In both my Fireworks and Photoshop courses, we follow in-class projects contained in the accompanying book to learn about selection tools, edges, layers, and layer styles. To help students practice these techniques, I ask them to create a new composition comprised of 2 or more images and some text. They are free to add in layer styles (e.g., drop shadows, bevels, etc.), feathering to blend multiple images, and whatever techniques they have learned about so far to create something new and unique. Some students use their own images, while others choose to use Creative Commons and other permissible images from the internet in their projects. Students really enjoy the freedom to explore, be creative and try out their skills in a freestyle format. The following is a collage of 3 student-created compositions.