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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 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

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 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

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