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Graphics 9 Course Plan

Overview:
This course will teach students the basic use of graphics software through several challenges. In the
challenges students will take on the role of a graphic/photography company hired to complete different
projects. The focus will be on understanding the Essential Questions presented with each challenge.
For each challenge students will complete the CTF Design Template for each project. This template has
three components:
Design: To be completed before you start your project.
Create: To be completed as you complete your project.
Appraise: To be completed after your project is complete.

Rationale:
Digital Photography and Photo Editing Software had revolutionized the Photo Industry. You can no
longer believe everything you see in magazines. This class will explore some of the tools that are used to
manipulate and enhance photographs. Students need to be aware of digital manipulation and the
impact it can have on them. This class will help them avoid the traps that photo editing creates.

Materials:
Computer Stations (1 per student)
Adobe Fireworks
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Digital Cameras

CTF Learning Outcomes:


CTF is exploring interests, passions and skills while making personal connections to career possibilities.
I explore my interests and passions while making personal connections to career possibilities.
I use occupational area skills, knowledge and technologies.
I follow safety requirements associated with occupational areas and related technologies.
I demonstrate environmental stewardship associated with occupational areas.
CTF is planning, creating, appraising and communicating in response to challenges.
I plan in response to challenges.
I make decisions in response to challenges.
I adapt to change and unexpected events.
I solve problems in response to challenges.
I create products, performances or services in response to challenges.
I appraise the skills, knowledge and technologies used to respond to challenges.
I communicate my learning.
CTF is working independently and with others while exploring careers and technology.
I determine how my actions affect learning.
I develop skills that support effective relationships.
I collaborate to achieve common goals.
Lesson Sequence
Day Lesson Title Key Question Learning Activities Assessment
In this section students will explore graphics tools in Fireworks. Our goal will be to edit existing images; making changes that the viewer cant notice.
Challenge #1: Your favorite apparel company has hired you to create an interesting image that
How can will be used in a magazine advertisement. Your image should include celebrity/sponsored
graphics athlete in an interesting background.
software be - In this challenge, you will add a person in an action role to an existing background.
used to - Find a good quality image of a person doing an activity. Examples would be skiing, hiking, surfing
combine etc.
Combining pictures? - The image should be 800 pixels x 800 pixels.
1 5%
Pictures - Use the selection tools to delete the background from this image. Try the magic wand tool,
How do masks, the marquee tool, the lasso and the magnetic lasso.
selection tools - Find a good quality background image that is outdoors. Examples would be a sand dune, a path
work within in the forest, the ocean.
graphics - Now you will insert your person into the background. Your goal is to make it look like that
software? person belongs in the image. Try using filters, the rubber stamp tool or cutting and layering so
that the image looks realistic.
Challenge #2: Your company has been hired to remove an unwanted object from an image.
Your after picture must be able to fool the viewer into thinking that there was nothing where
How can we
the unwanted object was.
use graphics
- In this assignment, you will use fireworks to take a person out of a photograph. I should not be
software to
Removing able to see where the person was.
2 remove 5%
Objects - Find a good quality photo of a person who is outdoors. 800 x 800 pixels
unwanted
- Using the rubber stamp tool and the content aware tool you will now remove the person from
objects from
the photo; replace the person with background that matches the area they are in.
an image?
- https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/how-to/remove-objects-artifacts-content-aware-
fill.html?set=photoshop-elements--fundamentals--editing
Challenge #3: You have been hired by a Hollywood tabloid to make an image for a fictional
article about the successful genetic combining of two unrelated animals in a Canadian
University. Choose two animals of your choice and successfully produce an image of your hybrid
How can animal.
Blending graphics tools - In this assignment, you are going to create a new breed of animal by blending 2 different animals
3 10%
Images be used to together.
blend images? - Open the following web site: http://www.humandescent.com/.
- View the different animals that have been created. Notice the properties that make it easy to
blend the different animals: their fur is close to the same, they are facing the same direction, their
color is similar, their position is the same
- Now find 2 good quality images of 2 different animals that meet the criteria in point 2. Using
selections tools and the rubber stamp you will now blend the two animals into one.
- Name your new species.
- Finished? Take an Object (fruit or vegetable) and give it human qualities.
Digital Imaging Tips and Tricks: We will use Photoshop Elements to edit photographs in this topic.
Challenge #4: Your graphics company has been hired to remove blemishes from 4 images of
celebrities to be used in an upcoming GQ or Cosmopolitan magazine. Remove all blemishes and
smooth the skin of 4 celebrity photographs.
How can
- In this assignment, you are going to fix blemishes on 2 portraits.
unwanted
- Find 2 images from the internet of people with zits
Spot Healing blemishes be
4 - Open the images in Adobe Photoshop Elements. 5%
Brush removed using
- Using the Spot Healing Brush, clean up the skin of the person in the portrait so that they have
graphics
clear skin. Fix messy hair or other flaws if necessary with the tools you have used from previous
software?
lessons.
- Create a new folder and name it your name zits and save the originals and the fixed images into
that folder in your D drive.
Challenge #5: Your graphics/photography company was going through some photos from a
How can recent photoshoot and noticed several images have some serious problems with Red Eye. Your
graphics job is to fix these images before the proofs are presented to your clients.
5 Red Eye software fix - In this assignment, you will remove red eye from 3 different images. 5%
problems with - Find 3 of the images from the internet that have Red Eye and use the red eye reduction tool to
Red Eye? remove the red eye. From each of the images.
- Save each image to your D:drive in a folder called Red Eye. Name them before and after 1, 2, 3,
Challenge #6: Your company just came back from 2 photo shoots where lighting was a serious
issue. Cloud cover was a serious issue in the first shoot and images came back much too dark.
How can
In the other shoot the sun was out in full force and every image was too bright. Use your
brightness and
understanding of brightness and contrast to fix the brightness and contrast of 2 images.
contrast of
Brightness & - In this assignment, you will improve the brightness and contrast in a photo.
6 images be 10%
Contrast - Find one picture of scenery (from the internet) that shows underexposure and one that shows
adjusted with
overexposure.
graphics
- Using the Multiply mode to improve the overexposed image.
software?
- Using the Screen mode to improve the underexposed image.
- Save a before and after copy each picture in your D drive in a folder called Contrast
Challenge #7: Your company has been hired to modify the hair color of your favorite actor for a
Selection Tools How do you article promoting an upcoming movie. Your favorite actor does not want to have to modify
and Adjusting adjust color their hair color back to the color it was in the movie. It must be modified digitally. Use your
7 10%
Hue and using graphics knowledge of selection tools and hue and saturation to adjust the hair color.
Saturation software? - In this assignment, we will choose a portion of a photo by using the magnetic lasso tool. We will
then change the color of the selected area by playing with Hue and Saturation.
- Open a photograph containing something you want to select. In this case, I selected the boys
hair.
- Duplicate the background layer by right clicking on the layer and choosing Duplicate Layer.
- Hide the original background layer and then click on the copy layer by clicking the eye icon in the
Layers Palette.
- Use the Magnetic Lasso Tool to draw a loose selection around the hair.
- Copy and paste the hair into a new layer.
- Delete the second layer.
- Un-hide the background layer.
- Select the hair layer; go the Enhance Menu and choose Adjust Color and then Hue and Saturation
- Move the sliders until the hair is changed to the desired color
Challenge #8: You have been thinking of applying for a new job with a different graphics
company. You want to really be able to impress the new company by showing them your
amazing graphics skills. To demonstrate your graphics skills, complete 4 of the following
What advanced tutorials.
advanced - Choose and complete 4 of the following tutorials. Each link takes you to a tutorial: masking hair,
Advanced things can Replace the Sky, remove glare from glasses, Remove Wrinkles, adjusting skin tone, apply a
8 10%
Editing graphics gradient tint, black and white conversion, whiten teeth, blending 2 photos, selective
software do to decolourization, Change the Colour of an object, Ghost Trail Effect
images? - Produce before and after pictures for each of the pictures you modify. Import all 8 (4 before and
4 after) pictures in to one large fireworks image (1440 x 1440). Label each modified picture with
the name of the tutorial that you used to modify the image (do this in fireworks).
- Hand in your image.
Photography: Assume you are working for a graphics/photography company or you are a photographer.
Challenge #9: You would like to get a part in the new movie Mutant Avatar. In order to get
the part, you need to submit a sample photo with digital modification. Complete the following
tutorial to prepare your image.
- In this assignment, you will turn yourself into a cartoon character or super hero. You will work
from your school photo and do all editing in Photoshop Elements.
How do filters - Create a new file; 8.5 x 11 inches, 300 dpi
allow for - Place your school photo on the page
9 Filters extreme - Remove the background from your photo with the magic wand tool or the polygon lasso tool 5%
modification - Select your face and neck using the magnetic lasso tool,
of photos? - Change your face color using enhance/color/hue and saturation (dont forget to select the
colorize box)
- from the filters menu use the distort filters to change your face, your goal is to look like an alien
- Use the smudge tool to change your hair, ears, eye brows etc.
- Find a space background and place it into your image
- Give yourself a new alien name.
Challenge #10: Your photography/graphics company has been hired to produce a unique image
How can of your favorite athlete with their team or country logo on their face. The image will be
images be featured in an upcoming magazine article about the athlete. Make sure this image is as
Layering and
10 combined interesting and professional as possible. 5%
Opacity
using layering - In this assignment, you will work with an athlete of your choice. You will paint a picture on
and opacity? their face using layers and blending. The assignment will be created using Photoshop Elements.
You will need to find an image to paint over your face.
Challenge #11: Your company has made headlines for its great graphics work. To display your
How can graphical skills the magazine wants to produce a cover titled The Many Faces of YourName.
graphics Create an image similar to the one on your left with 9 different pictures of yourself manipulated
Modifying software in different ways.
11 5%
Images modify images - In this challenge, you will alter 1 photo (school photo) to look completely different from the
in different original, 9 different times. You will manipulate your photo using filters and hue and saturation to
ways? create a page with 9 photos that are all different! Again, the assignment will be created using
Photoshop Elements. Combine each of your pictures into one using adobe fireworks.
Challenge #12: You once again are going to be featured in an article titled Perfect Symmetry
that discusses your full and balanced life as a graphic designer. For the article, you will produce
a picture of yourself in perfect symmetry. See the details below:
- Step 1. Using Photoshop Elements, open your school photo.
- Step 2. Using the layers palette, duplicate the background layer by right-clicking the layer and
selecting Duplicate Layer.
- Step 3. Rename the duplicated layer by right-clicking the Background Copy layer and choosing
Rename.
- Step 4. Rename the layer your-name.
How do you
- Step 5. Make your named layer active by selecting it. It will appear highlighted in the Layers
produce
Palette. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool, drag a rectangular selection from the upper or lower
perfectly
Symmetrical left corner through the imaginary axis of facial symmetry on the image. Right-click the selected
12 symmetrical 5%
Images area and choose Layer Via Copy.
images using
- Step 6. The layer should appear in the Layers Palette as Layer 1. Rename the layer my RIGHT
graphics
side. NOTE: You are facing the image by working on it it is really the right side of the face of
software?
the subject in the picture.
- Step 7. Layer name will appear as my RIGHT side.
- Step 8. Now lets work on one layer at a time. Well work on my RIGHT side first. Cut the
visibility of all the other layers off by clicking the eye icon beside each layer. Make sure my RIGHT
side is the active layer by clicking it and verifying that it is highlighted in blue.
- Step 9. Use the Magic Wand tool to select the blank checkerboard area of the image.
- Step 10. Invert the selection by going to the Select menu and choosing Inverse.
- Step 11. Performed correctly, facing the computer screen, the left side of the image will be
selected.
- Step 12. Choose the Move tool. Hold down the Alt key while using the move tool. Click and drag
the selection to the right while holding down the Alt key. Youll be duplicating and moving a copy
of the selection to the other side of the image.
- Step 13. When the duplicated selection is properly aligned against the imaginary center axis of
the subjects face, release the mouse to set the selection in place. Next, you will need to flip the
selection to create reflectional (or mirror) symmetry. Go to the Image menu, choose Rotate, and
Flip Selection Horizontal.
- Step 14. Flatten your image and save it as a jpeg file name Right Side in your
C:Users/yourname/Graphics Folder
- Step 15. Repeat the steps to create a symmetrical image of your left side.
- Step 16. Upon completion save both images side by side to fireworks image file (Probably 1140 x
480) in the hand in folder.
Challenge #13: Your company is hiring some new junior staff to cover some basic photoshoots.
In order to get the staff up to speed on how to use your digital cameras, you decide to create a
How does a overview of your companies digital cameras. Complete your overview using the following
digital camera instructions:
work? What - INSTRUCTIONS: You are to do a web search for your camera on line. You may want to use the
Intro to Digital
13 are the main following web site: http://www.google.ca/ 5%
Cameras
components of - You will find a web site where you can copy and paste 3 images of your camera Photoshop
a digital Elements
camera? - You will need a front, back and top image of your camera. You will then label the key
components of your camera.
- We will be taking photos in class with Pansonic Lumix DCM FH25
Challenge #14: Your new staff need to become familiar with photography techniques and
terminology. Take some pictures(exemplars) and provide a description of what Close ups,
Simplifying and Filling the Frame mean.
- Take a look at the first three articles from the following link on Close-Ups, Simplifying and Filling
What do the
the Frame.
Close ups, terms Close
- In a word document provide a brief definition of these three photography techniques in your
Simplifying, Ups,
14 own words. Formative
Filling the Simplifying
- Working with a partner, find 6 unique subjects to take pictures of to demonstrate these
Frame and Filling the
techniques (2 of the pictures for each technique).
Frame?
- Upload pictures to the computer, fix any problems with Photoshop Elements and insert the
pictures into your word document. Explain in one or two sentences how each of your pictures
shows the photo technique(s) of close ups, simplifying and filling the frame.
- In one or two sentences explain how each picture could have been better.
Challenge #15: Continue to create tutorials for your new staff by making tutorials for them on
What is meant
the following Terms: Choosing the Format, Placing the Horizontal Line, or Rule of Thirds. Provide
by the
all of the information needed for them to properly understand these terms.
following
- Take a look at the three articles from the following link on Choosing the Format, Placing the
phrases in
Choosing the Horizontal Line and The Rule of Thirds.
photography?
Format, - In a word document provide a brief definition of these three photography techniques in your
Choosing the
15 Horizontal own words. Formative
Format,
Line, Rule of - Working with a partner, find 6 unique subjects to take pictures of to demonstrate these
Placing the
Thirds, techniques (2 of the pictures for each technique).
Horizontal
- Upload pictures to the computer, fix any problems with Photoshop Elements and insert the
Line and
pictures into your word document. Explain in one or two sentences how each of your pictures
Rule of
shows the photo technique(s).
Thirds?
- In one or two sentences explain how each picture could have been better.
Challenge #16: Continue to create tutorials for your new staff by making tutorials for them on
What is meant the following Terms: Lines, Taking Pictures Through Frames, Patterns. Provide all of the
by the information needed for them to properly understand these terms.
following - Take a look at the three articles from the following link on Lines, Taking Pictures Through Frames
phrases in and Patterns.
photography? - In a word document provide a brief definition of these three photography techniques in your
Lines, Frames,
16 Lines, own words. Formative
and Patterns
Taking - Working with a partner, find 6 unique subjects to take pictures of to demonstrate these
Pictures techniques (2 of the pictures for each technique).
Through - Upload pictures to the computer, fix any problems with Photoshop Elements and insert the
Frames and pictures into your word document. Explain in one or two sentences how each of your pictures
Patterns? shows the photo technique(s).
- In one or two sentences explain how each picture could have been better.
Challenge #17: Continue to create tutorials for your new staff by making tutorials for them on
What is meant the following Terms: Textures, High and Low Camera Angles, Abstract Composition. Provide all
by the of the information needed for them to properly understand these terms.
following - Take a look at the three articles from the following link on Textures, High and Low Camera Angles
phrases in and Abstract Composition.
Textures,
photography? - In a word document provide a brief definition of these three photography techniques in your
Angles, and
17 Textures, own words. Formative
Abstract
High and Low - Working with a partner, find 6 unique subjects to take pictures of to demonstrate these
Composition
Camera techniques (2 of the pictures for each technique).
Angles and - Upload pictures to the computer, fix any problems with Photoshop Elements and insert the
Abstract pictures into your word document. Explain in one or two sentences how each of your pictures
Composition? shows the photo technique(s).
- In one or two sentences explain how each picture could have been better.
Challenge #18: Continue to create tutorials for your new staff by making tutorials for them on
the following Terms: Establishing Size, Color. Provide all of the information needed for them to
What is meant properly understand these terms.
by the - Take a look at the three articles from the following link on Establishing Size and Color.
following - In a word document provide a brief definition of these three photography techniques in your
phrases in own words.
18 Size and Color Formative
photography? - Working with a partner, find 4 unique subjects to take pictures of to demonstrate these
Establishing techniques (2 of the pictures for each technique).
Size and - Upload pictures to the computer, fix any problems with Photoshop Elements and insert the
Color? pictures into your word document. Explain in one or two sentences how each of your pictures
shows the photo technique(s).
- In one or two sentences explain how each picture could have been better.
Challenge #19: For a photo exhibit you need to create a portfolio of images that portray
different shapes. Create a portfolio of images that portray the shapes listed below:
- Use shapes to establish structure and balance to your photographs. They are naturally pleasing
How can shape
to the eye. "Find" or "create" hidden shapes in your compositions.
be created
19 Shape - Find the following shapes in a Natural Setting. The shapes can be anything that you find in the 5%
with
setting but you cannot touch to rearrange: Square, Rectangle, Circle, Arc, Diagonal, Y Shape,
photography?
Extra Credit: S Curve, Star Shape,
- Download your images to C:/Docments and Settings/YourName/Graphics/Shapes ****Rename
each photo with the names shown above****
Challenge #20: Your photography company has been hired to create a photo story of the day in
a life of a WCHS students. Create a unique photo story.
- In this assignment, you will take 12 photographs around the school. You will choose a theme and
How can then take each photograph using a different composition rule.
photography - Once you have captured your photographs from the camera you will resize them in Photoshop
20 Telling a Story 15%
be used to tell Elements (720 pixels x 480 pixels)
a story? - Next you will go to the create option in Photoshop Elements and you will create a slide show of
your photos. Your slide show must include: 1 photo per slide, a title slide and a credits slide, a
label that explains the composition rule you were trying to achieve, 2 second transitions, a sound
track, enhancements like borders, call outs, graphics etc.
Assessment Plan
Assessment Task Overviews
Title Challenge #1-3 Challenge #4-8 Challenge #9-13 Challenge #14-18 Telling a Story

Purpose / Type
Pre-Assessment /
Summative Summative Summative Formative Summative
Diagnostic, Formative,
Summative

Task
Process, Competencies, Process, Product, Process, Product, Process, Product, Growth/ Process, Product,
Growth/Development, Performance Performance Performance Development, Performance
Product, Performance Task, Task, Task, Product Task,
Task, Quiz / Test

Modality
Do Do Do Write Do
Write, Do, Say
Assessor
Teacher Teacher Teacher Teacher Teacher
Self, Peer, Teacher
Device
Exemplar, Anecdotal
Notes, Checklist, Rating Exemplar Exemplar Exemplar Checklist Checklist, Rubric
Scale, Conversation,
Rubric

Weighting 20% 40% 25% Formative 15%

Outcomes
CTF is exploring
interests, passions and
skills while making
personal connections to
X X X
career possibilities.

CTF is planning, creating,


appraising and
communicating in X X X X X
response to challenges.

CTF is working
independently and with
others while exploring X X X X X
careers and technology.