Adobe Photoshop Certification

Adobe Photoshop Certification

Which is the advantage of linking images into Photoshop versus embedding them (such as with Open, Import, or Cutting and Pasting)?

Files linked in a Photoshop file are automatically updated whenever the original is edited and saved.

When preparing images in Photoshop to be used for different media - print, web, and video - different file formats are required. Select the three export options which provide the greatest flexibility and utility.

- JPG (jpeg) - Used to compress web images to a small file sixe without losing too much quality

- TIFF (tiff) - Used for professional print images to save in a uncompressed, loss-less file format at high resolution.

- BMP - Used for either web or print because of the ability to save high quality images ether compressed or uncompressed.

You will be applying some special effects to the image the superintendent sent you of the school building. When editing the photo, what Color Mode should you use to give you the greatest number of Photoshop's features?


Characteristics of the Quick Select Tool

This tool selects all contiguous pixels with similar colors with a single click.

Characteristics of the Lasso Tool

-To make a non-geometric selection.

-To remove a selected area from an image

-To make a selection and use content aware fill

As a first step to adapting the school photo, you would like to change it to black-and-white. What is the quickest way to convert a color image to black-and-white (grayscale) non-destructively

Create an adjustment layer using the Black & White menu option

This is a new client for your company - one with whom you have little experience. What would be the best way to begin to determine the styles to use in building ads for this particular client?

Talk to the client about specific expectations they have about the ad design

Your advertising company has hired a photographer to take pictures for the ads. The photos were taken in a public place and include the model, wearing the advertised clothing, interacting with other people. In addition to your work for hire agreement with the photographer, what specific additional permissions must you obtain before you can use the photos in web advertising?

Copies of the "model releases" from everyone who appears in the photos that is identifiable.

The visual design of the typography helps communicate the purpose of the advertisement. Based on that fact, which two of the following statements are true about the role of typography in visual design?

- When laying out the text in an advertisement, be sure to consider the style, color, and spacing.

- You should select typefaces that help illustrate the style and tone of the store and the merchandise being advertised.

What size would be most appropriate for full-width banner ads you are creating for the clothing store?

Width: 728 pixels, Height: 90 pixels

Which of the three following statements about using vector masks are true?

- The masks are resolution independent and can be easily enlarged.

- The masks cannot have soft or feathered edges because they are created with vector shapes.

- The masks create clean, defined edges because it used a sharp-edged shape as the mask.

Characteristics of the Paint Bucket Tool

Fills an enclosed, contiguous area on the canvas with the current foreground color.

Characteristics of the Brush Tool

Paints lines and strokes of selected colors and settings

Characteristics of the Pencil Tool

Draws hard-edged lines and strokes and cannot be softened

Characteristics of the Mixer Brush Tool

Simulates realistic looking painting techniques, such a blending canvas colors and varying brush wetness

Characteristics of the Art History Brush Tool

Paints with stylized strokes, using data from selected history state of snapshot

Characteristics of the History Brush Tool

Paints using data from a selected previous state or snapshot

What is the benefit of creating snapshots in the History panel as you are working?

- Snapshots let you compare the effects of applying filters with different settings

Which are three of the effects of applying the Flatten Image command in Adobe Photoshop?

- Hidden layers are discarded

- Reduces the Photoshop file size

- All visible layers are combined into a single layer

You have selected a small image you'd like to turn into a brush, and you want the brush to have sharp edges. How do you do that?

While painting with the brush, set the Hardness of the sampled brush to 100%.

How many color channels are in an RGB image?

Three: Red; Green; Blue

How do you apply a non-destructive filter?

Convert it to a Smart Object first

What is the advantage of saving a layer style?

It can be quickly added to layers in different documents

What command is used such that an image is put into a new document on the Background Layer?


What command is used such that an image is scanned and opens in its own Photoshop document as a bitmap image?


Which command would be used to put an image into a new document on its own layer separate from the Background Layer?


What are two characteristics of Bitmap images?

-Cannot be resized without loss of quality.

-Represented by pixels in a grid layout.

List 5 characteristics that influence design.




-Geographical location

-Internal audience of company

When does copyright attach to work?

Once the final product is done.

Stages of task management in order.






What is PPI/DPI?

-Pixels Per Inch

-Dots Per Inch

An early step in designing a new image for use as a book cover is to establish a general layout and color scheme. How might this be presented to the client in order to get their approval? (Choose two)

- A Preliminary mock-up

- A rough sketch

You are working on the cover of a romance novel for which the client/author has suggested a color scheme. Unfortunately, the color scheme he suggested has colors that clash and are unattractive together. What should you do?

Raise your concerns about the color scheme and present alternative suggestions

Images intended for use as a book cover are often initially created in Photoshop and then exported to Illustrator or InDesign for final print production. Which two steps should be performed in Photoshop prior to export?

- Modify design with Soft Proofing.

- Change image color mode to CMYK.

E-book covers usually mimic the size and shape of the cover of a printed book, if there is one. You are adapting an e-book cover from a print cover that is 6" wide x 9" high. What would be appropriate dimensions for the e-book cover to maintain the aspect ratio of the print cover?

Width: 1200 pixels, Height: 1800 pixels


The individual dots or points that together make up a digital image on a screen or monitor.


A measurement of a digital image's size by the number of dots in the image's grid.

Bitmap Graphic

Digital images made up of individual dots in a grid

Vector Graphic

Digital images made up of mathematically drawn lines, curves, and shapes.

What design principal is illustrated by an image with an overlay depicting 9 areas defined by 2 evenly spaced horizontal lines and 2 evenly spaced vertical lines?

Rule of thirds

Which option is presented to the client for feedback before designing the final project?

Mock up / Comp

What are the 5 phases of a design project?






Derivative Work

A work derived from or based on one or more existing works

Fair Use allows work to be reproduced or altered for a variety of reasons including:

-News reporting




3 characteristics of Vectors

-Made with math

-Easily enlarged w/o losing quality

-Format used primarily for charts, logos, & symbols

Intellectual Property may include:

Copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights, and trade secrets.

Which design principals can be represented with an overlay when using the Crop Tool? (3 of them)

-Golden Ratio

-Golden Spiral

-Rule of Thirds

Characteristics of Sans-Serif fonts:

Better for Web, Used for Headlines, DOES NOT have small decorative lines


A method used by Photoshop to resample an image using existing pixel colors.

Resolution: measurement of an image on the

screen, web, or video.


Increasing the size of an image by changing its data

Name three things you would rasterize.



-Smart Object

Which of the following is a reason that a designer may want to change the CMYK working space in the color settings dialog box?

To match the color of the printer.

What is the purpose of flattening an image?

Reduced file size

Which two options are advantages of smart objects?

-Smart objects allow for non-destructive transforms

-Smart Objects create a reference

Which of the following formats are best suited for high quality images on a web page?


Which of the following allows a designer to create a photo gallery?

Adobe Bridge

List two ways you can increase the readability of your design project

-Create contrast with font styles

-Use spacing and proximity

List two reasons to use serif fonts.

-Has small decorative lines or embellishments on characters

-Better in printed work

What is the maximum amount of colors in an indexed image?


What controls the spacing between ALL characters in a word?


What controls the spacing between 2 characters in a word?


What type of file is a NON-LOSSY format best for printing?


What 2 image file types are considered LOSSY?


How do you apply a filter to TYPE and still retain the editability of the text?

Convert the type layer into a smart object.

What menu do you use to turn on/off SNAP TO GRID?

View → Snap To → Grid

What menu do you use to create/clear GUIDES?


When exporting an image for the web, what file type will retain the transparency of the image?


Which font type is better for online reading?


Which font type is better for reading printed material?


What is another phrase for "maintaining aspect ratio"?

Constrain Proportions

How many color channels are in a CMYK image?

Four: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, & Key(Black)

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