Photoshop Fun: Getting Silly with Your Yearbook Spread

Photoshop can turn a boring photo into something extra fun.
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A story crossed my desk today that made me laugh out loud. A Dutch woman named Zilla van den Born told her friends and family she was going on a five week trek through Southeast Asia. Instead, she hid out in her house for 42 days and photoshopped an entire FAKE epic trip. She went to such great lengths to trick everyone that she would wear disguises when she went out in public and turned her apartment into a hotel space when she skyped her loved ones.

Van den Born did the project for a college class and wanted to show the world how the things people post on Facebook don’t necessarily reflect their real reality. The ambitious project paid off when she revealed herself to her family.

The new ABC show, Selfie, also comments on this with the lead character being beyond obsessed with posting moments from her fabulous life on social media even though in reality she has no friends and is very lonely.

Photoshop manipulation isn’t exactly new news. For years celebrities and models have spoken out about photoshopped images of their bodies or faces have had a negative impact on how people perceive beauty. Actress Kate Winslet has been particularly outspoken about this after her body was altered on both a GQ and Vogue cover.

She explained to People Magazine:  “I just didn’t want people to think I was a hypocrite and that I’d suddenly lost 30 lbs. or whatever so I just came out and said, ‘Look, I don’t look like that.’ I’m not mad at the magazine, but I have no intention of looking like that.”

But despite all of the crazy ways photoshop can manipulate and distort reality, it can also be put to use for some good, old-fashioned fun. You can let your imagination run wild with just a few simple clicks of a mouse.

So with all this in mind how can your yearbook staff use photoshop for good? What silly, outrageous things can you do to your fellow students? If you need help navigating photoshop, check out this article before you jump in.

Why not try one of these ideas for a fun, out-of-the-box spread to get your creative juices flowing. Then brainstorm with the group to see what other silly, crazy, outrageous ideas you can come up with to have some fun with your student’s photos.

–          Photoshop your teachers as their superhero alter egos

–          Photoshop random out of place objects into sports photos. For example, take out the football and photoshop in the school mascot or a puppy in its place.

–          Photoshop your teachers’ heads onto mythical creatures bodies

–          Photoshop the senior class photo by peppering it with celebrities, cartoon characters and other fun party crashers

–          Photoshop in cute pictures of kittens on random pages or have Grumpy Cat make appearances in random group shots

–          Photoshop silly hats on the coaching staff

–          Photoshop the freshman class into a space-themed classroom and predict how crazy gadgets will get once they graduate

–         Photoshop your teachers into famous historical moments (the invention of the wheel, Shakespearean times, swing dancing etc.)

Remember to have fun, be silly, and relax — the ideas will begin to flow.

What do you think would be a fun Photoshop project for your yearbook team? Let me know your ideas in the comment box below.