Image


Image
The top image is captured using photography. The bottom image is rendered. Images are produced by capturing or rendering.
Definition of image and imagery, from Thomas Blount's Glossographia Anglicana Nova, 1707.

An image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact, for example a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object or a person.

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Images may be two-dimensional, such as a photograph, screen display, and as well as a three-dimensional, such as a statue or hologram. They may be captured by optical devices—such as cameras, mirrors, lenses, telescopes, microscopes, etc. and natural objects and phenomena, such as the human eye or water surfaces.

The word image is also used in the broader sense of any two-dimensional figure such as a map, a graph, a pie chart, or an abstract painting. In this wider sense, images can also be rendered manually, such as by drawing, painting, carving, rendered automatically by printing or computer graphics technology, or developed by a combination of methods, especially in a pseudo-photograph.

A volatile image is one that exists only for a short period of time. This may be a reflection of an object by a mirror, a projection of a camera obscura, or a scene displayed on a cathode ray tube. A fixed image, also called a hard copy, is one that has been recorded on a material object, such as paper or textile by photography or digital processes.

A mental image exists in an individual's mind: something one remembers or imagines. The subject of an image need not be real; it may be an abstract concept, such as a graph, function, or "imaginary" entity. For example, Sigmund Freud claimed to have dreamed purely in aural-images of dialogs. The development of synthetic acoustic technologies and the creation of sound art have led to a consideration of the possibilities of a sound-image made up of irreducible phonic substance beyond linguistic or musicological analysis.

A still image is a single static image, as distinguished from a kinetic image (see below). This phrase is used in photography, visual media and the computer industry to emphasize that one is not talking about movies, or in very precise or pedantic technical writing such as a standard.

A film still is a photograph taken on the set of a movie or television program during production, used for promotional purposes.

Moving image

A moving image is typically a movie (film), or video, including digital video. It could also be an animated display such as a zoetrope.

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  • Image — Im age ([i^]m [asl]j; 48), n. [F., fr. L. imago, imaginis, from the root of imitari to imitate. See {Imitate}, and cf. {Imagine}.] 1. An imitation, representation, or similitude of any person, thing, or act, sculptured, drawn, painted, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • IMAGE — im Reinraum Imager for Magnetopause to Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE, auch Explorer 78) war ein Forschungssatellit der NASA, der als Explorer Mission der MIDEX Klasse (Middle sized Explorer) die Einflüsse des Sonnenwinds auf die Magnetosphäre… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • IMAGE — (from Imager for Magnetopause to Aurora Global Exploration ), or Explorer 78, was a NASA MIDEX mission that studied the global response of the Earth s magnetosphere to changes in the solar wind. It was launched March 25, 2000 by a Delta II rocket …   Wikipedia

  • Image — Sn Bild von jmd. in der Öffentlichkeit erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. image, dieses aus frz. image f., älter afrz. imagene Bild , aus l. imāgo ( ginis) f. Bild, Bildnis, Abbild . Entfernt verwandt ist die… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • image — Image, ou resemblance et pourtraict fait sur le vif, Effigies, Expressa imago, Icon. Image et semblance ou representation de quelque chose, Idolum idoli. Image et semblance d aucun, Imago imaginis. Une statue et image de pierre ou de bois, Statua …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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