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Bitmap - Definition

The term Bitmap refers to any picture you see such as on the Web or on a page created with a desktop publishing program etc. A Bitmap is a map of dots similar to what you see when you look at a newspaper photo under a strong magnifying glass, which looks like a picture when viewed from a distance. Bitmaps come in many file formats such as GIF, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PICT, and PCX, to name a few and can be read by paint programs and image editors such as Microsoft Paint. If you zoom in on or try to scale up a bitmap, it will look blocky. Digital pictures that you can easily scale up are called vector graphics.


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