This short Adobe Photoshop Tutorial is a student favorite. Students turn a simple photograph of themselves into a large headed, dark eyed, pointy tailed alien. The directions cover turning the official photograph of former President George Bush (nothing political here, he was President when I wrote this!) into a green skinned alien, but students actually manipulate a photo of themselves.
Students learn such Photoshop skills as editing Photoshop's properties, opening and saving an image, editing an image's size, duplicating and creating new layers, using Quick Mask mode, adjusting hue/saturation and brightness/contrast, using transform, and more. Additionally, students gain experience with tools such as Brush, Eraser, Lasso, Blur, Gradient, and more. This lesson also touches on Photoshop's filters with students using the Liquify and Distort filters.
My students absolutely love this project and have even requested additional time to turn family, friends, celebrities, athletes, etc. into aliens. This is a fantastic intro to Photoshop as well as a great refresher or practice exercise that everyone has fun with.
This lesson assumes students have never used Photoshop. A file is included which lists of all the tools this lesson covers. Includes instructions for both Photoshop CS3 and CS6, but can be easily adjusted for use with any version of the software. CS3 instructions are in .docx format while CS6 instructions are in .html format and work like a website (CS6 version is more detailed and includes additional screen shots). Both versions can be edited so you can personalize the instructions to meet the needs of your class/course.
Don't bother with poorly written tutorials on the Internet that you can't edit - download, modify, and use this lesson with your students today! Enjoy!