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Vector based graphics are awesome for scaling, editing, and yield crisp renders at any magnification. You may have heard the word vector before. It’s different from pixel based imagery because it’s a calculated mathematical equation the software computes so the graphics remain clean at any scale. There are other vector based programs such as Corel Draw and a slew of third party software available... read more

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Below are some helpful tips to consider before starting a new document in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop. Customizing a document’s preferences can be done anytime in Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop while a document is open. Changes made to preferences while a documents is open will be exclusive to that document. However, if you open the preference window (Edit/Preferences or... read more

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Lately I've been working with some really great clients. The people of Austin are generally friendly and warm and my clients have most definitely fit this description. Sometimes I am welcomed into their homes where I'm introduced to family members and pets and genuinely treated with respect and kindness. This is one of the great things about tutoring. The variety of people that I get to interact... read more

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Earlier this year I started tutoring Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have a lovely student who is excelling in her work as an artist both in Drawing and Photoshop. After the end of the 3rd quarter, we will be going into Painting with Acrylics, Gauche, and Oil Paints if there is time. Because I am a full time student at UALR and only have one car to share... read more

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Being a visual teacher, I understand the effects of visual stimulation on brain development and utilize imagery where appropriate to enhance learning. I also utilize graphic, image-rich technologies in my teaching and understand the advantages and disadvantages of various visual technologies and try to use them appropriately. I avoid passive learning and bridge the gap between seeing and doing... read more

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Who is Amanda O.? Just another art teacher in Philadelphia? I am indeed an art teacher in the Philadelphia School District, but am so much more than that. While some students have the misconception that teachers just hatch from an egg as is, we know that's not true. I have many parts to me, as I am sure you have to you. I am a world traveler, who loves exploring new places, but also loves home... read more

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Whether designing a business card, posters or ads, color matters, more often than people realize. It isn’t a matter of selecting what colors appeal to you, but what appeals to your target audience. No matter what medium you’re designing for, color relationships are one of the first of design considerations you should keep in mind when first imagining what the end product is to accomplish. Color... read more

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I sometimes get requests to tutor in a particular design software where the goal is actually assistance toward a specific task as opposed to general education of that software. More often than not, this task has something to do with using Photoshop to remove a background or to cut someone out of a picture and place him in front of the Eiffel Tower. The truth of the matter is that the task... read more

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Being tutored is an effective way to learn almost any subject. Whether it is to replace formal classroom learning or supplement the same, it allows you to obtain some learning that meets your individual goals and needs. A request to be tutored shows me that the student has some level of commitment to growth and education - even if it is being required by some other authority. The areas... read more

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The color wheel has earned a place in the hearts of many artists and designers across the globe. Not because its the perfect tool, but because everybody, at some point, has had to make one of their own as part of a ridiculous art class project. The wheel's construction is actually quite simple. You have your 6 basic colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Then, depending on... read more

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Something that confuses me is whether a web designer should be an artist who codes or a programmer who designs. When I went back to college to study web design more seriously, I focused on learning the code side since I felt that art and design was a natural skill I had outside of school. I have taken art classes in junior high and high school, but I've been drawing all my life and even had... read more

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I enjoy teaching others and sharing my passion and knowledge for art. Traditional drawing skills are needed to successfully use Adobe Illustrator, but even a novice can master basic drawing in Illustrator. A vector program, Illustrator uses mathematically calculated lines and curves, so a good eye for design will help the new Illustrator user. I look forward to working with more experienced... read more

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This is exciting! I look forward to the opportunity to tutor for WyzAnt. A friend referred me, and it looks like it fits perfectly with what I'm looking for. I wanted to share some news of mine with you. I co-manage a popular Adobe User Group in the San Jose area that I thought you may be interested in. We meet once a month on the first Tuesday, and we give a live demo or answer questions,... read more

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As files move through a color managed workflow, adjustments are necessary to maintain accurate and predictable color throughout. Color management uses the LAB color model and a profile connection space (PCS), to determine how specific colors (made up of red, green and blue numbers) used by a particular camera, monitor, scanner, or printer are adjusted from input to output. The CIE, short... read more

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Come down to Butterfield Garage Gallery, located at 137 King Street, St. Augustine, FL to check out my Featured Artist Show, Storytelling! Runs through July 31, 2009. The subject matter varies, involving everything from underwater worlds and natural environments, to celebrity portraits. Various mediums ranging from Watercolor, Acrylic, Woodcuts, Gouache, Digital Manipulation, and everything... read more