Create a collage with Microsoft Word 2010 or newer – a Microsoft Word video lesson!

Create a collage with Microsoft Word – No prep, just print and teach!

1. Your students will learn how to add shapes with pictures inside the shapes using 2010, 2013 or 2016 to create a collage with varying shapes, sizes, and images inside the shapes.

2. I print out a classroom set so I can reuse them in each class.

3. I print out one copy for each student and they follow along with me as I practice with them.

4. Then I assign the assignment on the last page as independent work for 30 – 45 minutes.

This packet contains:

1. Cover page

2. Step by step instructions

3. Assignment page with 2 options with rubric

4. Sample collage with rubric score

The lesson should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. After practicing with the class then I have them complete the brain activity included in the file individually.

Make your name sparkle in glitter using Photoshop CC – a Photoshop CC video lesson

In this Photoshop photo effects tutorial, In this tutorial your students will make their name look like sparkly glitter. Your students will use patterns, transformations, layer effects, and blending modes.

This tutorial works with Photoshop CC! In this tutorial your students will make their name look like sparkly glitter. Your students will use patterns, transformations, layer effects, and blending modes. You will receive a 10-page PDF file with instructions so your students create this effect as well as a completed PSD file.

The lesson should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. After practicing with the class then I have them choose an image of their own so they practice a second time following the instructions individually.

Create a water reflection using Photoshop CC – A Photoshop CC video lesson

In this Photoshop photo effects tutorial, your students are going to learn how to easily add a water-like reflection to any photo. It’s a very easy effect to create and you can add it to any photo you like; your students will use layers, the transform functions, filters, and change the opacity.

This tutorial works with Photoshop CC! Many samples are included in the PDF so your students can get some inspiration for an image of their own.

The download of this file includes a 4 page PDF file and the image of the red tree to follow the lesson along step-by-step. The lesson should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. After practicing with the class then I have them choose an image of their own so they practice a second time following the instructions individually.

Learning the puppet warp tool – A Photoshop CC video lesson

Teach your students to use the puppet warp tool.

This lesson will have your students use the puppet warp tool, smart objects and layer styles to create the text effect you see in the lesson.

You will download a zip file with the following items:.
*A 10 page step-by-step PDF guide to achieving the puppet warp text effect and 2 challenge activities for your early finishers that can extend the skills learned in the lesson.
*A completed PSD file so you can view the layers and layer styles used in the lesson of the completed file
*Of course, the iceberg image to create the sample file

Halloween Lessons

These lessons are great for Halloween time. I must confess to trying to “fit” these in 2 weeks before Halloween and the week after just to keep up with the theme 🙂

Microsoft Office Lessons

Graphic Design Lesson Pins

Quick intro to Photoshop

Image created using Photoshop features

In the history of photography, there has never been a time that we can achieve such phenomenal results in editing as has happened in the digital age.  And while there are a myriad of tools that the computer and internet have made available to us to enhance and change the images that come from a photo shoot, none can top the popularity and power of Adobe Photoshop.  The program has become so synonymous with editing and creating effects that the term, “to Photoshop” has become a verb that means to enhance or alter an image. 

We can “Photoshop in” new outfits, accessories or even people to a shot where it was just not possible before.  So if you want a picture of you shaking hands with the president, you don’t have to go to Washington to get it, just “Photoshop” your image into the image of the president and it will look as real as if you had been there.

Similarly, we can “Photoshop” out things from a picture we don’t want to see there anymore.  So if you have a physical flaw, that can be removed.  You can even remove a distracting person from the background of the shot.  The program is so sophisticated that these images are possible and you really cannot tell the alteration has been made.

Photoshop has become such a de facto standard for photo processing that if you are setting up a photography studio or business, a copy of the software is as necessary as Microsoft word or PowerPoint.  The good thing about this software is that it is readily accessible and a lot of people know how to use it.  So if you feel insecure about learning yet another computer application, you can probably find a college student, someone at the high school or maybe the junior high that knows Photoshop in and out and can help you jump start your use of the software as well.

But Photoshop has not always dominated this genre.  The program was created in 1989 by two brothers, John Knoll and Thomas Knoll.  While the brothers developed Photoshop for custom uses they had at the time, it wasn’t long before the market potential of this software became evident.  So, being smart entrepreneurs, John and Thomas founded a little company called Adobe and began operations in 1990. 

Adobe has been a shining example of how to achieve success in the age of the internet.  Today few of us who use the internet are not aware of Adobe.  You probably cannot find a personal computer that uses the internet that does not have a free copy of the Adobe reader on it to read PDF files.  The PDF format is yet another example of how this little company has created and then taken over a particular market of online business.

To really become skilled at using Photoshop, the first thing to do is probably find a copy to play with.  Like most computer applications, you can probably find a copy on a friend’s computer just to tinker with it and get a feel for the controls.  Then if your friend is a wizard at Photoshop, let him or her show you some of the real “wiz-bang” things they can do with Photoshop using the same menus you were just tinkering with.  This little Saturday afternoon experiment could turn you into a Photoshop addict forever.

After that, you would do well to download a copy for yourself.  You can get an evaluation version that will give you most of the features.  But you really only need that if you are not sure if you are going to buy a copy.  Since Photoshop dominates this market, you almost certainly will buy a copy so you might save some frustration and purchase a licensed copy right away.  Now, you will probably find yourself playing with the software for long hours just having fun and that’s great.  But don’t overlook the value of taking some organized classes in photo editing using Adobe Photoshop.  These classes can show you the shortcuts and how to get the most out of the software.

From there on out, your imagination is the only limit to how you will use this tool to make your photographs better for your customers.  And you will be able to respond enthusiastically when someone says, “that’s ok, you can just Photoshop that and fix it right up.”

All our lessons in NPLPhotoshop.com are designed to assist you in teaching your students the most powerful features of Photoshop.

Microsoft Excel – Numerical Excellence For All

Do you need an easier way to manage your household budget? How about finding an efficient way to create mailing lists? Perhaps you need to create financial forecasts or analyse sales figures for your work? Or maybe you are a student needing to analyse and present your research data? No longer do you require a pen and paper, time to scratch your head and a place to store numerous paper copies for future reference. Microsoft Excel is a powerful spreadsheet program used in the management of data. It can show you the relationship between X and Y and apply formulae to large quantities of data. Although many people have a good understanding of the program, Microsoft Excel training is often required to master the more advanced functions.

Microsoft Excel training will enable you to organize and calculate financial, scientific, personal or business related data in tabular format. For you and your target audience to more easily understand the relationship between the data, the information can subsequently be presented and analysed in a variety of graphical formats.

Benefits of Microsoft Excel Training

Whether you would like to work in the financial world as an accountant or as a statistician in the world of research, Microsoft Excel Training can contribute towards personal and professional success. As new versions of the software are introduced, you may need to update your skills to ensure that you can keep pace with the competition. Effective data management skills can contribute to a more informed decision making process and thereby improve outcomes. This increased efficiency can save your employer or you and your business time and money.

Microsoft Excel can be used to store data. This can be useful when it comes to comparing figures from previous years and when trying to identify trends. It is also much more convenient than having to hunt through filing cabinets to find the information you require.

Options for Training

Microsoft Excel training can be tailored to suit your needs. There are four levels of Microsoft Excel training: introduction, intermediate, advanced and Visual Basic / VBA. Having identified your level of knowledge, the next step is to select an appropriate training method. One option is to sign up for a self-directed learning program; either paper based or computer based. A popular alternative is to consider instructor-led training at a training centre or in-house. This can be conducted by Microsoft Certified Trainers in a group format or on a one-to-one basis. The best way to save time and money though is to learn online on your own time. Udemy has a plethora of lessons available starting at only $11.99!

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