Not all images are captured perfectly. Sometimes they must be touched up. The following tools will help with fixing blemishes or adding objects.

Use this PDF tutorial along with your own images or one that you found off the internet to create a modified version of the original image. There are a couple of tricky parts to this tutorial. Make sure to read carefully and follow the steps as listed.

Here is another video that discusses the clone stamp tool. It is a good example of real world application.

Turn In:
Post daily progress updates to your blog. Submit examples of all four modified images (clone stamp, spot healing brush, healing brush, and patch tool) along with their originals to your blog. You will also submit your finished image from the ‘Vanishing Point’ section of the tutorial and a summary of what you did throughout the tutorial and your thoughts on the last section that cover the quick tips for better cloning.

Discover how each blend modes works and identify how to choose which blend modes to use in which situations.

Read through the following article and take notes over each of Adobe’s Blend modes. Your notes will be used to review during future assignments as well as preparation for later exams.

Turn In:
Once you have read through the article and taken notes over the different blending modes. Submit them to your instructor for a grade and they will be returned to you.

Gain basic exposure to Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop.

Take notes over the following two-part article discussing the most commonly used adjustment layers in Photoshop. The Notes will be turned in for a grade and can be used later for a test.

Part 1
Part 2

Follow along with this tutorial and complete ALL of the adjustments.

Use any picture/pictures of your choosing to complete the assignment. Some images work better with different adjustments.

Turn In:
Submit your notes over the first two-part article to the instructor by the end of the day.

You will turn in 16 sets of images for this one assignment (ALL in ONE post). Each new adjustment should have both a before and after image for a total of 32 total images.

Post the images in pairs so that I can see the differences side by side.
UNDERSTAND: Each adjustment is independent of the next. DO NOT combine any adjustments for this assignment.

Use multiple images off the internet as needed for this assignment. This is to increase your understanding of the adjustment layers and what they can be used for. It is highly unlikely that one image is going to work for each action.

For this grade SOURCE IMAGES are worth 50 points!

Create a composition following a tutorial. This composition will rely on the knowledge of layers, blending modes, selections, and adjustment layers.

Follow along with this TUTORIAL in order to create a surreal composition. USE these linked images at the top of the tutorial(remember to color adjust your image.)

Turn In:
Post daily update snips to your blog. The final image and all source images need to be uploaded to your blog in one final post. The completed .PSD file should be submitted to the ExamDrop. Discuss the techniques and what you found to be the most difficult process.

• Depth apparent: 20
• Selections: 30
• Color Match: 30
• Appeal: 10
• Source Images: 10


Learn to crop effectively

Rule of Thirds: Read THIS and complete the following.
Crop Tool: Follow this tutorial and modify the crooked image below.

  1. Choose a crooked image from the internet or use the one below. (Copy/Paste)
  2. Make the boy on the beach picture below follow the rule of thirds. (Copy/Paste)


Turn In:
Post both the fixed photo and the original to your blog. Describe what you did to fix the original image.

Discover and apply more effects and techniques in Photoshop to create a vintage style poster.

Use this tutorial to create a custom style vintage poster using original images.

  • Use an image of YOUR body
  • Use an animal head of your choice
  • Place your name in the text instead of PSD.

Vintage Poster

Post daily progress updates to your blog. All source images and Final Composition should be posted to your blog when finished. Submit a completed PSD file to the appropriate folder in the class ExamDrop.

Learn to make the hard selections easier.

Choose a plain background to show your work. NOT BLACK OR WHITE (Try red or blue).

Option 01: Work along with this video

Option 02: Work along with this video. A bit more complex (takes advantage of alpha channels).

**You can find images of your own to work with or use the same as the videos.**

Turn In:
Post all source images and final composition to your blog when done. Discuss the techniques you used and what difficulties you came across.

Learn to use different effects, blending modes, and other tools to combine multiple picture to create a unique piece of art.


  1. Combining Vectors & Photos – Q:\\OuallineJ\Graphic Design\Photoshop Lessons\(3) Silhouettes\(3)Combining Vectors with Photographs
  2. Compositing with SilhouettesOnline Tutorial
  3. Shadow Dancer – Q:\\OuallineJ\Graphic Design\Photoshop Lessons\(3) Silhouettes\(1)Shadow Dancing
  4. Inner You – Q:\\OuallineJ\Graphic Design\Photoshop Lessons\(3) Silhouettes\(2)The Inner You *MAJOR GRADE*

Turn In:
Post snapshots of your progress to your blog on a daily basis. After you finish each assignment, make sure to save the file as a .PSD and submit it to the proper folder in the ExamDrop. File name should be lastname_assignmentname.psd. Post the finished .png to your blog and discuss the techniques and steps used in the assignment.

Use your knowledge of the principles of Design (Line, Color, Size, Shape, etc. ) to create a beautiful typographical piece.

Use your previously gained knowledge to format text and shapes.

  • 8.5″ x 11″ art board (Portrait or Landscape)
  • Use a quote or lyric of your choice (include author/songwriter – small at bottom ) – cite your source
  • It must be at least 8 words in length
  • Must include shapes/graphics
  • No more than 3 fonts
  • No more than 2 colors

Turn In:
Export your final image as a PNG and post to your blog. Explain your choice of font, color, shape and design. Be specific. “Because I like it,” is not an answer!


  • 50 points – Typography Formatting: Kerning/Leading is appropriate
  • 10 points – Author is cited
  • 15 points – Caption Description
  • 10 points – Shapes/Graphics used
  • 15 points – Overall appearance