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#4: Photoshop for Fifth Graders: The First Step is Word

Posted by on May 19, 2011

Before we get into Photoshop, we’ll start with a program your fifth grader is most likely comfortable with: MS Word. For basic image editing, Word does a pretty good job, so we’ll start with a project using Word’s tools:

  • Open a blank document in MS Word. Insert a picture with multiple focal points (see samples). pic
  • Duplicate the image once for each focal point.
  • Click one image to activate toolbar.
  • Crop each duplicate to show just one of the focal points
  • Double click the image to bring up the ‘Format Picture’ dialogue box.
  • Change the fill and border (line). Use the ‘Picture—image control’ tab to change to washout, grayscale, etc. Say OK.
  • Click image once to display the ‘dot. Rotate picture creatively.
  • If you use pictures from the internet, be sure they’re royalty free.

I’ve put it all on one page for you if you want to print it out:

Image editing with MS Word

Image editing with MS Word

Next, we start Photoshop with easy auto fixes.


Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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