Image Compression (GIF/TIFF/PCX)

  • Bill Buchanan


Data communication increasingly involves the transmission of still and moving images. Compressing images into a standard form can give great savings in transmission times and storage lengths. Some of these forms are outlined in Table 4.1. The main parameters in a graphics file are:
  • The picture resolution. This is defined by the number of pixels in the x-and y-directions.

  • The number of colors per pixel. If N bits are used for the bit color then the total number of displayable colors will be 2 N . For example an 8-bit color field defines 256 colors, a 24-bit color field gives 224 or 16.7M colors. Many new computer systems allow for 32-bit color which gives over 4 billion colors.

  • Palette size. Some systems reduce the number of bits used to display a color by reducing the number of displayable colors for a given palette size.


Image Compression File Header Color Table Compression Code Unsigned Integer 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bill Buchanan
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  1. 1.Napier UniversityScotland

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