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Windows Vista® Step by Step Deluxe Edition by Joan Lambert, Joyce Cox

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Saving Graphic Files in Different Formats

There are many different graphic file formats. Some programs save graphics in proprietary formats; others are for general use. Each file format has its own restrictions regarding the colors and compression that it uses, which means that certain file formats support more colors than others, and certain file formats create smaller files than others. The file format that you choose depends on the type of graphic you are saving and what you want to do with it. For example, graphics that will be printed have different requirements than graphics that will be displayed on a computer screen.

With Paint, you can save graphics in several formats, including four types of bitmaps (monochrome, 16-color, 256-color, and ...

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