An image is a physical representation of something in exactness as perceived by the human eye, for example a drawing of a home. This term in today’s world mostly refers to a picture of a person or object that has been taken and stored in an electronic form. Surprisingly images are not restricted to pictures and photography. From literal imageries to paintings and drawings, the term refers to a lot of representations of various objects and persons.
Features of an image
Images are either 2 dimensional, 3 or beyond. Images are captured and stored by cameras, mirrors, lenses, telescopes and other devices. Images can also be created manually, as is the case with maps, drawings and paintings to bear a higher degree of semblance to the physical object or person.
Different types of images
2 dimensional images include photographs, maps, graphs, paintings, drawings. This is mainly creative art that speaks to people’s hearts and exhibits hidden details that is beyond common realities. The images may be a mixing of different color textures stimulates deep contrast that appeal to the admirer. It can also be a distortion of reality to make it surreal or a representation of reality for learning purposes as in the case of maps.
3 d images are those that have height, width and length. These kinds of images are more interactive and users feel like they are a part of the scene. Users need special viewers to be able to interact with 3 D images. Popular software for creating 3D images include Light wave 3D, Ray 3D, 3 D Studio Max among others.
A volatile image exists in a short time for instance a person’s reflection in the mirror or water. Volatile electronic images are those that can lose contents easily because of either software malfunction, hardware acceleration or operating system failure. The drawing surface or pixilation of the image can be lost or invalidated causing the memory to disappear. After the loss has happened a user has to re-render and recreate the surface to restore the image.
Hard copy images
Refers to a fixed image that may be recorded on paper or textile by photography
Mental images exists only in the mind of an individual perhaps as a memory, vision or imagination.
Imagery- words used to describe an object and paint a clear picture of an event in literature Imagery can be used to express thoughts on life, nature, objects and social conditions.