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Raster Image Processor

The Raster Image Processor (RIP) prepares input files for digital output. RIP refers to a physical machine, usually a computer with specialized software. The RIP converts vector image files such as PostScript and bitmap files into a single cohesive file that is defined by a binary dot pattern. This pattern is an extremely high resolution bitmap ready to output to film, plates or other printing media.
After undergoing the RIPing process, a single 150 line screen dot used on a printing plate may be made up of several hundred smaller dots. RIPing occurs in most high resolution output processes from inkjets to digital and offset presses.
Abbreviation: RIP
See Also: Bitmap, PostScript, Raster Graphics, Vectors, Vector Graphics


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