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What's the difference between a graphic designer and an artworker/Mac operator/production artist?

What's the difference between a graphic designer and an artworker/Mac operator/production artist? Is one a subset of the other? Do they overlap? Are they industry-specific terms? Are in fact ...
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What does it mean to be an illustrator?

I have noticed people here frequently talking about "Illustrator(s)" and illustration. I have no idea what 'illustrator' means in this sense! What is an illustrator? How is an illustrator different ...
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Term for content-holding iconographic images

What is a correct term for images that are to act as containers for other content, e.g. for holding text or cropping images? Common examples of these content-holding images are badges, thought ...
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How do the terms image, picture, graphic etc. relate to each other?

I asked a question here on GD after which I decided to read a book. As a non-native English speaker, there are a lot of new terms for me to learn, and it seems that I might have used the wrong term ...
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What does Scaling mean in this context?

I just got a pre-interview questionnaire for potentially a new job. On it I have to rank certain skills like creativity, attention to detail, photo manipulation.... one of them says "Scaling" Before ...
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what's the best term for this skill set

I'm looking for the right word to use on my resume, that will be understood by the broadest possible range of people and won't look like I'm over-selling my skills (or under-selling them either). ...
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What do you call these types of images?

What do call these types of graphics? I'm referring to the green part of this image. I found it on a website.
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Proper term for a font with the same thickness for all strokes?

I'm looking at placing numbers on sports equipment and need a font with numbers that maintain the same parallel width or thickness for each digit. I mean uniform width of the line that makes up the ...
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What is the graphic design term using for this?

What is the graphic design term using for this (mean this color splashes)? And in a nutshell, is there a way to draw scenes like this in PS or AI? Thanks in advance.
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What search terms can help me find “progressive reveal” campaigns?

not sure what this is called. Tried a bit of googling but didn't find what I was looking for. I'm designing a website on which we will be revealing a list item every week. The website is launching ...
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What is it called when you display an outline version of a photograph next to the image and label or number it?

It's usually done when there are a bunch of objects in a photograph and it's hard to identify them or refer to a specific one without confusion. For instance, I've seen this done with jigsaw puzzles ...
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What is the name of this effect, and what is a good way to replicate it?

See how the image background fades with the black menu bar? I see this effect very often and I like it a lot. I would love a tutorial (either Photoshop or Illustrator) or how-to article but I don´t ...
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What is the graphic design term for “cartoony?”

I need to relate some information to some graphic designers and I want to tell them that I don't want imagery that is "cartoony," or "cartoonish." How do I tell them this in their own lingo (and ...
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Is there a name for this kind of website footer graphic?

(taken from KeePass site) These images were quite popular on websites around the early 00's, from as far back as I can remember. They seemed to phase out with the introduction of flat and material ...
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What is it called when you place text over an image?

For example, in this album cover: Is the text "imposed" over the image? What is the right word for placing one layer of design on top of another?
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What's the name for a “multi page scrolling webpage?”

A lot of tech companies have a websites with the following UI features: a homepage containing several discrete "slides" stacked vertically you can scroll vertically through the slides or, (in some ...
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Icons and text (daycare) for “pee pee” and “poo poo” without being gross?

I have buttons where the daycare worker can select that a child went to the bathroom. They choose whether they "pee'd" or "pooped" (or however you say that in a politically correct way). I want to ...
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Terminology for a “futuristic” interface, objects, etc.

So I am making a program which uses a "futureistic" graphical interface. My problem is that though i have seen examples of it in the past, i cannot think of what to call it when searching through ...
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What is this shape called? It's a circle with a right angle in one corner

I'm trying to find an example of this shape online, but I don't know what to look for. It seems to be pretty popular in graphic design lately. It's a circle with a right angle in one corner. But when ...
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Term for fonts with fixed versus variable stroke widths

Comparisons between "serif fonts" and "sans-serif fonts" generally compare Times-Roman or Times New Roman against Helvetica or Arial. The presence of serifs on the former and lack of them on the ...
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Diffuse map and Texture map

I am basically a developer. I just want to know the difference between diffuse and texture. My assumption (as a new to 3D game development), from what I read is that diffuse is the texture applied to ...
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Design term for a callout box with lines to source?

What is the industry term for this effect?
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What do you call the model for creating buttons for a web application?

I am looking for the graphic design terminology for describing themed buttons used in a web application. The way I understand it is that certain color/backgrounds are created and various sized ...
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What do you call the process of taking a real photo and adding new textures to it?

I'm trying to find tutorials for certain types of photoshop image modifications, but I don't know what words to search for. Things like "touching up" and "photo manipulation" aren't specific enough. ...
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What characteristics define a technical typeface?

I was reading this other question in GD.SE and suddenly realized that I don't know exactly defines a technical typeface. It is very clear to me what defines a serif / sans-serif / cursive, but how can ...
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Correct term for stacked / super-justified / variable height text [duplicate]

Meaning like this, where there's a fixed width, and every line is scaled maintaining its aspect ratio to meet the width - including scaling the height (unlike regular justified text). There might be ...
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What is graph paper called where the grid is dashed instead of solid?

I don't know what is this kind of paper call (1cm x 1cm grid) but I am trying to find this kind of paper in A4. (After searching google for 2 hours) What is the name for a graph / grid paper is where ...
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Guide for shortcut keys and term similarities between Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw

I am desperate for a guide that will tell me how terms translate between CorelDraw and Illustrator. I've used Corel for nearly 20 years and know the terms and shortcut keys like I speak "Corel". With ...
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Is there a proper name for a “coming soon” website?

I know it is a simple question, but I failed to google it, or the answer is simply "no". A "coming soon" site is a page that keeps on the domain while the actual page is developed. There are examples ...
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Difference in logos - terminology question

Whats the difference between a classic logo like apple and something like this : or Are they both called logos? If not what would the later be labeled as?
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What do you call this word-image made of other words?

What do you call this type of image in design term?
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Why are the terms DPI and PPI so misunderstood?

It seems the terms DPI and PPI are misunderstood by more people than actually understand them. I'm not just talking about average Joe trying to print a holiday snap, I'm talking about graphic ...
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What's the clean Blackletter font used in this jeans logo?

I know it is not ideal to post the what-font-is-this kind of questions but I find myself intrigued by this sample I found on flickr. What I'm most interested in is a Blackletter font that has similar ...
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Pantone color reference with 2X

In the plastic industry, what's the meaning of 2X after a Pantone reference ? 802 C2X compared to 802 C
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Definition of Premium fonts

I see the term "premium font" used a lot, but cannot find a definition of the term. What makes a premium font different from, I presume, non-premium fonts?
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How do I create a granite / stone effect using Photoshop?

This might be weird but I want to PS the four cats... into something like the four presidents on Mount Rushmore... I haven't touched PS for a long time, would appreciate some hints here.
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What is the name of this GUI layout

Sorry for asking such a question, I've to confess I do not own a hand-held device, but I wish to discuss about layout options for desktop application I develop. Would you please tell me the name of ...
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Graphic, Graphics, Graphic Design, Graphic Controllers

I don't have any experience with graphic design and similar arts. But my thesis is about photographic rules, and many of the rules there are derived from graphic design. I have a book about ...
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What is the name of this type design? (royal, classy, luxury)

I am trying to find on internet that kind of type designs, but I do not know what is the terminology of this type. It should be barocco art, old classical ornaments, luxury? How exactly it is ...
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What is the name of this element?

I was wondering if anyone could tell me the name of this design element - I've seen it used for quotes, such as in Yahoo News Digest, but also in other places. It came up on github, and I'm not sure ...
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In page composition, how perimeter and dead space relate to bleed

I really hope it's okay to post this. I am currently doing a pretty simple brief on collage/composition and so far it's really fun cutting up magazines and such but there is one exercise I'm a little ...
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Term for the process of converting a raster image into a vector - 'vectorization'?

I thought this would be the most appropriate SE. Regularly I'm asked to convert clients logo's and various other images into vectors - for whatever reason they don't have the original files or cannot ...
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What is this arrangment of elements in broadcast news called?

I am searching for the name of an arrangement typically used in news-broadcast designs, exemplified below (Terror in Boston, with rectangle above). In French we call these mortaise, but I cannot find ...
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What is the term for designing an element such that it visually reflects the spatial design of the object in real life?

What is the term that specifically describes laying out an object or representation of an object such that the interface reflects the spatial orientation of the object in real life? For example, ...
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Is there a term for roman-type Arabic numerals?

There are Roman numerals and Arabic numerals (perhaps more accurately Indo-Arabic numerals) and there also are three main branches of typefaces for the Latin alphabet: roman type, blackletter and ...
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How are postcards and greeting cards printed?

I do apologize, but I'm not familiar with the name for this type of paper or result, but when you purchase postcards or greeting cards that have been professionally made, they have a finish on one ...
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Is there a name for the type of design that's a bunch of 3D triangles of similar shade?

Usually see it in SVGs, either 2D or 3D. I really like the design, but not sure what it's called. Something like this: https://www.polymer-project.org/1.0/images/polymer1.0-01.svg Or even the ...
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What is this type of style called? [duplicate]

What is this type of style called?
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What is the name of vertical, side by side responsive website layout design?

The side-by-side content and page title, style of web layout. An example of this is Melanie Daveid's website. It is beautifully designed, and I am impressed. And I'm really interested in the design, ...
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What does a “white-on-transparent” image mean?

Reading Android's new instructions to adapt my app icon (in a status bar), I am stuck on this: Notification icons should only be a white-on-transparent background image. What does it mean a ...