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Debbie B.

Santa Cruz, CA

$45/hour

Tutor of Digital Graphics, Web Design, Art; Patient and experienced

In-person lessons
2.0 average from 1 ratings

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Cabrillo College
Digital Media
Fashion Institute of Technology
Other
Pratt Institute
Graduate Coursework

Education

Cabrillo College (Digital Media)

Fashion Institute of Technology (Other)

Pratt Institute (Graduate Coursework)

About Debbie

I have over 18 years experience tutoring Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver and tutoring HTML and CSS as well as other aspects of web site design. I have an art background, and have tutored and taught people of all ages and abilities. I am patient, responsible, and I am CRLA trained and certified. I have about 19 years of experience working in the Graphic Design field with the above software and others as well, so I can teach you the way things are done in the "real world". I will tutor on Windows and Mac. I can provide my excellent references if asked. I have over 18 years experience tutoring Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver and tutoring Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 11 miles of Santa Cruz, CA 95060
In-person lessons

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Adobe Illustrator

Students say that I have helped them to have a much greater understanding of Adobe Illustrator. I've got a thorough knowledge of the program, as I have been using it for 18 years. I have helped teach people how to create objects and fill & stroke them with color. I'll help you learn about the various tools, including Illustrator graphic effects & type effects, creating realism, creating simple & complex shapes and objects, typography tricks, scaling & transforming objects, gradients, blends, paths, and other techniques. I'll help you learn about layers to have more control over your work. I can teach you how to use the pen tool to create beautiful vector paths or trace shapes that you like to base your designs on. This is one of the most difficult tools, but I can help you learn it! I will patently guide you through what you'd like to know.

Adobe InDesign

Students say that I have helped them to have a much greater understanding of this program. I can help you create professional looking documents in this versatile program. I have used InDesign in a variety of projects, from logos, business cards and ads, to long documents such as books and catalogs. I can help you to use the tools to produce great typography, as well as using the vector drawing tools, some of which are similar to Adobe Illustrator. I can help you work with graphics created in other programs, and to design terrific looking ads, posters, whatever you want to do! I learned this program when it was first released by Adobe, about 15 years ago. I have seen InDesign evolve, and I've evolved as a designer along with it. You can too!

Adobe Photoshop

I have used Photoshop for over 17 years. I can help you learn about selections, separating objects from their background, photo montages, channels, re-coloring photos & objects, creating simple & complex shapes, layers, layer masks, realistic rendering, color and adjustments, filters & effects, transformations such as rotating, warping and scaling, correcting flaws in photos, Photoshop typography and type effects, reasons for using different resolutions and more! I will patently guide you through what you'd like to know.

Desktop Publishing

I started doing Desktop Publishing over 19 years ago. I can help you get a greater understanding of many aspects of Desktop Publishing, including preparing files for print, knowledge of file formats and color formats, page layout using InDesign, creation, manipulation and properly saving graphic files. I have a thorough knowledge of printing and working with printers for many different formats and files.

Dreamweaver

Students say that I have helped them to have a much greater understanding of this program. I've been using Dreamweaver for over 16 years. I can help you learn how to create web pages and whole websites using this powerful WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web page design program. You can use the code view as well as the design view. I can also help you learn HTML while you are learning Dreamweaver, as it will give you much more control over your web pages. I can help you create templates, put your graphics into Dreamweaver, organize your files, understand website file paths, and many other important aspects of the program.

HTML

I've been creating websites using HTML for over 17 years, and helping students to learn it for almost as long. Whether you'd like to create a small page for yourself, or a large site for a business, or something in-between, I can help you create simple or complex web sites. I can help you to understand how use HTML tags and the way the code works in various ways and why. I have knowledge of how to use images with the HTML code in the most effective ways.

I also have knowledge and experience using CSS, to make your pages look better, create consistency between pages, and customize your web pages in the way that suits your needs. I will patiently guide you through what you'd like to know. I am also experienced in helping with creation of responsive sites for mobile devices as well as computer interfaces.

Macintosh

I have over 19 years of experience working on Macintosh computers. I have helped people learn to work on the Mac for most of this time. I am familiar with all aspects of the Mac, including software and hardware, set-up, file management, fonts, etc. I'm familiar with the latest Mac operating systems as well as older ones.

I can and have helped people learn to transition from Windows to Mac, as well as brand new computer users working on the Mac. I feel that Macintosh is the best platform for new computer users as well as the easiest because it is very user-friendly.

I can provide excellent references from students, teachers, and professionals.

Web Design

I started doing Web Design 18 years ago. I can help you with all aspects of Web Design, including Dreamweaver, handcoding HTML & CSS, creating, modifying and optimizing all graphics for the web, using JavaScript and PHP code snippits, publishing files using FTP software or your control panel to upload files, getting your site hosted, and many other aspects. Students say that I have helped them to have a much greater understanding of Web Design.
I can also help with my expert knowledge and experience with optimizing images to be used in websites, and using them in the best ways.

Cabrillo College
Digital Media
Fashion Institute of Technology
Other
Pratt Institute
Graduate Coursework

Education

Cabrillo College (Digital Media)

Fashion Institute of Technology (Other)

Pratt Institute (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debbie will travel within 11 miles of Santa Cruz, CA 95060.