Graphic-web-print designing glossary/dictionary of terms
These terms are commonly used in the graphic design
and website design world.
Laminate Thin transparent plastic coating applied to
paper or board to provide protection and give it a glossy finish.
Layer The layer element, which is a Netscape proprietary
tag, allows you to position content from another document on top
of a Web page.
Leading The vertical spacing between lines of text.
Lithography A print made by drawing a design with oily crayon
or other greasy substance on a porous stone or, later, a metal plate;
the design is then fixed, the entire surface is moistened, and the
printing ink which is applied adheres only to the oily lines of
Lossless Compression In graphic design, lossless compression refers
to a data compression technique where the file quality is preserved
and no data is lost. Lossless compression is commonly used on GIF
images, but can only reduce file size to about half of its original
size. Lossy compression, by contrast, eliminates some data can further
decrease file size.
Lossy Compression A term coined by graphics programmers to refer
to a technique of shrinking file sizes by giving away some precision
of detail. JPEG
is an example of a file that is compressed this way. By reducing
the so-called quality of a picture when you save it, you can make
the file size smaller. Many photos can take of loss of fine detail
before it becomes noticeable on a web page.