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  • Animations: Much like cartoons, animations take a series of separate frames and places them end to end to create a moving picture.
  • Animation Shop: is a software animation program made by Jasc, but now owned by Corel.
  • Avatar: An avatar is a computer user's representation of himself/herself or alter ego, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon (picture) or a one-dimensional username used on Internet forums.


  • Base: A premade body for an image. A standard "small" smiley base is 15x15 pixels, however the size can be smaller or much larger. A base is typically only the outline and the coloring/shading.
    Example of a base: Base example.png

  • Beneton Movie GIF: Beneton Movie GIF is a free animated GIF editor made by Beneton Software. It supports 48 file formats such as BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, and AVI. It also features Drag and drop frames for a quick editing, included effects, and a built-in image editor too.


  • Daily Deviation or DD: A daily event where outstanding works by community artists are showcased throughout deviantART site for a 24 hour period. Daily Deviations are recommended by members of the community and featured by gallery moderators of the specific category.
  • deviantART or dA: A large & popular art website which allows users to create and maintain a gallery of their work. There is a sub-section which focuses on emoticons and smileys and many current emoticonists are members.
  • Digital art: is an umbrella term for a range of artistic works and practices that utilize digital technology. Digital art can be purely computer-generated, or taken from other sources, such as a scanned photograph or an image drawn using graphics software. Though technically the term may be applied to art done using other media or processes and merely scanned in, it is usually reserved for art that has been non-trivially modified by a computing process.
  • DMCA: Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
  • Drop shadow: An often automated technique where a darker color is placed under an image to create the 3-D illusion of a shadow.

Example of a drop shadow:Dropshadow example.gif


  • Easy GIF Animator is a software program for creating and editing animated GIF images, developed by Blumentals Software.
  • Emoticonist or Emotist: An artist who specializes primarily in emoticons.


  • Fan art or fanart is artwork that is based on a character, costume, item, or story that was created by someone other than the artist. The term, while it can apply to art done by fans of characters from books, is usually used to refer to art derived from visual media such as comics, movies or video games. In addition to traditional paintings and drawings, fan artists may also create web banners, avatars, or web-based animations, as well as photo collages, posters, and artistic representation of movie/show/book quotes.
  • Fireworks: A bitmap and vector drawing computer program, originally developed by Macromedia but acquired by Adobe in 2005.
  • Flash: A graphics/animation software package produced by Adobe Corporation. Flash allows artists to create sophisticated animations, as well as games and other interactive media.
  • Freeware: freeware is software you can download, pass around, and distribute without any initial payment. However, the great part about freeware is that you never have to pay for it. No 30 day limit, no demo versions, no disabled features -- it's totally free. Though freeware does not cost anything, it is still copyrighted, so other people can't market the software as their own.


  • Gallery: An online gallery is a collection of web pages which contain digital versions of an artist's work.
  • GIMP: (short for the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free graphics editor that runs on the Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems. It is primarily designed as an image retouching and editing tool, however it can also do the following: image resizing, editing, and cropping photos, combining multiple images, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in the GIF format.
  • Gif Movie Gear: is a graphics program for creating and editing GIF animations, made by Gamani Productions.
  • Gradient: A coloring technique, usually automatically done by a graphics program, which displays colors on a image in a slowly and relatively seamless progression from lightest to darkest and vice-versa.
  • Graphics Program: Computer software typically used for creating visual graphics. Some commonly used graphics programs are Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, and Microsoft Paint.
  • Graphics Tablet: A graphics tablet is a computer peripheral device that allows for a relatively simple method of inputing hand-drawn graphics or art into a computer in real time. They typically consist of a large flat surface for drawing on, and an attached "stylus" for drawing on the surface.


  • Instant Messaging or IM: A program that allows individuals to chat in real-time with other individuals using the same program. Some popular IM programs include MSN, Aim, and Yahoo Messenger.


  • Moniker: A personal name or nickname.
  • Microsoft GIF Animator: was a computer software program for Microsoft Windows, which allowed users to create simple animated GIF files based on the GIF89a file format. Animations could be looped, spun, faded in and out; and users could also set the size and transparency of images. Automatic or custom palette creation was also supported. It was freely downloadable from the Microsoft Download Center, but is now only available on third party download sites.
  • Microsoft Paint: A simple graphics painting program that is included with all versions of Microsoft Windows. File types that it can open and save include .bmp, JPEG, and GIF, PNG, and TIFF, but it does not support animation or transparency.


  • Original Characters or OC's: A graphical persona with regular and specific visual characteristics unique to an individual artist. The character can be simply recurring or can have a personality and "stories" created around it.


  • Packs: A collection of graphics, usually in a compressed format, which is easily downloadable by individuals for personal use.
  • Paint Shop Pro (PSP): is a graphics editor that was originally published by Jasc Software, but was later purchased by the Corel Corporation in 2004.
  • Photoshop: A popular graphics program created and sold by Adobe Corporation.
  • Pixels or px: The individual "dots" which all graphical images are comprised of.
  • Pixel Art: Art that is created exclusively with pixels. Due to the nature of the medium, pixel art can often have a jagged appearance in parts.
  • Pixel Artist: An artist who works primarily in pixel art.
  • Project or Community Art Project: An event, usually held on an art-related website or forum, where one artist chooses a theme and other artists create pieces in the given theme or style. The finished pieces are usually compiled together into a larger, singular piece, for easier viewing.


  • Rape: To modify someone else's artwork without permission and in some cases try and pass it off as your own. Note: Many artists generally do not condone the practice of "raping" their smileys as they are their artworks.


  • Shading: The technique of using different colors in a similar pallet in a certain manner in order to create the illusion of shadow and light.
  • Shareware: is software that is distributed free on a trial basis with the understanding that the user may need or want to pay for it later. Some software developers offer a shareware version of their program with a built-in expiration date (after 30 days, the user can no longer get access to the program). Other shareware (sometimes called liteware) is offered with certain capabilities disabled as an enticement to buy the complete version of the program.
  • Smiley Maker or Smiley Artist: An artist who primarily specializes in making smileys.
  • Smilemoticonist: An artist who specializes both in smileys and emoticons.
  • Static emotes: are non-animated emotes. They consist of a single frame only.


  • Ulead GIF Animator: was a software program for creating animated GIFs made by Ulead (a subsiduary of Corel). It is no longer available and it's functionality has been absorbed into other Corel Products.
  • UnFREEz: is a freeware computer program for Windows, by WhitSoft Development. UnFREEz will take any number of images, saved as separate GIF files, and create a single animated GIF from those images. Just drag and drop some GIF files from Explorer, set the frame delay time, and hit "Make Animated GIF."


  • Vector Art: Vector art consists of creating paths and points using a graphics program with such capabilities. The program keeps track of the relationships between points and paths and uses them to create objects which are compiled into an image. Vectors are any scaleable and keep their proportions and quality when sized up or down.