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The leading paint program from Adobe Systems, Inc. For many years, Photoshop has been the model against which other paint programs are compared. Initially, it ran only on Macintosh systems, which was a strong selling point for Macs, especially among graphic artists. Today, Photoshop runs on both Macs and Windows PCs.
Advertising designs and interfaces can be flyers, newspaper style advertisements, billboards, web ad banners, etc.
Placement of items on the page is essential to Web page design. There are many ways to affect the layout of your page. The best method is to use CSS to style your layout.
The interaction between a user and an application. By using a set of rules and design methods you can easily create a comfortable interface that allows your users to accomplish whatever you are offering to them.
The art and science of architectural design and structure.
A basic principle of design and a state of equalized tension. Balance is the idea that large elements on a Web page should be balanced across the centerline or have a large number of corresponding smaller elements around it to keep the design even. A balanced design is a more unified design.
Buttons are used for web pages and various other applications.
Color aids organization through contrast and repetition. A good use of color in your design will help visitor comprehension of your overall message. Color provides direction as it relates elements to each other.
A basic principle of design. Contrast in design is an accentuation of the differences between elements in a design. Big and small, black and white, square and circle - these are all contrasts.
Content Management System
Abbreviated as CMS, a content management system is software or a group or suite of applications and tools that enable an organization to seamlessly create, edit, review and publish electronic content.
Abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheets, an extension to HTML to allow styles, e.g. colour, font, size to be specified for certain elements of a hypertext document.
CD covers for music, data and various other applications that would fit in a standard CD jewel case.
Corporate Design helps organizations, businesses, and manufacturers to be recognized and distinguished from each other. A corporate design is the official graphical design of the logo and name of a company or institution used on letterheads, envelopes, business cards, forms, folders, brochures, flyers etc.
System for producing printed materials that consists of a computer workstation, a high-resolution printer and a computer program that allows the user to select from a variety of type fonts and sizes, column justifications, page layouts and graphics libraries. Desktop publishing enables a small business or an individual to produce professional-quality materials on the premises inexpensively and quickly without the need for outside typesetting or printing facilities.
A basic element of design. Direction is the way elements in your design are facing, lined up, or positioned. Direction in design provides mood and atmosphere. Direction gives the illusion of movement within a design. There are three basic directions in design: horizontal, vertical and diagonal.
A free and open source modular framework and content management system (CMS) written in the programming language PHP. Like many modern CMSs, Drupal allows the system administrator to create and organize content, customize the presentation, automate administrative tasks, and manage site visitors and contributors.
DVD covers for data, and various other applications that would fit in a standard DVD case.
Dominance is contrast taken to the extreme. By creating one element to dominate other elements on the page, you create an area of interest and a focal point to your design. Dominance gives viewers a way into your design. It lets them know right away where to look and from there you can guide them through the rest of your design.
Elements of Design
Basic building blocks of all design projects. They include lines, shapes, texture, color, and direction.
A basic principle of design. Emphasis in design provides the focal point for the piece and a visual hierarchy for the design. It is a way of making the element that is most important stand out in the design. But trying to make everything on a Web page stand out means that nothing will stand out. Emphasis is sometimes called dominance.
Layouts and covers for different forms of literature, like magazines, books, pamphlets and other literature.
A font stack is a group of fonts in a CSS font-family declaration. The fonts are listed in order of preference by the Web designer. A font stack allows a designer to control the look of the fonts on the Web page even if the computer doesn't have the best font for the job.
Fashion designs (finished clothing) and collections shown in drawings, sketches and digital paintings.
Art or profession of visual communication that combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience, especially to produce a specific effect in advertisements, magazines, books, etc.