24-bit refers to twenty-four binary (0 or 1) units of integer data. This allows for up to 16,777,216 combinations of values.
- 24-bit color can allow for up to 16,777,216 colors, split into three sets of 8-bit values for 256 levels per RGB channel (red, green, and blue). This is also known as "true color" on PCs and "millions" of colors on classic Mac OS. This color space has been supported by Adobe Photoshop since version 1.0 in 1990.
- 24-bit sound allows for a range of up to 16,777,216 values (−8,388,608 to +8,388,607) per sample (Hertz).
- 24-bit addressing allows for access to up to 16,777,216 bytes, or 16 kilobytes of data.
- 24 bits of data make 3 bytes.
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