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Learning Adobe Photoshop

Working in the creative arts you have to grow with the industry and where ever it might take you.  Technology is always advancing and you don't want to be left behind, so if you can learn the programs while they change you already will stay ahead of the game.  Just try to keep with it.  Take a few hours a week to stay ahead, view tutorials and ask questions.  

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Adobe Photoshop – A Brief Explanation

Pixel, Bitmap, Raster. These are common terms used in association with photo based imagery. Unlike vector based art (see my Blog on Adobe Illustrator), Photoshop is a raster (pixel/bitmap) based program that allows us make changes to an original image. Photoshop offers a vast toolset to create some truly incredible imagery. Most Photoshop work is in taking an existing image and altering it... read more

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Tips before getting started with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, & Photoshop

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

Photoshop Tutorial Excerpts

Photoshop Tutorial Excerpts

In this sample tutorial, Mark uses some basic functions of Photoshop to build a movie poster from scratch. Skills used include selection tools, text effects, layer styles and layer organization.

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Availability

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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Mathematics and Photography

The left brain is logical, organized, and generally believed to be the domain of science. When math is considered to be "science" along with biology and physics, therein lies a flaw. Though elementary math may seem to be part of the science world, advanced math which I studied in college is better handled by the right brain. This is the brain of imagination, art, and emotion. My enjoyment... read more

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Photoshop or Lightroom?

Recently I've been finding that many of my students who purchase both Lightroom and Photoshop end up discovering that Lightroom is all they need. With a comfortable learning curve and easy to comprehend basics, Lightroom provides digital beginners (and advanced photographers as well) the perfect opportunity for "developing" digital photos: exposure compensation, color correction,... read more

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White Balance and White Point- Do you know what the difference is?

One of the most important things I try and teach students is the difference between white point and white balance. Most believe if you grab your eye dropper and hit the area you believe should be white and click the mouse you will have established your white balance. What you have really done is establish a white point. While the colors might appear to be more "on target and corrected"... read more

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The Tactics of Composition in 10 Steps

The concept of image creation often takes many directions that lead the artist into individual choices. We often hear that because of this flexibility there are no rules to the process. We are told to forget all the rules of design and go with the flow of our feelings and just create. But I wonder, how can you forget what you never knew? I think that one must learn the rules first in order... read more

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Assigning Homework

I just answered a poll about how often I assign homework for my tutoring sessions and I think my answer is probably a bit different than say a math tutor. I rarely assign projects outside of what we are working on in the traditional sense because, with Photoshop and Lightroom, the student can really get confused if they aren't exactly sure what they are doing and then can't get back to where... read more

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Not just an Art Teacher

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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Color Matters: Color Consideration in Graphic Design

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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Removing the Backgound ... not as easy at it may seem.

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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How to be an Effective Tutor Student.

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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