Photoshop Assignment #1

Learning Goal for this Assignment

Create a collage of yourself.  A collage of who you are in the real world or the digital world, or both.  You will only use your own images or creative commons images.


According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a collage is:

Artistic technique of applying manufactured, printed, or “found” materials, such as bits of newspaper, fabric, wallpaper, etc., to a panel or canvas, frequently in combination with           painting.

By digital world, if you have an Avatar that defines you, or have some type of alternate personality online.  You will contrast yourself with little items representing the other side of your life you don’t broadcast to the world – emotions, realities, challenges and hopes. The goal here is to examine the relationship between the different “selves” you present for different contexts – personal self, school self, family self, relationship self, work self, gaming/avatar self, social media self, etc. What are the contrasts, contradictions or correspondences?

Think about the following questions:

What defines the real you?
What is the truth of your life?
How does your digital self differ from your non-digital self, are they the same?
How are you going to make yourself using different media?

I got the idea for this project from “Editor“.

Open up Photoshop Elements.  Click File>New
Create a file that is 1400px by 1400px with a resolution of 300DPI.
You may use pictures that you take or that are creative commons images. These are images that artists have allowed you to use.
Here is the link to creative commons images.
[Link to creative common images]


Success Criteria
– should include some kind of selection use, manual or auto
– layers
– the photographs are creative commons images or your own
– the collage communicates the digital or non-digital you
– file is the right size, with the correct resolution
– the collage includes a picture of you

More than anything, make it awesome!

Here are some example collages of people from last year’s media arts class.

[Link to Rubric]