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What the Fruit Cake is a Pixel?

When I hear the word pixel, my first thoughts go to Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. A little creature flying around with wings and a magic wand.


The irony is that when the graphic for Tinkerbell was created it was with Pixels. Pixels are the smallest unit of a digital image or graphic that can be displayed and represented on a digital display device. Pixels are combined to form a complete image, video, text, or any visible thing on a computer display. Are you still confused, just keep reading and I will try to break it down some more.

Pixel is a word invented from “picture element”. Pixels are the basic unit of programmable color on a computer display or in a computer image. Think of it as a logical -- rather than a physical -- unit. When talking about the resolution of a display, numbers like 1920 x 1080 refer to the number of pixels. Generally the more pixels, the clearer and sharper the image.


On the monitor of a computer, a pixel is usually a square. Every pixel has a color and all the pixels together are the picture. The color of a pixel can be stored by using a combination of red, green, and blue (RGB) but other combinations are also possible, such as cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK).

Higher resolutions mean that there are more pixels per inch (PPI), resulting in more pixel information and creating a high-quality, crisp image. Images with lower resolutions have fewer pixels, and if those few pixels are too large (usually when an image is stretched), they can become visible like the image below

High and low resolution picture

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