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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 Computer Applications, Information Technology or Graphic Design


This certification exam was developed based on a product task analysis that defined the skills required to use Adobe Photoshop CS4 as an application specialist. This exam measures the examinees' ability to complete image editing and compositing activities such as video frames animation, painting and cloning over multiple video frames, and importing and exporting video files in a wide range of formats.This exam consists of 39 performance-based and multiple choice exam items. The exam is delivered in a simulated Adobe Photoshop CS4 application environment, and examinees must complete the exam within a 50 minute time limit.

Skills Measured:

Approximate percentage of examination by content area:10% Section 1 Setting Project Requirements: 1.1 Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing image(s); 1.2 Demonstrate knowledge of standard copyright rules for images and image use; 1.3 Understand project management tasks and responsibilities.23% Section 2 Identifying Design Elements When Preparing Images: 2.1 Demonstrate knowledge of image resolution, image size, and image file format for Web, video, and print; 2.2 Demonstrate knowledge of design principles and image composition; 2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of typography; 2.4 Demonstrate knowledge of color correction; 2.5 Demonstrate knowledge of image generating devices and their resulting image types.26% Section 3 Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4: 3.1 Identify elements of the Photoshop CS4 user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions; 3.2 Understand key terminology of digital images; 3.3 Demonstrate knowledge of layers and masks; 3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of importing, exporting, organizing, and saving; 3.5 Demonstrate knowledge of producing and reusing images; 3.6 Demonstrate an understanding of and select the appropriate features and options required to implement a color management workflow.34% Section 4 Manipulating Images: 4.1 Demonstrate knowledge of working with selections and measurement; 4.2 Use Photoshop guides and rulers; 4.3 Transform images; 4.4 Adjust the tonal range and correct the color of an image; 4.5 Demonstrate knowledge of retouching and blending images; 4.6 Demonstrate knowledge of drawing and painting; 4.7 Demonstrate knowledge of type; 4.8 Demonstrate knowledge of filters.7% Section 5 Evaluating Digital Images: 5.1 Demonstrate knowledge of preparing images for Web, print, and video.
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