In this engaging and fun lesson, students take a photograph of a city skyline and manipulate it with Photoshop to create an amazing underwater Atlantis-like city. This project takes several days to complete, but covers a large variety of Photoshop tools and techniques including creating and modifying layers, working with adjustment layers and clipping masks, adjusting layer blending modes, making and editing selections, editing gradients, adjusting the canvas size, changing layer opacity, creating and editing custom brushes, working with tools (Brush, Pen, Lasso, Smudge, Magic Wand, Burn, Eyedropper, Rectangle, Eraser, Gradient, Move, Rectangular & Elliptical Marquee, Paint Bucket), filters (Gaussian Blur, Radial Blur, Shear Distort, Add Noise, Render Clouds, Render Lighting Effects, Filter Gallery), and transforms (Warp, Perspective). The tutorial walks all students through sinking the same city, then they are turned loose in the extension exercise to create an underwater city of their own. The download includes 50 different city skylines, 30 different fish, and 30 different large creatures to populate the city. Students gain a working knowledge of Photoshop as well as an awesome image they can be proud of.
This lesson assumes students have never used Photoshop. Includes instructions for Photoshop CS3 (shorter tutorial that does not include the light streaks) and CS6 (much more detailed tutorial with more complete step-by-step instructions and more screen shots), but can be easily adjusted for use with any version of the software. Offered in .docx format 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!