Draft Graphic Collage

Draft Graphic Collage


The purpose of this project is to develop a graphic collage that describes your topic. This collage should be accompanied by a written description of your topic (you can use a revised version of your first blog post) and a description of how your collage illustrates your topic.

Think about your topic and what you want to say about it. Next, think about how you can use photos and effects to illustrate these ideas. Before you create your collage, you will post the individual photos/graphics you will use in your collage, 3 elements at a minimum. You might find it useful to sketch out how you want your collage to look before you start working in your design software.

Using the Photoshop tools you learned in the tutorials, create a new image that is at least 580 x 400 pixels. Within this space create your graphic collage.

Write a 300 to 500 word abstract about your topic and your collage choices and post it in your blog along with your draft collage. I recommend writing and saving this description in Word then copying and pasting the text into the blog post when you are ready to post.


Your grade for the draft collage will be determined using the following criteria:

  • Creativity in visual composition (30 pts)
  • Creativity in writing (10 pts)
  • Demonstration of the use of the tools learned in this unit’s tutorials (10 pts)

The photo collection elements should be posted by Friday, September 2 at 5pm. These elements can be posted without any written description and will be graded for completion, 20 points.

The draft graphic collage should be posted to your blog accompanied with the written description by Thursday, September 8 at 5pm. The draft collage is worth 50 points.

NOTE: All photos that were not taken by you must be attributed and linked to the original location.


Digital Photography Tips:

Chapter 8 of Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive

Free image collections:

  • stock.xchng – More than 350,000 free photo images, searchable.
  • dreamstime – Free section of a very large photo images archive. Excellent quality images.
  • morgueFile – More than 200,000 free photo images, searchable in several ways, including by color and topic.
  • WorldImages – About 75,000 international images, well-organized by content areas and searchable.
  • Flickr – Must check box for “Find Content to Modify, Adapt, and Build Upon”

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