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Everyone on Wyzant wants to teach. All have something important to offer. I believe I have something that is unique. Instead of just presenting material, which we all do, I not only present the lessons that build skills I've added something. That something is the step by step process, that is in print, and is 85% visuals and 15% copy. My students can then go back to an Illustrator or InDesign lesson at any time and review every topic covered during the lesson. We all know that copy heavy textbooks are problematic, videos are just next to impossible to follow, and audio only, well you see my point.            I have just published a book on how to create a digital color wheel  This book was created because -- Graphic designers and design educators face many common challenges in their professions. First, althoughit is not normal for any working professional in the field of graphic design, advertising, fashion,... read more

Below are some helpful tips to consider before starting a new document in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop. Customizing a document’s preferences can be done anytime in Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop while a document is open. Changes made to preferences while a documents is open will be exclusive to that document. However, if you open the preference window (Edit/Preferences or Ctrl K on Windows) in Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop with no open documents in the viewing window, it will change the preference defaults for all future documents. This can be very helpful to eliminate time tweaking all your preferences with each document. EXAMPLE: Adobe Illustrator – With Illustrator on screen and no documents open in your viewing window go to (Edit/Preferences or Ctrl K on Windows). Here you can change your preference settings for all future Illustrator documents. Some things I change are the General/Double Click to Isolate (leave unchecked), Guides &... read more

Earlier this year I started tutoring Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have a lovely student who is excelling in her work as an artist both in Drawing and Photoshop. After the end of the 3rd quarter, we will be going into Painting with Acrylics, Gauche, and Oil Paints if there is time. Because I am a full time student at UALR and only have one car to share with my spouse, I have a bit of a strict schedule. So I will have my availability up for those of you seeking a tutor in any area of Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting. These times are for physical (face-to-face) tutoring. Monday - 1:30PM to 3:00PM Tuesday - 10:00AM to 3:00PM Wednesday - 1:30PM to 3:00PM Thursday - 10:00AM to 3:00PM Friday - 7:00AM to 10:00AM / 1:00PM to 3:00PM / Anytime after 5:00PM Saturday & Sunday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Schedule is subject to change seeing as life does happen. I am also available for online tutoring over Skype / G+... read more

Who is Amanda O.? Just another art teacher in Philadelphia? I am indeed an art teacher in the Philadelphia School District, but am so much more than that. While some students have the misconception that teachers just hatch from an egg as is, we know that's not true. I have many parts to me, as I am sure you have to you. I am a world traveler, who loves exploring new places, but also loves home more than anywhere. I also truly love helping others. During the summers of 2004 and 2005 I was able to combine these two passions by volunteering for a Christian service group called Project Serve. Our Project Serve team went to a small village just outside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras those 2 summers to serve the people of a Christian Youth Camp. My team focused on building a dorm hall and establishing a clean drinking well. While it was incredibly difficult, both physically and emotionally, each time I traveled there shaped who I am today. While we worked 8 of the 10 days we were there, we... read more

Whether designing a business card, posters or ads, color matters, more often than people realize. It isn’t a matter of selecting what colors appeal to you, but what appeals to your target audience. No matter what medium you’re designing for, color relationships are one of the first of design considerations you should keep in mind when first imagining what the end product is to accomplish. Color can affect mood, as well as physical reactions. For example, take a moment and consider -what are the predominant color schemes that are seen in most fast food restaurants? Red and yellow. Studies have shown that red actually speeds up the metabolism. Now think about what the purpose red might serve in a fast food place. Their goal is to get you in, get you fed, and get you moving out so that the next batch of customers can get in there. In contrast, think of the last time you were in a higher-end restaurant – there the colors are more subdued and calmer, their purpose is to invite you... read more

Being tutored is an effective way to learn almost any subject. Whether it is to replace formal classroom learning or supplement the same, it allows you to obtain some learning that meets your individual goals and needs. A request to be tutored shows me that the student has some level of commitment to growth and education - even if it is being required by some other authority. The areas in which I tutor center around Graphic Design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students have come to me from various backgrounds, some with basic knowledge but wish to get a handle of some aspects of the software and others are just getting started and want to make sense of what the programs can do. But the same principles will exist in any subject at hand. When looking into being tutored, there are a few things that a student can do to make the lessons more effective. 1. Have a clear understanding of what it is you wish to learn. The clearer you are about what you desire... read more

I am currently teaching in the LIU12 as a substitute teacher, working with High School and middle school children, in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, English, Reading and all computer courses. I started my career as a Medical Technologist at a large Boston Hospital. I have extensive background in Biology. I have a broad knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and the environment. Excellent knowledge in general science, advanced biology. Solid knowledge in understanding of living organisms including bacterial and other infectious agents. Wide knowledge of general biology and some of its super specialized disciplines. I am extremely comfortable using the internet to tutor students as well as tutoring in the home. I have in depth experience as a videographer editing, producing and directing video productions for a local cable telecommunication station. I utilize editing using Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and web design... read more

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