S5 - DAY ONE - Computer End User Terms

Operating System:

the system software that controls the computer. (OSX Yosemite, Windows 8)


a program in which you do your work. (Word, Photoshop, Excel)


 File Sizes:

byte - a piece of computer information made up of eight bits.

K - short for kilobyte. kilobyte - 1024 bytes.

MB - short for megabyte. - megabyte - 1024 kilobytes.

gig - a gigabyte = 1024 megabytes.

terabyte - a gigabyte = 1024 gigabytes.



S5 - DAY TWO - Computer End User Terms

Portable Networks Graphic (.png):  

Portable Network Graphics (PNG) is a raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression. PNG was created as an improved, non-patented replacement for Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), and is the most used lossless image compression format on the Internet.


RAW (.dng, .nef, .crw):  

A camera raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera, image scanner, or motion picture film scanner. Raw files are named so because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited with a bitmap graphics editor.


Tagged Image File Format (.tiff):  

The ability to store image data in a lossless format makes a TIFF file a useful image archive, because, unlike standard JPEG files, a TIFF file using lossless compression (or none) may be edited and re-saved without losing image quality. This is not the case when using the TIFF as a container holding compressed JPEG.


Encapsulated Post Script (.eps):  

Encapsulated Postscript Vector graphics (Adobe Illustrator) EPS is a file extension for a graphics file format used in vector-based images in Adobe Illustrator. EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript. An EPS file can contain text as well as graphics.


Computer graphics:

refers to visual images made with the assistance of computers. Computer graphics are often made with software called drawing, painting, illustrating and photographic programs or applications.


2D Graphics:

Displayed representation of a scene or an object along two axes of reference: height and width (x and y).


3D Graphics:

Displayed representation of a scene or an object that appears to have three axes of reference: height,

width, and depth  (x, y, and z).



acronym for Dots Per Inch - a gauge of visual clarity on the printed page or on the computer screen.


The process of creating life-like images on a screen using mathematical models and formulas to add shading, color, and lamination to a 2D or 3D wireframe.


Photoshop, Video, Digital Photography, etc to convert linear, or analog, data into digital data which can be used by the computer






S5 - DAY THREE - - Computer End User Terms


files on disk that contain instructions for a computer.



a program designed to look like an electronic ledger. (Excel Sheet)



an electronic list of information that can be sorted and/or searched.



1. the finder. 2. the shaded or colored backdrop of the screen.



a file you create, as opposed to the application which created it.



the generic word for an application, document, control panel or other computer data.



an electronic subdirectory which contains files.



an icon that points to a file, folder or application.


Title Bar:

the horizontal bar at the top of a window which has the name
of the file or folder it represents. (File – Edit – View – Go – Help)



a small floating window that contains tools used in a given application. (Brushes, Colors, Layers, Paths)


Zoom Box:

a small square in the upper right corner of a window which, when clicked, will expand

the window to fill the whole screen.


A portion of memory where the computer temporarily stores information. Called a Copy Buffer in many PC applications because it is used to hold information which is to be moved, as in word processing where

A portion of memory where the computer temporarily stores information. Called a Copy Buffer in many PC applications because it is used to hold information which is to be moved, as in word processing where text is “cut” and then “pasted”.


Drag and Drop:

a feature on the which allows one to drag the icon for a document on top of the icon for an application, thereby launching the application and opening the document.


Keyboard Shortcut:

a combination of keystrokes that performs some function otherwise found in a pull down menu. (ctrl+p = print)



to select by clicking once on an icon or by highlighting text in a document.



the act of giving an instruction to your computer either by menu choice or keystroke.



part of the multitasking capability. A program can run and perform tasks in the background while another program is being used in the foreground.



to transfer data from one computer to another. (If you are on the receiving end, you are downloading.

If you are on the sending end, you are uploading).



to write a file onto a disk. - save as - (a File menu item) to save a previously saved file in a new

location and/or with a new name.

S5 - DAY FOUR - Computer End User Terms


S5 - DAY FIVE - Computer End User Terms


Classroom Zoom Hours - 1PM to 1:30 PM - Monday - Thursday

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Office Zoom Hours - 2PM to 2:30 PM - Monday - Thursday

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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.


Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor


Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462


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