Elements: Shape

What is a shape?

A shape is an area that stands out from the space next to or around it because of a defined boundary or because of a difference of value, color, or texture. Shape is a two-dimensional concept and can only give the illusion of volume and three-dimensionality. It’s three-dimensional element counterpart is called “form.”

Some examples of how shapes can be rendered:

contour shape
Shape by contour line
value shape
Shape by value
color shape
Shape by color
pattern shape
Shape by pattern

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