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Mastering Digital Printing by Harald Johnson

By Harald Johnson

This booklet serves as a special, accomplished reference consultant to electronic printing for images and superb artwork. It combines an intensive advent to this expressive medium, guide within the most recent strategies, and a gallery of the simplest examples of electronic artwork right into a unique source consultant. even if you're a photographyer, conventional or electronic artist, or printmaker, this ebook can help you grasp the strategies precise to the hot global of electronic printing.

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3, and you’ll see what I mean. 3 The more bits, the more realistic the image. 39 40 Mastering Digital Printing Digital Equivalents 8 bits=1 byte 1024* bytes=1 kilobyte (KB) 1024 kilobytes=1 megabyte (MB) 1024 megabytes=1 gigabyte (GB) 1024 gigabytes=1 terabyte (TB) *it’s 1024 and not 1000 because of the way the binary system works with its powers of two—in this case, 210. So far, we’ve only talked about bits in terms of black, white, or gray. Since most people work in color, you now have to apply the same thinking to each color component of the image.

Let’s take them one at a time. Pixels and Bit Depth Pixels are the basic elements that make up a bitmap image. ” Instead, they are little points that contain information in the form of binary digits or “bits” (ones and zeros—a “0” represents something, a “1” represents nothing or empty space). Bits are the smallest unit of digital information. A 1-bit image is the lowliest of all bitmaps. There are only two digits to work with—a 1 and a 0, which means that each picture element is either on or off, black or white (I’m keeping this to a simple one-color example to start with).

While photographers and artists can—and frequently do—use commercial technologies to create their high-quality work, that world is not the primary focus of this book. Digital Here’s the basic concept: Digital means using numbers to represent something, and that’s exactly what a computer does. A normal image is converted into numerical data (a long string of ones and zeros) that describe or quantify each sample point or “pixel” (short for picture Chapter 1 ■ Navigating the Digital Landscape 13 One of two large murals (and five other pieces) that were commissioned by the Boston Federal Reserve Bank from digital artist Dorothy Simpson Krause in 2000 (and completed in the fall of 2003).

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