This lesson give students the opportunity to not only learn a host of Photoshop tools and techniques, but to be creative as well. Students create a vibrant solar system complete with a starfield, nebula, sun, planets, comet, and asteroids. Students master such Photoshop techniques as creating a document, working with layers, layer visibility, multiple filters, adjusting levels, adjusting layer blending modes, layer groups, opacity, spherize, color balance, layer styles, and many, many more.
Additionally, this lesson gives students experience with most of Photoshop's tools including, Brush, Paint Bucket, Dodge, Eraser, Lasso, Elliptical Marquee, and many more.
While each student follows the same process to create the individual elements, they have the opportunity to make personal choices which customizes each space scene. Your students will love this project and will be competing with each other to see who can create the most awesome solar system (in fact, I have a contest each year and let the students vote on which space scene they like the best)! They won't even know they are learning as they strive to build an amazing space panorama.
This lesson assumes students have never used Photoshop. Instructions are written for Photoshop CS6, but can be easily adjusted for use with any version of the software. The download is a zip file. The tutorial is presented as a website so that students can move easily between steps. The instructions can be easily edited with Adobe Dreamweaver or any webpage editing tool, so feel free to edit and personalize the instructions to meet the needs of your class/course. The preview file gives you a look at the first few directions for the first 4 steps.
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!