After taking the exam, your score is electronically reported. Please allow 2-4 weeks from the date you pass the exam to
receive your ACA Welcome Kit. Exam Structure
The following lists the topic areas for the exam:
Setting project requirements
Identifying design elements when preparing images
Understanding Photoshop CS6
Evaluating digital images
Number of Questions and Time
Domain 1.0 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.
Domain 2.0 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 CS6.
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.
Domain 3.0 Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
3.1 Identify elements of the Photoshop CS6 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.
Domain 4.0 Manipulating Images by using Adobe Photoshop CS6
4.1 Demonstrate knowledge of working with selections.
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.
Domain 5.0 Publishing Digital Images using Adobe Photoshop CS6
5.1 Demonstrate knowledge of preparing images for web, print, and video