Raster images consist of a rectangular grid of small squares or dots known as pixels. For example, a photograph of a house is made up of a series of pixels colorized to represent the appearance of a house. A raster image references the pixels in a specific grid.
Raster images, like many other drawing objects, can be copied, moved, or clipped. You can modify an image with grip modes, adjust an image for contrast, clip the image with a rectangle or polygon, or use an image as a cutting edge for a trim.
The image file formats supported by the program include the most common formats used in major technical imaging application areas: computer graphics, document management, engineering, mapping, and geographic information systems (GIS). Images can be bitonal, 8-bit gray, 8-bit color, or 24-bit color. Images with 16-bit color depth are not supported starting with AutoCAD 2008.
Several image file formats support images with transparent pixels. When image transparency is set to on, the program recognizes those transparent pixels and allows graphics in the drawing area to “show through” those pixels. (In bitonal images, background pixels are treated as transparent.) Transparent images can be gray-scale or color.
Supported image file formats
Description and versions
Windows and OS/2 bitmap format
.bmp, .dib, .rle
.gp4, .mil, .rst, .cg4, .cal
FLIC Autodesk Animator Animation
GeoSPOT (BIL files must be accompanied with HDR and PAL files with correlation data, in the same directory)
Image Systems Group 4
Image Systems Grayscale
JFIF or JPEG
Joint Photographics Expert Group
.jpg or .jpeg
Picture PC Paintbrush Picture
Picture Macintosh Picture
Portable Network Graphic
True Vision Raster-Based Data Format
Tagged Image File Format
.tif or .tiff
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