Here are a bunch of projects that we do in Digital Imaging classroom. Many of the project combine Adobe Photoshop with Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Encore.
For more great Photoshop and Illustrator projects go to Brain Buffet: This is one of my favorite new sites. Rob Schwartz will have your students eating out of his hand in no time. He is one of the coolest guys I know and his curriculum is design to provide students all the training they will need to pass the ACA exam!
Learning Objectives: Masking, gradient, alignment/guides, proximity, text
- New File and Placing an image (2:19)
- Using Guides and adjusting text leading/kerning (3:36)
- Adding a shape layer and using a gradient layer mask (2:17)
- Placing the key graphic, using a selection as a mask, adding a threshold adjustment layer and clipping mask, using a blend mode (6:59)
Once you finish your business card for your client, make another one for yourself. Try to design it so it fits your personality.
Post Card (9:30)
Learning Objectives: Blend modes, Adjustment Layers and Mask Adjustments
*Size is 4.25 in by 6 in
*Illustrator Extension: Have the students design the other side of the post card in Illustrator. Here are some layouts they should follow.
Learning Objectives: Part 1 (5:33) Save custom presets, working with guides, applying a vector mask
Part 2 (4:50) Double stroke, creating a new layer style and applying it
Part 3 (5:11) Working with gradients
Learning Objectives: Part 1 (4:32) Duplicate layer, restoration tools, Red eye, spot healing brush
Part 2 (4:18) Patch Tool and Clone stamp tool, healing brush, spot healing, red eye and patch tools
Part 3 (3:30) The 3rd eye!-)
http://www.digitalretouch.org/ Photoshop Restoration and Retouching
Import Video to Layers (4:27)
Learning Objectives: Importing Video to Layers and Masking
This is one of my skateboard/snowboard crews favorite thing to do. (example)
The video file (bike.mov) is located in the photos/videoLayers folder.
Adobe Photoshop for Video Editors: This is an entire workshop dedicated to using Photoshop in my video classes.Video Into Words: Clipping masks with Adobe Photoshop and Video
Learning Objectives: Part 1 (4:36) Combining selection tools, refine edge, adjustment layers and blending
Part 2 (2:45) Multiply blend mode
Part 3 (3:11) Clipping Masks and layer groups
Grungy Text Tutorial
Vector file in the poster folder.
Ideas: Fall, Winter and Spring; Sports - rotate 2 weeks per sport each season, curriculum themes or highlighting a specific program.
Ad Busters: Students cut an Ad out of a magazine and then do a spoof on it.
Logo Design: Great Illustrator Assignment
Take out menu for local small restaurant
Ads for the school newspaper
Contest – King County Library Card, Drug Free Washington, Doodle for Google, Don’t Give in to Fit In
Change a street sign
Photoshop Ping Pong
Shoe Design (see the folder in Photos for templates and a shortcut to the site.
Certificates for sports teams
Resume with Digital Art Work (my example) I put this together with Illustrator
Promotional Materials for Event
Examples: Poster | T-shirt | Program | Thank you card | Certificate