I googled this a bit and found an older post on the Adobe forums but that's for Photoshop CS3.

Photoshop BMP RGB 565

I was looking for the Advanced Mode option but couldn't find it. Is it still possible to save a bitmap in RGB 565 format from Photoshop CS6 (even with scripting) ? If so, how ?

  • Very useful question: RGB 565 format is the bitmap format used in the .Net Micro Framework (at least that's what brought me here, eventually), other formats are converted to it.
    – dumbledad
    Jul 24, 2014 at 23:36

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First off, your image must be in RGB mode, then File > Save As...

Change the 'Format:' to BMP (*.BMP;*.RLE;*.DIB) and click the Save button.

In the "BMP Options dialog the comes up, click the Advanced Modes button.

Voila! There is your R5 G8 B5 option.

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  • That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! Jan 10, 2014 at 13:43
  • (N.B. It's 565, not 585.) For me it was not enough to have the image in RGB mode, I had to further set it to 8 bits per channel as explained by Scott here
    – dumbledad
    Jul 25, 2014 at 6:32

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