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Anime Studio™ 6: The Official Guide by Kelly L. Murdock

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The Benefits of Vectors

When it comes to drawing shapes on a computer, there are essentially two ways to represent drawn lines. The first method works by dividing the screen into pixels; if the line passes through a pixel, it is colored and if the line misses a pixel, it remains white. The computer then remembers in a large array of memory which pixels are colored and which remain white.

This pixel-based method works well, but it has some drawbacks. One drawback is that diagonal lines can appear jagged due to pixilation that occurs when some pixels are fully colored and others are not, as shown in Figure 8.1. This can be reduced by filtering the pixels using a process called anti-aliasing, so that the pixels on the edge of a line are a lighter ...

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