Appendix B A Guide to Image Formats
Due to the vast number of image formats that we have available today, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of what each format offers and which formats are the most appropriate for you to use in your day-to-day work.
The following guide is a basic introduction to some of the most popular image formats that you may find yourself encountering or working with in the process of creating textures and rendering, as well as a number of formats that you may find useful for optimizing images intended for web output.
Microsoft Bitmap (.bmp, .dib, .rle)
Recommended for saving textures: No
Recommended for web: No
Recommended for saving renders: Sometimes (for Windows wallpaper images)
The Windows bitmap file format ...