New Project: Digital Storytelling

Essential Question:  How can I tell a story with a digital collage in Adobe Photoshop?

Today we will introduce our next project: Digital Storytelling through Green Screen Photoshop Collage. We will photograph ourselves and our classmates in front of a green screen, and then build a scene in Photoshop that tells a story using these green screen photos.

Here is a sample project created by a middle school student during an RIT summer workshop. To make the project appropriate challenging for 11th and 12th grade students, I would expect more objects in the scene, and for the lighting/shadows to be more realistic:


Image Credit: Samantha

Project Requirements:

  • Created in Adobe Photoshop
  • Minimum size: 11” x 14” @ 300 DPI
  • Original, realistic scene created from a minimum of six images
    • Minimum of 3 images taken in front of green screen with techniques taught during this lesson
    • Background can be either taken by student or downloaded from the internet (minimum 12MP). Any internet images must be noticeably modified to create your own unique scene.
    • Realistic background, middle ground, and foreground created through use of Photoshop layers
    • No copyrighted characters
  • High Quality Craftsmanship
    • No pixelation
    • Background cleanly removed
    • Images Photographed from appropriate angles
    • Lighting matches up
    • Scale and proportion makes sense
  • Final Blog post includes:
    • PNG of final image
    • 150 word Artist Statement

Today we will:

  • Introduce project: digital collage in Adobe Photoshop
  • Brainstorm concept
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • Paragraph with the following:
      • Describe your concept
      • What will you photograph for your 3-6 green screen images?
      • What background or scene will you use?
      • What extra images or accessories will you add?
      • What costumes or props will you need to bring in next class for the green screen photography portion?
    • Sketch (including the background/scene)
    • Any sample imagery you may use from the internet



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