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What Does Palette Mean When Talking About Photography and Image Editing?

Also referred to as ‘color palette’ the term ‘palette’ describes the entire range of colors that can be rendered by a digital device such as a camera LCD or a computer monitor. A computer monitor may have a color palette of 16 million colors, an image on the other hand often contains a much smaller number, typically 256. The term is also used to describe a collection of colors, usually displayed graphically in RGB triplets, which a user can select when editing images and re-touching photos. A palette, or color palette may display a full range of RGB colours, or shades of a specific color and everything in between, dependant on a users needs. Palettes can be generated automatically to match user requirements when color matching during post-processing.