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My teaching philosophy is simple, learning new skills should never feel intimidating or overwhelming. My computer classes focus on basic principles you will use everyday. Each lesson is broken down into small easy to understand tasks that gradually build on one another. Although much of the subject matter we discuss tends to be on the technical side, it is always taught in a simple, practical manner. My goal is to make sure students gain a total understanding of how and why things work the way they do. 

 

 


 

What are Students Saying?

What are students saying about classes at BobTeachesArt.com?

Bucky Jones – Illustrator

Wow, Bob Ostrom is an awesome teacher! Seriously, what he covered in 1/2 an hour, and how he was able to explain it in a way that even I could understand...just awesome! If you ever have the chance to take a class or have a lesson with him, I highly recommend it! Thanks, Bob!

Candice Davies, Author Illustrator

I'm writing to sing the praises of Bob Ostrom. It's clear from his artwork that he's mastered his media and is an accomplished artist. But being accomplished doesn't necessarily equate to being a quality teacher. How many of us have had that 'genius' professor that was just plain incomprehensible? I have. Paid big bucks for "industry standard" gurus before I met Bob, and each one left me feeling more inept and discouraged than before. Fortunately, Bob is one of the rare jewels in which craftsmanship and quality instructor coalesce. His delightful sense of humor makes learning fun and his sincere desire to help his students unlock their potential make learning relevant and exciting.

Tara Urbach – Artist

Thanks Bob! I'm so happy I took this 3 pack of classes for Illustrator. I was proficient coming in - but I knew I could benefit from Bob's years of professional experience and the fact that he stays so current with the upgrades. I picked up a lot of tips that will help me with my speed and efficiency - which was my goal. Mission accomplished! Thanks again!!!

 

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How Much is being Cheap Costing You?

 

Being Cheap Actually Costs you Money

As artists a lot of us tend to be, how shall I put this nicely?…. frugal, thifty? Cheap!  OK, there I said it, a lot of us are just plain cheap! In the name of trying to save money we often shoot ourselves in the foot and end up actually losing money instead. We think that by holding out and not spending money on ourselves, our business, education, promotion or software that somehow we’ll beat the odds and come out ahead.

Art is a business

Art is a business just like any other business and in order to thrive we need to stay competitive. Part of staying competitive means investing in ourselves and our business. In the many years I’ve been in business I’ve had to learn this lesson more than once. Sometimes it’s just a simple reminder other times it’s cost me dearly. I apologize for the rant but if there’s one bit of advice I would give someone who is interested in making a living as an artist it would be – Don’t be cheap. Invest in yourself and invest in your business and you will see the returns. Being cheap will simply end up costing you in the end.

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photo bob ostromBob Ostrom is an award winner illustrator who teaches Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in Raleigh NC and for some strange reason has chosen to use the third person for this author bio. If you are interested in taking a class with me or an online tutoring session please use the link below to sign up for more info.

 

 

 

How to Cut Your Work time in Half: Photoshop Tutorial – Actions

Photoshop Tutorial Actions

How to build and use actions.

Imagine if you could cut your Photoshop or Illustrator work time in half. It’s not only possible, it’s actually quite simple. By learning this simple function you could actually cut your work time in half by allowing you to automate your work flow. Sound too good to be true. It’s not. It’s a common, often overlooked function, you can use in either Photoshop or Illustrator called actions.

We all know key commands are a great way to speed up the work process but did you know you can use actions to automate Photoshop and Illustrator and play back recorded commands. Not only that, but you can also assign those recorded functions a key command and with the push of a button effortlessly play them back whenever you like.

If you’re not familiar with actions here’s a little video I made to help you understand how they work. In this video I use them to help me complete a repetitive set of commands I need each time I scan a sketch into Photoshop but you don’t have to stick to my set of commands. Once you understand how actions work you can use them for anything you like.

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photo bob ostromBob Ostrom is an award winner illustrator who teaches Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in Raleigh NC and for some strange reason has chosen to use the third person for this author bio. If you are interested in taking a class with me or an online tutoring session please use the link below to sign up for more info.

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Help my Photoshop Swatches Palette is a Mess! – How to Arrange your Photoshop Swatches Palette

How to Arrange your Photoshop Swatches Palette.

I work in Adobe Photoshop almost every day and my swatch palette is a mess. I tend to add my swatches as I go, randomly and in no particular order. I’ve always wanted to put my palette in better order but just wasn’t sure how. I know it would help speed things up but it always seemed like a good idea for the next time.

Today I finally stopped what I was doing, put my project aside for five minutes and figured it out. Now my colors are in perfect order and I’m twice as fast as I was ten minutes ago. Turns out that rearranging your color palette is quite easy. Who knew?…

Here’s how to arrange your Photoshop swatches palette.

Step 1

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Step one – locate and open the flyout menu in your swatches panel

 

 

Step 2

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Step two – Locate the preset manager

 

 

Step 3

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Step three – Rearrange your palette by dragging your colors to the location you like.

 

Step 4

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Step four- hit the done button and you are ready to rock and roll.

 

 

Step 5

– Bookmark this page because a year from now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably forget where that thing is.

 

 

photo bob ostromBob Ostrom is an award winner illustrator who teaches Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in Raleigh NC and for some strange reason has chosen to use the third person for this author bio. If you are interested in taking a class with me or an online tutoring session please visit my contact page  on this site to reach me for more info.

Q and A Friday.

Hi Readers,
I’m starting a new section on the blog today where from time to time I’ll be posting questions I receive via email or online from other artists who need a little help. I receive quite a bit of email from folks all over the world who want to learn more about being a professional artist, how I create my images and even what I use to create them. I usually respond with an email or by using an IM but I thought since many of the questions are similar in nature it would be a good idea to begin posting them online so everyone can learn from them. I hope you’ll find this useful. If you have a question you’d like to ask all you need to do is jump over to the Q and A page and follow the simple instructions. I hope to hear from you soon…

Q and A Friday

 

Question:

Bob,
I enjoyed poking around your website. I thought I’d drop you a line for some thoughts/advice. I’m not sure what its like in the US but here in the UK the standard of children’s stories seems to be pretty sketchy. My old dear retired from teaching last summer and has written some cracking stories but efforts to bang on the doors of the mainstream publishers, despite having had some published by the BBC, have yielded nothing. Unfortunately it seems you either need to know someone or be failed pop star or something. So not to be deterred I thought I’d take it on, get them illustrated and explore the eBook route. My grand scheme would be to have them available on a website to download and use the site to inspire kids to have a go themselves. There are so many things you could do.
But…There needs to be a starting point and that is the somewhat crucial aspect of the illustration. My sense is that you need to find an illustrator who can capture the characters in the story. Given your extensive experience do you have any thoughts on a plan of attack?
Many thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you of you get a moment.
Kind regards
Mark

Answer:

Thanks for your question Mark,
In my opinion marketing is the key. It’s very competitive in the self published eBook world right now. To stand out your book is going to need marketing support along with your excellent artwork. My advice would be to have a strategy in place before you release. In other words you’ll need to begin building your market before you even post it.
Unfortunately just placing your book on Amazon ( or whichever site you choose)
is not enough. You’ll also need to make sure you get great reviews, have it featured on blog sites, do interviews and get it front of the people who might buy books like yours. If you can find a way to get noticed by your target market you will have a better chance of selling a few books. It’s a lot of work but if you really believe in your project and are dedicated to it’s success you can make it happen. Good luck I hope you do great. Thanks again for getting in touch. Please let me know how things work out.
Best

Bob

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