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If Andy Warhol had used Photoshop....

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 by Mark Finlayson Last updated on Jun 8, 2017
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If Andy Warhol had used Photoshop....

An exercise using the idea of multiple copies of the same image treated different ways, like his Nine Marilyns from 1964-67. I use this task to expose students to the range of options available in the Filter Menu. Another key skill is using the fixed Ratio option in the Rectangular Marque tool, and the use of non printing guides to set up a blank page. Students will also duplicate layers in this task and use the arrow keys to nudge images one pixel at a time. I use this task with my Year 9 Photography class, but is would be suitable for a wide range of age groups, in Photographic and digital Media or Visual Arts. Thanks must go to Craig Malyon who presented this idea in a conference workshop.

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ISTE NETS·S Standards
Creativity and Innovation

Photoshop and a self portrait photo

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All Comments (9)

Robin Ellis

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 - Permalink

This is a great icebreaker project for all ages to get their feet wet in illustrator and become comfortable with the computers.

Bethany Dutton

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 - Permalink

Absolutely fantastic would love to use this

Judy Durkin

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 - Permalink

Absolutely brilliant! Thank You! I am going to use it for my 7th and 8th graders and put it in my syllabus

Donna Dolan

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 - Permalink

I've done something like this with my high school design students before, but I think this tutorial is simpler to fallow. Thanks for emending me about this project. It's always fun to work....

Jason Lane

Posted on May 6, 2014 - Permalink

Great resource (and idea), thanks for sharing. It's great to draw links to Art history when teaching digital art. We do something similar with Surrealism... "what would have happened if Magritte had Photoshop?"

Rachel Guthrie

Posted on May 6, 2014 - Permalink

This is a great tutorial, I plan to utilize the idea for a similar lesson! The changes I will make may make it closer to Andy Warhol's art (perhaps the link that didn't work shows all that).

Mark Finlayson

Posted on May 7, 2014 - Permalink

Yes the link to the Pop Art tutorial, which should still work as it's shared on the Education Exchange, gives you an option of creating an image that looks more like a Warhol.

Mark Finlayson

Posted on May 1, 2014 - Permalink

It's a great way to introduce filters

James Buchholz

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 - Permalink


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