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Carl G.

Friendly, Patient and Expert Mac and Adobe Software Tutor

Friendly, Patient and Expert Mac and Adobe Software Tutor

$70/hour

  • 392 hours tutoring

About Carl


Bio

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...

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.


Education

Middlebury College
undergrad

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $70
  • Rate details: 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.
  • Lesson cancellation: 36 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/17/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Illustrator,

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,

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,

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 newest versions as they come out. I am subscribed to the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud applications so I am always using Adobe's latest application releases. 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 remain current. 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 that 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 Adobe 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 quickly. I will also take you through a rundown on the functionality of Lightroom’s various modules, and the tools available within each module. I am happy to tailor the sessions to topics that you personally wish to cover, and if you want to, we can use your images for our editing practice. 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 underst
Adobe Photoshop,

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, and I have been tutoring Photoshop for over 20 years. I subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications so I am always using the latest versions. 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 files from scratch by starting with a “blank canvas”. If you already have some experience with Photoshop and want to dive 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. For those who take and edit your own photos, I integrate tips and advice about how to best capture your shots in order to optimize your results once you take them into 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 transparency 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 Photo
Photography

Photography

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.

Computer

Adobe Illustrator,

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,

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,

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 newest versions as they come out. I am subscribed to the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud applications so I am always using Adobe's latest application releases. 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 remain current. 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 that 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 Adobe 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 quickly. I will also take you through a rundown on the functionality of Lightroom’s various modules, and the tools available within each module. I am happy to tailor the sessions to topics that you personally wish to cover, and if you want to, we can use your images for our editing practice. 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 underst
Adobe Photoshop,

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, and I have been tutoring Photoshop for over 20 years. I subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications so I am always using the latest versions. 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 files from scratch by starting with a “blank canvas”. If you already have some experience with Photoshop and want to dive 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. For those who take and edit your own photos, I integrate tips and advice about how to best capture your shots in order to optimize your results once you take them into 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 transparency 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 Photo
General Computer,

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
Macintosh,

Macintosh

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, maintaini
Photography

Photography

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.

Corporate Training

General Computer

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

Examples of Expertise


Carl has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 7 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.8 (46 ratings)
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Reviews


Excellent knowledge

He knew the processes and quirks of the Mac Pro and he was able to understand my needs and clearly explain how to solve my problems. What we did was to process the differences between the Windows and Mac systems and find solutions to make the transitions easier.

Stephen, 4 lessons with Carl

Carl G. knows Adobe Photoshop!

After really listening to what I am trying to accomplish, Carl was able to suggest and demonstrate specific tools and techniques within the Photoshop program that will help me achieve my goals. And while I was initially hesitant to try online tutoring, Carl made it seamless and easy.

Brenda, 2 lessons with Carl

Very Knowledgeable and an excellent tutor!

I am an experienced Quark user switching to InDesign. I learned so much in a very short time, plus how to get my project designed efficiently and to press. I saved so much time in the long run with Carl's help.

Cindy, 1 lesson with Carl

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

Carl began with getting some of my more rusty Mac skills up-to-date and desktop organization/flow set up in a more efficient manner. Covered different types of backup: internal, external and off-site. And began in-depth explanation of Lightroom, helped with file organization and imports. This was just the tip of the iceberg... He is very patient and engaging. Excellent tutor! Very glad he reached out from across country to tutor remotely, it works better -much better! than in person

Annemarie, 4 lessons with Carl

Patient and Thorough!

I am enjoying my time with Carl. He is bringing me into the 2015 version of Photoshop and I am loving it! He is very thorough in his instructions, but flexible about skipping around to help me with specific functions.

Jeanne, 2 lessons with Carl

Structuring My Insourcing Outsourcing through Technical Learning

Carl's review of our lesson best articulates what we did. That is, there were multiple "goals" of micro and macro that all relate to use of time and economic efficiency. I've had this two day 'overload' workshops, taking little with me, and in 5 week classes learning a few skills while seeing larger scope. The latter was better, but when not applied to my office, my book, my past abilities and my focus on 're-leanring' and 'un-learning' within changing user interface I can still lose site of my own very particular goals. And, five years 'out' of a program that now addresses past challenges may visually look complicated....But, Carl had many super efficient ways to set up the remote learning that he described (off the time clock) so we could get right into the lesson. He structured the goals of time spent by listening to what I had thought was the work I needed to accomplish. It went longer than intended, but only because he was showing me simplifications of the scope of work with epson scanner and ePub in InDesign. I can really miss the Forest, so this is exactly the Professor I needed without having to get a Graphics Design degree or be at an IT center training. I can learn by doing and self-teach, but it is only knowledge and experience of someone working in the field that can wrap their head around how a small business owner must time and technology. I would of course still outsource many things, but I will know more about what I'm asking in terms of time and service, the possibilities and limitations. And, I think I can kind of use a few of those tools (thank you for the edit). break some bad habits, and start to feel good again about my computer world! Thank you.

Paula, 1 lesson with Carl

Photoshop

My computer skills are a bit " behind the power curve" therefor I was a bit apprehensive to sign on for lessons. Carl's approach is to let his Student dictate the pace at the level that suits them & has the patients & the knowhow to work with them & to get the most out of their time spent. Clearly Carl has a great working knowledge & I would definitely recommend him.

Dan, 1 lesson with Carl

Enthusiastic and patient

Carl spent over three hours with me and was so patient. He even helped me get my computer all set up for better functioning. So happy with the lesson.

Erin, 1 lesson with Carl

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

Carl helped me to better utilize the program (Adobe InDesign), learning many shortcuts and imparting information only available to someone who has worked extensively with this program for many years. The time flew by and has given me a much needed leg up on preparing a document that needs to be finished asap. I will not hesitate to request more time with Carl for continuing techniques & tips for this program and any others with which he is conversant. Many thanks!

Vicki, 2 lessons with Carl
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