Archives: Glossary

layers

In some applications (such as Photoshop and InDesign), a level to which you can consign an element of the design you are working on. These layers can be used to better organize the file or to blend elements...

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leading

Also called linespacing. The amount of vertical space between lines of type. The term leading comes from the thin strips of lead placed between lines of text to add vertical space to fill pages in metal type printing presses. To...

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letterform

The graphic form of a letter of the alphabet, either as written or in a particular type font. Our alphabet is made up of twenty-six distinct symbols that represent thousands of years of evolution. As a designer, you can modify,...

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letterspacing

The space between characters in a line of type. Letterspacing can be overall or selective. In overall letterspacing, also called tracking, all the letters are affected; in selective letterspacing, more commonly referred to as...

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ligatures

A set of two or more characters designed together. Ligatures were widely used in metal-type printing presses, created by carving the character set into a single block. They are used to help solve spacing problems where certain...

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light face

Also referred to simply as light. A light (thin) version of the regular typeface. An extremely light version is referred to as...

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living hinge

A thin flexible hinge made from plastic that joins two rigid plastic parts together, allowing them to bend along the line of the hinge. It is typically manufactured in an injection molding operation that creates all three parts...

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logotype

Also called logo. Traditionally, this referred to one or more type characters which were joined together in a single metal body for use as a trademark or company signature. The term is now used to describe any design or symbol,...

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lookie

A coined term for a soft copy file saved for the purpose of review. A lookie is usually a jpg or PDF and is saved in a shared network location where another person can open it and look at it. While a lookie can be saved at any...

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lowercase

Also called small letters or minuscules. The smaller letters in a font as distinct from the capitals (this versus THIS). The term originates from the days of metal cast type, where the capital letters were stored in a top case...

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