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Aside from working as a professional graphic artist for over 30 years, I have also been a full time instructor at the high school level and evening instructor at the college level, teaching graphic design, specific graphics software applications and specialized subjects including; digital color theory, graphic preparation for print and cross-platform. And I have experience in tutoring both drawing/painting as well as graphic design software applications.

Today, I live and work in Silicon Valley as a graphic artist/designer and can provide references as to my capabilities as an instructor/tutor, as well as my personal integrity. I look forward to communicating with you to see if we are a good fit for your personal tutoring needs.

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James’s subjects

Public Speaking
Adobe Photoshop, Drawing, Painting, Video Production
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Adobe Illustrator

Unlike Adobe Photoshop (a raster based app), Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based application that allows artwork to be output at almost any size. The limitations of how large artwork can be printed are mostly based on the output device, rather than the application. However, there are issues that can occur, if the artist is not aware of the idiosyncrasies of the application. With over 30 years of experience in the graphics field, I am qualified to help you learn how much fun and rewarding Adobe Illustrator can be.

Adobe Photoshop

As a graphic artist/designer, I use Adobe Photoshop quite extensively in my work. I have taught beginning and intermediate Photoshop classes at West Valley College as well as at the high school level. I can teach you how to; resize pictures, colorize images, restore old family photos, add custom text effects and a whole lot more...

Desktop Publishing

As my profile states, I have been involved in the graphic arts/design field for over 30 years. And, with all that experience comes a very strong background in output production techniques, ranging from; silk-screening, wide-format printing, off-set printing, ink-jet printing, digital photo output, embroidery, large format fabric printing, CNC routing and desktop publishing. If you need assistance with printing from your Mac or PC, or want to learn how to set up your files for any professional output method, I can teach you how to accomplish your goals.

General Computer

If you want to learn how to improve your skills on the Mac or PC, I can help. I use both operating systems in my work and have experience teaching college and high school age students both platforms. If you don't know what the word navigate means in regards to an OS, I would be happy to help you.


I am a graphic artist and use both PC and Mac platforms, and have done so since 1995. I am currently using a 24" iMac with OS 10.6.8 Lion and use both XP and Window 7 on my PC's. I am not a programmer or a software engineer, but consider myself intermediate level or above in regards to both operating systems.

Microsoft PowerPoint

MS PowerPoint is a handy tool for creating slideshows for business and pleasure. You may add images, graphics, pictures, clip-art, music, and sound effects. With a myriad of controls for automated slideshow, I can teach you how to master PowerPoint to give your career or education a boost.

Microsoft Windows

They key to MS Windows is organization and knowing the basics of how the operating system works. Learning the Windows OS can be easy for some, but very difficult for first time users. I can teach you how to get over your fears of Windows and not only help you to become more productive, but have a more enjoyable experience.

Microsoft Word

MS Word is a powerful tool for typing letters, business documents, recipes, manuals, flyers, procedures, and just about anything you can think of. Word almost single-handedly created the desktop revolution all by itself. I can teach you how to bring your Word documents to life by making use of all of the formatting tools Word has to offer. I can teach you how; to Track Changes to a shared document, format multiple Columns and Pages, create Headers and Footers for a more professional looking pages and how to insert pictures, graphics, tables and URL links. However, although Word is used by almost everyone with a computer, it is not a professional publication application. But, not to worry, every professional publisher has techniques for "dropping" a Word DOC into a professional publishing application for output. So, if you are going to be writing the next great American novel, you don’t need to purchase any “fancy” publication software…Microsoft Word will do the trick just fine!

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San Diego State University

Enormously helpful. — James was prompt, immediate turn around communication, but most importantly brought me up to speed on using Adobe Illustrator as a new end user. Adobe Illustrator is a very advanced software program which would take loads of time to learn on my own. Having an experienced tutor allowed me to start using the software immediately. His real world graphic design experience gave the added benefit of not ...

— Amanda, San Jose, CA on 5/16/13

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James will travel within 25 miles of San Jose, CA 95125.

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