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Chapter 2:
Digital Images: Pixels and Bits
Author(s): Robert D. Fiete
Published: 2012
DOI: 10.1117/3.919698.ch2

2.1 So, What Exactly Is a Digital Image Anyway?

The best place to start is to look closely at a digital image on a computer display. If you look at a black-and-white computer display through a magnifying glass, you can see that the image is made up of tiny dots called picture elements or pixels. Each pixel is a cluster of three dots (red, green, and blue) if you look at a color computer display. When you back away from the image, the individual pixels vanish because your vision blends the neighboring pixels together to form the image that you see.

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