This week we will cover basic tools and functions in Photoshop.

Topics we will cover:

  • Opening and saving files in various formats
  • Resolution & File Formats
  • Creating Selections
  • Working with Layers
  • Adjustment Layers


This week we will cover basic tools and functions in Illustrator.

Topics we will cover:

  • Opening and saving files in various formats
  • Creating Vector Graphics
  • Design Principles & Elements
  • Working with Typography
  • Anchor Points

Monday - 8/21/17

Period 1 Students (Design 2 & 3) 

  1. Bell Ringer (10 minutes): Visit this page and watch the video tutorial on creating shapes in Illustrator. When finished, complete the following Google Form. You have 10 minutes to complete this.
  2. Activity 1 (40 minutes): Basic Shapes & ColorsOpen Illustrator and complete the following task:
    1. Create a non-representational (shouldn’t look like anything recognizable) design using all four of the basic shape tools.
      1. _ Fill with a wide variety of different colors. SOLID colors for now. No gradients or patterns yet…you will get to them in the next activity.
        _ Demonstrate a wide variety of stroke colors and thicknesses.
        _ Demonstrate a variety of polygon and star options (# of sides, fat, skinny).
        _ Demonstrate plenty of overlapping.
    2. When you’ve finished call me over and I will check your screen and give you credit.

3. Activity (40 minutes): Modified Shapes and colors

Create a representational design (should look like something recognizable)

_ demonstrate proficiency in modifying shapes using the direct select tool. This means that all shapes will be modified.
_ Fill with a wide variety of different patterns and gradients.
_ Demonstrate a wide variety of stroke colors and thicknesses.
_ Demonstrate plenty of overlapping.

Period 3 & 4 Students (Design 1)

  1. Bell Ringer (10 minutes): Go to this web page and watch the first video on resizing images in Photoshop. Once finished, answer the questions on this Google Form
  2. Activity 1 (40 minutes): Using the selection tools
    1. Open this photo in Photoshop
    2. Use the Magic Wand Tool to select the sky.
    3. As you make a selection delete it from the image (you will have to make a layer from background first)
    4. Once you have deleted the blue sky add a new layer underneath which has a different colour.  Save as a PSD file.
    5. Do the same thing for three more photos.
    6. Call me over so I can give you credit.
  3. Activity 2 (40 minutes):
    1. Use the magnetic lasso tool to select and cut out the head in an animal picture from Google and put it on the body of a different animal picture.
    2. Do this for 3 different photos.
    3. Call me over so I can give you credit.

Tuesday - 8/22/17

Period 1 Students

Download the practice files first:

Watch the following video about basic shapes in Illustrator.

Complete the activity:

  1. Using your imagination and the tools you’ve learned in Illustrator, create a complete landscape using only basic shapes.
  2. Include gradient colors, various stroke sizes, and colors.
  3. Name your file “”
  4. Raise your hand and I will come around to check your work.

Period 3 & 4 Students

Introduce the Self Portrait Collage Term 1 Project

Photo Collage

Activity: Cutting Photos in Photoshop

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Find a photo of a landscape. (Mountains, desert, rainforest)
  3. Search for at least 5 images of animals or people.
  4. Cut those images out and place them in the landscape using the selection tools and paste functions.
  5. Save image as “Landscape_Name.psd”
  6. Raise your hand and I will come around and check your work

Wednesday - 8/23/17

Period 3 & 4

Layer Masks and Selections

  • Watch the video tutorial on how to make layer masks:
  • Create 5 new creatures using the layer mask techniques
  • FOR A GRADE: Screen shot your work space for each creature and email them to me in ONE email. I don’t want 5 separate emails.
  • Your screen shots should look like this:

Thursday - 8/24/17

Period 1

  1. Continue the tutorial from yesterday. Link in your email
  2. We will go over exporting files in Illustrator
    1. File formats
    2. Using bleeds and printers marks
    3. clipping to artboard

Period 3 & 4

  1. Watch the video for today’s activity
  2. Complete two images and email your screenshots

Friday - 8/25/17

Period 1

Download this PDF: 

  • We will go over chapters 1, 2, 17
    • Intro to Illustrator
    • Working with Documents
    • Outputting documents

2. Finish your portrait tutorial today for a grade


Period 3&4

Download this pdf: Learn Photoshop CC

  1. We will review the intro to Photoshop (Chapter 1)

Today’s Really FUN Activity:

  • Go into your wallet.
  • Give Mr. Bell a $1.00
  • Just kidding (Happy Friday)


  • You will be combining everything you’ve learned so far and you will create a Photoshop composition using the following:
    • Layer Masks
    • Coloring B&W photos
    • Making selections

Click Here for the Assignment Details



Demonstrate proficiency in Photoshop

Demonstrate proficiency in Illustrator

Reading & Writing

NGSS 01.0 Methods and strategies for using Florida Standards for grades 09-10 reading in Technical Subjects for student success in Digital Design.

NGSS 02.0 Methods and strategies for using Florida Standards for grades 09-10 writing in Technical Subjects for student success in Digital Design.


Students will:

  • Open and save files in various formats
  • Explore Resolution & File Formats
  • Create Selections
  • Work with Layers
  • Work with Adjustment Layers


  • Open and save files in various formats
  • Create basic vector graphics
  • Identify design principles & elements
  • Work with Typography
  • Explore Anchor Points in Illustrator

Teaching Strategies DQ2 - DQ9

DQ2   What strategies will you use to preview/introduce new content? (include tangible resources you plan to use)

Verbal instruction, demonstrations to reinforce concepts and promote understanding. Hand signals will be used to manage response rate. Response chaining will be used when possible.

DQ3 How do you plan to differentiate instruction (What strategies will you use) to help all students’ process this new information?  (include tangible resources you plan to use)

Critique, cooperative learning, concept mapping, student demonstrations, classroom discussion utilizing real project case study, Independent learning/activity (Video tutorials)

DQ4 How will you challenge students to achieve higher levels of cognitive complexity? (include tangible resource, strategies do  you plan to use)

Redirect to more challenging assignments based on the new knowledge. Guiding students to elaborate by using question sequences.

DQ5 What interventions will you employ when students are not engaged?  (as needed)

Reengage the classroom via a whole class activity, Use proximity, questioning or eye contact to re-engage students

DQ6 What classroom routines do you need to reinforce or classroom layout do you need to change to improve instruction?

I will provide the students with assigned computer stations, reassign students as needed.

DQ7 How will I get students to follow classroom rules?

Rules are posted and visible, verbal warnings

DQ8 What strategies will you employ to maintain an effective relationship with your students? (as needed)

Understand their interests and abilities, respect their differences, motivate and support them when they are in self-doubt, smile…a lot, provide a user-friendly, non-threatening classroom environment, be cognitive of their individual growth and development, give verbal/nonverbal cues that are affectionate in nature, give praise and encouragement, be honest,  employ humor, be consistent with limits and boundaries, promote independence

DQ9 How will you reach those students that have low expectations? 

Speak with student 1:1 in order that they are given the opportunity to identify their strengths/weaknesses, utilize the EDW results, tailor instruction accordingly to promote a sense of accomplishment, 1:1 tutoring, peer support, review content with oral presentation/feedback, rewording of questions for evaluation of comprehension, vary instruction, i.e. instead of a test, give an alternative assignment or research project, retesting; phone call to parent/guardian requesting their support and involvement in student progress.