The amount of specialist terms that get thrown around the design world is crazy, it's impossible to keep up with every single one, especially if you're new to the scene.
Here's a small list of the 36 most commonly used terms that you might not necessarily know, but will need to at some point. If you can think of any more terms that should be added to the list, let us know.
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This dictates how images, texts, and shapes are arranged and positioned.
The part of the page that gets trimmed off once the image is printed.
Means that a document is ready to be sent to the printers.
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black). These are the colours most commonly used for printing.
5. Crop Marks
Guides used as each piece is cut to its final size.
6. Die Cut
Metal ruler that can cut shapes on different kind of materials.
Dots per inch, an acronym used to measure resolution.
Allows you to open the file in programs other than the one you're designing in.
Dictates the size and style of displayable text characters under a typeface.
Graphics Interchange Format. Used for images, it can either be static or animated.
Horizontal and vertical lines that intersect and allow a designer to structure content.
The blank space between two pages facing each other.
Short for Joint Photographic Experts Group. A common format for images.
The spacing between characters to make the pairing of every two letters more balanced.
Divisions to separate tiers of information, shapes, and images from each other.
The vertical space that sets each line of type apart.
17. Logo Design
The process of creating a visual identity that represents a company, brand or individual.
Used to define the width of a text block. Helps optimize for readability.
19. Negative Space
The amount of space around the shapes and words used in a design piece.
A group of words or a short line towards the end or at the beginning of a paragraph.
21. Pantone System
A colour matching system used in the printing industry, developed by Pantone.
Portable Document Format, a popular format used for printing and reading.
A unit of measurement used in typesetting. One pica is 1/16th of an inch.
The smallest element on a single raster image. Thousands form an object.
Portable Network Graphics, great for web design. Supports transparency.
Pixels Per Inch, a measure of resolution. The more PPI, the more detailed the images.
A copy or preview of what your design will look like.
A format used for files that come directly from Adobe Photoshop.
29. Raster Files
They are made up of thousands of pixels that dictate each image's form and colour.
Red, green, and blue. A colour mode often used to display vibrant images on screen.
31. Sans Serif
Typeface style where letters don't have small lines (serifs) at the ends of each character.
A space added to a document to display data that wont be part of the final product.
Like kerning, but applies an even amount of space between characters.
The entire design set for a group of fonts. Also called a font family.
Allows the designer to arrange the type used on any composition.
36. Vector Images
The use of geometrical points or lines to create vector graphics.