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Chapter 6. Pixels, Vectors, and Resolution > The Two Types of Computer Graphics

The Two Types of Computer Graphics

Virtually all computer graphics can be classified as raster or vector artwork. Raster images (also known as bitmap images) are composed of tiny colored squares called pixels (short for picture element). The differences in color among pixels create the image. Vector images, on the other hand, consists of shapes and objects that are created by using lines called paths, which are colored to produce the artwork.

The two different types of digital images have their strong points and their weaknesses, and they are designed to do different jobs. One of Photoshop's strengths is the capability of combining raster and vector artwork in the same image.


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