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Sim A.

Huntington Beach, CA


Photoshop Guru - Web and Print / Photography

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Background check passed as of 9/15/14
4.8 average from 13 ratings
Very Good Tutor
— Fran, Long Beach, CA on 9/25/14

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Bachelor of Science degree


Bachelor of Science degree (Education)

About Sim

For over 13 years now, I have taught photoshop and is currently my tool of choice in all my design projects coupled with illustrator and lightroom. I also do a lot of photography work and photoshop comes in very handily. I have taught beginning Photoshop and advanced photoshop. Other programs that I use in my design work include Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator. Currently I am using CS5. But if you have an older version you can still do a lot of amazing things with it especially if you are a beginner. Since I do a lot of graphic intensive work I also built my own computer and configured it so it can handle a tough load. I am running windows 7 64-bit, 12 GB of RAM, 1 GB dedicated graphics card. But I also am comfortable working with a Mac. It is important that you have your own computer or laptop dedicated to your graphics work as photoshop is very RAM intensive. I suggest the MINIMUM requirement for your computer to begin with should be : Pentium IV, 2 GB of RAM, 150 GB of HDD.

My current certifications include Photoshop User Professional Certification and Computer Graphics Certification. I am a current member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

In learning photoshop it is important that you have the drive and the patience as it will require your eye for design and technical know how of the software. In my experience the only way you can truly learn and master photoshop is to really spend time using it in your projects. That is why my teaching method is all project-based.
For over 13 years now, I have taught photoshop and is currently my tool of choice in all my design projects coupled with illustrator and lightroom. I also do a lot of Read more

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Travels within 35 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very Good Tutor"

- Fran, Long Beach, CA on 9/25/14

"Very helpful!"

- Pamela, Holly Springs, NC on 12/24/12

"Good tutor!"

- Gina, Cary, NC on 8/16/12
English, Reading
Physical Science
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop,
Computer Science, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Photography,
Web Design
Elementary Education:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
English, Reading
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Latin, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Web Design

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Adobe Photoshop

I use Photoshop mainly in my designs both for print and the web. I have been using Photoshop since version 3. I am currently using CS 5. I will soon upgrade to CS 6. I had introduced a Computer Graphics Course in my previous high school and have taught Photoshop as the main tool for the design course. So my experience with the program is pretty extensive. I have a Computer Graphics Specialist Certificate through NCSA and a Photoshop User Professional Certification through KW training. I also use Photoshop together with Lightroom for all my photography retouching and enhancement needs. Although I work in the Windows environment, I am equally adept in using this program in the Mac platform. Remember that Photoshop is just a tool. Creativity and imagination comes first. Photoshop offers you endless possibilities. Have fun.


I am a freelance photographer and have been in the photography business for over 12 years. I have taught photography courses in a High School and run the Photography club. I have done portrait, landscape, youth sports, still, conceptual photography among other things. My method is hands-on. You must have your own camera.

Bachelor of Science degree


Bachelor of Science degree (Education)

Very Good Tutor — Sim A. was very helpful to me in understanding Lightroom. He even emailed me the highlights of the lesson we worked on. I will continue to use him to help me with more aspects of Lightroom. ...

— Fran, Long Beach, CA on 9/25/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sim will travel within 35 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

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