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Picking The Right File Format When Making Graphics.
There are numerous file formats that can be used for saving icons and for a relatively raw designer this can quickly change into a sizable issue because you should understand how to use a particular image format, here is a a look at the benefits and issues of some popular image formats.
If you are keen on icon making or want to create pictorial depictions for your web site, it is crucial to learn about the varied image formats and their traits so that you can utilize the correct format for an image. Normally used file types for pictures are JPEG, PNG and GIF, all of these formats has its own traits so lets discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using these formats, the type of image format that will meet the expectations your web page and optimizing your images for the web.
GIF: The full form is Graphics Interchange Format; the image format is one of the more well known file types. The reason for its popularity is its small size which makes uploading less time consuming. Also like JPEG, details are not lost in this image format this means you will be able to save the image without using up a lot of space and compromising the quality of the images. The format is also known to support transparency in graphics, it is one of the most suitable file formats for picture creation. Unlike the other image formats, animation is also possible in GIF. If you want to optimize a GIF file, it is important to limit the file size; it would be best that you select a 32 color palette to get a suitably small size.
JPEG: This is short for Joint Photographic Experts Group; the file type is commonly called JPG and is usually used on websites. One of the primary benefits of incorporating this type of image is that you will be able to store the pictures in true color that affords you as many as 16 million colors; this renders the file type suitable for storing photos and pictures that have vast color range. One of the cons of utilizing JPG is the data loss that you will have to deal with each time the file is saved; this means that the image is prone to compromised clarity and many information may be lost. Unlike other file formats such as GIF, transparency is not possible in this file type. If you are using an innovative image editing program for instance, the Adobe Photoshop, you will be able to choose the image quality and the image file size but it is important to understand that a lower resolution will mean a small size, which is convenient to upload.
PNG: Is stands for Portable Network Graphics and is a very new image format. PNG is available in two versions types; PNG-8 which has a 8 bit color format and the PNG-24 which uses 24 color pictures. PNG-8 can curtail the size graphics with great detail and without the customary loss of data observed in GIF files; this results in better quality pictures and quick uploads. But, PNG-24 is not as effective as JPG when you want to save pictures and other graphics that require a vaster color palette. The file type is not limited by loss; this means that the picture maintains its quality and clarity. PNG-24 supports transparency and you can use various levels of the transparency feature in this image type. When you use this file format the images are better looking because they do not have the tell tale jagged edges when pitched on a contrasting background like GIF files.
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