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Digital image file formats

Sophie Triantaphillidou and Elizabeth Allen

All images © Sophie Triantaphillidou, Elizabeth Allen unless indicated.

INTRODUCTION

The issue of the storage of digital images is more complex than that of images on silver halide materials, where the sensor is also the storage medium. Thought must be given to much more than simply the physical conditions of storage. The image data must be encoded in some way in an image file; this must be stored in a file format, which is then saved to some form of hardware storage device. There are a range of factors to consider in selecting a particular image file format, which are fundamentally governed by the image properties, the way in which the image is being used ...

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