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GIF, JPEG, PNG? Examples

Continued from previous posts: GIF, JPEG, PNG? Short Answer and GIF, JPEG, PNG? Now to GIF

To finish our discussion of image formats, let’s go through some examples.

Small Icons

sample of small icon images  PNG would be the best format.

If you do not need semi-transparency, GIF format would be as good, but the size of the files may be slightly larger.

And JPEG format should not be used here: it will either distort images, or make files larger. Continue reading

GIF, JPEG, PNG? Short answer

Did you ever struggle with this choice? Did you wonder what’s the difference? Some people obviously do.

Let’s explore these image formats. And let’s start with a simple rule of thumb:

GIF format is suitable for “simple” images: those without many details or colours

JPG or JPEG format is best suited for photographs

PNG is for everything else and between. If you are not sure – use PNG format.

Of cause, we are talking about publishing images: otherwise, you can store them in any format your editor suggests. It’s only when you upload an image to your web site, or insert it into some software, that you’d have to worry if that default format is the best choice.

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