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Potential Energy

Potential energy - Potential energy (PE) is energy stored in a physical system; this energy can be released or converted into other forms of ener...

Progression

Progression - a continuous and connected change over time. Applied Concept: Progression implies or illustrates a continuous transition. It c...

Proportion

Proportion – Proportion is a correlation of size. It is the relative size of a figure on a given axis in relation to the other axis of the figure...

Proximity

Proximity - Proximity is a Gestalt concept the refers to the visual tendency to group shapes together if they are close to each other. The ...

Reflectivity

Reflectivity – a property of texture that refers to reflected light. Reflectivity can occur in a physical texture or an apparent texture. ...

Relative Size Relationship

Relative Size Relationship - Relative size reveals depth through what the mind translates as closer and further from a viewer. If an image...

Retinal Disparity

Retinal disparity - Retinal disparity, sometimes called binocular disparity, is part of the process in visual perception that generates the ...

Saturation

Saturation - Saturation refers to the purity or intensity of a color. A "vivid" color is a highly saturated color and a "muted" or "dull" co...

Secondary Colors

Secondary Colors are the hues created by mixing adjacent primary colors. In paint, orange, green, and violet are secondary colors. [seco...

Shadows/Shading

Shadows/Shading - Shadows/Shading is a depth cue that combines two elements. The first element is shadows which refers to the use of a cast ...

Shape

Shape – Shape is a figure with individual identity enclosed by a line. Related Concepts: Geometric, Rectilinear, Organic, Curvilinear. ...

Simultaneous Contrast

Simultaneous contrast - Simultaneous contrast is the optical alteration of a color by a surrounding color. In the image below, the gray squa...

Size

Size – Size is the measurement of a figure relative to the person perceiving it and relative to the ground. The size of a figure can be defined a...

Speed

Speed – Speed is a descriptor specific to motion. Speed describes the rate of change in any given motion. Speed can be defined absolutely (3 seco...

Spreading Effect

Spreading effect - The spreading effect refers to the tendency of a color to take on some of the qualities of an adjacent color. In the imag...

Stasis

Stasis – Stasis is a descriptor specific to motion. Stasis describes a lack of motion or a figure at rest. Stasis is typically used to describe a...

Subtractive Color

Subtractive color - Subtractive color is created by light reflected off of a pigmented or dyed surface. Cyan, magenta, and yellow (CMY) are ...

Primary Colors

Primary colors - Primary colors are the hues from which virtually all other color can be mixed. Red, yellow, and blue are the subtractive (p...

Width

Width - Width is measurement of a shape/space from side to side. It is typically taken at right angles to the height. Related concept: heigh...

Height

Height - Height is the measurement of vertical distance. Related concept: width [height.gif] Master Concepts List - alphabetical glossary...