A shape is a two dimensional area which stands out from the surrounding space because of a defined boundrary or because of a difference of line, color, intensity, or texture.
Shapes also play a dominant role in identifying objects in everyday life.
Shapes can be real or implied:
Natural or organic shapes - stones, leaves, clouds, plants, humans, etc
Geometric shapes - composed of one or more simple shapes (circle, square, hexagon, etc) such as ponds, race tracks, crystals, buildings, man-made objects
Shape as outline
- silhouettes, skylines, etc
Shapes created by lines that connect objects, such as the eliptical shape created by the circular arranglement of four birds
Shapes created by regions of contrast or color such as a bright region in the middle of a photo
Shapes created by objects that form the sides of a shape. For example, a man reclining at the base of a tree join to form a slender triangular shape
Shapes can also be carved out by the positive and negative space of a photo.
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