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Render


To render a graphic means to draw a real-world object as it actually appears. There are two widely used rendering processes:ray tracing and scanline rendering. Scanline rendering creates images one vertical line at a time, while ray tracing renders object-by-object. In general, ray tracing produces better results, but scanline rendering is useful in animation, where the image quality of each individual frame isn’t as important as the finished product.