Photoshop

As an experienced Art Director for over thirty years, have found Photoshop to be an essential tool to edit photography. However, it can be used to create posters, advertisements of all types.

In the classes I have instructed for over six years, my students have learned the best practices of Photoshop's key uses. They first learn about the basic tools, layers and composition, then onto advanced image manipulation including page layout for posters.

Desktop Publishing

I used InDesign or Quark to produce a variety of desktop publishing publications such as: ads, newsletters or newsletters. My experience will be an asset to any student trying to produce any of these.


My thirty years of graphic design experience always includes a series of hand drawn images. My classes will include character drawing, perspective drawing, line drawing, shading, still life and figure.


I have over twenty years of Mac knowledge. I will teach Adobe products on a PC no problem.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I like to use Photoshop to enhance my custom images in PowerPoint presentations. The generic images included in the program are great, but many of my clients wish to "brand" their materials to be unique. I also include video and sound in the construction of the presentation.

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San Diego State University

Very Accommodating and Prompt! — Al followed up within a few hours of my first contacting him and later that day we were already having our first lesson! He is a very friendly and patient tutor who not only understands the technical details but also the bigger picture. Highly recommended! ...

— Lindsay, Encinitas, CA on 9/9/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

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Travel policy

Al will travel within 25 miles of Encinitas, CA 92024.

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