Last week, I introduced my classes to Photoshop. This isn’t a design class, but many of my students will be expected to advance their Photoshop skills as they get into upper-division advertising and public relations courses. About a week ago, I overheard a professor going over extremely basic Photoshop stuff with a senior-level PR class. It’s simply unacceptable to be a senior and not know anything about Photoshop. Some of the students already had some experience, which was a relief to me because we all know I’m an absolute Photoshop hack. Luckily, it doesn’t take a pro to teach people about the different tools, when they might be used, and how to use them.
We’re talking about visual storytelling now, so the students are having to take pictures for their assignments and I want them to have some knowledge of photo-editing. For the purposes of my class, Electronic Communication, I wanted them to at least be able to crop, rotate, and correct color problems using auto color. I used the sample materials from the Adobe Classroom In A Book series and took them through using all the different tools. I can tell it was one of their favorite classes so far – they all seemed to have fun, particularly when accidental Photoshop disasters were created.
So, for their blog assignments this week, the students did a before-and-after Photoshop photo. Here are a few of my favorites:
And, just for fun, here’s a pattern of my sister’s head Photoshop’ed into a drawing of Oklahoma: