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Introduction to Computers Digital Images: Let's Get Colorful!


Title: Introduction to Computers Digital Images: Let's Get Colorful!


The world of digital images is a fascinating blend of art and technology. Digital images, primarily created and manipulated on computers, are an integral part of our daily lives - they grace our social media feeds, form the essence of our favorite games, and power our digital communications. One of the critical aspects of digital images is color, an aspect that brings digital creations to life. This article will take a colorful dive into digital images on computers.


**What Are Digital Images?**


At its core, a digital image is a numerical representation of a real-world object or scene. Digital images are comprised of tiny individual squares known as pixels. Each pixel represents a single point in the image. When put together, these pixels create a complete picture that our eyes perceive as an image. The quality of an image is often determined by its resolution, which is the total number of pixels in the width and height of an image.


**Color Models in Digital Images**


In digital images, the term "color model" describes the method used to represent and create a range of colors via the combination of primary colors. The most commonly used color models are RGB (Red, Green, Blue) and CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black).


1. **RGB Color Model**: The RGB model is an additive color model used in digital displays, like computer monitors and televisions. When the primary colors of light (red, green, and blue) are combined in varying degrees, they create the range of colors we see on a screen. When all colors are at maximum intensity, they combine to create white.


2. **CMYK Color Model**: The CMYK model is a subtractive color model typically used in printing. Unlike RGB, where colors are created by adding light, the CMYK model works by partially or entirely masking colors on a lighter, usually white, background. The ink reduces the light that would otherwise be reflected.

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