Buffalo Creek Middle School - Home of the Hawks  

Photoshop CS6 Prep

for Certification Exam



EQ:  How can a Photoshop Certification be helpful to a middle school student.


Objective:  Student will have sufficient preperation to pass the Photoshop CS6 Certification Exam.

Guided Instruction:

  1. Read and Discuss Photoshop CS6 Practice Exam

  2. Read and Discuss Photoshop CS6 Study Guide


  1. Read and Review the Photoshop CS6 Exam Prep file.

  2. Watch lessons on Adobe TV

  3. Watch tutorials on Tuts+


Take the Online GMetrix Practice & Training Tests


  Guiding Questions:  


  • Computer
  • Built-in Computer Camera
  • Drawing Tablet
  • Digital Camera
  • Digital Video Camera
  • Extended time
  • Grading based on skill level

State Standards:

Information & Communications Technology 1:
1.01 , Identify the internal components of a computer (e.g., power supply, hard drive, mother board, I/O cards/ports, cabling).   1.02 , Identify various computer input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, phone, camera) and describe their use.   1.03 , Identify various computer output devices (e.g., monitor, printer, phone) and describe their use.   1.04 , Identify various storage devices (e.g., flash drive, iPod, phone, external hard drive).   2.01 , Identify the most common computer operating systems (i.e., Windows, Apple, UNIX).   2.02 , Describe and use conventional file naming conventions.   2.03 , Demonstrate proficiency with file management tasks (e.g., folder creation, file creation, backup, copy, delete, open, save).   2.04 , Be able to identify file types by extension (e.g., .doc, .txt, .wav, xls).   2.05 , Compare and contrast various operating systems used in mobile devices (e.g., iOS, Android).   3.01 , Identify and use web terminology.   3.02 , Define Universal Resource Locators (URLs) and associated protocols (e.g., http, ftp, telnet, mailto).   3.03 , Compare and contrast the types of Internet domains (e.g., .com, .org, .edu, .gov, .net, .mil).   3.04 , Demonstrate proficiency using search engines, including Boolean search techniques.   3.05 , Demonstrate proficiency using various web tools (e.g., downloading of files, transfer of files, telnet, PDF).   3.06 , Compare and contrast the roles of web servers and web browsers.   3.07 , Apply the rules for properly citing works or other information obtained from the Internet.   3.08 , Identify and apply Copyright Fair Use guidelines.   3.09 , Evaluate online information for credibility and quality using basic guidelines and indicators (e.g. authority, affiliation, purpose).   4.01 , Describe cyber-bullying and its impact on perpetrators and victims.   4.02 , Differentiate between viruses and malware, specifically their sources, ploys, and impact on personal privacy and computer operation, and ways to avoid infection.   4.03 , Demonstrate proficiency running an antivirus scan to remove viruses and malware.   4.04 , Describe risks associated with social networking sites (e.g., FaceBook, MySpace, and Twitter) and ways to mitigate these risks.   4.05 , Adhere to cyber safety practices with regard to conducting Internet searches, email, chat rooms, and other social network websites.   4.06 , Adhere to Acceptable Use Policies when accessing the Internet.   5.01 , Apply and adjust margins, tabs, line spacing and paragraph indents.   5.02 , Insert and manipulate text, graphics/images, and WordArt.   5.03 , Format text using the font interface and styles interface.   5.04 , Adjust the size, position, and layout wrapping settings of a graphic/image.   5.05 , Use the status bar to determine the number of pages, words, and characters in a document.   5.06 , Insert codes for current date and time.   5.07 , Copy text between documents using mouse, menu, and keyboard techniques.   5.08 , Move text in a document using mouse, menu, and keyboard techniques.   5.09 , Create bulleted and numbered lists.   5.10 , Create a table – inserting, moving and entering data.   5.11 , Create a table – format rows, columns and cells.   5.12 , Insert page breaks.   5.13 , Adjust magnification of document display single and multiple pages.   5.14 , Understand printing options including shrink to fit, gutters, and document orientation.   5.15 , Create a report or essay that contains a title page, text, a graphic/image, and WordArt.   5.16 , Interpret basic proofreader marks and edit a report or essay accordingly.   6.01 , Describe a spreadsheet and the ways in which it may be used.   6.02 , Identify the parts of the spreadsheet display.   6.03 , Insert and format text information into cells.   6.04 , Insert and format numeric information into cells.   6.05 , Insert and format date and time information into cells.   6.06 , Select multiple cells using the mouse.   6.07 , Copy information from one or more cells to another part of the spreadsheet.   6.08 , Move information from one or more cells to another part of the spreadsheet.   6.09 , Sum the numeric values of multiple cells.   6.10 , Use the sort function to alphabetize a table of information.   6.11 , Create and navigate through a worksheet.   6.12 , Change column width and row height.   6.13 , Insert columns and rows.   6.14 , Merge cells.   6.15 , Use Undo and Redo features.   6.16 , Create and print a table that displays and sums the quantities or values of different categories of data.   7.01 , Describe presentation software and the ways in which it may be used.   7.02 , Create a Slide Master.   7.03 , Adjust presentation format using the Slide Master.   7.04 , Add and format titles, subtitles, and talking points to a presentation slide.   7.05 , Insert date and time codes and slide numbers to slides.   7.06 , Insert and format images/graphics onto slides.   7.07 , Insert new or duplicate slides.   7.08 , Adjust slide transition to include animation.   7.09 , Insert and adjust sound settings and timing in presentation.   7.10 , Adjust the sequence of slides in the presentation.   7.11 , Produce a presentation that includes text, graphics, and digital images and present it using a projection system.   7.12 , Adjust slide show set-up to loop show continuously.   8.01 , Describe graphics software and the ways in which it may be used.   8.02 , Compare and contrast vector and bitmap images.   8.03 , Demonstrate knowledge of image formats related to photos and graphics on the Internet (e.g., Graphic: TIFF, BMP, EPS, Web: JPEG, GIF, PNG).   8.04 , Create graphic images that demonstrate the digital use of inks, watercolors, acrylics, and oils.   8.05 , Use terminology appropriate to the creation and display of graphic images.   8.06 , Create images with effects using different tools and brushes available in the software.   8.07 , Copy and paste graphic images.   8.08 , Alter the shapes and colors used in a graphic image.   8.09 , Save and export a photograph in the format that provides the best image quality and file size for Internet use.   9.01 , Categorize websites according to their purpose and domain.   9.02 , Identify elements of a webpage.   9.03 , Define basic HTML terminology.   9.04 , Critique the aesthetic and functional operation of sample websites.   10.01 , Create a website using an available template.   10.02 , Build the site navigation schema for a website.   10.03 , Create hyperlinks to external sites.   10.04 , Use an image or icon as a hyperlink.   10.05 , Prepare web pages for publication.   10.06 , Publish a website using File Transfer Protocol (FTP).   11.01 , Define programming and discuss its role in computing.   11.02 , Understand the binary representation of data and programs in computers.   11.03 , Define the term algorithm and its application to problem-solving.   11.04 , Describe basic Boolean concepts, including Boolean algebra, truth tables, operators, and logic.   11.05 , Describe the structure of a simple program and why sequencing is important.   11.06 , Explain the logic used for IF statements.   11.07 , Create a program using a high level programming language (e.g., Alice, DarkBASIC, GameMaker).
Information & Communications Technology 2:
1.01 , Construct an effective Boolean search statement using appropriate keywords.   1.02 , Evaluate search results to determine those sites or resources that best meet the research criteria.   1.03 , Incorporate the results from the Internet search into a research document (e.g., report, synopsis).   1.04 , Download images as needed in support of the research, complying with notices of copyright.   1.05 , Properly cite the Internet sources used in the research.   2.01 , Identify the types and purposes of common input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, camera, microphone, scanner).   2.02 , Identify the types and purposes of specialized input devices (e.g., digital cameras, mobile devices, GPS devices).   2.03 , Describe the types and purposes of various computer connection ports (e.g., USB, firewire, parallel, serial, Ethernet).   2.04 , Connect an input device (e.g., mouse, keyboard, cell phone, camera) and verify proper operation.   2.05 , Connect an output device (e.g., printer, monitor, projector) and verify proper operation.   3.01 , Describe cyber-bullying and its impact on perpetrators and victims.   3.02 , Differentiate between viruses and malware, specifically their sources, ploys and impact on personal privacy and computer operation, and ways to avoid infection.   3.03 , Describe risks associated with sexting, including related legal issues, social engineering aspects, prevention methods and reporting of offenses.   3.04 , Describe the risks associated with online gaming and ways to mitigate these risks.   3.05 , Describe the ethics and copyright legalities of downloading music or videos from the Internet.   3.06 , Describe risks associated with social networking sites (e.g., FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter) and ways to mitigate these risks.   3.07 , Adhere to cyber safety practices with regard to conducting Internet searches, email, chat rooms and other social network websites.   4.01 , Create a word processed document (e.g., article, newsletter) that employs a column layout.   4.02 , Create a word processed document that includes an imbedded image formatted to wrap text tightly around the image.   4.03 , Create a word processed document that integrates objects from a spreadsheet.   4.04 , Create a word processed document that includes formatted shapes and WordArt.   4.05 , Convert a body of text into a multi-column table, sorted by the left-most column.   4.06 , Format a word processed document using styles and the Document Map.   4.07 , Use numbered and bulleted lists in a document.   4.08 , Create a word processed document that uses multi-level outlining.   4.09 , Adjust the formatting of a multi-level outline document.   5.01 , Insert arithmetic formulas into a spreadsheet.   5.02 , Differentiate between absolute and relative cell addressing.   5.03 , Apply and adjust cell formatting to accommodate currency, date and percentage values.   5.04 , Apply shading and borders to a spreadsheet.   5.05 , Demonstrate how to use common spreadsheet functions (e.g., SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT).   5.06 , Use Conditional Formatting to highlight text.   5.07 , Create a chart based on data sets defined in a spreadsheet.   5.08 , Adjust chart types to appropriately represent base data.   6.01 , Create a progressive slide presentation featuring the use of SmartArt and animated transitions.   6.02 , Use a portable digital video device (e.g., cell phone, Flip camera) to produce video clips for transfer onto a computer.   6.03 , Use video editing software to produce a slide show or video movie.   6.04 , Create a multimedia presentation that incorporates shot and edited video, animation, music, narration and adheres to good design principles, use of transitions and effective message conveyance.   7.01 , Build, optimize, edit, and test web pages for publication.   7.02 , Demonstrate an understanding of network and web implementation issues (e.g., bandwidth, compression, streaming).   7.03 , Compare and contrast various methods by which information may be accessed on the Internet/Intranet (e.g., FTP, telnet, browser).   7.04 , Demonstrate an understanding of file encryption methods (e.g., secure server, unsecured server).   7.05 , Modify a webpage template to achieve an effective look and feel for a website.   7.06 , Integrate video and animation files into a webpage.   7.07 , Prepare web pages for publication.   7.08 , Publish a website.   8.01 , Describe structured programming and discuss the advantages of this approach.   8.02 , Describe and give examples of the three structural components (i.e., decisions, sequences, loops) used in structured programming.   8.03 , Write a program in pseudo code that uses structured programming to solve a problem.   8.04 , Convert a program from pseudo code into a common high level programming language (e.g., Alice, DarkBASIC).
Information & Communications Technology 3:
1.01 , Characterize effective writing styles and conventions for the web.   1.02 , Use word processing software to create effective written content for the web.   1.03 , Use graphics software to create message-driven graphical content for use on a webpage.   1.04 , Access and digitize graphics through various resources (e.g., scanner, digital cameras, on-line graphics, clipart, CD-ROMs).   1.05 , Create and edit images using image or graphic design software.   1.06 , Adhere to cyber safety practices with regard to conducting Internet searches, email, chat rooms, and other social network websites.   2.01 , Describe email capabilities and functions.   2.02 , Identify components of an email message.   2.03 , Identify the components of an email address.   2.04 , Attach a file to an email message.   2.05 , Forward an email message to one or more addressees.   2.06 , Use an address book.   2.07 , Reply to an email message.   2.08 , Use the Internet to perform email activities (i.e., web-based email).   2.09 , Identify the appropriate use of email and demonstrate related email etiquette.   3.01 , Create and use a wiki or similar collaborative environment for communicating and sharing among project team members.   3.02 , Create and use a social media page (e.g., Facebook, Wimba, Moodle) to share and publish project components (e.g., content, images, graphics, videos) for gauging visitor reaction and obtaining feedback.   4.01 , Define networking and describe the purpose of a network.   4.02 , Describe the conceptual background of digital networks including terminology and basics.   4.03 , Describe various types of networks and the advantages and disadvantages of each (e.g. peer to peer, client/server, mainframe/terminal).   4.04 , Describe the function of various network devices (e.g. hub, switched hub or switch, Router Bridge, gateway, access points).   4.05 , Describe how network devices are identified (i.e., IP addressing).   4.06 , Explain the protocols commonly used in a network environment.   4.07 , Describe the purpose of the OSI model and each of its layers.   4.08 , Understand how two network nodes communicate through the OSI model.   4.09 , Differentiate between public and private IP addresses.   4.10 , Describe the difference between the Internet and intranet.   4.11 , Compare and contrast the different methods for network connectivity (e.g. broadband, wireless, Bluetooth, cellular).   4.12 , Discuss the differences between Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), and Virtual Private Network (VPN).   5.01 , Define database.   5.02 , Differentiate between fields and records in a database.   5.03 , Describe the various data types used in a database.   5.04 , Create a data table that uses multiple data types.   5.05 , Add, edit, sort, and delete records in datasheet view.   5.06 , Differentiate between a table and a query.   5.07 , Describe Structured Query Language (SQL) and discuss its use with databases.   5.08 , Create a basic SELECT query.   5.09 , Export data from a database into a spreadsheet form.   5.10 , Import data from a spreadsheet.   5.11 , Create meaningful reports from the database.   6.01 , Embed a PDF file (e.g., a map, image) into a word processed document and format to wrap text around the object.   6.02 , Enhance the appearance of WordArt using the shape, spacing, shadow, and 3D effects formatting features.   6.03 , Create a word processed document that includes SmartArt.   6.04 , Convert a document from profile to landscape orientation and adjust margins and headers and footers.   6.05 , Insert citations and a bibliography into a word processed document.   6.06 , Create an automatic Table of Contents.   6.07 , Add comments to a document.   6.08 , Revise a word processed document with Track Changes enabled, then accept and reject changes as appropriate.   6.09 , Using the Translate feature, translate a document from English to another language and vice versa.   7.01 , Demonstrate knowledge of ethics related to digital imaging and legal consent issues.   7.02 , Apply effective design principles in digital photography compositions.   7.03 , Demonstrate skill in using digital imaging software for image manipulation, color correction, and special effects to creatively convey a message or literary interpretation.   7.04 , Demonstrate skill in scanning and cropping photographs.   8.01 , Operate video camera (e.g., Flip camera, cell phone).   8.02 , Write storyboards to depict a one minute video segment.   8.03 , Determine appropriate lighting needs.   8.04 , Create video shots sufficient to produce a one minute video.   9.01 , Demonstrate knowledge of the digital video software interface.   9.02 , Demonstrate ability to edit, cut, erase, and insert video.   9.03 , Edit video as needed to achieve desired message and length.   9.04 , Describe a first complete run-through of the video production process.   9.05 , Characterize the qualities of effective communication in a completed video.   9.06 , Prepare a one minute video project for final compositing and export.   9.07 , Upload finished video files to a website.   10.01 , Demonstrate knowledge of the audio editing software interface.   10.02 , Demonstrate ability to edit, cut, erase, and insert audio.   10.03 , Edit audio as needed to achieve desired message and length.   10.04 , Prepare a one minute audio commercial project.   11.01 , Compare and contrast writing HTML using a text editor versus using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) editor.   11.02 , Design and create an effective web page template.   11.03 , Demonstrate knowledge of color wheel and proper use of color.   11.04 , Create attractive, engaging, and efficient web pages using a GUI editor.   11.05 , Insert audio files into a Web page.   11.06 , Create, edit and integrate video files into a webpage.   11.07 , Create, edit and integrate animation files into a webpage.   11.08 , Use Dynamic HTML (DHTML) to enhance webpage interactivity.   11.09 , Create webpages using basic HTML tags (e.g., links, lists, character styles, text alignment, tables).   12.01 , Describe iterative programming structures (e.g., while, do/while) and how they are used in programming.   12.02 , Explain the types and uses of variables in programming.   12.03 , Describe object-oriented concepts.   12.04 , Compare and contrast programming languages that are compiled (e.g., C++), interpreted (e.g., HTML), and translated (e.g., Java).   12.05 , Create animated objects using a high level programming language to control their behavior.   12.06 , Write a program design document showing program flow using pseudo code.   12.07 , Create a program using animated objects.   12.08 , Troubleshoot and debug errors in code.   13.01 , Apply the design process in solving a problem.   13.02 , Identify the design criteria and constraints.   13.03 , Create storyboards to model the program flow and functionality.   13.04 , Write the appropriate code.   13.05 , Test and evaluate the program.


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