Adobe InDesign CC Vocabulary For Students

InDesign CC Vocabulary

These are important words that we use in our InDesign classes. These words help students further understand the InDesign curriculum.

Character style – is a collection of formatting attributes that can be applied to text that already has a paragraph style applied to it.

Paragraph style – includes both characters and paragraph formatting attributes, and can be applied to a selected paragraph or range of paragraphs.

Object styles – includes settings for stroke, color, transparency, drop shadows, paragraph styles, text-wrap, and more; you can also assign different transparency effects for the object, fill, stroke, and text.

Hidden characters – these are non-printing characters that display spaces, tabs, ends of paragraphs, index markers, and ends of stories. These special characters are visible only in a document window on the screen and can be toggled on or off in the Type menu.

Overset symbol – is a red plus sign that indicates that there is more content than the frame can display.

Threading text – the process of creating linked text frames. This will allow the flow of text from one text frame to the next.

Emphasis – provides direction to various elements in a given design.

Focal point – a component size, shape, color, or position making it the most important element on the page.

Rule of thirds – it is when dividing an image into thirds.

Harmony – a design where elements balance each other.

Working with clients and what to consider:

Listen to the client.

  • Know the market design.
  • What is needed for the job.
  • Know the budget for the project.

Thumbnails – sketched variations of an idea.

Roughs – a combination of specific elements from each thumbnail.

Comp- show exactly what the final design will look like when printed.

Print proof – used to show indications for folding, cutting, bleeding, trapping, registration or any special requirements for print.

Typography – the study and use of text in a document.

Fair Use Act – a part of the US Copyright law that indicates that excerpts of copyrighted materials may be used under certain circumstances such as news reports, teaching, and research.

Derivative work – it is any work based on one or more works that already exist.

Specifications – refers to a set of documents requirements to be satisfied by a material, design, product, or service.

Export – the act of sending or transferring a saved database or element to another application or location.

Gif – Graphic Interchange format (GIF) is a common image file format that has the ability to have frames used in animation.

Graphic – a broad term used to explain objects placed in Indesign such as images.

Hue – a color principle that refers to pure color.

Copyright – a form of protection provided by the laws of the US to authors of ‘original works of authorship’, including, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.

Hyperlink – an element on a page that links to another page, webpage, or area on the same page.

Concordant – a typeface that doesn’t have much variety in weight, style, or size.

DPI – Dots Per Inch – refers to the output resolution of a printer or imagesetter.

Process color – is printing using the four standard ink colors; CMYK.

Scaling – is a word that means stretching or shrinking the image to fit a specified area.

Button state – the appearance change of a button when it interacts with a mouse or some other clickable device.

Pixel – so it is the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen.

Cropping – removes certain parts of an image to get a new width and height.

Resampling – changes the number of pixels in an image.

Resizing – resizes or decreases the number of pixels in an image.

Project scope – The work performed to deliver a product, service, or result with the specified features and functions.

Scope – establishes client expectations of which tasks are—and are not—included in the project.

Contrast – This term refers to the differences between design elements, which include color, shape, and scale.

Tint – This color term is created by adding white to a hue.

Shade – This color term is created by adding black to a hue.

White space – This term is sometimes a by-product of proximity, organization, or simplicity.

Baseline shift – a formatting option that moves selected characters above or below the baseline of normal text.

Bounding box – An area that defines the outer border of an object.

Clipboard – The portion of computer memory that holds data that has been cut or copied.

EPS – Encapsulated PostScript – File format used to transfer PostScript data within compatible applications. EPS files can contain text, vector artwork, and images.

Vector graphics – Graphics defined using coordinate points and mathematically drawn lines and curves, which may be freely scaled and rotated without image degradation in the final output.

Typesetting – the arrangement of individual characters of text into words, sentences, or paragraphs.

Trademark – A legal designation that identifies and protects the ownership of a specific device (such as a name, symbol, or mark).

Script font – Typefaces that appear to have been created with a pen or a brush, whether the letters are connected or unconnected.

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