Course: Graphic Design
Grade Level: 10th Grade
Duration: Year-Long Course

Unit: Photoshop Exploration
Project: Photo Abstraction

Challenge: Use Photoshop to make an abstract image that combines at least eight photographs. A viewer should not be able to tell what any of the pictures are of.


  • You can only use photographs—no drawings.
  • You must use each of the following Photoshop functionalities someplace in your piece:
    1. Layering and Opacity—Layer photographs on top of each other, and change the opacity so that you can see through the top layers.
    2. Making Selections and Cutting and Pasting—Select a portion of a photograph and paste it into your final piece.
    3. Color manipulation—Change the colors in the photograph
  • You can use an entire photograph or just small pieces of it.

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • make a composition that takes into account the entire page.
  • create a layered composition in Photoshop.
  • alter photographs so that they become significantly changed from the originals.
  • combine several photographs into one cohesive piece.
  • combine representational images to create an abstracted final piece.

Student Work: