Adobe Photoshop Test

An Adobe Photoshop test can help you hire the right employees, based on their skills and abilities to create, manipulate and edit images with the Photoshop software application.

  • What is an Adobe Photoshop test?

    Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard in digital art and photo editing, so if you are recruiting for a role that requires Photoshop skills, you want to be sure that the candidate you put forward for the interview has the right skill, knowledge and expertise to be successful.

    Adobe Photoshop is about more than just manipulating photographs to change a background - it is used for creating graphics, 3D images, and even full-on art like digital paintings.

    The Adobe Photoshop test assesses applicants on their ability to navigate the system and create images with text, their confidence in using layers, masks, filters and effects, and their creativity in a work-related setting.

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    Select the assessments that match the skills or behaviours for the position. You can test for software or coding competency, soft skills like teamwork, or personality traits, to be sure those who pass have high potential.

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    All your candidates take the assessments on a level playing field. Only their results determine whether they get shortlisted.

  • Why is an Adobe Photoshop test so important when hiring?

    Although a graphic designer or similar might have Adobe Photoshop skills on their resume, their level of proficiency is not easy to assess just through a CV check.

    The Adobe Photoshop test demonstrates exactly what level of skill and knowledge the candidate has, providing quantifiable data that the recruitment team can use to decide which applicants to take further in the recruitment process. The test can be administered to a large number of candidates, which makes it very useful for narrowing down a large applicant pool.

    Recruiters use the Adobe Photoshop assessment for a wide range of artistic and creative roles, such as:

    • Photographer
    • Creative Director
    • Graphic Designer
    • Web Designer
    • Advertising

    In the assessment, the candidate is faced with questions about the different facets of this popular software and they need to be able to navigate and use each component in the most thoughtful way.

    From the results of the assessment, the recruiter will be able to choose the most experienced candidate with the right level of expertise to put forward for the interview.

Sample Adobe Photoshop Test question

In order to use the "Refine Edge" function on a selection made with the Magic Wand tool, what must be done first?

  • The selection must be expanded by a certain number of pixels

  • The selection must be inverted

  • The selection must be made into a new layer

  • The selection does not require any prerequisites

How to assess Adobe Photoshop skills using our test

Our Adobe Photoshop test asks a variety of questions with different difficulty levels. Candidates proficient in the Adobe Photoshop software application should be able to answer most of the questions correctly.

The Adobe Photoshop test provides valuable insight into what a candidate knows and understands. The test is structured using multiple-choice questions: a familiar format for most test-takers, that allows instant and objective scoring.

As well as the correct answer, there are typically 2–4 distractors, representing common misconceptions and mistakes. This helps make the test more challenging, so a candidate's ability can be measured more accurately.

Test scores can be compared to other test-takers in your talent pool, to see how they perform relative to each other.

Each test has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity in line with industry standards. It has been written, examined and edited by Adobe Photoshop experts and psychometric professionals. A diverse sample of job seekers has also reviewed it to check for any issues including sensitivity, face validity, fairness and accessibility.

This test is continually monitored so our team can optimize performance and regularly assess fairness issues.


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Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd
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Developed by our team of I/O psychologists, psychometricians and subject matter experts, our assessments provide reliable, valid and impartial results. They strictly follow industry best practices and stay on the leading edge of innovations to have job seekers’ unique profiles, abilities and knowledge accurately evaluated while minimising bias. They draw on years of research and cutting-edge predictive analytics to create assessments that provide valuable insights into performance, retention, culture fit and more.

Adobe Photoshop Test FAQs

What areas of Adobe Photoshop are tested?

The tested areas of Adobe Photoshop include using layers and masks, working with text, adjusting images, and working with layouts and different types of publications.

Photoshop designers are also tested on their understanding of the software and how to get the most out of it.

Is the Adobe Photoshop test difficult?

As with other pre-employment assessments, the Adobe Photoshop test is difficult because it is structured as an exam, with a time limit.

However, for a competent user of Adobe Photoshop, the content of the assessment should not be too difficult.

What other skills are required for Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop developers and artists should have the technical skills to use the software, but they need other skills too.

A designer will need good teamwork skills to work with the rest of their department, and communication skills to ensure that they are able to talk about their plans and ideas. They also need to be creative enough to come up with designs as well as work with existing imagery.

When in the process should you use the test?

The Adobe Photoshop test can be used anywhere in the recruitment process, but it is most often used early in the process to narrow down a candidate pool and ensure that the best applicants are the ones that are taken further into the application process - which is where more recruitment costs are usually found.

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