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Friday, November 9, 2018

Turkey With Dressing

Instructions: Please download this image of a turkey. To download a full sized version, click on the image below and open it in a new window, then hover your mouse over the turkey and click on the plus icon. Open the turkey in Photoshop, unlock the background layer to create 'layer 0' and delete the white background.

Your assignment is to dress the turkey. You may create an outfit for the turkey by finding images of clothing on the internet, re-sizing them and using the transform feature to warp them so that it looks as if the turkey is wearing them. You should also draw your own clothing and accessories to supplement the outfit. Each article of clothing should go in its own layer and you should name the layers accordingly to avoid confusion.

You decide if the turkey is male or female. You decide where the turkey is going and how it should be dressed for the occasion. 

The turkey must be fully dressed, including shoes and accessories. Next, surf the internet or your phone camera roll for a suitable background for your turkey. You may draw the background or use a photograph that you took yourself or one downloaded from an image search. 
Create a Google Doc and paste the URL of every picture you use from the web with a thumbnail of the image and a brief description of the picture and how you used it.
For instance: 
to give my turkey a sporty active look"

"I wanted my turkey to go out on the town so I used this picture of New York City that I found at https://pixabay.com/en/new-york-skyline-new-york-city-1590175/  for my background"

This doc will function as both your artist statement and your bibliography. Turn it in when you turn in your completed turkeys to Google classroom. Your final turkey should be 8"x10" and submitted in PNG format.

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  1. Do you have a finished exemplar of this project?

    1. Nope! My students haven't started it yet. I am very excited to see what they come up with. I spent some time hovering over this roast bird, shooing away my cats to get just the right photo, and more time on Photoshop removing the background and creating just the right PNG for them to use. The rest is up to them. :)

  2. This is great. We have a three day week, I’m hoping they can accomplish this before thanks giving.

  3. This is great! It's the perfect one day project for my digital photography students to complete. I'll see them just once this week for 80 minutes.