Students will use Photoshop to transform themselves into an Avatar using a photo of themselves, Photoshop, tools & filters. Once their Avatar is created, they will create a Movie Poster using their artwork.
SWBAT transform themselves into an Avatar using a photo of themselves, Photoshop, tools & filters.
1) Create a new document: 8” x 10”, 150 ppi
2) Download and open the photo of yourself. Select just yourself.
3) Move your portrait over to your new document and resize to fill the page if necessary. Then merge the layers: Layer>Merge down.
4) Save the file as a psd Lastname_Firstname_Avatar
5) Duplicate your layer and work on the copy, preserving the original photo.
6) Now you will use the Liquify Filter to distort the face.
• Widen the nose and the space in between the eyebrows using the Forward Warp.
• Enlarge the eyes by using Bloat (count the number of clicks for each eye so the size is the same. Enlarge the whole eye, then decrease the brush size and enlarge just the pupil of the eye.
• You can also use Forward Warp to make the face narrower.
7) Make a selection just around the skin and neck - Use one of the selection tools or the Quick Mask¬.
8) Make an Adjustment Layer and choose Hue/Saturation. Make sure COLORIZE is checked. Then adjust the sliders so the skin turns blue.
9) Do the same thing with the eyes to make them yellow.
10) Do the same thing to change the tip of the nose and lips to pink. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur to soften the edges.
11) Now we will add the Na’vi markings. Add a New Layer above the copy of the portrait (underneath all of the adjustment layers) and change the Blend mode to Color Burn. Pick a blue color to paint on the markings. The markings are usually symmetrical.
12) Once the markings are all drawn, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur to soften them. If you feel like your marks are too dark change the Layer’s opacity.
Assignment Process/Criteria (For Avatar Sequel Poster):
1) Create a new document: 10” x 16”, 150 ppi
2) Save your poster as: Lastname_Firstname_AvatarPoster.psd
3) Search for good quality background images. Do not use any cartoons or any existing
images from Avatar. Look for dreamy, naturalistic images that you can manipulate.
4) Using tools of your choice, create a scene composed of your Avatar, background and
supporting details that give the illusion of a movie poster.
5) Make adjustments to all layers and use layer masks to make your composition look
cohesive and convincing.
6) Use the type tool to write the title of the film. Use the Papyrus font for the main title but
you can use other fonts for the additional credits. Utilize layer styles to add a drop
shadow, glow effect, etc. You must use some type of layer style(s).
7) Some suggestions are:
-Actor Names (your name should be one of them)
-Movie company logo
-Name of the director
8) Zoom in and out ( ctrl + or ctrl -) to make sure your images are clean and detailed enough to communicate your concept.
9) When your poster is finished, go to Image>Canvas Size and type in 11x17. Your poster should be evenly centered with a 1⁄2 inch margin.
10) Check the rubric to make sure you covered everything.
11) Save the file as a jpg: Lastname_Firstname_AvatarPoster.jpg and upload to classroom.
12) Submit the rubric with reflection and submit your final file to Google Classroom.
Lesson Plans and Rubrics are attached
Before we started this assignment we watch the movie Avatar.
Visual Arts Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium
Visual Arts Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
[9-12 Proficient] Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions
Visual Arts Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life