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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. Illustrator leads the industry in vector based software boasting a comprehensive tool set and user interface. It’s the vector program I was trained in, the one I use daily and the one I teach to others. Graphic logos are commonly created within Illustrator because of its ability to scale up or down in size with no loss in detail. Also the editable nature of vector art is fantastic for edits on the fly or updating a project at any future time. EXPERIMENT: Try zooming in on a photo. You will see the image deteriorate in quality and its pixels become prominent. On the other... read more

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 Ctrl K on Windows) in Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop with no open documents in the viewing window, it will change the preference defaults for all future documents. This can be very helpful to eliminate time tweaking all your preferences with each document. EXAMPLE: Adobe Illustrator – With Illustrator on screen and no documents open in your viewing window go to (Edit/Preferences or Ctrl K on Windows). Here you can change your preference settings for all future Illustrator documents. Some things I change are the General/Double Click to Isolate (leave unchecked), Guides... read more

What is Illustrator? A vector program using to create graphics which are scalable without loss of resolution. A vector program differs from a raster/bitmap program (such as photoshop), in that vector graphics can be resized without looking pixelated because they are based on algorithms. A raster program creates graphics which are made out of pixels, thus they appear pixelated when enlarged. Scalable without resolution loss Lines are crisp and sharp at any sizes Print at high resolution Smaller file size Good for drawing illustrations Disadvantages of vector graphics Drawings tend to look flat and cartoon Hard to produce photo realistic drawings Workspace Artboard Control Palette Toolbox Status Bar Quick Keys - MEMORIZE THESE! Selection Tool - V Direct Selection Tool - A Pen Tool - P Type Tool - T Brush Tool - B Pencil Tool - N Contain... read more

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 with is amazing. Everyone has their own stories and tribulations and yet they continue with their lives and continuously challenge themselves. Some of my clients are older, professional people who are learning new skills and delving into unknown subjects not only just for their professions but for their personal satisfaction, to enhance their skills and keep using their brains. I find this inspirational and I appreciate each and every one of the people I have had the pleasure to work with. Thank you for reaching out and striving forward for your own betterment. You have all been great... read more

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 with my spouse, I have a bit of a strict schedule. So I will have my availability up for those of you seeking a tutor in any area of Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting. These times are for physical (face-to-face) tutoring. Monday - 1:30PM to 3:00PM Tuesday - 10:00AM to 3:00PM Wednesday - 1:30PM to 3:00PM Thursday - 10:00AM to 3:00PM Friday - 7:00AM to 10:00AM / 1:00PM to 3:00PM / Anytime after 5:00PM Saturday & Sunday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Schedule is subject to change seeing as life does happen. I am also available for online tutoring over Skype / G+... read more

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. I often create assignments and activities that allow students to develop and apply their visual information and handling skills. Kinesthetic learners Tips Take study breaks often Use large paper when learning Read stories that are filled with action Highlight information when learning Keep moving, but don't misbehave Participate in activities that use a lot of energy like, running errands & walking Move about while studying When learning a new skill repeat it several times step by step Visual learners Tips Draw or write on in large, colorful... read more

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 more than anywhere. I also truly love helping others. During the summers of 2004 and 2005 I was able to combine these two passions by volunteering for a Christian service group called Project Serve. Our Project Serve team went to a small village just outside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras those 2 summers to serve the people of a Christian Youth Camp. My team focused on building a dorm hall and establishing a clean drinking well. While it was incredibly difficult, both physically and emotionally, each time I traveled there shaped who I am today. While we worked 8 of the 10 days we were there,... read more

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 can affect mood, as well as physical reactions. For example, take a moment and consider -what are the predominant color schemes that are seen in most fast food restaurants? Red and yellow. Studies have shown that red actually speeds up the metabolism. Now think about what the purpose red might serve in a fast food place. Their goal is to get you in, get you fed, and get you moving out so that the next batch of customers can get in there. In contrast, think of the last time you were in a higher-end restaurant – there the colors are more subdued and calmer, their purpose is to... read more

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 of removing a background or copying a person from one photograph into another may seem simpler to do than meets the eye. Certainly this seems a reasonable assumption because we see it done all the time or, in the very least, hear reference to it. We have likely seen it more often without even realize we have seen it because it was executed so well. I think the main reason many people think it would be an easy task because they are visualizing the real life setting. If you are sitting at your dining room table and I don't want you in the picture, I simply ask you to step out of the room... read more

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 in which I tutor center around Graphic Design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students have come to me from various backgrounds, some with basic knowledge but wish to get a handle of some aspects of the software and others are just getting started and want to make sense of what the programs can do. But the same principles will exist in any subject at hand. When looking into being tutored, there are a few things that a student can do to make the lessons more effective. 1. Have a clear understanding of what it is you wish to learn. The clearer you are about what... read more

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 which wheel you're looking at, you have extra, "in-between" colors that are mixes of the basic colors. There are names for all of these colors, which are important to know. The following is a list of all of the names of colors and what they're good for. Primary Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue. These 3 colors are the base colors for every other color on the color wheel. This is why they're called "primary." When you mix two primaries together, you get a secondary color. Also note the triangular positioning of the primary colors on the color wheel, and how the... read more

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 painting lessons for a few years before the art classes. I dabbled in graphic design early on, but never took classes in it until well into my web design courses. I do enjoy creating digital artwork, though I still enjoy creating art and crafts. I met with a student who seemed to enjoy incorporating a traditional craft look to her blog and replicating graphics that looks like fabrics and paper textures. The vintage style of these designs is something I always enjoy too. I found it very interesting to see websites that give a very traditional look. Perhaps it's my own interests in paper... read more

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 users also; those needing more expertise in the nuances and features of the program. I look forward to sharing my passion for creativity through digital drawing!

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, network, etc with like-minded industry professionals. The group is a great way to get some free education, make new friends and meet amazing people. The events are free, and are hosted at the Adobe building in San Jose. We also raffle off items such as art supplies/tools, Adobe software, and books. Our blog, www.creativesuitesanjose.com has posts that over free downloads, industry news, and tutorials. I just thought I would share. Thanks for reading.

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 for Comission Internationale de l'Eclairage (International Commission on Illumination), was founded in 1913 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and to set standards for how the human eye perceives color. From this commission came the three-dimensional L-a-b model for describing how humans perceive color; it is the foundation for color management systems. The professional artist today can control and predict input and output color results. (L stands for lightness, a for red-green, and b for blue-yellow.) Input (cameras and scanners) and output (printers)... read more

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 in between is featured.

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