Digital Imaging

Digital Images are electronic snapshots taken of a scene or scanned from documents, such as photographs, manuscripts, printed texts, and artwork.
In the topic of Digital Imaging, you will learn some image manipulation techniques

What is Image Manipulation?

Image manipulation is the application of image editing techniques to photographs in order to create an illusion or deception after the original photographing took place.
Note: All practical work for this unit will be completed using Photoshop and many tutorials can be found both in the link under year 7, or on the Internet

Examples of what can be done using image manipulation techniques
Advanced Photoshop Tutorials
Advanced Image Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop


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Digital Imaging - Imaging manipulation techniques

Doctoring Images
Sometimes advertising agencies, magazine editors authorise the use of photo manipulation software (such as Photoshop) to hide a person's imperfections, or even highlight these imperfections. Examples could be weight loss adverts. These are controversial and often frowned-upon practice which quite often involve celebrities
Examples from the news
Brides throwing cats
How fake images change our memory and behavior

Age Progession
To age-progress someone's face means making the subject look older than he or she actually is in a photograph. Age progression is used by law enforcement agencies to identify subjects and is now used by law enforcement agencies to identify subjects.
Examples from the news


Fading smoke effect
Used to create fading smoke effects and surreal images

Colour combustion
A manipulation techniques that combines a number of different images to produce a new and digital-enhanced image.

Photo Cutouts

Cutting out sections or combining photos

Fake Images in the News (

The detective spotting photographic fakes
How fake images change our memory and behaviour
Five ways to spot a fake photograph


Can we believe what we see (internet / magazines etc)?
To what extent should Image Manipulation software be used to enhance people's appearance?
Is it right / wrong?

Digital Imaging Project

Note: All of the work below, must be added to your blog in order for it to be assessed.

1. Find a picture or pictures from any magazines or the internet which you think has been manipulated. You must reference the source where you found the image.
  • How do you know its been manipulated?
  • What techniques do you think have been used?
  • What possible effects could the image(s) have on others or even on the person in the image?
  • Do you think the person responsible for manipulating the image was acting responsibly? Give reasons.

2. Making use of some of the techniques covered in lessons and some of the huge amount of tutorials available on the internet, create an original manipulated image. You must have a concept / idea in mind before you start this task. What are you trying to achieve?

Example tutorials
simple tutorials

Digital Imaging Assessment

Step 1 - create a new folder in Google Drive and your Documents "Digital Imaging"
Step 2 - save your Photoshop project work as both jpeg and psd files in both your digital Imaging folders (Google Drive and Documents)
Step 3 - Create a screencast describing;
  • what your initial idea / concept was
  • how you made the image
  • some of the techniques used
  • whether you feel your work was successful or not in deceiving the viewer
Step 4 - Upload your screencast to Google Drive
Step 5 - open your Blog ( - more - blogger - find your blog and open
Create a new post - call it "Digital Imaging" and give it the label ICT. Your blog post should contain the following 3 items:
  • embed your screencast
  • insert your photoshop project work (jpeg file)
  • The picture which you found from the internet (look at Digital Imaging project - point 1)

Need help? Watch the step-by-step video tutorials

All sources must be referenced, and your work files must be correctly named and organised in appropriate folders both on your laptop and in google drive.
Your completed Photoshop project should be saved as a jpeg and uploaded (together with your screencast) onto your blog