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    What is a comp

    Well it may seem quite propsterous for a webdesigner not to know what a comp is because im relatively new to website but I have heard this term used quite often. So I was wondering if someone in here could tell me as to what a Comp is and how I make one(methods etc.).

    I thank you in advance, and sorry if it is the wrong section.

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    AFIK it is

    a) A Computer
    b) something that is given for "free" Complementary

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    no I mean a comp in terms of webdesign because I hear people a;lways saying "I am working on a comp for a website im doing"... So what does it mean in that context.

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    it means a layout idea for a website. i draw mine with illustrator and send clients a image of what the site would then look like. after they pick an idea, i go after the code

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    Hmmm that is new to me. I call that a mock-up or template.

    But if that is what it is then it falls under the category of...
    b) something that is given for "free" Complementary

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    well how extensivly do you draw it in illustrator?

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    The term "comp" in this case originates in graphic design history, and is short for "comparable". A designer might work up two or three rough designs from which the client could choose, and then the designer would procede with a complete design based on the one chosen. Or, all too commonly, the client wouldn't like any of them and send the designer back to the drawing board. Each rough design would be similar, or comparable, to what the finished work would look like, but required far less time to create since it wasn't detailed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickj
    well how extensivly do you draw it in illustrator?
    I don't know about anyone else but I don't use Illustrator that is mainly for print design. Go with Fireworks or Photoshop. Both high quality programs.

    prouton - Ah I see, well that clears it up then

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    well I tihnk i will use photoshop for it because i use it for everything, but i might start using Fireworks for some web grsphics

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    are you sure it's comparable ?
    I would say, it's short for composition, or layout.
    But, I'm French, so of course, I don't understand everything...

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    Well, you got me wondering enough to take a spin round the internet, and it seems like we're all wrong. From two different sources, "comp" in graphic design appears to stand for "comprehensive":

    www.designtalkboard.com/glossary/design/c-glossary.php
    www.graphicdesigndictionary.com/c.html#comp

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeachSide
    something that is given for "free" Complementary
    Don't you mean Complimentary?
    Stephen

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    well i read up and found what comp is and i made one for my website :P

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    Hey guys, I'm sorry for my noobiness but is a 'comp' - composite and a PSD template of a website the same thing? How is it different from a wireframe? Thanks!

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    Learned a New term... thanks to all..

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