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 ...

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