Tuesday, June 21, 2011

All About "Digis" -- Digital Stamp Images

According to Wikipedia, “digital image is a numeric representation (normally binary) of a two-dimensional image. Depending on whether or not the image resolution is fixed, it may be of vector or raster type. Without qualifications, the term "digital image" usually refers to raster images also called bitmap images.”
Early digital fax machines preceded digital cameras and computers by decades. The first picture to be scanned, stored, and recreated in digital pixels was displayed at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). The advancement of digital imagery continued in the early 1960s. Digital images come in several types of formats such as JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group), TIFF (Tagged Image File format), PNG (Portable Networks Graphics), GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) and BMP (Windows Bitmap) to name a few.

Today, you can easily find digital images in the thousands. The scrapbooking world is inundated with digital imagery whether scanned from a stamped image, drawn using computer software or scanned in from an artist using pen and paper. These images are becoming more and more popular with the use of the computer and printer, enabling the everyday crafter to use these images in all types of crafting projects.
Using a typical word processing software, digital images can be inserted into Word documents, resized and, if using a photo type software such as Photoshop, these images can be colored. Many find digital papers designed for use in place of the standard designer papers purchased in craft stores to be easily accessible. The fact that digis can be resized to the exact parameters of the project affords efficient paper use and is less wasteful. On the other side of that same coin is the amount of ink cartridges used for printing those fabulous digital designs -- some find this to be a bit costly.

This standard way of using digital images has brought a wide array of “stamping” to the crafting world. It is a fine addition to the regular stamping technique that has been the standard in today’s scrapbooking but it is making headway and in time could be the way to go for people who have little storage space. Another feat in the world of technology!

Article written by TerryEO

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