Emerald Liu represents U.S. at 2015 Adobe Certified Association World Championships
Junior Emerald Liu submitted a self-portrait she created in her Graphics Design class to qualify at regionals. At the World Championship, she was challenged to create a poster for Room to Read in eight hours. “The submission was for a grade, but I am the type of person that likes to do a thing to my full potential, so I submitted my best project and I was surprised when it became top three,” Liu said. Illustration by Emerald Liu
“Being one of the three competitors from the U.S. was a dream. I can’t believe my project was chosen. It shows that my skills on [Adobe] Illustrator are not that bad,” Liu said.
To be eligible for the contest, students must be between the ages of 13 and 22, be able to prove their status as a student and be chosen by Certiport during the qualification round of the Regional Championships. Competitors had eight hours to create a poster for a non-profit organization, Room to Read.
“To prepare the students, they had to pass at least one of the exams and enter a piece of artwork one of the software is certified in,” Clark said.
Students are also required to pass one of the following exams: Adobe Certified Associate Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop; Adobe Certified Associate in Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign and/or Adobe Certified Associate in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator.
“Mrs. Clark wanted her students to submit something after two years of learning Illustrator and Photoshop, and the project I submitted was a self portrait made in Illustrator,” Liu said.
First, second and third place winners received monetary prizes from $1000 to $5000, a trophy or a medal and a certificate.