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A K.

Napa, CA

$50/hr

Digital Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Background check passed as of 1/28/13
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Digital Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

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Hello, I'm a Creative Director with my own marketing and design agency for 25 years. My professional work includes art direction, editing, graphic design, photography, typography, website development and prepress. I have trained creative staff at publishing companies and commercial printers, along with individual designers, photographers and artists in the use of digital media software. I teach from a practical perspective offering you an efficient and enjoyable way to learn for your own needs. We'll focus on real or sample projects you choose, while covering technical details in a clear and illustrative way. This affords low-stress learning with real world techniques. Whether you're a right-brain or left-brain type of thinker, you'll acquire practical skills and know-how as quickly as you can achieve them.

Testimonials

"Very reliable"

- Cheryl, Sonoma, CA on 3/29/14

"Very good experience with tutor."

- Connie, Saint Helena, CA on 5/30/13
Corporate Training:
Adobe Flash,
General Computer,
Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Flash

I have over 20 years of experience in website design as owner of an advertising and design firm. I possess advanced level experience with Flash development for UX and UI of websites, banner ads, motion graphics and engagement media. Expert in related Adobe CS applications (Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Fireworks).

Adobe Illustrator

Over 20 years experience in vector graphics, including illustration, typography, logos, layout and websites. Also integration with Photoshop and InDesign.

Adobe InDesign

I have over 25 years of experience and professional level skill for design, layout, typography, publishing and prepress. I know the program's integration with Photoshop, Illustrator and MS Word, as well. I have designed advertising, books, websites, collateral, posters, signs, etc. I was an original beta-tester for Adobe Pagemaker, the predecessor to InDesign software.

Adobe Photoshop

I have over 20 years of experience as an art director, designer and photographer using Photoshop for commercial advertising, design, illustration and photography. I have trained publishers, printers, graphic artists and photographers. Expert level retouching, color correction, prepress and online media experience. Beginning, intermediate or advanced level instruction available.

Desktop Publishing

I have over 25 years of experience as owner of advertising agency and design firm. Expert use of software for design, layout, typography, illustration, photo retouching for print and online media. For 10 years, I operated prepress service bureau including providing training in desktop publishing applications and workflow for publishers, printers, graphic artists and photographers. Includes color calibration, prepress and proofing knowledge for output to various devices including direct to plate, imagesetters, laser printers, large format inkjet, docucolor, Iris and Indigo. Expert level use of Macintosh, film and image scanners, and current software including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Quark Xpress. Additionally, I was an original beta tester for PageMaker and FrameMaker software.

Dreamweaver

I have over 25 years of experience as an owner of advertising agency and design firm. I also have 10 years of experience developing and managing website content for commercial clients using Dreamweaver and related Adobe CS applications in design of user experience, interactive interfaces and motion graphics for online media. Includes HTML, CSS, FTP experience.

General Computer

General selection, purchasing and set up assistance for hardware, software and Internet access. Includes basic usage, maintenance, file management, storage and backup, printing, multimedia, graphics, word processing, spreadsheets, database and utilities.

Macintosh

I have over 30 years experience with Apple Macintosh computers for education and business use. I was an original member of the Berkeley Macintosh Users Group. I was even a beta tester for numerous Mac software and hardware. I have 10 years training experience teaching Macintosh to publishers, printers, artists, photographers and small business owners. Current knowledge of OS X Snow Leopard and Lion including advanced level of Safari, iCloud, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb and Garage Band. Also expert level use of Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, Firefox and many other Mac business and creative applications.

Photography

I have over 30 years of experience in both film and digital photography. I can expertly use Adobe CS and Photoshop for color correction, retouching and file optimization. I know DSLR camera techniques, lighting techniques, digital post-production and integration for print or web.

Video Production

I have over 5 years of experience in Macintosh-based video production. I also have 10 years of prior experience directing video production for business and education. Advance knowledge of iMove, iDVD, Adobe Premiere and Logic Soundtrack Pro. Includes business promotions and music videos for websites, YouTube, Vimeo and DVD. Techniques include video editing, voice over, sound engineering, captions, titling, Flash, Toast, compression, formatting, DVD and Bluray production.

Web Design

I have over 20 years of experience as a website designer in my own advertising and design firm. I have also served as webmaster for dozens of clients managing content using Dreamweaver, WordPress and other CMS platforms. Expert in related Adobe CS applications (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks), plus wireframing for user experience and interactive interfaces. Also includes HTML, CSS, plus SEO writing and strategy.

University of California, Berkeley
Legal Studies

Education

University of California, Berkeley (Legal Studies)

Very reliable — He is always on time or calls, and was flexible when my time had to change. He brings a lot of knowledge and talent, but doesn't make me feel intimidated by my very beginner skills. He's calm and patient. ...

— Cheryl, Sonoma, CA on 3/29/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Flexible for students or nonprofit organizations.

Travel policy

A will travel within 20 miles of Napa, CA 94558.


About A

Hello, I'm a Creative Director with my own marketing and design agency for 25 years. My professional work includes art direction, editing, graphic design, photography, typography, website development and prepress. I have trained creative staff at publishing companies and commercial printers, along with individual designers, photographers and artists in the use of digital media software. I teach from a practical perspective offering you an efficient and enjoyable way to learn for your own needs. We'll focus on real or sample projects you choose, while covering technical details in a clear and illustrative way. This affords low-stress learning with real world techniques. Whether you're a right-brain or left-brain type of thinker, you'll acquire practical skills and know-how as quickly as you can achieve them.

Testimonials

"Very reliable"

- Cheryl, Sonoma, CA on 3/29/14

"Very good experience with tutor."

- Connie, Saint Helena, CA on 5/30/13
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Education

University of California, Berkeley
Legal Studies

Education

University of California, Berkeley (Legal Studies)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Flexible for students or nonprofit organizations.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Napa, CA 94558

A’s Subjects

Corporate Training:
Adobe Flash,
General Computer,
Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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