16-bit color


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16-bit color

Most professional matte paintings are done in a supercharged color space called 16 Bit Color. So, what is 16 Bit Color? 8 bit color is the color space where most digital photographs in the world exist. Including most photos on the internet. They are made up of 256 levels of grey for each of the red, blue and green channels that represent digital colors. Basically, 8 bit color's created by multiplying 8 by 8 by 8 which equals 256.

Then each of those 256 levels of gray in each channel are multiplied by each other, equaling 16.8 million colors. That may sound like a lot of colors, but as a mad artist you need a richer color environment. 16 bit colors is created by multiplying 16 by 16 by 16, which equals 65,536 levels of grey for each channel. Then that 65,536 is multiplied by itself two more times, making a total of 281 trillion colors.

Let me show you an example of why 16 bit color is better. Let's take a look at this 8 bit photo of a blue alpine sky. The problem is that a fine smooth gradien...

16-bit color
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16-bit color provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by David Mattingly as part of the Digital Matte Painting Essentials 1: Concept

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3D + Animation Design
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Photoshop
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