Cherrie J.

Villa Park, IL


Creative Hands-on Graphic Design and Adobe Software Tutoring

200+ Hours
4.7 average from 76 ratings
Patient, Knowledgable, Fun Tutor
— Jamie, Schaumburg, IL on 1/9/17


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College of Dupage
Robert Morris College


College of Dupage

Robert Morris College (Other)

About Cherrie

I've taught at 3 colleges and over 20 companies and enjoy teaching. It is my calling. I've taught folks of all ages—from 6 to 76.Over the years I have developed my own teaching method for people who want to learn about computer applications and I call it the "C H I P" method:

There are five different ways to learn so I teach using the method that works best. Some students must read, some can only learn when they see, then do, and some learn in other ways. When I see "that look" and I KNOW that look, I will try another teaching method until my student "gets it."

I don't think any questions are dumb. It's okay for a student to occasionally have to run outside and do the "primal scream" because learning new concepts can sometimes be frighting or frustrating, but as a teacher, I believe that is unforgivable so I promise I will not lose my patience.

I am a proficient tutor using Illustrator, to Photoshop and Flash, to InDesign or DreamWeaver and other Adobe software—never fear Cher is here. Remember I am what I do teaCHER.
I've taught at 3 colleges and over 20 companies and enjoy teaching. It is my calling. I've taught folks of all ages—from 6 to 76.Over the years I have developed my own teaching method for people who want to learn about computer applications and I call it the "C H I P" method:

There are five different ways to learn so I teach using the
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12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Villa Park, IL 60181

"Patient, Knowledgable, Fun Tutor"

- Jamie, Schaumburg, IL on 1/9/17
Cherrie replied on 1/12/2017

Thanks Jamie!

I love teaching and Illustrator is one of my favorites.

You're a great student because you ask relevant questions and really listen. You are going to be really good in Illustrator and hopefully won't be working so many hours in the future.

Thanks again! See you soon....

"Amazing InDesign session!!!!!"

- Rachel, Chicago, IL on 3/3/17
Cherrie replied on 3/3/2017

Thank you so much! I really enjoyed our training session as well. I hope to spend more time helping you brush up on your digital skills!

"Great Teacher!"

- Melvin, Mokena, IL on 2/23/17
Cherrie replied on 2/27/2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm looking forward to teaching you more about the magic inside Photoshop. You appear to be a fast learner and an adept student who should be able to put all the tools together and "run rings around" planets in your creative card game!

"Simply the BEST!"

- Miss, Chicago, IL on 12/6/16

"Knowledgable and Flexible Tutor"

- Jennifer, Westchester, IL on 10/24/16

"Very helpful tutor"

- Eric, Huntersville, NC on 4/3/16
Cherrie replied on 4/4/2016

Thank you! I enjoyed working with your daughter very much. It is fun for me to teach on-line because it seems like I'm right there with my student. She did well and I hope she decides to pursue her future career in graphic design. Please let me know if I can answer any questions for either you or she!

"Very patient and knowledgeable."

- Cheryl, Wheaton, IL on 2/9/14

"WONDERFUL Photoshop Tutor!"

- Andra, Chicago, IL on 2/11/13
Cherrie replied on 2/11/2013


Thank you so much for the glowing review!
I am looking forward to working more with you. Your children illustrations are so cute and fun to work with. I can't wait to see your first illustration created entirely on the computer!

"Great tutor!"

- Pam, Oak Lawn, IL on 1/31/13
Cherrie replied on 2/11/2013

Thanks Pam!

I've had a great time exploring your Mac with you. You're one of the most fun clients I've had the opportunity to work with. I look forward to delving into your new Adobe Creative Suite!

"My new best friend!"

- Al, Naperville, IL on 1/1/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Laurie, Deerfield, IL on 10/12/12

"Very patient"

- Jeannine, Saint Charles, IL on 10/10/12

"Very helpful"

- Erin, Lake Zurich, IL on 7/30/12

"Excellent tutor!"

- Eila, North Aurora, IL on 5/24/12

"Very, very knowledgeable instructor"

- Nick, Hinsdale, IL on 5/23/12

"Smart, Patient, Wise"

- Kathy, Skokie, IL on 3/2/12
Cherrie replied on 3/2/2012

Thanks Kathy! Because you're such a great graphic designer and understand how the whole process works it's a joy working with you. You've actually taught me a thing or two about typography as we've ventured deeper into the world of "Adobe!"

"Great teacher!!!!"

- Lori, Glen Ellyn, IL on 3/1/12
Cherrie replied on 3/2/2012

Thank you so much! I had a great time working with you. You're a good student and it was fun getting to know you. I look forward to continuing to teach you more about your Mac.


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Adobe Illustrator

I've been teaching Adobe Illustrator for almost 20 years and am considered an expert user. This application is a very powerful vector application, but can also be used to design illustrations for web pages and for Flash animations. It is a must to learn Illustrator in today's digital communication arena.

Adobe InDesign

Expert user in Adobe InDesign. Have taught since version 2. Whether you want to learn basic skills or advanced web or animation features I am happy to oblige. Long documents such as books or e-books are also in my repertoire.

Adobe Photoshop

I've taught PhotoShop all around the country; from small ma-and-pa print shops to companies as large as Motorola and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. I taught Photoshop for print, the web, special effects and in conjunction with digital photography at 3 universities. I can teach you just about anything you need to know in this digital arena!

Desktop Publishing

If you want to learn basic desktop publishing such as adding text or images into a file. Or, if you want to learn advanced Graphic Design concepts like grid management or book, magazine or catalog design I can teach you to do that. I take the fear out of the digital arena. Remember, computers can only count to one.
YOU ARE SMARTER than a computer.


I teach Dreamweaver, HTML and CSS. If you need to learn Dreamweaver or you just WANT to learn so you can create your own website or on-line portfolio, just let me know. It's not as difficult as it looks.

General Computer

I have been teaching folks how to use their computers for over 25 years. I teach both Macs and PC's and can also help you set up your internet account if needed.


I teach HTML, CSS and other web-based programming languages. If you need to get up to speed in web-ese, I can help you. It's not nearly as difficult as it looks.


I've been teaching folks on the Mac OS since version 6, way back when the earth was cooling. The Mac has changed a lot since then and I've kept using it and teaching others how to navigate around in this wonderful operating system. If you want to learn how to use just the basic features or if you need to know all the whistles and bells, I can help you.

Microsoft Excel

So, you want to learn the "dreaded" Excel? No worries, it's not really as scary as it looks. I'll walk you through the process step by step and give you plenty of time to take notes and help you understand new terms, like operations, functions, and pivot tables.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Need to spice up a proposal? Want to get that product noticed? Learn how to add animation and sound to your presentations and get that promotion!

I can teach you how it's done!

Microsoft Word

I am qualified to teach Microsoft Word, from the basics to advanced features. From tabs to styles and labels to mail merges. Do you want to add your logo to a letterhead? Need 100 personalized letters or labels in an hour? I can help you achieve that and more.


I teach knit, crochet, hairpin lace, broomstick lace, and basic tatting.


I taught digital photography at three universities. I have also taught lighting, traditional and creative photography. I am qualified in Photoshop follow ups including color correction, retouching and print or web repurposing.

Web Design

From laying out a navigable site to actually creating it in Dreamweaver, I can help you. If you want to learn how to create a site for yourself or somebody else or if you want to design a custom Facebook or Twitter page so you really get noticed, just let me know.

College of Dupage
Robert Morris College


College of Dupage

Robert Morris College (Other)

Patient, Knowledgable, Fun Tutor

Cherrie has begun to teach me specific parts of Illustrator that I'll need to be using for my job. She's very thorough with her explanations, helps you with ways to remember certain shortcuts, and after the basics are taught, she's open to helping work and focus on the actual flat, technical, 3D, scaled drawings I'll need to be doing. Illustrator can do ANYTHING, and if I were to take a crash co

— Jamie, Schaumburg, IL on 1/9/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cherrie will travel within 30 miles of Villa Park, IL 60181.