Carl G.

Pacifica, CA


Friendly, Patient and Expert Mac and Adobe Software Tutor

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/17/15
4.8 average from 43 ratings
Great tutor with encyclopedic knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop plus heaven only knows what else.
— David, San Francisco, CA on 7/31/11


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Middlebury College


Middlebury College

About Carl

I have been an artist since I was a young child, and my BA is in Art. I formerly owned some retail printing shops, so I have a strong understanding about providing excellent customer service. I apply those principles with my tutoring clients. I have been working for myself since 1994 as a graphic designer and a printing broker, and over the course of the years, through formal education, self learning and actual experience I have learned a lot about how to use and repair a Mac and how to use major graphic design applications. I recently began tutoring because I love sharing my knowledge! I guess it’s in my blood, as both of my parents were teachers. My personal style is friendly and non-judgmental, and I generally impart information at a fairly quick pace, however I am always very sensitive to the learning needs of my clients and I can tailor my style to suit your needs. I have been an artist since I was a young child, and my BA is in Art. I formerly owned some retail printing shops, so I have a strong understanding about providing excellent customer service. I apply those principles with my tutoring clients. I have been working for myself since 1994 as a graphic designer and a printing broker, and over the course Read more

36 hours notice required

Cancellation less than 36 hours incurs 50% charge of planned session. 2-hour min. when I visit your location. 1-hour min. for remote sessions. Some locations incur flat $35 travel expense fee.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Pacifica, CA 94044
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor with encyclopedic knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop plus heaven only knows what else."

- David, San Francisco, CA on 7/31/11

"Carl G. knows Adobe Photoshop!"

- Brenda, Knights Landing, CA on 3/6/17

"Very Knowledgeable and an excellent tutor!"

- Cindy, Annapolis, MD on 11/10/16

"Excellent, patient tutor. Extremely knowledgable & experienced in the applications I need to learn!"

- Annemarie, Lake Geneva, WI on 8/27/16

"Patient and Thorough!"

- Jeanne, San Francisco, CA on 12/11/15

"Structuring My Insourcing Outsourcing through Technical Learning"

- Paula, Tuson, AZ on 12/3/15


- Dan, Newark, CA on 10/27/15

"Enthusiastic and patient"

- Erin, Mill Valley, CA on 10/26/15

"What a great instructor - seems to know it all; makes it easy to understand. Was definitely time & money well spent."

- Vicki, Danville, CA on 8/26/15

"Thorough and Patient Teacher"

- Christina, Burlingame, CA on 6/8/15

"Flexible, reliable, effective!"

- Cindy, Redwood City, CA on 1/5/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Karen, West Palm Beach, FL on 12/30/13

"Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable, Accommodating"

- Leslie, Redwood City, CA on 10/27/13

"Real help with tough problems."

- Emily, Concord, CA on 10/16/13

"Excellent tutor."

- Edwin, San Francisco, CA on 8/15/13

"Excellent computer tutor, great graphic designer."

- Juliet, San Francisco, CA on 3/6/13

"Excellent tutor"

- Josselyn, San Mateo, CA on 2/7/12

"Great tutor!"

- Beverly, Novato, CA on 8/1/11

"Excellent instructor for Adobe Photoshop"

- Rick, Orinda, CA on 4/19/11

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 Illustrator

I consider myself to be an advanced intermediate user of Illustrator (whereas, I consider myself an expert user of Photoshop and InDesign, both of which I also tutor in) . What this might mean to you is that if you are a brand new user of Illustrator, then I can absolutely help you, but if you are yourself already an advanced intermediate user, I might not have enough to offer you. We can always determine my suitably for your needs through discussion prior to commencing any sessions. If I don’t think I will be able to assist you, I will be honest about it. My study of the application is ongoing.

Formerly I was a user of Macromedia Freehand. Macromedia was absorbed by Adobe and they ultimately discontinued FreeHand in favor of Illustrator, as Illustrator is one of their flagship apps, and the two applications had significant overlap. In the interim, I was deeply involved in learning Photoshop and InDesign, and I found that in using those two applications I could create nearly anything I might have needed Illustrator for. At the same time, I realized that I could not ignore Illustrator as I often received Illustrator files from my clients, and there are some specific tasks that Illustrator is best suited for. As a result I determined to learn Illustrator, and I have been studying it and using it for several years. My knowledge of the application is that I know how to use and teach the tools and tasks most often used in Illustrator, and I can absolutely help a beginner or an intermediate user of the application to advance their knowledge and skills.

Adobe InDesign

I have been a freelance designer since 1994, and I have used Adobe InDesign since version 1.0 was released in 1999. My experience has encompassed creating all kinds of documents for my printing and design clients. I love teaching others how to make use of InDesign’s powerful features, and while the application may seem extremely complicated, I am skilled at quickly imparting the basics to my beginner students and I am equally adept at introducing more experienced users to some of the more complicated features that InDesign offers. I can help you become proficient at creating all kinds of documents, from your business card, through posters, indexed book or catalog projects, newsletters and annual reports, all the way to billboard size images. Adobe has done an incredible job of integrating all of the Creative Suite applications, and I can teach you how to incorporate layered and transparent Photoshop files and or Illustrator vector images into your InDesign documents.
Personally, I have a laid back yet fast moving teaching style, and we can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. At the same time, I always remain sensitive to your ability to absorb the lessons and I am happy to set a pace that you feel most comfortable with. I teach with a polite and non-judgemental style.

Adobe Lightroom

I have been using Adobe Lightroom regularly since Version 1.0 first came out in January of 2006, and I consistently update to the new versions as they come out. I am currently using the newest version called Lightroom CC, 2015 release. Each new update includes either new full modules or new features within existing modules, and I am constantly studying and practicing these new features in order to stay up to date. I had already been using Photoshop for my image editing needs for over ten years when I started using Lightroom, and I realized that Lightroom had some significantly different tools from Photoshop and those tools could allow Lightroom to serve as an excellent compliment to Photoshop, while providing me with greater ease in my workflow. There is considerable overlap between the functions of Photoshop and Lightroom, and at the same time, each has strengths that the other lacks. As a result of this, many photographers and image editors (including myself) have chosen to continue using both applications, passing images back and forth between them in order to take advantage of the strengths of each, while overcoming the weaknesses of the other. My personal education is ongoing with Lightroom and all the other applications that I tutor.

My tutoring style is polite, patient and plain spoken, and I can confidently instruct you in all of the basics of Lightroom and have you up and running with all the essential workspace and workflow habits pretty quickly, as well as giving you a rundown on the functionality of Lightroom’s various modules, and the tools available within each module. Throughout my tutoring sessions in either Lightroom (or Photoshop), I consistently share my knowledge regarding color theory and other aspects of manipulating digital images whenever the information is relevant to understanding the task at hand. Also, having had a wide range of experience in this field and with these apps, I am skilled at providing knowledge to you about things you need to take into consideration as you develop your own workflow habits, so that you may avoid certain pitfalls upon entering into this somewhat complicated realm of digital imaging. These topics can include such information as: deciding what file formats to focus on using throughout your digital workflow, how to organize your files on your computer to best facilitate Lightroom workflow (including importing and exporting functions, and backing up both your images and catalogs), how to use Lightroom’s organizational tools to manage your thousands of digital images, batch processing, and the ins-and-outs, options and variants of the multiple tools available in Lightroom’s various modules.

I am skilled at presenting in-person for local students (at your place or mine), or remotely for those who live too far away for easy travel. If you happen to be in the latter category, I will happy to help you (for free) to set up the free remote tutoring application so that we can test it, and you can decide if you feel comfortable working with me in that fashion.

I hope to hear from you. If you do decide to try me out, I feel confident that you will come away from our sessions with the knowledge you seek to acquire!

Adobe Photoshop

My experience with Adobe Photoshop (and other Adobe Creative Suite apps) is extensive. I have been using Photoshop since version 4 was released in 1996. Photoshop can seem daunting to a beginner, and indeed it is a deep application with many powerful features. However, I am confident that I can quickly get complete beginners up to speed with some basic instruction about how to use the application to optimize their photos, or to create graphic file from scratch starting with a “blank canvas” and which can be wholly created in Photoshop. If you already have some experience with Photoshop and want to delve deeper into its power, I can provide helpful guidance to intermediate and advanced intermediate users as well.

An important part of achieving great results with photo manipulations in Photoshop is strongly related to the quality of the photo you start with, and so for those who are interested, I integrate tips and advice about how to best capture your photos in order to optimize your results once you take them into Photoshop, whether it be from your own digital photo files, or from scans you create from photo prints, or from your own graphics that you created from scratch in Photoshop. I have extensive knowledge about many of the tools and techniques that one might commonly use to improve their image files using varied methods such as: applying levels and curves adjustments, creating, manipulating and applying regular layers and adjustment layers, applying filters, making sophisticated targeted selections and how to employ the multiple tools used to do so, using those selections to create masks and what techniques can be employed to modify those masks, applying color theory and color correction, editing out undesired artifacts, noise, scratches, dust and other damage, or adding in elements that might be desired, (for instance reducing skin blemishes and smile lines, swapping out the face of the blinking member in a group photo, removing people, buildings, roads, telephone poles and wires, etc). Another important goal when learning Photoshop is to gain an understanding of file resolution and what role resolution plays in the various forms of output one might be headed for, whether the images are intended to be viewed only on a screen or a web page, or if they will be printed on your home inkjet photo printer, or whether you plan to send them to a commercial printer for high end offset press printing. I can also instruct you in methods to color calibrate your Mac or PC system and achieve consistent out put results.

Personally, I have a laid back yet fast moving teaching style, and we can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. At the same time, I always remain sensitive to your ability to absorb the lessons and I am happy to set a pace that you feel most comfortable with. I teach with a polite and non-judgmental style.

General Computer

Do you need help operating or learning more about your Apple computer?

Having over twenty years of experience using Apple computers and the Mac operating system, I am well qualified to help new users get up to speed, or if you are already working successfully with your Mac, I can help you get better at it. I am quite knowledgeable, I am patient and thorough and I have a good sense of humor and a cheerful personality. Like many other Mac users, I am passionate about what a wonderful tool my Mac is and I love helping others to become passionate about theirs through learning its ease of use. I can adapt the pace of my teaching to your needs, and I do it in a polite and non-judgmental way. Here are some of the kinds of things I can help you with:

Basic, Intermediate and Advanced training in the Mac operating system for new or experienced users
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced training in iOS operating system for new or experienced users on iPhones and iPads
Workflow and Filing best practices
Shortcuts and Secrets
Back Up strategies
Help you learn how to use and get comfortable using the basic Apple applications, such as:
Apple Mail
Apple Address Book (now named Contacts)
Apple iCal (now named Calendar)
Apple Safari
the iLife Suite: iPhoto, iMovie
the iWork Suite: Pages, Numbers and Keynote
Setting up your devices to synchronize with Apple's iCloud service

Additionally, I can:
Teach you how to get your photos out of your digital camera and into iPhoto, and how to publish and share photo galleries at the various online photo sharing sites
Teach you how to use iPhoto to improve how your photos look, and how to make quality prints from your own printer
Teach you how to get your digital video out of your movie camera and into iMovie
Teach you how to use iMovie to edit together clips while adding special effects and transitions to create the indie flick you've been planning since you were a kid
Use my years of experience in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to get you started with the basics (or the depths!) of those apps (among others) in a hurry.
I can help you with your internet connectivity issues, set up and protect your Airport wireless access and give you suggestions on how to protect your identity online
I can help you to get your wireless printer, keyboard, mouse and digital camera to work well together
I can teach you how to format your personal or business letterhead or invoice template in Pages or Word
I can advise you on how to set up your accounting files in Quicken or MYOB
I am also knowledgeable in hardware and software issues. I can:
Perform basic software repairs to eliminate problems if your Mac has been acting a bit funny lately
Teach you how to tune up and maintain your Mac yourself so you can avoid costly in-shop service or repairs down the road
Teach you about backing up your critical data, including what data should be backed up, where to find that data and how to automate the process to make it painless
Introduce you to the best methods to store, protect and utilize your private passwords, serial numbers, bank accounts and all sorts of data you often need to access
Teach you how to set up and use online accounts at services like Craig's List, eBay and the various free and paid online Back Up sites like DropBox
Advise you on how much ram or additional hard drive storage to add and then install it for you
Teach you how to calibrate your monitor for more accurate colors on screen
Unravel the mysteries of the System Preferences panel and help you customize your Mac for your preferred way of working
I have reasonable rates and will travel to your home or office anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, daytime or evenings. If I didn't mention above the application or issue you need help with, chances are I can help you with it anyway, and if I can't help you I'll be honest about it and try to refer you.


I have been using Apple Macintosh computers since 1985, just one year after the release of the very first Macintosh desktop computer. My first exposure to Macs was during my tenure as a print shop owner when I acquired one in order to take advantage of the new concept of "desktop publishing" that Apple had presented to the business world, and I started setting type for myself in my printing business. In 1994 I left the brick and mortar phase of printing and became a printing broker and a graphic designer (I have been a photographer and an artist since early on in my life), taking software training courses in many major design applications, in using the Macintosh operating system software, and in Macintosh software and hardware maintenance. I found early on that despite the Mac's ease of use the system was vastly deeper than what appeared on the surface, and I also learned that despite the Mac OS's relative stability, occasionally there were issues with system and application software corruption that required repair. My experience with outside support services in those early years was not wonderful. Most Mac oriented tech support service providers at that time could not respond in a timely fashion, often scheduling my appointment with them several days out from my initial contact. Once they did arrive, I often knew more than they did, and sometimes they not only failed to help me resolve my issues but they occasionally even made things worse, causing me to lose productivity and business. I decided that I could not operate my business with this poor level of assistance, so I took it upon my self to obtain the knowledge needed to not only learn as much as I could about how to use my Macs efficiently, but also how to make software repairs and hardware upgrades when required, and most importantly, what I could do on a regular basis to help prevent software corruption issues by performing routine maintenance procedures. Throughout this process, I have built a large body of knowledge and resources about using, maintaining and repairing Macs. I can teach you many things, including (but not limited to): best practices for organization, filing, backing up, archiving, navigating, using shortcuts, performing routine system maintenance, performing software and hardware repairs and upgrades when needed, making use of networking, web security, password protections, and using all the Apple provided software applications such as: Mail, iCal (now called Calendar), Address Book (now called Contacts), Safari, iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, Time Machine and syncing your apps and your iPhone with iCloud as well as how to use many third party applications in business and design software packages. Although I am not currently Apple Certified, I am participating in a course of study that leads to acquiring that certification. I take great pride in the knowledge that I have acquired in these areas, and I work hard to stay current on all topics relating to the constantly evolving and improving Mac OS X. I truly enjoy helping people learn how to use their Macs, whether they are brand new users, PC switchers, or Mac users with some experience that want to learn more in order to make better use of their computers. While I know a lot, I can't claim to know everything, and when I run across a topic I don't yet fully understand, I know where to find the answers and-or solutions. You will find me to be a patient, respectful and informative teacher. I'm sure I can help you.


I started practicing photography before digital cameras existed and when digital first showed up, I made the transition and have since used a variety of different digital cameras (Olympus, Sony and Canon) of a variety of models as well (basic point and shoots, midlevel prosumer mega zooms, and pro level digital DSLRs with interchangeable lenses). I feel confident that I can help you get better using your camera quickly. In my film camera days I learned the essentials of photography, from studying light and composition, to camera settings and into darkroom developing of my black and white work. During my digital camera period I have made extensive use of image manipulation software, most notably Photoshop, Lightroom and iPhoto.

Middlebury College


Middlebury College

Great tutor with encyclopedic knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop plus heaven only knows what else.

I found Carl G. through a request I placed on WyzAnt. Several names were giving to me, but Carl was the only one to respond and I began two hour weekly sessions with him. His knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop is phenomenal and I have learned so much in our first three sessions that I am completely satisfied. Carl also instructed me in many keyboard shortcuts for operating my Mac computer -- a re

— David, San Francisco, CA on 7/31/11

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Cancellation less than 36 hours incurs 50% charge of planned session. 2-hour min. when I visit your location. 1-hour min. for remote sessions. Some locations incur flat $35 travel expense fee.

Travel policy

Carl will travel within 40 miles of Pacifica, CA 94044.