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

Posted by on May 25, 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.

Photoshop lesson plans here.

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

updated 5-2-16

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

  1. BVinding

    Love this idea!

    • Jacqui

      Word has easy photo editing tools that can segue into Photoshop. If you don’t use Word, there are many online photo editing tools that build excitement in students. Then move into PS.

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