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# Shape

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In this lesson, you will learn about the Shape element and how it is used in the visual design process.

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Tutorial

Welcome to today's lesson on shape. Today you’ll learn about the shape element and its use in the visual design process. Specifically, this lesson will cover:

1. Defining Shape
2. Shape Variant

## 1. Defining Shape

A shape is a two-dimensional plane with the clear, identifiable boundary. So unlike form, shape is two dimensional.

Shape

A shape is a two-dimensional plane with a clear, identifiable boundary.

• Two-Dimensional
• Two-Dimensional is defined by something with two coordinates: width and height.
• Plane
• Plane is an area within a two-dimensional surface that extends to a specific direction or position. A plane is a particular kind of shape.

A plane is an area within a two-dimensional surface that extends to a specific direction or position.The plane is a particular kind of shape; it's the area between the two dimensional surface. So a plane can be parallel or skewed, and recede into space.

So ceilings, walls, and floors, windows are a good example of physical planes, as you see in the image below.

## 2. Shape Variant

Now, shape is a variant.  The term shape variation relates to the diverse range of contours that can be implemented on the boundary of a shape, such as angular, curvy, and straight.

• Shape Variation
• Shape Variation relates to the diverse range of contours that can be implemented on the boundary of a shape such as angular, curvy, straight.

Look at the rectilinear shapes above. A rectilinear shape is a shape that is characterized by straight line.

Now refer to the curvilinear images above and below, which are the shape that is characterized by curvy lines for boundaries.

• Rectilinear
• A shape that is characterized by straight lines.
• Curvilinear
• A shape that is characterized by curvy lines for boundaries.

That wraps up today's lesson on defining shape, which is a two-dimensional plane and shape variants, which is the diverse range of contours.

Keep up the learning and have a great day!

Source: THIS WORK IS ADAPTED FROM SOPHIA AUTHOR MARIO E. HERNANDEZ

Terms to Know
Curvilinear

A shape that is characterized by curvy lines for boundaries.

Plane

Plane is an area within a two-dimensional surface that extends to a specific direction or position. A plane is a particular kind of shape.

Rectilinear

A shape that is characterized by straight lines.

Shape

A shape is a two-dimensional plane with a clear, identifiable boundary.

Shape Variation

Shape Variation relates to the diverse range of contours that can be implemented on the boundary of a shape such as angular, curvy, straight.

Two-Dimensional

Two-Dimensional is defined by something with two coordinates: width and height.