This video will help you begin to understand the structure and content of the Photoshop ACA exam. It shows you how questions on the Photoshop ACA exam are organized into five topic areas, and how each topic area contains a set of specific exam objectives or learning goals. This video also includes a review of the specific items in each topic area.
- [Narrator] To get an overview of what you'll need to know to pass the Photoshop ACA exam let's take a look at the full set of exam objectives. The questions on the Photoshop ACA are organized into five topic areas and those topic areas are setting project requirements, identifying design elements when preparing images, understanding Photoshop, manipulating images and evaluating digital images. Each topic area contains a set of specific exam objectives and learning goals and there are 24 exam objectives in all.
In this video series we'll cover each objective in a separate movie. For now, let's just review the items in each topic area. The first topic area is setting project requirements. It contains four objectives which are about the things you'd need to know to begin a successful Photoshop project. Identify the purpose, audience and audience needs for preparing images. Demonstrate knowledge of standard copyright rules for images and image use. Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities and communicate with others, such as peers and clients, about design plans.
The second topic area is identifying design elements when preparing images. The six objectives here are demonstrate knowledge of image resolution, image size and image file format for web, video and print. Demonstrate knowledge of design principles, elements and image composition. Demonstrate knowledge of typography. Demonstrate knowledge of color correction using Photoshop. Demonstrate knowledge of image-generating devices, their resulting image types and how to access resulting images in Photoshop.
And understand key terminology of digital images. The third topic area is where the focus shifts exclusively to using Photoshop and its features and there are five objectives in this topic area. Identify elements of the Photoshop user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions. Demonstrate knowledge of layers and masks. Demonstrate knowledge of importing, exporting, organizing and saving. Demonstrate knowledge of producing and reusing images. Demonstrate an understanding of the features and options in a color management workflow.
The fourth topic area is about manipulating images with Photoshop and there are eight objectives here and they test your knowledge of Photoshop features. Demonstrate knowledge of working with selections. Use Photoshop guides and rulers. Transform images. Adjust or correct the tonal range, color or distortions of an image. Demonstrate knowledge of retouching and blending images. Demonstrate knowledge of drawing and painting. Demonstrate knowledge of type. Demonstrate knowledge of filters.
And the final topic area is about publishing digital images with Photoshop. And it has just one objective. Demonstrate knowledge of preparing images for web, print and video. In this course we'll cover that information in three separate movies. So those are the objectives for the ACA exam and every question on the test will fall into one of those categories. As you prepare for the exam it's worth remembering that about 1/3 of the exam objectives are about general project management and digital images and the other 2/3 of the objectives are focused on using Photoshop features.
- Benefits of ACA certification
- Creating a study plan
- Planning a project
- Identifying design elements such as typography
- Using layers and masks
- Managing color
- Transforming images
- Drawing and painting
- Preparing images for print, web, and video
- Taking the test