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Understanding Grayscale Images

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 22, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016


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There are generally three formats that can be used to save graphic files. The most basic method is black and white, in which each pixel in a picture is either on (white) or off (black). The second method is color, in which color information for each pixel is also stored with the graphics file. The third method, and the one most appropriate to traditional publishing, is grayscale. In this method, color information is stored with the image, but it represents not colors of each pixel, but different shades of gray that the pixel can represent. Several different graphics file formats are used to save grayscale images, with the TIF format being the most prevalent.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11224) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Understanding Grayscale Images.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-04-07 03:56:23

Pantelis Straub

Dear Mr Wyatt,

I inserted an greyscale image (png) into a word document.
When I try to save the placed image via "Save as picture" it turns into a rgb image (png).

My question is:
Does Word convert the image after I placed it in the document or not until I try to save the picture?

Sincerely yours
Pantelis Straub


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