Here is the fun and engaging Photoshop lesson that will teach students to use Photoshop's basic tools while they create a fun take home product. Students take a head shot photo of themselves and turn it into a cartoon, then place that cartoon head on the body of Papercraft person. They then print out, cut out, and assemble their Papercraft person to create an awesome 3D version of themselves.
Students get experience working with such basic Photoshop tools as Move, Brush, Eraser, Pen, Eyedropper, Magic Wand, Paint Bucket, Rectangular Marquee, etc.; as well as get practice with a host of keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl+A, Ctrl+D, Ctrl+T, Ctrl+Z, and more. Students also learn a wide variety of Photoshop tools and techniques such as adjusting levels, adding and moving layers, creating paths, controlling layer visibility, working with the Color Picker, modifying a selection's transform reference point, adjusting Opacity, and much more.
Once the students complete creating their cartoon head, they select a pre-made Papercraft model to place their face on to give them a complete body. The download includes over 650 pre-made models ranging from superheroes to movie/TV characters to real people and everyone in between. When their model is complete, the students cut out their paper-person on card stock and then construct it (NO need for glue or tape!). The resulting model is a keepsake and display item students will be proud of for years to come.
The size of the lesson files prevents them from being hosted on TpT, so the download includes instructions for downloading the lesson files from Dropbox. The TpT download also includes a list of all of the tools and techniques in Photoshop that this lesson covers, as well as four extension activity suggestions so you can keep all students working until you are ready to move on to the next project.
This lesson assumes students have never used Photoshop. The instructions are written for Photoshop CS6, but can easily be adjusted for use with any version of the software. Both .docx and .html format are included in the download to allow you to edit and 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!