Choosing a File Format

Photoshop supports a wide range of image file formats, but here we will be sticking to useful photo file formats. Some formats don’t support 16-bit color depth and others don’t allow you to embed color profiles or preserve selections or layers (Chapter 7). It is important to select the right file format for your application.


Embed a color profile in your image file wherever possible and avoid using formats that don’t allow embedding (GIF, for example).

TIFF •Tagged Image File Format is an old, proven image file format and can be used to save 8-bit, 16-bit, and even 32-bit image data. TIFF is a lossless format, so you ...

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