I have 10 years experience with Adobe Illustrator, in which 7 of those I have been a teacher of the tool. I am familiar with all versions from 10.0 to CC 2014.
InDesign is a program designed to create books and journal articles, but is also useful in some web design applications. It allows the user to view pages one spread at a time and is definitely vector based. It replaced and greatly improved on its predecessor PageMaker.
While not as versatile as Illustrator for any one given page, it's great advantage is that it can link several files from multiple sources into a multiple page document that can then either print output directly, export documents as PDF files, or combine with other indd files to create a book that will keep track of page numbering and various template alterations.
Generally printing from InDesign is to be preferred to it's PDF export, for it gives you more control. The multiple document book is great especially when working with a team of authors. For it will automatically make changes to page numbering before printing.
One of the best features of InDesign is its ability to package a document. This means that it takes all the linked files and fonts associated with a document and puts them in one folder for easy export to a printer. You even have a description text document attached that allows you to communicate directly with the printer when they receive the data.
Another great feature is the automatic framing tool that eliminates much of the work associated with placement of photos or tables. In Illustrator, you have to place a file, create a frame that can be used to crop a photo, then copy the frame so you can keep your border style. Then you must do the cropping, and match up frame copy and finally group the whole mess and hope you don't have any photo sticking out of the frame.
InDesign by contrast imports the photo with a frame that can act as a cropping tool (using the indirect selection tool), it also has a border width option that allows you to select a border design, color and width. Grouping is not necessary, since it has been done for you. Even the initial command for placement is easier in InDesign than in Illustrator, ctrl+D, verses alt+F,p.
InDesign's text and table placement features are far superior to Illustrator as well. Illustrator doesn't really give the worker a table as much as grid, from which one may emulate a table. In InDesign, tables are as complete and functional as one might find in MS Word. In fact, InDesign's ability to take text from Word and other text based programs and allow you to keep their formats or reformat them over multiple spreads without relinking is incredible.
One should not forget that InDesign allows the user to create multiple templates that can be used to unify a document and keep up with page numbering. It also has tools for control of page width, column and section setting. And like Illustrator, InDesign makes full use of layering.
While InDesign cannot do some of the more sophisticated shades and forms in Illustrator, one great advantage it has is the ability to open the linked file in its original program, allow you to make changes and automatically update the image when it has been altered.
I've produced cookbooks, yearbooks, brochures, schedules, exams and lessons with this program and truly love using it as a finishing tool for any printed project.
Photoshop is a raster based program. I think the best one on the market for image cleaning, enhancement and creative alteration. My first interactions with Photoshop occurred in the early 1990's while preparing information cards on missionaries for my church. I briefly worked with an organization that used CorelDraw, then in 2000 was reunited with Photoshop.
Photoshop takes any photo and makes it better. Whether scanned or digital, over or under exposed, focused or blurred, or studio perfect, this program can repair and enhance your image. Indeed it can transform it! It handles black and white, greyscale, RGB, CMYK, and photo processing modes without a problem. And it saves images in too many formats to count, including its own native psd format,tiff, jpg, bmp, raw,pnc and many many others.
Generally, when I start with an image, my first thought is to make sure that I've cropped out anything that is not necessary (Marqee to select good area, Image menu, crop to crop). I then apply one of the many adjustment tools (brightness/contrast, level control, color curve, or one of their auto equivalents). If dealing with a negative I will inverse the image (ctrl+I in Win. alt+I in Mac, alt in Mac=ctrl in win). In more serious cases with color images I might resort to adjustments by channel. At this point I might make a snapshot in the History menu.
Once the general image is adjusted, I may need to fix positioning. (Especially useful if dealing with photos of text documents). Using the freehand tool (select all, ctrl+t, or unlock background layer, ctrl+t in win. This tool allows one to rotate, skew or warp an image and can nearly eliminate problems of skewed scans and distorted photos. Obviously it can also make some great distortions to a good photo as well. At this point I'd probably take another snapshot or save a version of the image (ctrl+shift+s).
Next I look at the focal quality of a photo. Do I want a sharply focused image? If so and the original is blurry, I can then apply the focusing filter In CS 4 there are five variations of a focusing mask that can be applied. Time for a quick save before the fun begins.
On serious subjects and scratched images I might apply various forms of the healing tool and scratch removal filter. The cloning tool is very helpful for replacing unwanted features with something that looks natural to the image. Blurring and smudging and even erasing tools can often assist in making these image changes look seamless.
Like Illustrator and InDesign, Photoshop takes great advantage of the layering function. There are also a number of filtering tools in its filter menu. Volumes of information exist on the net for techniques to create amazing affects like realistic smoke, replacement, repositioning or removal of subjects from an image, making an image look like a drawing and many others.
I once had to the remove half of a senior class from an all school photo because of a lewd symbol they made at the critical moment. Only the parties involved ever noticed the difference.
There is just so much to say about Photoshop and so much to learn. For example modes one can use for a single tool. A paintbrush has hundreds of brushes that can be created. With a graphic pen,it can be used a subtly as a real brush. It can be set to replace an item, enhance its color, decrease its highlight, increase saturation, colorize, overlay an object, change its tone among many other things. These modes also apply to layers and other tools like the cloner or healer or patch tool.
This is why even though I've used this program frequently for the last 10 years I cannot claim to be an expert. I've seen what the experts can do and it is mind blowing. No wonder Photoshop is the industry standard.
Teaching elementary math as tutor is the art of getting through the learning barriers you child may have naturally or may have built up over time. I try to find ways to engage and equip your child with the tools for breaking down those barriers and mastering what previously seemed impossible to them.
Excel is one of the oldest and most pliable spreadsheet software systems in the world. Whether your task is creating a directory, manipulating and/or analyzing complex and large data sets, making a calendar, table or graph you can't go wrong with Excel.
I've been teaching courses on Microsoft Excel to students from elementary to university levels since 2000. I will help you go from being a beginner to to being able achieve your purposes with Excel whether you need it to do your taxes, make a catalog, or perform complex vector analysis or filter out extraneous information.
So you’ve come up with an idea. You’ve done your research and written your papers. Now is the time present those ideas, to compel your audience with a combination of images, graphics, and tables, audio and poignant phrases. It’s time you learn how to use MS PowerPoint. PowerPoint will make your ideas look sharp and will allow you to control the flow of those ideas with seamless clarity.
I’ve been using MS PowerPoint since 1990 and teaching it to students since 2000. I will teach you how to use this tool to present your ideas in person or over the internet. I will take you from knowing how to craft simple graphics to complex multimedia combinations with special effects. I can promise you that you’ll enjoy the process and learn how to impress audience with this tool.
MS Word is the industry standard for word processing programs. From promotional bulletins to multiple chapter books to large volume form letter production, to webpage development, MS word gives an impressive set of tools to achieve your writing goals.
I've been teaching students how to fully utilize this program for 12 years. I am comfortable with instruction in both Windows and Macintosh environments. It has been a joy to watch students go from complete illiteracy with this program to expert level. I started using MS word in 1987 and have been diligent to keep up with its changes up to the 2010 release. So no matter what version you are using at home, I should be able to help you understand and get the most out of this amazing multipurpose tool.
I began working with students with special needs in 1985 when I subbed as a speech therapist (I am not in any way a speech therapist) for 6 months. Since then, I've worked with a number of students who, whether from developmental issues, second language difficulties or learning disabilities, needed help in mastering reading. Often a student needs help to transition from phonetic interpretation to actual comprehension. This becomes more problematic as the distance between a student's ability and their grade level grows. This is why it so important to address your son's issue as soon as possible.