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(1) Process of converting an image to a bit-mapped format from a vector-based format like EPS or from a mixed format like PDF.

(2). Graphics format based on dots (i.e. it is bit-mapped). Such images (e.g. halftones) differ from vector-based images in that they allow subtle variations of colour/tint but can only be scaled by resampling the dots. Repetitively resampled images quickly degrade in quality.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup.

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