Carl G. - Friendly, Patient and Expert Mac and Adobe Software Tutor

AAU Carl G. Tutors Academy of Art University Students in San Francisco, CA
$70 / hr
San Francisco, CA
40 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
I have been an artist since I was a young child, and my BA is in Art. I formerly owned some retail printing shops, so I have a strong understanding about providing excellent customer service. I apply those principles with my tutoring clients. I have been working for myself since 1994 as a graphic designer and a printing broker, and over the course of the years, through formal education, self learning and actual experience I have learned a lot about how to use and repair a Mac and how to use m...
Carl G. exceeded my expectations! I've never worked with a tutor before and having to do this remotely I'll admit made me a little apprehensive. Carl walked me through every step slowly and patiently making sure I was keeping up with every step. He never made me feel dumb or inadequate to do the tasks. In fact he had more confidence in me than I did. I highly recommend Carl G. and will use again should the need arise.
- Cheri B. from Sealy, TX
Carl is extremely knowlegable and experienced and passes on the gems he's accumulated. He literally opened up a world I didn't know was there. It was just about having the right guide. Carl is the best guide and very easy to work with. I will definitely continue to learn from him.
- Kate W. from Santa Monica, CA
My son who is in college in a design/architecture major wanted to improve his photoshop skills. He has learned a lot from Carl in a short period of time. I'm sure my son could go into much more detail but has shared the following feedback in conversation. He has learned more effective approaches to designing a project, has been introduced to several new tools and how to use them, has acquired a better understanding of managing files for storage efficiency and name a few. His photoshop designs are noticeably more professional and complex. Both my son and I would not hesitate to recommend Carl. In addition to his photoshop knowledge, Carl is a friendly person and has been very patient, communicative and accommodating.
- Betsy T. from Charlotte, VT
Carl taught me how to maximize my computer storage, between apps and streamline functions leading to photoshop and drop box mastery. He discovered a problem with my computer while we were working and found the solution! He has a nice sense of humor and perfect personality to feel ok about being vulnerable with learning a challenging set of skills. I will definitely book him for more lessons!
- Debra S. from San Francisco, CA
He knew the processes and quirks of the Mac Pro and he was able to understand my needs and clearly explain how to solve my problems. What we did was to process the differences between the Windows and Mac systems and find solutions to make the transitions easier.
- Stephen K. from New York, NY
Carl's review of our lesson best articulates what we did. That is, there were multiple "goals" of micro and macro that all relate to use of time and economic efficiency. I've had this two day 'overload' workshops, taking little with me, and in 5 week classes learning a few skills while seeing larger scope. The latter was better, but when not applied to my office, my book, my past abilities and my focus on 're-leanring' and 'un-learning' within changing user interface I can still lose site of my own very particular goals. And, five years 'out' of a program that now addresses past challenges may visually look complicated....But, Carl had many super efficient ways to set up the remote learning that he described (off the time clock) so we could get right into the lesson. He structured the goals of time spent by listening to what I had thought was the work I needed to accomplish. It went longer than intended, but only because he was showing me simplifications of the scope of work with epson scanner and ePub in InDesign. I can really miss the Forest, so this is exactly the Professor I needed without having to get a Graphics Design degree or be at an IT center training. I can learn by doing and self-teach, but it is only knowledge and experience of someone working in the field that can wrap their head around how a small business owner must time and technology. I would of course still outsource many things, but I will know more about what I'm asking in terms of time and service, the possibilities and limitations. And, I think I can kind of use a few of those tools (thank you for the edit). break some bad habits, and start to feel good again about my computer world! Thank you.
- Paula G. from Tuson, AZ
After really listening to what I am trying to accomplish, Carl was able to suggest and demonstrate specific tools and techniques within the Photoshop program that will help me achieve my goals. And while I was initially hesitant to try online tutoring, Carl made it seamless and easy.
- Brenda B. from Knights Landing, CA
I am an experienced Quark user switching to InDesign. I learned so much in a very short time, plus how to get my project designed efficiently and to press. I saved so much time in the long run with Carl's help.
- Cindy S. from Annapolis, MD
Carl began with getting some of my more rusty Mac skills up-to-date and desktop organization/flow set up in a more efficient manner. Covered different types of backup: internal, external and off-site. And began in-depth explanation of Lightroom, helped with file organization and imports. This was just the tip of the iceberg... He is very patient and engaging. Excellent tutor! Very glad he reached out from across country to tutor remotely, it works better -much better! than in person
- Annemarie S. from Lake Geneva, WI
I am enjoying my time with Carl. He is bringing me into the 2015 version of Photoshop and I am loving it! He is very thorough in his instructions, but flexible about skipping around to help me with specific functions.
- Jeanne R. from San Francisco, CA
My computer skills are a bit " behind the power curve" therefor I was a bit apprehensive to sign on for lessons. Carl's approach is to let his Student dictate the pace at the level that suits them & has the patients & the knowhow to work with them & to get the most out of their time spent. Clearly Carl has a great working knowledge & I would definitely recommend him.
- Dan M. from Newark, CA
Carl spent over three hours with me and was so patient. He even helped me get my computer all set up for better functioning. So happy with the lesson.
- Erin D. from Mill Valley, CA
Carl helped me to better utilize the program (Adobe InDesign), learning many shortcuts and imparting information only available to someone who has worked extensively with this program for many years. The time flew by and has given me a much needed leg up on preparing a document that needs to be finished asap. I will not hesitate to request more time with Carl for continuing techniques & tips for this program and any others with which he is conversant. Many thanks!
- Vicki I. from Danville, CA
Carl was very knowledgeable and conscientious when teaching my son about Photoshop. He was great at expanding the lesson to include how to organize yourself as well. My son is looking forward to his next lesson!!
- Christina M. from Burlingame, CA
I've had two 2-hour sessions with Carl focusing on a variety of Photoshop techniques (among other Mac- and Adoble-related topics) and I have nothing but positive comments. Carl was incredibly flexible when it came to setting up a time to meet, he was (and is) available by phone regularly, he is patient, and he is very good at explaining concepts. I had some specific techniques I wanted to learn in a short period of time for a project on which I was working and Carl enabled me to understand them and immediately apply them in my work. I will absolutely set up additional sessions to deepen my understanding of "everything Adobe" and I may even set up a session with my son so he can learn new tricks in iMovie! I highly recommend Carl.
- Cindy G. from Redwood City, CA
Very patient and conscientious; offered detailed explanations to all questions. I looked forward to our lessons and Carl made it fun and easy to learn a new computer skill.
- Karen P. from West Palm Beach, FL
I run a non-profit and had many gaps in my computer skills. Carl has a wealth of knowledge in this arena and was able to teach me the skills I needed in a patient, clear and concise manner. I had many areas I wanted to work on, including photography, and Carl was able to assist me with all of my needs and never minded when I wanted to work on several different topics during a session. He always responds promptly when I require assistance and is flexible when it comes to scheduling a session. His positive outlook is refreshing and I plan on continuing to work with Carl in the future.
- Leslie J. from Redwood City, CA
The Mac is a beautiful computer, but it can be hard for beginners and even intermediate users to get past the "How do I ....?" stage. A couple of sessions with Carl have really unlocked the potential of the Macs in our small office. Not only did he solve some tough problems with patience and persistence, he's shown us how to do all kinds of things that make the Mac faster, easier and a pleasure to use. Carl communicates very well -- at our level -- without jargon and befuddlement. He listens, then digs right in with solutions from a vast store of Mac knowledge and experience. If you need a helping hand with your Mac, Carl may be the right tutor for you.
- Emily R. from Concord, CA
I am very happy with Carl as tutor. He is very well informed both about LightRoom and Mac operations, is clear in his instructions and is agreeable to work with.
- Edwin L. from San Francisco, CA
Carl is a great computer tutor -- knowledgeable, personable, patient and reliable. In addition to helping me improve my computer skills, he's also a talented graphic designer who has helped me create posters, invitations and yearbook pages using In Design.
- Juliet W. from San Francisco, CA
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