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Class Description

Step into the Surreal and create imaginary worlds with Photoshop tips, tricks, techniques, and tools. Learn how to retouch portraits, combine multiple images, apply creative coloring, and make the imagined a reality!

Learning Objectives: in this class, students will learn about

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of photography.
  • Aperture, Shutter, ISO, Rule of thirds
  • Students will explore fundamentals of photo editing in Adobe Photoshop.
  • How to key out images
  • How to change light and match color themes.
  • Exploration of science fiction and fantasy lighting fundamentals. 
  • Students will explore how to create a Matte painting in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fresco. 
  • Students will explore various science fiction and fantasy artists and their art and Matte paintings. 
  • Students will explore the art of photo bashing while utilizing their own sourced images and paint brushes. 
  • The art of the peer critique and give peer critiques on the progress of student work.
  • Opportunities and potential resources on career pathways.
  • How to distribute, exhibit, and promote artwork for a variety of audiences.


  • iMacs
  • iPads
  • iPencils
  • cameras or cellphones to take pictures


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Fresco
  • Adobe Capture 

Deliverables: Students’ and Class Projects

  • Students will explore the fundamental aspects of creating a photo- surrealistic  science- fiction and fantasy scenes.
  • By exploring and utilizing the fundamentals of graphic design in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fresco, and photography: line, shape, space, movement, color, contrast, and hierarchy, students will explore variations of fantasy castles, and space ships each week. 
  • By utilizing simple shapes students will learn to create castles and ships.
  • Students will explore perspective. 
  • Students will explore the fundamental tool set in Adobe Photoshop: move, lasso, transform, duplicate, masking, layers, brushes, bandage, magic wand, crop, paint bucket, smudge, burn tool. 
  • Students will learn to create a surrealistic image based on the images they have gathered and taken in the class. 
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