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Philip P.

Design and Photography

San Antonio, TX (78231)

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I have extensive design and photography experience. I am fully conversant in Photoshop from version 3 to version CS6, and Adobe Illustrator version 8 to version CS6.

I also have extensive experience as an award winning photographer, published in magazines and newspapers. I have a design degree from Pierce College and a Certificate of Photography from the University of Washington.

I've edited several books and more than 50 magazine issues with PageMaker and InDesign. In addition, I've taught and tutored both Illustrator and Photoshop in the corporate and educational fields.

I am an eager and fun instructor, and love to share my enthusiasm.

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Philip’s subjects

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Photography
Microsoft Excel
Chess, Poker
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel

Adobe Illustrator

I've used Adobe Illustrator for graphic design and over a dozen years. I started with Illustrator 8.0 and currently use Illustrator CS6 20-30 hours per week.

Adobe InDesign

I started using PageMaker in 1990, and transitioned to InDesign in 2002. I have edited approximately 50 magazine issues, as well as industry reports utilizing InDesign.

Adobe Photoshop

I've used Photoshop for graphic design and photography for over two decades.

I started with Photoshop 3 and currently use Photoshop CS6 20-30 hours per week.

I utilize Photoshop both for photo optimization and for creative projects utilizing photos.


My OTB rating hovers around the low expert high class A level. I've played several thousand tournament games, coached students, edited four chess books, and almost 50 issues of NW Chess magazine. I'm a fun instructor with a firm grasp of the game.

Desktop Publishing

I have extensive experience in PageMaker and InDesign, having edited/layed out 50+ magazine issues, multiple catalogs and legislative reports as well as several books. In addition I have a digital design degree, and have also won awards in magazine layout.


I’ve been interested in photography for the past twenty years, starting when I worked for various magazines which required in house photography. I gladly jumped to digital cameras as soon as they hit the market, preferring to "dump the darkroom" and put my Photoshop experience (version 3 to CS6) to use.

I’ve had extensive experience in event, fine art, portrait, product, sports, senior and wedding photography. I have the very highest quality lighting equipment and Canon cameras.

I have a design degree from Pierce College, and a Photography Certificate from the University of Washington.

I've been published in various magazines and newspapers throughout the country.

Some of my photography awards are:

Photography Awards:
1996 2nd place Chess Journalists of America magazine cover photo of the year
2005 National Association of Photoshop Professionals Editors Choice award.
2005 Honorable Mention Washington Trails Association
2006 2nd & 4th place “Computer Art” Washington Photographers Exhibition
2008 2nd place “General Photography” Washington Photographers Exhibition
2009 "Chess photo of the year" Chess Journalists of America
2009 “Best chess art” Chess Journalists of America
2009 2nd place “Children” Washington Photographers Exhibition
2009 2nd place “Travel” Washington Photographers Exhibition
2009 Judges Choice “Nature” Washington Photographers Exhibition
2010 National Association of Photoshop Professionals Editors Choice award.

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Pierce College (Design)

Associate Degree (Other)

The University of Washington (Other)

Excellent! — Great tutoring session! Phillip was very patient and answered all of my questions. He let me show him my way of working on an image and then helped me stream line the steps to get the same end result in less time. I was so excited to learn so much in a short period of time. I will definitely be contacting Phillip for more tutoring in the future. ...

— Karen from San Antonio, TX on 2/28/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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Philip will travel within 30 miles of San Antonio, TX 78231.

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