Tom Stazer - Resume January 2012
Photoshop Master and Graphic Designer - over 20 years experience.
Highly skilled in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge, Acrobat,
with an expert eye for text kerning and leading.
REFERENCES AVAILABLE IN PDF VERSION - SEE LINKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM OF PAGE.
Seeking an employer who can benefit from my retouching and design skills and my extensive background in digital prepress and publishing, combined with over two decades of freelance illustration and design. A thorough understanding of both the capabilities and limitations of digital and print mediums allows me to design and create work efficiently, confidently, and promptly. Detail oriented, forward-thinking and enthusiastic, I would like to contribute my skills to an employer that is seeking a highly skilled, extremely reliable graphics producer.
|Image Retouching, Correction and Composition
Print, Broadcast and Web Photo Optimization
Logo, Type and Package Design
3D Renders of Package Designs
Catalog Design & Production
Hand Drawn Illustration
|Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe InDesign CS5
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Adobe Acrobat CS5
Extensis Portfolio 8
8/2009 - current CMA Brand Presence & Design - Houston, TX
Image Retoucher, Assistant Designer
Photo retouching for major international food and beverage providers; product enhancement and beautification for Vans, Weight Watchers, Coca-Cola, Minute Maid and others. Created online image library of retouched fruits for international package design use; Created 3D models of product packaging and assisted in production and design when needed.
11/2011 - 02/2012 Funtastic Toys -, Houston, TX
Package and Display Designer
Package and display design for retail toys. Additional illustration and concept drawings for new toy production. Product mockup and photography for toy catalog.
3/2009 - 9/2009 Digital Imaging Group - Houston, TX
Photo retouching for Dell Computers products.
9/2001 - 10/2008 J Walter Thompson Houston, TX
Digital Graphics Producer
Photo retouching, design and prepress; troubleshoot and create press-ready files from Art Director roughs, client notes and sales feedback. Extensive retouching work and color correction. Take Art Director concepts to finals, adapting design as necessary for brochures, mailings, billboards, POP, etc. Troubleshoot files, links and color palettes from less experienced operators, ensure Brand Standards are met for client’s projects.
1/1996 - 6/2001 Flintlock, Ltd. (HFH,
Inc.) Houston, TX
Supervise 3-4 designers/production artists, maintain and upgrade all Macintosh equipment. Design catalogs, packaging, signs and products. Meet with internal and external clients to develop design solutions. Quality check all outgoing files and work directly with printers to ensure accuracy.
8/1995 - 11/1995 BMC Software Houston,
Produce brochures and information sheets for company products
as part of marketing department. Scanning, layout, conversion
from Word to Quark
1/1981 - 7/1995 Characters Houston,
Pre Press Operator
Duties included pre press production, digital retouching and
compositing, process evaluation and recommendation, quality control
1/1979 Associate Degree Ivy School
of Art Pittsburgh, PA
Commercial Art trade school, similar to Art Institute of Pittsburgh
and it's sister schools.
1/1979 Tech Memorial High School