Graphics Overview

Since the late 1980's, I have been interested in computer graphics. Since that time, hardware and software have both become quite sophisticated. I believe one can now accomplish digitally what could once only be done with natural media.

I had my beginnings using ASCII characters to create some rather detailed pictures. If you are unfamiliar with using ASCII characters to draw, I've included an external link to a gallery. Also, you can do a Google search for "ASCII art" and come up with many more examples.

Because I've always been a PC user, one of my first paint & image editing programs was Paint Shop Pro (for DOS!). As my needs changed (i.e. switching from DOS to Windows), I found that Paint Shop Pro changed right along with me. Until about 1999, I used it exclusively.

As my needs in graphics software began to change, I learned to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I also became interested in Painter for its superior natural media brushes and canvases. Over the years I've used a combination of all these products and experimented with others in both my personal and professional artwork.

I was a teaching assistant at Ziff-Davis University for the Paint Shop Pro classes. At this time I also became a contributing author of the book Creating Paint Shop Pro Web Graphics, which one the Ben Franklin Award for “Best Computer Book of the Year” in 1999.

I have since “semi-retired”, meaning that I'm still doing both print and web work for a few established clients, but only taking on the rare new client. I still try to keep up on new software, new versions of old software, and new techniques.

Under this category of graphics you will perhaps find a gallery or two of my personal works, and a few tips, tricks, or tutorials about the various graphics software I use.

While I can't answer e-mail personally about how to accomplish a particular task in a given program, if you would like to write to me to suggest a topic for a tutorial, please do so. I'll be going through my “old” tutorials to figure out which ones I still find relevant, and which ones need updating for inclusion on this site, so check back from time to time for new content.