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ACA Exam Study Guide: Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop CC

Assessment Published 10/2/14 Last updated on 3/2/20

Use this study guide to prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop CC exam. The study guide includes preparation materials and practice questions to use as you prepare.

For more information about the Adobe Certified Associate program, please visit

To prepare students for the ACA exams, utilize the Adobe Digital Careers curriculums.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

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Bastian Ligniez

Posted on 3/30/20 9:16:51 PM Permalink

​Thank you!

Rishi Thingnam

Posted on 3/19/20 10:26:03 AM Permalink


Amit Sharma

Posted on 3/12/20 2:17:06 PM Permalink


Ilya Verner

Posted on 3/7/20 4:24:03 AM Permalink

​Thanks )

doaa barghout

Posted on 2/28/20 7:32:03 PM Permalink


José Luis Corella

Posted on 1/2/20 6:11:52 PM Permalink

​¿La hay en español?

sri kanth

Posted on 12/24/19 8:19:23 AM Permalink


Grows logo Design

Posted on 12/24/19 7:21:05 AM Permalink

​Good experenise


Posted on 11/29/19 6:02:38 PM Permalink


moses kanu

Posted on 11/13/19 12:16:55 PM Permalink


Wilder Ones

Posted on 9/28/19 2:38:25 AM Permalink


Itzjunie Msp

Posted on 9/21/19 11:36:51 PM Permalink


Lia L

Posted on 9/18/19 12:32:31 PM Permalink

Thank you! :)

Daniel Meza

Posted on 8/29/19 12:39:26 AM Permalink

​Does anyone have any resources for Domain 1.0 Setting Project Requirement? Particularly the design process and project management portion. I can't seem to find any concrete resources for my students to learn from.

Percy Ordonez

Posted on 8/18/19 4:59:40 AM Permalink

Great resources. I will use for my classroom this term. thank you!

Michael Perkins

Posted on 6/26/19 5:35:18 AM Permalink

​Thanks guys

A fantastic resource will be implementing in upcoming lessons

Chris Cooney

Posted on 6/23/19 5:19:47 PM Permalink

​Thank you for creating this guide. The links to additional resources are incredibly helpful.

Zoltan Nagy

Posted on 6/20/19 5:43:41 PM Permalink

​This guide was quite nice. I have already started checkin out the links listed... : )

Daniel Meza

Posted on 6/12/19 1:42:27 PM Permalink

​Does anyone know the differences between the 2015 version of the ACA and the CC version?


Posted on 6/5/19 11:12:44 AM Permalink

I am very interested in this guide, I would like to take the ACA exam as much as possible.

vanessa manning

Posted on 5/28/19 9:33:58 AM Permalink

I am only interested in getting my Adobe certifications for Indesign, photoshop and illustrator is this possible? I already have a keen understanding of these programmes.​

aidee galicia

Posted on 5/12/19 12:58:47 PM Permalink

How can I study for the 2015 adobe certification?​

Steven Berrey

Posted on 4/24/19 1:45:19 PM Permalink

​I saw a link to the files that are used in the videos for download, but I can't find it.

Mbah Redeem

Posted on 4/19/19 1:04:05 AM Permalink


Ezequiel Rabelo

Posted on 4/19/19 4:37:35 PM Permalink

Youre welcome​

William Alvarez Boneta

Posted on 4/19/19 4:46:50 PM Permalink


Sajeesh Othaloor

Posted on 4/18/19 7:39:38 AM Permalink

​Hi Team , is there is any recommended study materials or text books available for Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop CC (2018) for ACA certification,

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/19/19 3:05:25 AM Permalink

​Hello Sajeesh,

The 2018 objectives can be found here.

Sajeesh Othaloor

Posted on 4/24/19 5:49:57 AM Permalink

Tx adobe , of course i downloaded study guide from these threads , I am looking forward study materials/books thats adobe recommends to prepare for exam

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/28/19 10:05:26 PM Permalink

Zac DeLane

Posted on 4/24/19 2:47:11 PM Permalink

Hi! I have a textbook on Amazon that helps with styufying for the test - ​check it out!

Anne C Smith

Posted on 4/17/19 12:31:03 PM Permalink

​Thanks Got the updated version too.

Steven Benitez

Posted on 4/8/19 5:42:52 PM Permalink

​Is there a 2018 or 2019 update of the study guide?

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/9/19 6:20:47 PM Permalink

Hello Steven,

The 2019 ACA Objectives can be found here: ACA Study Guide

Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 4/3/19 1:25:08 PM Permalink

​Thank you !

Rachel Minnich

Posted on 3/14/19 3:45:44 PM Permalink

Very thorough. Thank you!

Caleb Freeman

Posted on 2/27/19 1:04:49 PM Permalink

​Thank you, Kanye! Very cool!

James Tyler

Posted on 1/31/19 1:33:49 PM Permalink

​Very helpful, thank you!

Caren Jansen

Posted on 1/16/19 7:16:20 AM Permalink

Hi There

I cant download this does not download as a PDF file.


Adobe Education

Posted on 1/29/19 7:25:01 PM Permalink

Hello Caren,

Please try to download this file and save it to your desktop. Open the file with Acrobat 9 or Adobe Reader 9, or later.

More information regarding exam objectives for 2018 are listed here:

Alejandro Orrego

Posted on 11/29/18 11:01:28 PM Permalink

​Is there a trial test of the exam i can do for practice?

Ray Cooper

Posted on 11/17/18 12:49:16 AM Permalink

Thank you for this! I also need the same type of doc for Aninate CC 2018. Any idea where I can find one?

Adobe Education

Posted on 11/19/18 12:36:24 AM Permalink

Hello Ray,

Sure! Thank you for your interest in certification for Animate. Please find the Animate ACA resource here:

Karissa Ramsawak

Posted on 10/24/18 7:47:05 PM Permalink

​Is there a 2018 version to this ACA Exam Study Guide?

Adobe Education

Posted on 11/3/18 6:08:43 PM Permalink

Hello Karissa,

Thank you for your interest in the ACA Study Guide! We hope to post the new version of the ACA Exam Study Guide this month. We'll be sure to let you know once we do.​

Wendy Layne

Posted on 1/28/19 8:40:55 PM Permalink

Has this been released yet?​

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/29/19 7:15:53 PM Permalink

Craig Daalmeijer-Power

Posted on 10/11/18 6:05:17 AM Permalink

Great resource for those attempting the ACA​

Jacob Edgar - Owens

Posted on 10/10/18 1:10:46 PM Permalink

​Morgan is my associate

murugan gr

Posted on 10/7/18 10:45:54 AM Permalink

​thank you sir


Posted on 10/5/18 12:54:35 AM Permalink

​Thank You

Ammar Midani

Posted on 9/11/18 9:09:10 AM Permalink

​Always loved those

Julie Terry

Posted on 8/23/18 1:35:28 AM Permalink

​This is great! Previously, it has been very difficult to find study guides/practice tests for ACA.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 8/22/18 5:16:23 PM Permalink

​Thank you Adobe. There is a TON of ACA information here on the AEE site! Thanks. I need it.

Avonn Nova

Posted on 8/16/18 1:43:05 AM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing such great resources.

Sameer Pawar

Posted on 5/11/18 10:50:37 PM Permalink

​I am preparing for a Adobe certified Expert in Photoshop, What syllabus or a study material should I Follow?

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/24/18 3:52:43 PM Permalink

You can find the ACE exam guide here:

The study guide content above is for the Adobe Certified Associate exam, not the Adobe Certified Expert exam.

Percy Ordonez

Posted on 4/4/18 8:30:38 PM Permalink

​Great resource.. thank you!

Diana Puppin

Posted on 4/4/18 5:55:14 PM Permalink

Can you retake the test if you fail?

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/5/18 6:15:45 PM Permalink

jenine estlick

Posted on 10/28/17 2:44:22 AM Permalink

​Where would I find study material about the "Setting Project Requirements" and "Understanding Digital Images" objectives?

Thank you!

Adobe Education

Posted on 10/30/17 5:17:53 PM Permalink

On this page - the activities under Design, Project Management, and Research and Communication are designed to align with those objectives. Additionally, I would look at the overall Visual Design curriculum introduction and the entire curriculusm to see how the projects align to the objectives:

Specifically, this activity will help you with Understanding Digital Images.

The AEE Team

Rabad mohamed

Posted on 8/3/17 10:51:43 AM Permalink

​Thank you for this resource.Great work.

Kathryn Acierno

Posted on 7/26/17 11:46:21 PM Permalink

​Thank you for this resource. The first page states that the areas below are included in this study guide:

  • Topic areas and objectives for the exam.
  • Links to practice tutorials and files.
  • Practice exam items.

Ho​w ever, I can not locate the last item, "Practice Exam Items." Will this section be added in the near future?


Adobe Education

Posted on 7/27/17 9:57:07 PM Permalink

Hi Kat,

Thank you for pointing this out. I have updated the study guides to reflect the absence of these items. Once we have practice exam items to share we will update the guides.

In the meantime, if your students complete the tutorials, they will also practice completing many of the tasks that are tested in the exams.

Thanks again for your feedback, and please let us know what you think of the other aspects of this guide.

Adobe Education

Posted on 7/25/17 4:44:55 PM Permalink

Hi Everyone,

With the help of members of the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and Adobe Education Leader communities, we have updated these study guides. These guides now link to the most up-to-date Adobe Photoshop CC documentation and tutorials related to the Adobe Certified Associate Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop 2015 CC exam.

Additionally, the ​Digital Careers Teaching Materials have been updated and organized to help you find the resources you need to help you prepare your students for this and other ACA exams.

We hope that these materials prove to be useful for both you and your students.

Rob Schwartz

Posted on 3/8/17 1:30:05 AM Permalink

​Hi Everyone! To get something that covers everything for the ACA- look for something that is directly pointed at the ACA. Classroom in a Book isn't aligned to the standards, but the ​LEARN series of books from Adobe Press is!

As Blake mentioned below, ​ACATestPrep is also another option for curriculum that is Approved Courseware for the ACA and used by many of the top certifying centers in the world! (thanks for the props, Blake!)

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 3/27/17 3:26:45 PM Permalink

Wow. This is truly amazing.​ Thank you so very much for sharing.

Tina B

Posted on 2/22/17 10:08:25 PM Permalink

Where can I find the study guide information for "Setting Project Requirments" under Domain 1.0? I do not see it in the Study Guide.

Jeff Richardson

Posted on 10/26/16 5:31:30 PM Permalink

​Are there practice exams that I can administer to my design students?

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 12/14/16 8:53:22 PM Permalink

I would love one for my students as well.​

blake bernstein

Posted on 2/24/17 1:17:16 AM Permalink

as a student i did gmetrix and aca test prep

Thor Christianson

Posted on 3/20/17 9:28:19 PM Permalink

​GMetrix recently updated the ACA Photoshop CC practice tests with additional content. Contact us at for an eval code.

Rob Schwartz

Posted on 3/20/17 9:45:16 PM Permalink

Hi Jeff- ACATestPrep will have quizzes​ after each project beginning next year. Already in place for Premiere and Photoshop- but coming across the board next year!

Christel Benson

Posted on 9/19/16 7:40:19 PM Permalink

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/26/16 4:04:46 PM Permalink

Anne Jan Zandstra

Posted on 9/19/16 4:05:17 PM Permalink

Is there any chance that the study guide is ​updated to the new version in the near future.
​I heard the exam is a bit different now and the study guide doesn't cover all the material.


Kira Adams

Posted on 5/11/16 10:49:03 PM Permalink

Hi, does anyone know where I can find resources to teach me about the design theory questions?
I've done the practice exam, and I can manage the practical questions about actually using Photoshop, but the theory questions are confusing.

Tina B

Posted on 2/22/17 10:09:46 PM Permalink

I know this is a late reply but I was wondering if this is what you're looking for?
​I am planning to take the exam and am wondering if this link would be helpful for me as well.

Tanner Willis

Posted on 4/21/16 4:40:55 PM Permalink


Ben Ramirez

Posted on 1/24/16 5:30:35 PM Permalink

Good Morning Adobe,

I see conflicting comments below, so I must ask: Is this study guide ready to go for my high school students for the Exam?
Ben ~ Medina Valley HS, MVISD
Castroville, TX

Clint Balsar

Posted on 1/4/16 1:00:31 AM Permalink

I believe the Exam Guide is still incorrect in the Review folder made available in the bundled contents folder. I found this and updated it myself, but it should probably be updated there at some point too.

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/28/16 1:34:58 AM Permalink

Hi Clint - can you clarify what you mean by the Review folder? We're not sure what you mean by that.

Roxanne Richards

Posted on 12/14/15 12:51:56 AM Permalink

Shangara Singh

Posted on 5/2/15 10:23:27 AM Permalink

There is nothing in this exam study guide that you won't find in the help pages or the Classroom in a Book series. Furthermore, 2 out of 5 domains are NOT covered! I have put together an exam guide that covers all of the domains. It includes an interactive examEngine that you can use to study, review, and practice. More details can be found on the website.

dom hog

Posted on 4/15/15 11:45:39 AM Permalink

Hello, I've downloaded the ACA Photoshop CC Exam Study Guide which is very useful to me but where do I obtain the Practice materials with image assets? It's not on the Visual Design Curriculum Guide and hopefully not the same images as on the cs6 version. Please add link. Thank you?

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/17/15 2:00:17 PM Permalink

Hi dom - Unfortunately, we do not publish image assets for the practice materials. Please use your own images in your practice for the exam. Thanks for your understanding.

aik lee chia

Posted on 10/3/14 8:58:24 AM Permalink

This is supposed to Exam Guide for Photoshop CC.

But the domain is Dreamweaver CC

Adobe Education

Posted on 10/3/14 2:45:50 PM Permalink

The file has been updated with the correct Photoshop Exam overview and objectives. Thanks for catching that!