█▓▒░ Graphic Design Dictionary
► Animated GIF - A small animation based on continuous GIF images, giving the impression of movement or action.
► Animation - Generating movement by displaying a series of images using frames.
► Atmo - The atmosphere in a signature / piece of work.
► Artwork - An Artowrk is a slighty different form of a signature. Most of the times it's way bigger, about 800x600.
► Background - The background is behind all your effects and focal. Its usually blurry so that the focal gets more attention.
► Blending - It's to make the render part/match the background.
► Blurring - The term for adding depth to your image. A tool in photoshop.
► Burn - A term used when darkening areas of the image. A tool in photoshop.
► Brush - A tool in photoshop.
► CnC- Comment & Critique. It is the feedback a user gives to an artist, you usually point out the pros and cons.
► C4D - Abstract renders created in the program, Cinema 4D. They can be used for effects and lighting in your image.
► Composition - Its how well your image is put together.
► Crop - Used to remove unneeded areas/parts in an image.
► Concept - The main idea behind the image.
► Clipping Mask - It's used to blend renders in a signature or create some effects in the background.
► Collab - Short for Collaboration, it's when two or more people work together on one piece.
► Depth - Adds distance to your image. Things far away should seem far away and things close by needs to be clear.
► Dodge - Used to brighten parts of the image. A tool in photoshop.
► Emboss - Gives the image a 3D-like effect.
► Effect - Resources used in the image to make it more appealing. They are usually bright and vibrant but not always.
► Focal Point - The main focus in your image. In most cases, its the render/stock you chose to work with.
► Fractals - Similar to C4Ds, not 3D though. They are used for effects and lighting in your image.
► Flow - The direction the effects are going towards in an image.
► Font - The tex-tart chosen in your image.
► GFX - Graphic Effects.
► Gradient Map - A tool in photoshop. It can be used to blend in your render to the background.
► HQ - High Quality.
► Lighting - The shadows in the image are controlled by Lighting. Lighting is created by a light source.
► Light Source - The source of the light in an image. The shadows follow the direction of the Light source.
► LQ - Low Quality.
► Layers - They hold single images that are stacked above each other to form one whole image.
► Messy - If there is too much going on in a Signature and you can barely see anything because of too many effects, it's messy.
► Monotone - This is when your image consists of one color.
► Outcome - An outcome is what you call the end product of a tutorial.
► Overcontrasted - As the name says, when the contrast is too high in the signature / piece of work.
► Overlightened - When there is too much lighting going on in your signature.
► Oversharpened - Oversharpening, it makes your signature looks bad when everything is too sharp.
► Opacity - The transparency of a layer.
► Photo Manipulation - Manipulating a regular image to make it look like something else.
► .PSD - Photoshop file extension.
► .PNG - Gives an image high quality. It also allows for transparent backgrounds.
► Render - A render is what you call a cut out piece of an image with a transparent background.
► Rip - A rip is when a designer claims the work of another person to be his own.
► Scanlines - Scanlines are pattern or brushes in Photoshop / Gimp (mostly pattern).
► Smudge - The Smudge-Tool is an important part of Photoshop which allows you to smudge images.
► Sprites - Sprites are figures or objects out of very old video games.
► Stock - Is just a regular image, mostly photos.
► Typo - As in Typography, means the creation of a graphic / text. It is understood as a way to express using text, images, lines, surfaces to make an even more creative text in your piece of work.
Last edited by Drizzy; 03-09-2013 at 11:26 PM.