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2 Author(s)
Salesin, D. ; California Insitute of Technology ; Barzel, R.

Ordinary bitmaps allow pixels to be black or white. We introduce a second bitmap, the "alpha" bitmap, which allows pixels to be transparent as well. The alpha bitmap makes it possible to have black-and-white images that are nonrectangular or that have holes in them. It also provides a richer set of operations for working with bitmaps. We present the mathematics for a two-bit compositing algebra, and suggest extensions for two-bit compositing, painting, and region filling. Each of these operations can be implemented with ordinary bitblts and presented on ordinary bitmap displays. We analyze the cost of each two-bit operation in terms of the number of bitblts it requires.

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Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 6 )