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Types of Graphics, Programs, and Files

Bitmapped Versus Object-Oriented Graphics

The Macintosh uses two basic methods to create graphic images: bitmapped graphics and object-oriented graphics. The differences between these two categories are analogous to the distinction between bitmapped and outline fonts (as described in Chapter 9).

Bitmapped Graphics

A bitmapped graphic is created as a series of individual dots (also called bits). A bitmapped graphics file contains the instructions that detail the status of every single bit that makes up the image (which bits are off, which ones are on, and with what color). These instructions are called the bitmap.


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