A figure is an element or shape placed on a page, canvas, or other background.
Ground is the space of the page.
A figure is also called object, form, element, or positive shape. Ground is alternately
called space, residual space, white space, or field.
Figure-ground theory states that the
space that results from placing figures
should be considered as carefully as the
Negative Space & Positive Space:
Space is called negative space if it is unshaped after the placement of figures. It is
positive space if it has a shape.