PS.1.20-Photoshop Intro

Project Scenario:

So you want to get a new relaxing job since your career as a rodeo clown took a turn for the worst (we won’t go into it here… I know it’s a painful memory). A friend of yours works at a small print-shop and they need a designer. You’ve been offered a trial position to see if you might work out long term. Tomorrow is your first day and you need to brush up on your skills! Get to it!

Project Objective:

Understand the basics of the photoshop interface and workflow.


  • Create a Photoshop Document
  • Create an image with multiple layers
  • You must name the finished file “Intro1-lastname.psd”
  • Journal or use the report format in the resources section to document what you’ve learned
  • OPTIONAL- Complete at least one photoshop tutorial you find online for Extra Credit.

Concepts Learned:

  • Photoshop Workspace
  • Layers
  • Problem Solving Process
  • Saving work and Class rules for saving


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Internet (for tutorials)



  • TUTORIALS ARE ALL DIFFERENT!!! If you’re on one that is written poorly, move on. Don’t spend too much time on a tuturial that has bad directions. The next one may be much better!
  • Be aware of your limits. Don’t be afraid of quitting a tutorial that’s too hard… (but never give up too fast, either!)
  • Make sure you do a tutorial that you like! If it’s easy, but boring or ugly, you won’t have any fun with it and you’ll never use it again!
  • Try to steer toward the “abstract” and “text effect” tutorials, they tend to be easier.


Did you complete three tutorials? Are they properly named? Are they saved in your “Photoshop” folder? Did you include the URL of the tutorial you used in your image in a text layer? Is the image still layered?


  • Do an extra tutorial!
  • Create a new image using the skills you learned in your tutorials

State Standards Met:

6.0,7.0, 8.0, 9.1,9.4, 9.5, 10.0, 12.1-4, 19.1, 19.9