How to Use the BMP Format in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Use the BMP Format in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 has many format options, one being BMP. BMP (Bitmap) is a standard Windows file format commonly used for saving images that you want to make part of your computer’s resources, such as the wallpaper that you see on your Windows desktop. BMP is also a format used by computer programmers. BMP supports RGB, Indexed Color, Grayscale, and Bitmap image modes.

Here are your options when saving a BMP file:

  • File Format: Choose between Windows and OS/2.

  • Depth: Although you can select a bit depth, it is recommended that you leave the default setting Photoshop selects for you.

  • Compress (RLE): The compression scheme used is lossless, which is great, but don’t select this option if you’re creating wallpaper. Windows won’t recognize it.

  • Flip Row Order: This option enables Windows to recognize the file by reading the first row of pixels first and the last row last. It’s for programmers who are coding for Windows applications. Leave it deselected unless you’re one of them.

Don’t worry about the Advanced Modes option. It’s even more eggheady than the other options and strictly programming territory, not for the casual user.