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Adobe Photoshop CS3 / CS4 Certification

A.  General knowledge (9 Questions)
1.  List and describe options available for customizing the user interface. 
               History States = # of undo's (More history states = more RAM)
               Scratch Disk
               Color Picker = Adobe
               Image Interpolation = Nearest Neighbor (faster)
               Never let Photoshop use 100% of RAM

               Edit Preset Manager

2.  Given a scenario, create a tool preset.
      Create New Tool Preset (Tool Presets palette)
      Save as a preset: 
      Change diameters of brushes
      Custom Patterns:  Save patterns from the Pattern palette menu, name and save the library file in the Presets/Patterns folder.
3.  Given a scenario, select the appropriate color mode for an image.

4.  Add metadata for an image in Adobe Photoshop

5.  Explain the advantages of when you would use 32-bit, 16-bit, and 8-bit images.

6.  Explain how to use filters and the Filter Gallery.
 B.  Painting and Retouching (10 Questions)

1.  Given a tool, paint on a layer by using that tool.

2.  Given a tool, retouch an image by using that tool.

3.  Adjust the tonal range of an image using an adjustment layer

4.  Explain how blending modes are used to control how pixels are effected when using a painting or editing tool.

5.  Create and use gradients and patterns.

6.  Create and edit a custom brush.
C.  Creating and using layers (9 Questions)

1.  Create and arrange layers and groups.

2.  Explain the purpose of layer comps and when you would use a layer comp.
      File - Scripts - Layer Comps to WPG

3.  Explain how or why you would use a layer mask.

4.  Create and save a layer style.

5.  Given a scenario, select, align, and distribute multiple layers in an image.
D.  Working With Selections (4 Questions)

1.  Create and modify selections by using the appropriate selection tool.

2.  Save and load selections.

3.  Modify and preview a selection by using Refine Edge.

4.  Create and modify selections by using the Channels palette.
E.  Supporting Video (4 Questions)

1.  Given a scenario create a new document by selecting the appropriate document preset.

2.  Explain the purpose of Video Preview.

3.  Describe the purpose of pixel aspect ration correction.

4.  Explain how to retouch video by using tools and features in Adobe Photoshop.
F.  Working with vector tools (4 Questions)

1.  Create shape layers and paths by using the Pen and Shape tools.

2.  Explain the advantages of using vector drawing tools versus using raster drawing tools.

3.  Given a scenario, alter the properties of type.

4.  Create and edit paths by using the Paths palette.

5.  Other:  Make Work Path Command (save high res pic with selection without increasing file size)
G.  Using Smart Objects (6 Questions)

1.  Create and use Smart Objects.

2.  Convert content to be used with Smart Filters.

3.  Create and use video layers.

4.  Import, transform, and edit textures on 3D layers.

5.  Other:  Use the anti-alias option to avoid hard-edge transition between Smart Object and the layers below when you place an EPS file as a Smart Object.)
H.  Managing assets with Bridge (4 Questions)

1.  List and describe the functionality Adobe Bridge provides for viewing assets.
Ratings:  PRESS SHIFT and click the two star rating icon in the Filter panel to view all items with a two-star rating OR HIGHER.

2.  Explain how to apply metadata and keywords to assets in Adobe Bridge.

3.  Given a scenario, select and use the appropriate automation function from the tools menu in Adobe Bridge.

4.  List and describe the functionality and set the appropriate options in the Camera Raw Preferences dialog box and the Develop Settings menu.
I.  Using Camera Raw and HDR (4 Questions)

1.  List and describe the advantages of the Camera Raw format and the Digital Negative Converter.

2.  Given a Camera Raw adjustment setting, explain the purpose of that setting.

3.  Explain the purpose of and functionality provided by the Open, Save, and Done buttons in the Camera Raw dialog box.
SHIFT - OPEN OBJECT to open a read only, raw image as a Smart Object.

4.  Explain the functionality provided by High Dynamic range (HDR) images and describe the workflow for HDR files.
To increase the gamut color space, change the color space to PhotoPro RGB

J.  Working with automation (3 Questions)

1.  Create and use actions.

2.  Create and use batches.

3.  List and describe the automation features available in Adobe Photoshop.

4.  Describe the difference between scripting and actions and when you would use one over the other.
K.  Managing Color (5 Questions)

1.  Discuss the color management workflow process that is used in Adobe Photoshop.

2.  Describe the difference between assigning and converting to ICC profiles.

3.  Configure color settings by using the Color Settings dialog box.

4.  Explain the purpose of and how to use the Proof Setup command.

5.  Discuss the relationship between color gamut and rendering intents.
L.  Outputting to print (6 Questions)

1.  Given a method in the Print dialog box, explain when you would use that method.

2.  Given a scenario, select and explain when to use a specific Print command.

3.  Explain the differences between monitor, and device resolution.
M.  Preparing and Outputting images for the Web and Mobile devices (6 Questions)

1.  Given a scenario, choose the appropriate file format to optimize images for the Web.

2.  Create transparent and matted images using the Save for Web command.

3.  Explain how slices can be used to optimize images for the web.
WBMP compression, enable diffusion dithering Link the slices of an image to eliminate seams along the boundaries of the slices.

4.  Explain the use of layers when creating an animation in Photoshop.

5.  Explain how to review content for a mobile device by using Device Central.

6.  Other:  Black Point Compensation to preserve shadow detail on output
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