PaletteMany device (for example, screen displays) and bitmap file formats, can only simultaneously represent a limited number of colors (16, 256, etc.). The total number of these colors available depends on the color depth of the device or bitmap
A palette (also known as "color map") specifies what those particular colors will be. When a palette is used, the information required to be stored for each pixel in a bitmap is simply an index into the palette.
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