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Darrin G.

Elk Grove, CA

$40/hour

Darrin (theprinceofpixels) professional graphics trainer of 20yr

5.0 average from 3 ratings
Very Knowledgeable, patient, knows his software and teaches to USE it!
— Vicky, Andover, MA on 1/10/16

$40/Hour


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cal state university turlock
business admin
Cal State University Sacramento
MBA

Education

cal state university turlock (business admin)

Cal State University Sacramento (MBA)

About Darrin

I have been a trainer for more than twenty years. During my career I have learned that the most important trait a trainer needs is to be a skilled communicator. Every student learns at a different pace or achieves their learning goals through different communication avenues - - digital, auditory, visual, with humor … -- I could go on. For over two decades I have been able to perfect my communication skills as I have traveled the United States and Canada giving public seminars on graphic design software. Among the software packages I have taught are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver and Acrobat. I presented over 2000 seminars and have an evaluation score average of 9.8 out of 10. One of my strengths as a trainer is my ability to cut to the chase and teach you the important things that you must know in order to be proficient in these tools.

There is more to being a great trainer than just communication skills; you also must be an expert in the software. Besides training seminars for Compumaster I have also been a contract trainer for AIM and conducted training classes online via Google HelpOuts. I have taught Photoshop since its inception. I have trained development and design teams at companies such as Cisco, HP, Intel, Lawrence Livermore Labs and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Working with graphic designers of all levels of expertise has made me exceptional in communicating with people about these complex tools. I know what you are trying to accomplish, and I can get you there the fastest with great results.

Because tutoring Photoshop is a personal and hands on format of learning, I am available to you in many formats. You can come to my personal studio. You can meet me in a coffee shop, library or other public place that is comfortable to you. I can come to your home or place of business. Or we can conduct the training in an on-line format. All of these formats work best if you bring/use your own computer with your own version of Photoshop but you are always welcome to use my equipment as well. All training is customized to the student's current level of knowledge and desired outcome or project completion.

Training is more than just a vocation to me and graphics is a passion. In my spare time I also develop websites for several businesses. Additionally I am working with green screen technology and video editing with Adobe Premiere and Camtasia. I look forward to getting under the hood of the software and learning how things are done. It is this drive to excel that allows me show you how to use the tools most efficiently and get what you need to know from it. I connect with people of all levels of software knowledge at any age.

Feel free to contact me right now and ask me anything that you wish to know about me or what you wish to learn. I will promptly get back to you so that we can get started as soon as you are ready. I know you are excited about learning, and I am excited about teaching. I look forward to hearing from you.
I have been a trainer for more than twenty years. During my career I have learned that the most important trait a trainer needs is to be a skilled communicator. Every student learns at a different pace or achieves their learning goals through different communication avenues - - digital, auditory, visual, with humor … -- I could go on. For over two Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Elk Grove, CA 95624

"Very Knowledgeable, patient, knows his software and teaches to USE it!"

- Vicky, Andover, MA on 1/10/16
Art:
Adobe Photoshop
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign,
Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, General Computer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Adobe InDesign

Like Illustrator and Photoshop, I have been training audiences all over the US in the proper use of InDesign, Adobe's Publishing software. I have taught this tool since it's inception. Many of my students over the years have been high school and college instructors that want to learn from a pro before teaching the program to their students.

General Computer

I have been teaching general computing for 30 years. My involvement with the evolution of the computing world has been a close knit one. From PC to Mac or multiple forms of server models, I have been "in the know" since the start.

cal state university turlock
business admin
Cal State University Sacramento
MBA

Education

cal state university turlock (business admin)

Cal State University Sacramento (MBA)

Very Knowledgeable, patient, knows his software and teaches to USE it!

Darrin is teaching me how to apply what I know to create graphics. -And teaching me what I don't know. He got it right away, that I needed to learn how to navigate through the software to be able to use my talents and be functioning soon, to get hired in a company to utilize these talents. I think he's great!

— Vicky, Andover, MA on 1/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Darrin will travel within 40 miles of Elk Grove, CA 95624.