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A Glossary of Photoshop Terms - "W", "Y", and "Z"

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

Photoshop terms that begin with the letters W, Y, and Z (but not X). Find out warping, white space, yellow, zip files, and more.

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    Warping: Allows you to configure the type so it isn’t simply added to the document in a straight horizontal or vertical line. When the type is added, the warp icon appears in the options bar. Warping can also be achieved using Layer>Type>Warp Text, and in some cases you won’t have the option to choose in what orientation you want the warp to occur (vertically or horizontally).

    Wavy Edges: A warping effect that occurs in paper. This is caused by the edges of the sheet having picked up moisture and expanding.

    Wet Printing: Any process where wet ink is placed over other wet ink.

    White plate: Also called a white printer or negative white printer, a white plate is like a spot color for the white in the image.

    White Space – Part of an image with nothing on it or a part of a sheet not covered in ink.

    WIA Support: WIA stands for Windows Image Acquisition. This allows your digital camera, scanner, Photoshop, and Windows XP or ME to work together to acquire images.

    Wildcard: An asterisk used in a file search. For instance, a search for *.jpg would result in a list of files stored on the drive with the .jpg extension.

    Wordspacing: Placing additional space between each word to fill out text in an image or design. Often used to justify the print.

    Workspace: Once you have the workspace just the way you want it, you can save that configuration using the Window>Workspace>Save Workspace command. Type in a name for the workspace in the Save Workspace dialog box, and it becomes available from the Window>Workspace choices.

    Yellow: A color used along with Cyan, Magenta and Black to make up 4-color process print, also known as CMYK. (K is black.)

    Zip: A technique used to compress a file. Often, a program like WinZip is used.

    Zoom tool: Works much like any Zoom tool in any other graphics program. Simply choose the Zoom tool and click on an area of the image to zoom in or out. When the Zoom tool is chosen, the options in the option bar change, offering Zoom In and Zoom Out along with choices to resize the window to fit on the screen and other options.