Introduction to Color Depth in Adobe Photoshop


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Color depth (8-, 16-, 24-, and 32-bit)

Most of the images we work with use 8- bits of information to describe every pixel and for most images 8-bits of information is perfectly adequate. In fact, if you use more, you're going to limit the range of options that you have in terms of your filters available to you and you will ultimately end up converting your image to an 8-bit image in order to print it, unless you have a printer capable of accepting 16-bit output. So why would we use a 16-bit image? Because Camera RAW, the Camera RAW plug -in and programs like Adobe Lightroom favor the use of 16-bit images. What's the deal? If we come and look at our Mode we have 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit.

I'm not going to discuss 32-bit, 32- bit is exclusively for working with High Dynamic Range, HDR images and that's way beyond the scope of this course. But I am going to discuss 16- bit, so let's compare the two. I have the same image as an 8-bit and a 16-bit. It doesn't look much different, right? Well if we look at the Doc...

Color depth (8-, 16-, 24-, and 32-bit)
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Color depth (8-, 16-, 24-, and 32-bit) provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the Photoshop for Designers: Color

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