Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop CC (2018)
Adobe conducted research to identify the foundational skills students need to effectively communicate using digital media tools. Based on feedback from educators, design professionals, businesses, and educational institutions around the world, the objectives cover entry-level skill expectations for visual design.
An individual earning this certification has approximately 150 hours of instruction and hands-on experience with the product, and is familiar with core features and capabilities, as well as relevant career concepts.
The Adobe Certified Associate certification demonstrates mastery of the following skills:
1 Working in the Design Industry
This objective covers critical concepts related to working with colleagues and clients as well as crucial legal, technical, and design-related knowledge.
- Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing images.
- Determine whether content is relevant to the purpose, audience, and audience needs.
1.2 Communicate with colleagues and clients about design plans.
- Demonstrate knowledge of techniques for communicating about design plans with peers and clients.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic project management concepts.
1.3 Determine the type of copyright, permissions, and licensing required to use specific content.
- Identify legal and ethical considerations for using third-party content, such as copyright, permissions, and licensing.
- Identify when and how to obtain permission to use images of people and locations.
1.4 Demonstrate knowledge of key terminology related to digital images.
- Demonstrate knowledge of digital image terminology.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how color is created in digital images.
1.5 Demonstrate knowledge of basic design principles and best practices employed in the design industry.
2 Project Setup and Interface
This objective covers the interface setup and program settings that assist in an efficient and effective workflow, as well as knowledge about ingesting digital assets for a project.
- Communicate visually using the elements and principles of design and common design techniques.
- Identify and use common typographic adjustments to create contrast, hierarchy, and enhanced readability/legibility.
- Demonstrate knowledge of common photographic/cinematic composition terms and principles.
2.1 Create a document with the appropriate settings for web, print, and video.
- Set appropriate document settings for printed and onscreen images.
- Create a new document preset to reuse for specific project needs.
2.2 Navigate, organize, and customize the application workspace.
- Identify and manipulate elements of the Photoshop interface.
- Organize and customize the workspace.
- Configure application preferences.
2.3 Use non-printing design tools in the interface to aid in design or workflow.
- Navigate a document.
- Use rulers.
- Use guides and grids.
2.4 Import assets into a project.
- Open or import images from various devices.
- Place assets in a Photoshop document.
- Use the Adobe Camera Raw interface to process images.
2.5 Manage colors, swatches, and gradients.
- Set the active foreground and background color.
- Create and customize gradients.
- Create and edit swatches.
2.6 Manage brushes, symbols, styles, and patterns.
3 Organizing Documents
This objective covers document structure such as layers, tracks, and managing document structure for efficient workflows.
- Open and browse libraries of included brushes, symbols, graphic styles, and patterns.
- Create and edit brushes, symbols, styles, and patterns.
3.1 Use layers to manage design elements.
- Use the Layers panel to modify layers.
- Manage layers in a complex project.
- Work with multiple layers.
- Flatten and merge layers.
- Recognize the different types of layers in the Layers panel.
3.2 Modify layer visibility using opacity, blending modes, and masks.
- Adjust a layer’s opacity, blending mode, and fill opacity.
- Create, apply, and manipulate masks.
3.3 Understand the difference between destructive and nondestructive editing.
4 Creating and Modifying Visual Elements
This objective covers core tools and functionality of the application, as well as tools that affect the visual appearance of document elements.
- Nondestructive editing: Smart Objects, Smart Filters, and adjustment layers.
- Destructive editing: painting, adjustments, erasing, and rasterizing.
4.1 Use core tools and features to create visual elements.
- Create images using a variety of tools.
- Modify and edit vector images using a variety of vector tools.
4.2 Add and manipulate text using appropriate typographic settings.
- Use type tools to add typography to a design.
- Adjust character settings in a design.
- Adjust paragraph settings in a design.
- Convert text to graphics.
4.3 Make, manage, and manipulate selections.
- Make selections using a variety of tools.
- Modify and refine selections using various methods.
- Save and load selections.
4.4 Transform digital graphics and media.
- Modify the canvas or artboards.
- Rotate, flip, and modify individual layers, objects, selections, groups, or graphical elements.
4.5 Use basic reconstructing and retouching techniques to manipulate digital graphics and media.
- Apply basic auto-correction methods and tools.
- Use various tools to repair and reconstruct images.
- Evaluate or adjust the appearance of objects, selections, or layers using various tools.
- Apply photographic changes to images using tools and adjustments.
4.6 Modify the appearance of design elements by using filters and styles.
5 Publishing Digital Media
This objective covers saving and exporting documents or assets within individual layers or selections.
- Use filters to modify images destructively or non-destructively.
- Apply, modify, copy, and remove layer styles.
- Create, manage, and save custom layer styles.
5.1 Prepare images for export to web, print, and video.
- Check document for errors and project specifications.
- Export or save digital images to various file formats.
- Save in the native file format for Photoshop (.psd).
- Save in appropriate image formats for print or screen.
- Export project elements.