16-Bit Color, in computer graphics, is also known as High Color. High Color is considered sufficient to provide life like colors, and is encoded using either 15 or 16 Bits. 15-bit encoding uses 5 bits to represent red, 5 for green, and 5 for blue. Since 25 is 32, there are 32 levels of each color, which can be combined to give a total of 32,768 (32 × 32 × 32) mixed colors. 16-bit color uses 5 bits to represent red, 5 bits to represent blue, but (since the human eye is more sensitive to the color green) uses 6 bits to represent 64 levels of green. These can then be combined to give 65,536 (32 × 64 × 32) mixed colors. 16-Bit Color on the Macintosh is referred to as thousands of colors.
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