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Basic Desktop Terminology By Wendi Cochran Douglas High School
Basic Layout Terms Use the websites listed to find examples of the design terms defined.
Alignment Alignment of text and or graphics on a document. Illustrating the Principles of Design designprinciples/l/aa_pod2.htm
Asymmetrical Design Contemporary design in which contrasing elements of unequal weight and proportion are positioned on a page to achieve balance. designprinciples/g/asymmetrical.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/od/ designprinciples/g/asymmetrical.htm
Balance Attain balance by equally distributing the weight of various elements, such as blocks of text, graphics, images, headings, ruled lines, white space on a page. Balance is usually symmetrical or asymmetrical. Look up the following site: Illustrating the Principles of Design gnprinciples/l/aa_pod2.htm
Consistency Uniformity among specific design elements establishes a pattern of consistency in your document. Inconsistency can confuse and frustrate the reader and can lead to a reduction in readership. consistency/Consistency.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/od/ consistency/Consistency.htm
Contrast The difference between varying degrees of lightness and darkness on the page. Illustrating the Principles of Design designprinciples/l/aa_pod2.htm
Directional Flow Positioning elements to draw the readers eyes through the document. Oct162002id htmhttp://pcworld.about.com/news/ Oct162002id htm
Focus An elements used to attract the readers eyes.
Legibility The ease with which individual characters are recognized.
Proportion Sizing elements in relation to their relative importance and to each other. designprinciples/l/aa_pod2.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/od/ designprinciples/l/aa_pod2.htm
Symmetrical Design Balancing similar elements equally on a page(centered alignment).
White Space Background space with no text or graphics. Illustrating the Principles of Design designprinciples/l/aa_pod2.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/od/ designprinciples/l/aa_pod2.htm
Z-Pattern When scanning a paper the eyes have a tendency to move in a Z pattern.
Ascenders Ascender: Parts of fonts that extend above the x-height. mbingequipmentwords/a/Ascend ersDef.htmhttp://climbing.about.com/od/cli mbingequipmentwords/a/Ascend ersDef.htm
Baseline Imaginary horizontal line on which characters rest.
Cap Height Distance between the baseline and top of the capital letters. od/typographyfonts/tp/letter_ana tomy.htmhttp://graphicdesign.about.com/ od/typographyfonts/tp/letter_ana tomy.htm
Descenders Parts of fonts that extend below the baseline. typeanatomy/g/descender.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/cs/ typeanatomy/g/descender.htm
Kerning Decreasing or increasing the horizontal space between specific character pairs. On the font dialog box under Character Spacing in Word. pespacing/a/kerningtracking.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/cs/ty pespacing/a/kerningtracking.htm pelayout/g/kerning.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/od/ty pelayout/g/kerning.htm
Pitch The number of characters that can be printed in one horizontal inch.
Point Size Point Size: l/72 of an inch. 72 points are equal to one inch
Sans Serif Without small strokes at the end of characters. Examples of Sans Serif Fonts: Arial Tahoma Antique Olive
Serif Fonts A small stroke at the end of a character. Examples of Serif Fonts Times New Roman Garamond
Typeface Font Styles A set of characters with a common design and shape. Such as Impact, Times New Roman, Arial
Typestyle 4 categories of styles Normal (regular, roman) Bold Italic Bold italic
X-Height Height of the fonts lowercase x.
Drop Cap Decorative first letter of paragraph or sentence used to draw the readers eye. ne/2402p022id htmhttp://pcworld.about.com/magazi ne/2402p022id htm
Tracking Which refers to the horizontal spacing between letters or characters. typespacing/a/kerningtracking.h tmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/cs/ typespacing/a/kerningtracking.h tm
Leading Refers to the amount of added vertical spacing between lines of type. In consumer-oriented word processing software, this concept is usually referred to as "line spacing".spacing typespacing/a/leading.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/cs/ typespacing/a/leading.htm
Weight The thickness or heaviness of the strokes of a font style. Font weights generally range from 'light', on to 'medium' and then through to 'heavy'. With the advent of digital fonts technology, there are now more choices of font weights than ever.
Color and Graphic Terms
Hue The variation of the primary color such as green- blue.
Metafiles Graphic files that allow images to be ungrouped and edited in Microsoft applications.
Pixel Short for picture element, a pixel is each individual dot or square or color in a picture or bitmapped graphic. designelements/qt/pixelements. htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/cs/ designelements/qt/pixelements. htm
Raster Graphics A raster image is a bitmapped image where pixels of color are used to create an image. com/od/glossary/g/bitmap. htmhttp://graphicssoft.about. com/od/glossary/g/bitmap. htm
RGB Red, Green and Blue colors that makeup todays computer monitors. /glossary/g/rgb.htmhttp://graphicssoft.about.com/od /glossary/g/rgb.htm
Contrast The amount of gray in a color.
Resolution Is the number of dots that make up an image on a screed or printer-the higher the resolution, the denser the number of dots and higer resolution of the print. resolution/Resolution.htmhttp://desktoppub.about.com/od/ resolution/Resolution.htm
Gradient Gradual varying of color
Grayscale Is the range of shades from black to white.
CYMK This is an acronym for cyan, yellow, magenta and black. A color printer combines these colors to create different colors. /glossary/g/cmyk.htmhttp://graphicssoft.about.com/od /glossary/g/cmyk.htm
Brightness Is the amount of light in a color.
Luminosity The brightness of a color, that is, the amount of black and white added to a color. The larger the luminosity number, the lighter the color. /glossary/ig/Blending- Modes/Blend-Luminosity.htmhttp://graphicssoft.about.com/od /glossary/ig/Blending- Modes/Blend-Luminosity.htm
Saturation This is the purity of a color. A color is completely pure, or saturated when it is not diluted with white. Red, for example, has a high saturation value
Vector Graphic These graphics are made up of mathematically defined lines and curves. A vector graphic picture can be moved, resized, recolored, and enlarged without affecting its output quality at all. /glossary/l/blvector.htmhttp://graphicssoft.about.com/od /glossary/l/blvector.htm
Scale To increase or decrease the size of an image proportionally or disproportionally.
Twain A cross-platform interface for acquiring electronic images captured by scanners and digital cameras. /glossary/f/twain.htmhttp://graphicssoft.about.com/od /glossary/f/twain.htm