# Raster graphics

In computer graphics and digital photography, a **raster graphic** represents a two-dimensional picture as a rectangular matrix or grid of square pixels, viewable via a computer display, paper, or other display medium. A raster is technically characterized by the width and height of the image in pixels and by the number of bits per pixel. Raster images are stored in image files with varying dissemination, production, generation, and acquisition formats.

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The printing and prepress industries know raster graphics as **contones** (from *continuous tones*). In contrast, line art is usually implemented as vector graphics in digital systems.[1]

Many raster manipulations map directly onto the mathematical formalisms of linear algebra, where mathematical objects of matrix structure are of central concern.