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Amanda Z.

Glenshaw, PA


Graphic Desinger and Artist

5.0 average from 32 ratings
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Colorado Institute of Art
Associates Degree


Colorado Institute of Art (Associates Degree)

About Amanda

As a freelance graphic designer, my work varies from building restaurant menus in Word to presentations in Powerpoint. Most of my work is done primarily in the Creative Suite programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Solid knowledge in the programs make it easy to build a powerful marketing piece for print or web. I love sharing my knowledge of these programs with individuals because I believe it unlocks creative potential in all of us.
My clients have included Giant Eagle/Market District, and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

As an artist, I work primarily in watercolor and watercolor pencil on board. All projects start with sketches and thumbnails and build to a final piece. I also work with oil and chalk pastels, oils and have recently been experimenting with gold leaf. While I tend to enjoy nature and animals, these techniques I've learned can be used for any subject matter.
Since my background is in scientific or nature illustration, I have taught a pastel flower classes at Phipps Botanical Gardens and Conservatory. I frequently teach adults and kids at the North Hills Art Center. These classes vary from realism, nature to fantasy subjects. I have also been invited to host a bug drawing session for all ages at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for the months of June, July and August 2015.

If my student isn't picking up information one way, I can regroup mentally and try and find a different approach that is more understandable. Digital design programs seem very intimidating, but by simplifying the information and building knowledge step by step it becomes easily learned and accessible.

Have any questions? Please feel free to email any inquiries to me. I check my emails regularly and respond quickly to all queries. Hope we meet soon!
As a freelance graphic designer, my work varies from building restaurant menus in Word to presentations in Powerpoint. Most of my work is done primarily in the Creative Suite programs such as Photoshop, Read more

12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Glenshaw, PA 15116

"A great tutor!"

- Deesha, Bowie, MD on 8/16/16

"Professional, Knowledgable and Fun"

- Jen, Pittsburgh, PA on 9/10/15

"Inspiring tutor"

- Sally, Allison Park, PA on 8/13/15
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign,
Adobe Photoshop,
Graphic Design,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Photography
Microsoft PowerPoint

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Adobe InDesign

I have been using InDesign for nearly 10 years of my graphic Design career. Previous to InDesign I used Quark. Both programs are best used for layout of books, ebooks, magazines, and catalogs. Any multipage project really. InDesign has tools such as Templates, Master Pages, Character and Style Sheets that allow designer to keep consistency within a document as well as form project to project. You can export files as PDFs for production. You can also export as jpg which I did frequently when building a web ads. The ad can then be opened on Photoshop and 'saved for web' for cleaner more readability than working form Photoshop alone.

Adobe Photoshop

I was Art Director for an International bike magazine, worked extensively in several museums creating print materials and way finding signage and began my career as a photo retoucher in Buffalo, NY. All these chores require the use of Photoshop tools to edit photos and create powerful final images.


I have taught workshops and classes for drawing at Phipps Botanical Gardens, Saxonburg Public Library and North Hills Art Center.

I like to begin students with the concept of breaking down subject matter into their basic shapes. I also encourage gesture drawing and sketching to improve skills. Shading, lighting, textures are then added.

I review pencil types and uses and cover basic materials in opening classes. I can provide a syllabus of my courses as well.

Graphic Design

I have been a graphic designer for over 10 years. I am well-versed with the programs-such as Adobe Creative Clouds Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat.

Past projects include: print and web/digital books, magazines, and ad design. I have also designed three dimensional signage for Children's Museum and Giant Eagle.

For tutoring I would start with an overview of the students project and then focus on the program they will be utilizing the most.


As a scientific illustrator and professional artist, I have high level working knowledge of watercolor, oil, pastels and pen and ink.
I have taught workshops with these mediums for our local botanical gardens, and art center. I also just finished a term at a college level vocational school for Advanced Digital Illustration.

Colorado Institute of Art
Associates Degree


Colorado Institute of Art (Associates Degree)

A great tutor! — My daughter loved working with Amanda. She described the session as fun and educational, and she really likes Amanda. (FYI, we are currently in Pittsburgh). ...

— Deesha, Bowie, MD on 8/16/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Amanda will travel within 30 miles of Glenshaw, PA 15116.