Computer Graphics and Imaging
Abusharkh for www.computer.com
One of the most impressive things you can do with your computer is
view dazzling multimedia animations and share pictures electronically
with friends and family over the Internet. In fact, the Internet didn't
take off until someone developed the program - the browser - to let
people share information in a graphical way.
How does it work?
You can view things generated by your computer through the two common
ways it outputs information: through the monitor and through a printer.
Your computer must be told what kind of monitor and printers it
is to use through special software applications called "drivers"
in order to work properly with them. To make sure you have the correct
configuration, it is best to buy a computer with at least a monitor,
if not a printer as well, bundled with it.
To display graphics, your computer uses graphics programs to read
files, just like audio players read sound files. There are many
types of graphics files just like there are numerous types of audio
files - and for the same reason: each graphics file format offers
different capabilities in terms of compressing the file for storage
and sending over networks in relation to the images' resolution
The most common image file formats for still images are "BeeEmPee"
(BMP, which stands for Bit Map) and "Tiff" (TIF), which
are great for printing photos. WMF is another format that is best
for art that will be manipulated.