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Tom C.

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Creative Suite, Mac OS

Mill Valley, CA (94941)

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I am currently a freelance graphic artist, specializing in technical illustration, print design and layout, as well as brochure and book design.

My education is in fine arts (I hold bachelor's and master's degree) as well as cartography and geography. I am an experienced photographer with work in print and exhibitions. I travel extensively and as a Peace Corps volunteer I taught introductory computer classes in Belize. I have established and headed graphics departments in several firms, and have hired, trained, and supervised graphics staff. Part of this work has included installation of computers and software, and the upkeep of small computer networks.

I specialize in tutoring in the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge/Camera RAW and InDesign), with particular emphasis on Illustrator. I am also available for tutoring on the use of Macintosh computers.

My teaching approach is to first understand and determine the student’s needs, so I can tailor my instruction to what is important to the student. I introduce concepts methodically and clearly to build to a place where the student is comfortable. Once the basics are in place, I work with the student to introduce additional elements. My emphasis is always to make sure that the student has a clear understanding of the concepts and possibilities of the particular application he is trying to master. I build from this understanding, introducing additional concepts as needed. I prefer clarity and understanding, rather than jargon, to achieve a degree of facility before proceeding to more complex concepts or programs.

I enjoy working and teaching in one-on-one situations, but also can teach in small classroom settings. I work in the student’s home/office, or when practical, other locations such as a library. I try to be flexible with scheduling and while I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I am open to re-scheduling classes when ever possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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Tom’s subjects

Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator for over 25 years. It is my "bread and butter" program and I use it daily to produce technical illustrations, brochures, design work, and graphic brainstorming. I am highly skilled with almost all aspects of the program and have shown people useful tips and techniques.

Adobe InDesign

I have used InDesign to produce books, catalogs, and brochures. I have used the program in conjunction with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Word, am knowledgeable with importing files as well as creating print-ready PDFs from final InDesign files. I have used most features of the program, including generating table of contents, linking files, typesetting, and interactive features.

Adobe Photoshop

I have been using Photoshop for over 15 years. I use it extensively for preparing, enhancing, and printing my photographs, as well as for preparing images for my clients. I am highly skilled with multiple features of the program including layers, adjustment layers, filters, Camera RAW, Bridge, color adjustment/enhancement, sharpening, image resizing, and more.

Desktop Publishing

I have designed books, catalogs, brochures and marketing materials. I have dealt with off-site printers planning and formatting files. I have created illustrations for reports and displays. I have installed and maintained font libraries.

Graphic Design

My art background has enabled me to design and layout projects that are visually interesting, pleasing, and coherent. I have produced and designed books, brochures, and catalogs. My current work often involves design work and I am constantly learning and improving my skills.


I have been using Macintosh computers since the introduction of the Mac SE (mid-1980's). I have installed and troubleshooted software and installed and overseen small networks. I have established filing protocols and backup strategies. I have trained people on the use of the operating system and graphic software. I have migrated files from old computers to new ones, maintaining a consistent file structure. I have done minor OS modifications and customizations, and devised macros for office and general use.

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Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Drawing)

California Institue of the Arts (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Minimum of two hours per session.

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 20 miles of Mill Valley, CA 94941.

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