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 sample).
- 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:
Next, we start Photoshop with easy auto fixes.
PS–If you don’t have Photoshop, try the free download called GIMP.
–Published with permission from Ask a Tech Teacher © 7-28-09