Descriptive of an image—either on a computer display or in printed form—that has a low number of dots—or pixels—per square inch. On computer screens and digital output devices, images are essentially composed of very small pixels which, when put together in certain shapes, form the text or image that is output. The more pixels per square inch, the sharper the image, and the greater the resolution. A low-resolution image on a computer monitor is defined roughly as less than 1,000 x 1,000 pixels per 12-inch diagonal display, resolutions which tend not to generate realistic-looking images or effective color transitions. On output devices, low resolution may be less than 600 pixels per inch or greater, depending on the image. Also called low-res. See Resolution.

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