Mary Slumpff

Composing Pictures with a Leading Line

Lesson Plan Published 3/1/14 Last updated on 5/16/18


The student will compose three pictures from three different scenes using the leading line composition guidelines.

The student will use Photoshop to edit one of the pictures using adjustments.

The student will write out an explanation for the adjustment using Photoshop terms.

The students will save in two different file formats to the class share file.


Study the images at this link (

Notice the elements of these images have types of lines that lead the viewers eyes toward a focal point.

Notice the feeling of movement created by the leading lines in the image.

Line is an element of design and movement is a principle of design.

The leading line composition creates visual depth and perspective and is also used in two dimensional forms of art like paintings and drawings.

Use the environment to take three different compositions using the leading line approach.

Choose one of the pictures to edit in Photoshop using adjustments.

Save your jpeg images and psd edits to the class share file.

Write out an explanation for your adjustment using the Photoshop adjustment terms such as vibrance, contrast etc.


The student took three different pictures using leading line composition.

The student adjusted one of the pictures.

The students explained the adjustment in writing on notebook paper using Photoshop terms.

Four images in two file formats are saved to a class share file.

  • Photoshop

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

Age Levels
1+ Week
ISTE Standards
Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

Camera phone, computer with Photoshop

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