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PICT File

The PICT file format (Figure 11.3) is used for onscreen images on the Macintosh platform. You’ll want to avoid this file format if you’re planning to share images across platforms. If you’re creating images specifically for the Macintosh, however, PICT can be a valuable, if somewhat limited, format. Although it doesn’t print particularly well from some applications, it does look nice on the screen. And because the file size of PICT images can be controlled with JPEG compression, the PICT format is good for creating placeholder images when you’re working on complex page layouts or on designs that might slow down your computer under the weight of numerous megabyte-sized images. Once the design work is done, you can replace the low-resolution PICT files with high-resolution TIFF or native PSD files of the same images just before you print your work.

Figure 11.3. PICT-formatted images can be reliably displayed and printed only from Macintosh operating systems.



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