In this fun activity, students create that Photoshop eye candy known as Pop Art. An image is selected from the internet, turned into pop art using some basic filters and color adjustment layers, and then copied into a four-panel format. Beginners can handle this activity for sure provided they know how to use selection tools and can follow directions step by step. They also enjoy being able to transform their favorite actor, athlete, musician or historical figure into a vibrant piece of art. There is detailed step by step instructions complete with plenty of screenshots.
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I have found that it generally takes 60 minutes for students to complete one (after a demo).
Before giving students this assignment, it would be helpful for students to have an idea how to use basic selection tools such as the Polygon Lasso Tool or Magic Wand Tool. In addition to the Selection Tools, students will learn:
- how to use layer Blending Modes. (Here we blend bright colors with image details using the "Multiply" blending mode)
- how to use the threshold filter to transform a picture into more of a graphic, cartoon-like image.
- how to use the Color Half Tone filter to give the image a comic book texture (this is an extra, not a requirement)
- how to resize the canvas to allow for the panels
- how to use Hue / Saturation layer
This lesson was created in Photoshop CS6 and can be adapted to other versions of Photoshop.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments regarding this assignment! I hope that you find it useful and I look forward to hearing from you.
Included in this package:
- a .pdf instruction file
- Two completed answer files.
- Some student samples
- All images and texture images used in the completion of my example answer (all were non-copyrighted images according to my google search).
- Take the time to do one yourself prior to presenting to the students so you are familiar with the steps.
- You will probably have time to demonstrate coloring one part of a picture in 10-15 minutes. A complete demo would take close to 30 minutes.
- You may want to plan on having the students do a second one depending on how much time you want to devote to this activity.
- If you have time, show off students work when they are done, this is motivating for them.
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