The Art Institute of Charlotte (Multimedia Web Des)
I'll start with this- classroom instruction is great and web-based learning is great. But sometimes kick-starting a person's aptitude in a particular subject is better served with one-on-one tutoring with emphasis on the nuts and bolts of the application. Instead of a variety of learning styles and speed in a classroom of many, tutoring focuses on what the one student needs. For me, this style of learning has been instrumental over the years in propelling my career, and I would like to help others excel in using Photoshop- editing photos, creating design pieces, magazine ads- you name it.
I worked full-time as a graphic designer for four years for the entertainment/restaurant/charity industry, and had a side design business for 10 years as a freelancer. I also completed corporate designs for several companies I worked with, including print, web, and digital media. I still create designs for family and friends, and edit photos for my personal collection. I switched gears and moved into an IT-centric role and don't really have time to focus on design much anymore, so tutoring is the perfect way for me to still have fun while focusing on other exciting geek things the rest of the time. :)
I'd like to have an initial consult with the student to figure out what he/she is looking to focus on so we can jump in and maximize learning/specifics so it is a good return on investment. I'll throw a lot of information out during tutoring, but will be happy to bring ready-made notes so the student can just watch/learn (and I'll let him/her take it for a drive, as well, since folks learn in different ways). By me driving first, though, I can hit a lot of areas quickly, and then hone in on what the student needs to master. It's important to me that the student not only *see* what can be done, but also *do* it. I'm malleable- if it's determined that I'm moving too quickly, then I will switch seats and let the student do the driving. It's a learn-as-we-go scenario, and we can change it up to better suit his/her needs.
Topics I focus on:
• Reset Adobe preferences (which often fixes bugs within the system)
• Set up and save your workspace/canvas and layout menus
• Record, save, and run actions
• Change scratch file location to boost Photoshop responsiveness
• Find where Photoshop built-in files are located (brushes, shapes, patterns)
• Create brushes/shapes/patterns (including where to download free ones!)
• Keyboard shortcuts for efficiency
• Tips/hints/tricks to ensure you keep your master files intact and don't lose data
• How to reduce .PSD file sizes
• Set up files for web (RGB) or print (CMYK)
• Organize layers and groups
• Working with other file types from within Photoshop (EPS, AI, PDF, JPG, PNG)
• Main tools and show where some hidden gems are within the menu system
• How to find free tools to enhance design capabilities and save time
• Boost your library of backgrounds/shapes/etc. so you can create great designs quickly
• Edit photos (remove backgrounds, color/effect overlays, manipulate look/feel)
• Saving files in different formats
• General "cool" things to know about design and Photoshop!
Computer *recommendations* for Photoshop tutoring:
• Photoshop CS3 or newer
• 2 hard drives with at least 500GB space available on each
• Set up a free cloud library up (like Google Drive)
• Windows 7, 8, or 10 or Mac (I'm not super familiar with Mac, just enough to be dangerous, but it's not too different working in Photoshop on Apple products)
• Minimum 2GB of RAM, 4GB+ is preferable
• Be familiar with the basics of how a computer works and how to navigate through your system
As for Microsoft Outlook, I've been using it since the inception of Windows (early 90s) and have configured just about every setting within. From setting up a new email account to finding/fixing errors within the program, setting up rules, changing views, folders, multiple inboxes, funneling Gmail and other email accounts through Outlook, using flags, tasks, reminders, sending meeting requests, setting up multiple calendars to overlay, etc. I'm sure there's a lot more I'm not thinking of at this moment. Give me a shout and I'll see if I can help!
I like helping and teaching people, and if I can impart some tricks of the trade, fantastic! I'd be happy to speak with parent(s) and/or the student to determine if I can help and make a positive impact.
I'm also a Microsoft Certified Professional and have my current A+ certification. Hi there!
I'll start with this- classroom instruction is great and web-based learning is great. But sometimes kick-starting a person's aptitude in a particular subject is better served with one-on-one tutoring with emphasis on the nuts and bolts of the application. Instead of a variety of learning styles and speed in a classroom of
Multiple hour, single-visit discount. 2 hours = $75 3 hours = $110
Stephanie is extremely patient. The only thing I knew about photoshop was how to get to ithe in my apps, and by the end of the lesson, I could apply layers, change them out and identify tools.
She is great as a teacher.
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I've been working with computers since the first mainstream home computers became widely available (Tandy desktop, boot from DOS, dot matrix printer), and have ever since worked with computers (over 20 years). I am currently an IT Manager for 4 locations and deal with break/fix, application support, help desk, and some development/networking on a daily basis.
I am a Microsoft Certified Professional, work in IT in a full-time capacity, and have used Outlook since the inception of Windows for desktop computers in the early 90s. For years prior to working in IT, I was an Executive Admin Assistant, so I was constantly using Outlook to schedule and handle/organize email for C-level executives. Now I set it up for users who want to connect Gmail and other apps through it, etc. I've experience with Outlook 2003-2013 on a personal and professional level.