1.24- Chernobyl Zoo

Your Print Shop has been hired by a animal rights group to create weird mutated animals for a campaign against genetic experiments on animals. Scientists are mixing DNA of different animals to get glowing mice, horses with horns, etcetera. The group feels this kind of genetic experimentation is dangerous and unethical. Yo umust create a genetically modified composite animal for use in their campaign posters and online ads. (For example, you may have a monkey with a bird beak and antlers or wings.) You must create a composite animal with at least 3 different animal pictures combined to make your new animal. You can choose to have it look scary or peaceful, but either way, it MUST look real!!!


Create a composite animal in photoshop.


  • You must combine at least 3 images.
  • You must honor copyright restrictions and law when designing your image
  • You must include at least 2 types of animals.
  • The image MUST be believable. It should look like a real animal.
  • You MUST use masks to edit away the parts of the animals you don’t need.
  • You must scale the image to the paper size and print.
  • Save the image as a .psd in your photoshop files folder(i.e. 105animal-schwartz.psd)
  • You must scale the image down for the internet and use the appropriate resampling method
  • Unsharp mask the image after resizing
  • Save as jpeg in the photoshop images folder called chernobyl-lastname.jpg

Concepts Learned:

  • Working with multiple documents
  • Copy and paste
  • Brushes
  • Working With Selections
  • Layer Masks
  • Brightness/contrast
  • Hue/saturation
  • Fit to sheet and print
  • Resizing images and resampling methods
  • Unsharp Mask
  • Save as jpeg


  • Computer Workstation
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Animal images- (search online)


  • Software Tutorials and User’s Guides
  • Tutorial books in the design library
  • Online Resources


  • Use masks to erase or restore parts of an animal (white paints, black erases). Pay attention to the edge of the brush- sometimes you’ll need a hard edge, sometimes soft.
  • If the colors and brightness of your animals don’t match, use curves, levels, or Hue/Saturation to get the images closer.
  • Use the color blending mode on your color layers most of the time. If a color doesn’t look right even after hue and saturation adjustments, try some of the other modes.


Does the image look like it was never retouched? Is the composite animal natural looking? Is the brightness and coloring natural?


  • Create a mutant human using the same techniques.
  • Change the setting of the image by inserting a background using the same techniques (mask the original animal).
  • Write a story about your animal and it’s journey through the transformation.



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