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Chapter 3. Changing and Adjusting Colors > Working with Color Modes

Working with Color Modes

As you work in Photoshop Elements, you’ll find that you may want to save your image in a different color mode. A color mode determines which color model will be used to display and print your images. Photoshop Elements includes four different color modes—RGB, Grayscale, Bitmap, and Indexed.

Most of the time you’ll work in the RGB mode, as it’s the standard, default mode in Photoshop Elements (as well as the most versatile), but you can convert to other color modes whenever necessary. For example you may want to convert an RGB image to grayscale to reduce its file size if you know the image will only be printed in black and white. And a grayscale image can be converted to a bitmap to create a more graphic, stylized look, and then colored or altered from there. Indexed color is used when you want to prepare images for viewing on the Web, and reduces the millions of colors possible in RGB mode to just 256 colors optimized for Web viewing.


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