Graphic-web-print designing glossary/dictionary of terms
These terms are commonly used in the graphic design
and website design world.
GIF Stands for Graphics Interchange Format. GIF
images are the most widely used graphic format on the web. GIF images
display up to 256 colors.
Glow A glow is the opposite of a shadow
in that it creates a surrounding highlight of an image. A high radiance
creates a soft, subtle glow and a low radiance creates a hard, bright
glow, such as a neon
Gradient A gradient is a gradual transition of colors.
Many metallic images are gradients. Web images that use gradient
fills as a special effect should be saved in a JPEG rather than
a GIF format.
Graphic Backgrounds The bottom-most layer on a web page, usually
with either a design or color that highlights the above copy. A
small graphic can be tiled to create a background texture for a
Grayscale An application of black ink (for print) or the
color black (for the screen) that simulates a range of tones. Grayscale
images have no hue
(color). In print design, a grayscale graphic image appears to be
black, white, and shades of gray, but it only uses a single color
GUI (Graphical User Interface) This is a user interface based on graphics (icons
and pictures and menus) instead of text. When designing a website,
it is important to design the GUI effectively.