Raff Grasso
ICT Leader

Introduction to Photoshop Filters

Lesson Plan Published 8/20/13 Last updated on 5/16/18

This is a very basic introduction to students or educators to the amazing special effects that can be created to original photos.This is an activity I would use to with my students that I teach in Year 3 - 6 as a basic introduction to the features of Photoshop

1. Start with an original photo of a natural setting, eg: beach, coast line, river etc

2. Import that photo into Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

3. Adjust the colour using the 'Hue and Saturation' feature in 'Image - Saturation - Hue/Saturation to a brighter almost surreal colour ( image 1)

4. Next go to 'filter - distort - pinch' and slightly bring the image back in the distance to show a longer angled picture( image 2)

5. Next explore the different tools in 'filter - distort - ripple' (image 3)

6. Next explore 'Filter - Stylize - Solarize' to add a surreal sunset image (image 4)

7. As a final activity, I would ask students to use either Photoshop or Microsoft Word or PowerPoint or Paint or Picassa or to import all 4 images and create a 'PopArt' of their photo showing the range of tools that can be used to enhance an original photo.

  • 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
Content Standards
Australian Curriculum

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