I started in computer graphics on a MAC in 1987, first with PageMaker and then switching to QuarkXPress 1.0 when it was introduced. The first time I opened an early version of Adobe Illustrator, I was hooked. I had to know everything about this application. In no time, I was creating complex illustrations for AT&T, GAF, Pfizer, and many other major clients.
I became an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Illustrator 9, and provided online support for Adobe, fielding users’ questions about Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat. Today I’m both an Adobe Certified Expert and an Adobe Certified Instructor in Adobe InDesign CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6, and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite with training clients throughout the USA. I’m also Adobe’s Co-Representative to the InDesign User Group of Central New Jersey.
As a computer graphics trainer, I approach training from a totally different point of view than most others. That’s because, when I’m not training, I’m also an art director, designer, and illustrator with years of experience in big New York ad agencies as well as in smaller out-of-town agencies. This gives me a unique perspective on what other artists need to know about computer graphics and how best to teach them.
In computer graphics, a lot of training is done using a lecture format which, from talking to artists who have been through these kinds of programs, is not a very effective way to learn. My training is done using materials designed to allow students to work along with me as I demonstrate features. Both my on-site and web-based training are totally customized to best meet my students’ needs. I also incorporate lots of tips, tricks, and secrets throughout the training, which take the comprehension of the applications to a higher level and allow artists to work far more efficiently.
With totally customized training designed to meet your specific needs, I approach each project individually, so I cannot offer cookie-cutter pricing. I am, however, happy to provide you with a training proposal that will take into account the experience of the artists in using the application, how they will be using the program, the number of artists to be trained as well as the location of the training.
Examples of Costs
To give you an idea about costs, here are a couple of examples. For a two-day (14 hour) one-on-one basic training course for an application, the cost would be $1000. Or for onsite corporate training, the cost would be $1000 for the first student and $200 extra for each additional student for a two-day class. (These cost do not cover any travel or expenses.)
All of my training includes one month of free support, because once you begin using an application on “real” projects there are bound to be questions. Who better to answer those questions than an Adobe Certified Expert with experience doing online support for Adobe?
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For more information about my training and consulting services, feel free to contact me at 732-254-1338 or by email at AdobeAce@comcast.net. I will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have or put together a custom training proposal that best meets your needs.
To see recent examples of my freelance creative work, visit the portfolio section of this website.