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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 CS5 as an application specialist. This exam measures the examinee's ability to complete activities such as identifying, building, and delivering effective rich interactive content across platforms from desktop computers to mobile phones.This exam consists of 40 performance-based and multiple choice exam items. The exam is delivered in a simulated Adobe Photoshop CS5 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 Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities; 1.4 Communicate with others (such as peers and clients) about design plans.25% 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, elements, and image composition; 2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of typography; 2.4 Demonstrate knowledge of color correction using Photoshop CS5; 2.5 Demonstrate knowledge of image-generating devices, their resulting image types, and how to access resulting images in Photoshop; 2.6 Understand key terminology of digital images.23% Section 3 Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: 3.1 Identify elements of the Photoshop CS5 user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions; 3.2 Demonstrate knowledge of layers and masks; 3.3 Demonstrate knowledge of importing, exporting, organizing, and saving; 3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of producing and reusing images; 3.5 Demonstrate an understanding of and select the appropriate features and options required to implement a color management workflow.38% Section 4 Manipulating Images using Adobe Photoshop CS5: 4.1 Demonstrate knowledge of working with selections and measurement; 4.2 Use Photoshop guides and rulers; 4.3 Transform images; 4.4 Adjust or correct the tonal range, color, or distortions 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.5% Section 5 Publishing Digital Images using Adobe Photoshop CS5: 5.1 Demonstrate knowledge of preparing images for web, print, and video.
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