Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Best Photoshop Teacher

The internet is the best Photoshop teacher. My 8th graders are finishing up their issue-related advertisements in Photoshop and while some straggle, others need something to work on. They were clamoring for me to teach them how to "Photoshop" themselves, or change their own features the way we've been looking at how it's done in media. At first I felt alarmed, like they wanted to look like the models we were supposedly deconstructing, but then realized it was a way for them to feel empowered in the face of the manipulating images and messages around them; they can finally begin to control something for which they are just considered an audience. Anyway, rather than try to teach them techniques I barely know myself I found some tutorials on everything from changing hair color to making an object pop out of a frame. The students have been incredibly focused as they follow these tutorials step-by-step on images of their choosing. In fact the by-product of the activity has been much-needed practice of following difficult directions. Here is the list of tutorials:
Make a reflection of an image
Swap faces
Put cracks in a face
Separate a subject from its background
Create smooth skin
Make a grin look evil
Put a ghost in a picture
Stretch a mouth for cartoon effect
Make a photo look old
Replace a color with another color
Change hair color

Make a face wooden
Make something jump out of a frame
Make something jump out of a frame (another version)
Make line art from a photo
Make Warhol art from a photo

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