As you are introduced to this vocabulary in class, a word list will be generated here with definitions so that you can talk about your art making using actual design terms.

composition – how items are arranged on a page

balance –

font – text style

negative space – space around the object

vector – in Illustrator, a line segment, will not get pixilated if enlarged

pixilated – blurred image from low resolution

pixel – in Photoshop, smallest element of an image on screen, small squares

fill – the inside of an enclosed shape

stroke – the outline of a shape, or a line segment

gradient – gradually changing from one color into another

transparency – the amount of opacity of an object

cohesive – logical connection or consistency, integration of diverse elements

sketch – a quick drawing representing the main features of an object or scene, often made as a preliminary study for later work

communication – a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a system of text, symbols, signs, etc.

resolution – a measure of the sharpness of an image

plagiarism – presenting as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source


typography – the style, arrangement, or appearance of typeset

tutorials –  a paper, book, film, or computer program that provides practical information about a specific subject

freelance –  pursuing a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer

trompe l’oeil –  something that misleads or deceives the senses

advertising –  calling something to the attention of the public


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