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Intro & Objectives for the course: 

This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to simple concepts involved in creating broadcast graphics from scratch. To do this, we will be creating a simplified lower third graphic in Adobe Photoshop. This lower third can be customized to match the style, color and direction of your news production. The concepts covered in this lesson can also be applied to other graphical needs in nearly any video production.

By the end of the lesson, your students will understand some basic functions of Adobe Photoshop, how graphics are created within the program and what action and title safe limits are within broadcast graphic production.

Also, feel free to download the template file used in this production if you get stuck. This layered Photoshop file is the same one used in the lesson plan and can help you to understand the lesson if you get stuck. You can download the sample file here.

Materials List
- Computer or Laptop
- Adobe Photoshop Software (CS3 or Above)
- Students with moderate computer skills
- HD Still image or video clip of student in studio (optional)


How to introduce the lesson to your students

Start with explaining to your students the various forms of graphics that are used in professional broadcast video production. Some common forms of graphics are lower thirds, weather forecast graphics, intro graphics, transitions and information graphics. You could show them some examples of these graphics on CNN or another 24 hours news channel to give them a visual reference of what you are explaining.

Next, explain that in this lesson, you will be showing them how to create a lower third graphic from scratch to use in a video production. If you have a computer lab or computers for every student, you can guide them through step by step. If not, you can show them as a class, then have the students run through the steps individually.








You should be able to extend the lower third for as long as needed in your scene. You can also experiment with different fades and intro animations to introduce the lower third into the shot.

Lesson Review

Creating graphics from scratch (or editing other templates to work within your own projects) can be alot of fun and a great way to challenge and engage your students in your video production class. I hope that this lesson teaches them to understand the time and effort put into professional video production graphics. If you have any questions about the lesson plan or how it could be used within your educational setting, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Templates and designs used within this tutorial can be found at:

Robert Pancake is a animator and graphic designer specializing in broadcast production and design.