A to Z Challenge: J is for Jaggies

Welcome to today’s post for the great Blogging A to Z Challenge!

Today is J is for Jaggies.

Jaggies?  What, you say???  Hey, J was hard for me.  Then I saw the term “jaggies” and thought, hey, that’s a fun word!

So, according to Vincent Bockaert (http://www.dpreview.com/glossary/digital-imaging/jaggies), “[h]ardly a technical term, jaggies refer to the visible “steps” of diagonal lines or edges in a digital image. Also referred to as “aliasing“, these steps are simply a consequence of the regular, square layout of a pixel. ”

To me, aliased images so appear “jagged”, and anti-aliased images are smoother.  For digital photography, seeing jaggies means seeing more pixels.  The higher the resolution of your picture, the more pixels it has, and the smoother it will appear.

From what I have read (on http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/aliasing-in-digital-photography-explained/ and http://www.dpreview.com/glossary/digital-imaging/jaggies), you really notice jaggies when you blow up your images.  For example, take a picture like this:


I’m going to focus in on this:


And with a little cropping and blowing up of the image, I get this:  Jaggies!


Phew!  That was not easy to do…  Hopefully tomorrow’s prompt will be easier!

Posted on April 12, 2016, in A to Z Challenge and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Glad you showed an example of the jaggies 🙂 I like that word.

  2. That is a fun word! I’d never heard that term before.

  3. I’ve never heard of it, either! Although I’m sure we’ve all suffered. Luckily my new camera has a bazillion pixels and is wonderfully jaggies-free. ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  4. Interesting stuff. And it’s a fun word. I had no idea what it meant at first, but once you explained it, it means exactly what it sounds like!

  5. stopping by on AtoZ challenge. I have never heard of the word before… so now I have a new word for scrabble 🙂

  6. Sometimes I enjoy zooming in on a photo to see how far I can go before it becomes pixelated. Good to know there is a word for this.

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