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Autotrace

Also known as “Image Trace”, it is the conversion of raster graphics into vector graphics. Apps like Illustrator have this feature built in using the “Image Trace” pallet. Many settings can be adjusted to create the desired effect.

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Vector

Vector graphics are computer graphics images that are defined in terms of 2D points, which are connected by lines and curves to form polygons and other shapes. Vector art is ideal for printing since the art is made from a series of mathematical curves, it will print very crisply even

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Also affectionately know as “the hamburger button”. This is a small menu icon often found at the top of pallets in the user interface.

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Moiré

The unwanted effect cause by the clash of two similar patterns when printed or overlaid on each other.

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RGB

Red, Green, Blue. The three colours used to create full colour images on a TV screen or monitor. Images saved in RGB format will often produce a brighter and more colourful image when printed on a colour printer.

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CAD

Computer aided design. Software used by architects, engineers, drafters, artists, and others to create precision drawings or technical illustrations. When used in conjunction with a computer controlled cutting machine, the term CAD [cut] refers to the precise cutting of a substrate or material according to instructions of the operator.

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Image Setter

A device used to expose images and text onto photographic film by means of a laser. The film is then fed into a processor which submerges the film into tanks of chemical developer, fixer and then washed in water, before passing under a dryer and emerging as clear film with

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RIP

Raster image processor. Software used to convert the data sent to be printed into a format that is understood by the digital printer. It normally happens in the background and is invisible to the user. It converts any fonts, effects or vectors used in the file into pixels of the