digital images

Q3 Digital Self Portrait

10. Digital Images


Selfies are a popular way to express yourself. Many people snap a selfie and send it out through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat as well as via SMS in their texts. Selfies can capture your emotion of the moment, express support or disapproval, or be intended to give your friends a chuckle. What story do you want to tell when posting a selfie? In this Quest, you will use a selfie or photo of yourself to create a digital media self portrait (a selfie poster).

Internet Safety and Selfies  

Keep in mind that selfies are just like any other internet content. Once it is posted, it can be forwarded and remains out on the internet (practically) forever. When you post a selfie, you need to think about safety and reputation before you click the send button. For more information, review the Cyber Safety quest Six Clicks

  1. Avoid posting selfies with location identification on social media. (You may need to disable GPS options on your apps to do this).

  2. Consider whether or not you would want this image to come up in a search before posting to social media sites, or whether or not you would be comfortable with your friends forwarding this image.

Key Vocabulary

Opacity: Opacity is the transparency of an image. It is easy to see through the image. 

Overlay: Overlay is to cover an image (or add to the background) with another image, text, etc.

Selfie: A selfie is a photo of someone (often taken by the subject of the photo) taken with the intention of sending it digitally or posting it online.

I Can Statements

  • explain why selfies should be examined before being posted online
  • create a digital self portrait poster


1. In this Quest, you will create an appropriate digital media self portrait (selfie poster) using a photo editing program to express yourself and create a unique selfie. For examples of teens who have created these posters, visit this website or view the two student-created ones below using PicMonkey.


2. Upload a picture of yourself for this project to a space designated by your teacher for work on this project. You might save it in a personal folder, save it on your desktop, or in a shared workspace. Choose a picture that makes you look good and has a quiet (plain) background.

3. Locate a few images that represent you, favorites things, your beliefs, your hobbies, etc. (as assigned by your teacher). Use Photos for Class, or one of the other sites mentioned in Quest one to help you locate online images and background scenes that are copyright-free.

4. Use a photo editor (PicMonkeyiPiccy or FotoFlexer) to crop or edit these images as needed to prepare them for your media self-portrait.

5. Try changing the opacity (transparency) using the Exposure feature in PicMonkey, iPiccy, or Layers feature in PicMonkey or FotoFlexer. Experiment with the different effects and filters. Apply and save your images as you work.

6. When ready, upload your images to PicMonkey, or in iPiccy choosing the option to Create a collage, or to FotoFlexer (by selecting the load another photo option) and arrange your different images. Use the features of the photo editing program to overlay the images, to add textures, words, frames, stamps, etc. that  will enhance your digital self portrait. Save it when done.

Completing this Quest

Follow your teacher's directions for downloading your final product and uploading it to your File Space or posting on your digital portfolio.

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ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.