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Does it make no difference if I set my Windows display settings to 24 bit or 32 bit color when working in Photoshop. 24 bit mode gives me higher screen resolution with a faster refresh rate. Visually I can't tell a difference on my monitor. The MonacoEZcolor 2.1 Users Guide allows either setting for monitor calibration. Is there a difference between the two modes for critical Photoshop work? -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Kennedy McEwen Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2002 10:08 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Video Cards, Advise and Going Wacky In article <002601c1cc7f$3d30b640$09335142@created>, Rick Cambra <email@example.com> writes >I want to buy a video card for my 6 month old Intel mother board with 256meg >of ram. Currently it has on-board video with an additional 4meg ram stick, >but only shows 24 bit color. > And you want it to show more than that - why? So most cards use a 32-bit architecture for video output, but they STILL ONLY USE 24 BITS FOR THE VIDEO DATA. Don't kid yourself that you will see more colours with a 32-bit card - the extra 8 bits are not used for images, but form what is called the "alpha channel" which is used for special effects such as chromakey, overlays, textures and other video functions. For photo imaging they are worthless bits. 4MB, depending on the efficiency of the design, should permit you to get up to 1280x1024 pixels in truecolor. This may be restricted to a smaller size, such as 1024x768 simply by the architecture of the memory access. But you won't get more than 24 bits of real image data on any video card currently on the market. -- Kennedy Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed; A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed. Python Philosophers - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.