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ACA Exam Study Guide: Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop CC

Assessment Published Oct 2, 2014 Last updated on Jul 27, 2017

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.

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jenine estlick

Posted on Oct 28, 2017 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 Oct 30, 2017 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 Aug 3, 2017 10:51:43 AM Permalink

​Thank you for this resource.Great work.

Kathryn Acierno

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 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 Jul 27, 2017 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 Jul 25, 2017 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 Mar 8, 2017 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 Mar 27, 2017 3:26:45 PM Permalink

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

Tina B

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 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 Oct 26, 2016 5:31:30 PM Permalink

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

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 8:53:22 PM Permalink

I would love one for my students as well.​

blake bernstein

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 1:17:16 AM Permalink

as a student i did gmetrix and aca test prep

Thor Christianson

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 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 Mar 20, 2017 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 Sep 19, 2016 7:40:19 PM Permalink

Adobe Education

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 4:04:46 PM Permalink

Anne Jan Zandstra

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 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 May 11, 2016 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 Feb 22, 2017 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 Apr 21, 2016 4:40:55 PM Permalink


Ben Ramirez

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 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 Jan 4, 2016 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 Jan 28, 2016 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 Dec 14, 2015 12:51:56 AM Permalink

Shangara Singh

Posted on May 2, 2015 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 Apr 15, 2015 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 Apr 17, 2015 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 Oct 3, 2014 8:58:24 AM Permalink

This is supposed to Exam Guide for Photoshop CC.

But the domain is Dreamweaver CC

Adobe Education

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 2:45:50 PM Permalink

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