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Digital Photography: Impossible Images 2019


Students will be able to make an “impossible image” by using digital photography, selection tools, clipping masks and transformations in Photoshop so that they can demonstrate their ability to use real digital images to produce realistic (but impossible) image compositions.


Impossible Images (CNN): https://www.cnn.com/2015/02/19/world/gallery/photoshop-artist-martin-de-pasquale/

Topics Discussed:

  • Photoshop
  • Selection Tools
  • Clipping Masks
  • Transform Tools


Over the past few days, we have tested our acquired Photoshop skills by fixing a Photoshop Disaster. Today, we are going to use our acquired Photoshop skills to create something entirely new, and completely impossible.  

  1. Visit the above website for inspiration. Notice how many of the images use scale (size) to make the images impossible: some of the elements are impossibly big or impossibly small. Others place elements in places where they don’t normally belong (i.e. a giant mouth where the subject’s stomach should be).
  2. Your goal is to produce an Impossible Image, just like the ones in the example link, with the following restrictions:
    • You may ONLY use photographs that you took yourself. You MAY NOT use any images borrowed from the Internet, from other people, or from any other source other than your own original photo collection.
    • You may use your own camera, but you must provide the original photo files as proof that you are the photographer who took the pictures. If you do not have a camera or phone with camera capabilities, you may borrow a digital camera from me.
    • You must use at least THREE original images to comprise the final composite image.
    • Your image should depict a completely impossible scenario, situation or condition, but should look as realistic as possible.
    • Your image should be 11″ x 17″, (or 17″ x 11″, if you’re making it landscape).
    • The final image will be placed in InDesign, in a photo frame with a 1″ colored border.
  3. Apply whatever modifications you feel are necessary to make the image look as realistic as possible. Pay close attention to detail, shadows, scaling and your selection edges. Don’t make this into a Photoshop Disaster!
  4. Save your image as a .psd file before importing it into InDesign.
  5. Create a new 11″ x 17″ InDesign document. Save it with your name and “Photoshop Impossible Image”.
  6. Place the Impossible Image Photoshop image on the page in a photo frame with a 1″ stroke. You may make the stroke whatever style or color you choose.
  7. Place your name (or signature) somewhere on the page. This is your original artwork, so you should sign it and be proud of it!
  8. Save your Photoshop image (.psd), the pictures you used to make your Photoshop image, and the InDesign (.indd) file into a new folder with your name on it, and place the entire contents of the folder into the “Impossible Images” post on the Google Classroom page by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 20th.

Assigned: November 14th, 2019
Teacher Pacing Due Date: November 20th, 2019