Mark Finlayson
Leader Of Creative Arts

Creating A Hoax Photo

Lesson Plan Published 3/10/14 Last updated on 3/2/20

This exercise is about creating a photographic hoax photo. It includes some scope to examine famous examples and discuss the ethics of such practices when they are used in the wrong way.

The task uses Photoshop (or Elements) and is about creating composite images and using the eraser tool. The resultant image can be as simple or complicated as you want, and allows for students to work at their own level.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Photoshop Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your photos.

Age Levels
1-2 Hours
ISTE Standards
Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer

Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and photos to use

CC License
5 / 5 • 8 Ratings

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Katlin Seagraves

Posted on 9/14/19 6:06:46 PM Permalink

​This was a fun activity to use for teaching blending tools, layers, and selection tools. We also had a good conversation about information literacy and not always trusting images you see online. We had a is-it-fake-or-not quiz together as a group.

William Cortez

Posted on 5/25/19 3:53:32 PM Permalink

The students will like this lesson. But it should be explained well to protect their digital citizenship.​

Judy Durkin

Posted on 9/24/18 5:54:07 PM Permalink

​Perfect idea for my High School students. Thank you.

Chris Clark

Posted on 3/17/17 2:02:51 PM Permalink

​I love this idea! Besides technical practice in mixing two images, it helps students see how easily "fake news" can be created. I've had my students do a similar mashup exercise called "out of place," but I prefer the way this is framed.

Bethany Dutton

Posted on 8/16/15 12:03:12 PM Permalink

This is great thanks for the resource

Donna Dolan

Posted on 9/10/14 11:38:51 PM Permalink

Thanks for the new project idea. I'm sure my students will enjoy this.

Mark Finlayson

Posted on 5/1/14 9:29:42 AM Permalink

This continues to be popular with my students...a nice variation is where I get students to create a hoax photo about the school. They can use their own images, or use one of the many 'stock' images that i have as a starting's also a lot of fun and they really enjoy it.

margaret campbell

Posted on 4/10/14 1:34:57 AM Permalink

Wow, yes you are correct. Young people at times do have problems sorting fact and fiction. This is a great project for them to learn from.

Thanks for sharing!

Karen Henchy

Posted on 3/23/14 4:56:32 PM Permalink

Nice lesson! Thanks for sharing!