Deep ColorDeep Color describes bitmaps where the color of each pixel is defined by three separate Red, Green and Blue values (see RGB), each specified using 10 bits or more.
Note: Some recent Microsoft documentation uses "High Color" to refer to what we (and most others) call Deep Color.
The most commonly used Deep Color, color depths are:
The main alternatives to storing color images in Deep Color are True Color (where 24 bits are used for each pixel's color information), High Color (where 16 bits are used for each pixel's color information), or the use of a lower color depth in combination with a palette specifying a more limited choice of possible colors to use in the image. When a palette is used, the information stored for each pixel is simply an index into the the palette, selecting one of the colors from the selection available.
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