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A Glossary of Photoshop Terms - "N"

written by: Joli Ballew•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 2/24/2009

Photoshop terms that begin with the letter N. Find out about NAPL, negatives, Newton Rings, and more.

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    NAPL: The National Association of Printers and Lithographers, an organization for the graphic arts.

    Native Application: The application used to create a file and the default format used to save that file.

    Natural: A color deemed “natural" such as ivory or off-white. Often, the term "cream" is used to describe a natural color.

    Navigate: To browse to a file on the computer’s hard drive or a network drive, and sometimes a CD or DVD drive.

    Navigator palette: Allows you to quickly change the viewing area of the file that you are working on.

    Negative: When printing or working with a file, use the Negative option to invert the entire image, including background color and masks. When printing, Photoshop converts the entire image to a negative but not the preview or on screen version. When printing a negative, white becomes black and black becomes white. The term negative is also used to describe the "film" used to create photographs from 35mm and similar cameras.

    Neutral ph Paper: Acid-free paper.

    Newsprint: The type of paper used to print newspapers.

    Newton Ring: A flaw in an image that looks often like a drop of oil.

    Node: The points in which a path crosses.

    Non-Image Area: In a print shop, it’s the term used to describe the part of the platen that does not accept ink.

    Non-Impact Printing: The process of printing without actually touching the substrate. Laser printing is an example.

    Nonreproducing Blue: Light blue that does not appear on graphic arts film. This is often used to create layout grids or to write instructions.

    Noise: Unwanted distortions in an image. Generally, noise is applied to describe grainy areas of a photograph.

    Non-Pareil: one-half of a pica. A pica is approximately 1/6 of an inch or a measurement of 12 points.

    Notes tool: Use this tool to add both written and audio notes to Photoshop files. These notes can work in tandem with other Adobe products such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    Novelty Printing: The process of printing on items like coffee mugs, keychains, pencils, balloons, etc.