I've been working professionally in communication arts for over 30 years. Former staff art director at Rolling Stone, The New York Times and most recently Senior Art Director, McGraw-Hill Books, Berkeley. I'm also a college-level art instructor, having taught at School of Visual Arts, NYC, and other colleges. I'm a nationally published illustrator as well - having illustrated for clients like New York Magazine, The New York Times, Esquire and Columbia Records. I'm an expert with Photoshop and... [more]
Manipulate existing images and create wildly imaginative new ones using the industry-standard program, Photoshop. This pixel-based program is practically infinite in its possibilities. This is what makes it extremely attractive, but also a bit daunting to the beginner. With expert guidance, though, you can be up to speed very quickly with the basic tools, and get ready to let your imagination run wild! Building up images using layers, effects, transparency and fun tools like the Magic Wand, Rubber Stamp and all kinds of Brushes is just the beginning...
Use your traditional drawing skills and learn to implement them in the industry-standard vector draw program. Illustrator has evolved over he years and has an abundance of tools that allow you to make illustrations that are exciting, colorful, dimensional... that really pop off the page.
I've worked on Macintoshes since 1990, and I know my way around Windows as well. I've taught classes on both platforms and have worked in staff design positions using both platforms. The first programs I started learning on a tiny Mac SE were Pagemaker 1 and Photoshop 1. Today, in 2012, I'm an expert with Adobe's Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AcrobatPro), and an expert with QuarkXPress as well. I'm proficient in other graphic design/layout related applications such as Microsoft Office, ArtText, Suitcase Fusion, etc. From simple business cards, to postcards, brochures, magazine design, annual reports, book covers, website design, and web banner ads, to corporate identity and logo design, I can create virtually any kind of design using a top of the line computer and related design and layout programs.
In the early 1980s, personal computers were first conceived and created by a handful of visionaries and tech-savvy engineers... two of the most notable to have done this were Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the founders of Apple Computers, also known as "Macintosh" or "Macs." Of course, the earliest models were very primitive. Jobs and Wozniak (and others like them, such as Bill Gates) had concrete ideas as to how people would use personal computers in the future, but even they didn't fully realize what forms the machines would take as they evolved, nor to what extent the machines capabilities would be. However, in their minds, that was exactly the point. What they began developing made possible Word Processing: based on what simple typewriters could do; and creating a Graphical User Interface (GUI) with a TV monitor: which made it possible for designers to recreate methods used to prepare documents for printing... has led to our present day digital programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. I've worked on Macintoshes since 1990. The first programs I started learning on a tiny Mac SE were Pagemaker 1 and Photoshop 1. Today, in 2012, I'm an expert with Adobe's Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AcrobatPro), and an expert with QuarkXPress as well. I'm proficient in other graphic design/layout related applications such as Microsoft Office, ArtText, Suitcase Fusion, etc. I also am an expert using Mac's Operating Systems, back to Systems 7, 8 and 9 to the current, very powerful OSX. I've troubleshooted all manner of crashes with Apples, and with third-party recovery applications have restored many Macs back to fully operational. Part of what I would offer a student who wants to become proficient with Macintoshes is a fully working knowledge of the OSX Operating System, Navigation, System Preferences, Administration, Backup Solutions and System Maintenance. By the way, my current workhorse is a Dual Processor G5 Tower with 4gb of RAM; I also use a G4 Tower and a Powerbook G4.