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graphic formats

Ever wondered what is the file format that you require for your design? Or ever wondered what does the format mean itself? Today, I’m going to explain and hopefully let you understand more about the graphic formats.

Graphic formats

There are hundreds of many different file formats. File format is a standard way that information is encoded for storage in a computer file. But in this blog, we will look only at the formats that are designed for graphics.
The most popular graphic format must be the JPEG. Collaborative Photographic Experts Group. JPEG is designed to efficiently store high-quality digital photographs rich in detail and colour. Compresses large images into a much smaller file size for easy sharing and uploading online. Commonly used in the photography industry.

After mentioning JPEG, I want to introduce with the PNG. Portable Network Graphics files (PNG) are compressible and, like JPEG, can handle 16 million colours. It takes up more storage space than JPEG, so it is mainly used for web graphics, logos, charts, and illustrations, rather than high-quality photographs.

JPEG vs PNG? JPEG and PNG files have similarities and are widely used, but there are many differences. Due to the different compression process, JPEG contains less data than PNG and is usually smaller in size. Unlike JPEG, PNG supports transparent backgrounds, making it preferred for graphic design.

Now for our third place, but not the least GIF. A lossless image file format that supports both animation and still images. GIFs are best for images with solid colours, text, and line art. This is suitable for computer-generated images, such as images created in drawing programs such as Corel Draw. Also, it’s best if the image contains details such as: B. Text where every pixel (point on the screen) counts.

So far we have looked at 3 graphic formats, JPEG, PNG and GIF. A little summary would sound like this. All these 3 formats are good for graphics that don’t leave the computer and stays on the internet, but for printing you might consider the PNG.

Moving forwards with the formats, I would like to mention the TIFF. It’s popular across industries such as design, photography, and desktop publishing. TIFF is great for displaying complex images. However, PNGs tend to be smaller, so they may be better suited for websites. TIFF, on the other hand, is often the best choice for professional, scanning, and printing options.

Another popular format within the graphic designers is SVG. Scalable Vector Graphics is a two-dimensional vector image file format that is more powerful and web-friendly than other image formats. Unlike raster formats such as JPG, GIF, and PNG, SVG images remain crisp and clear at any resolution and size.

And the last two formats, I would like to set under one paragraph. PSD and AI. These two programs have a lot in common, but the differences outweigh the similarities. Photoshop is based on pixels, while Illustrator is based on vectors. It is raster-based and uses pixels to create images. Photoshop was designed for editing and creating photographic and raster-based art. Both image files contain a lot of information and detail, making them ideal for editing graphics after the original has been created.

So I hope now you understand more about these graphic formats, and it will help you to decide what format would suit you best, but if you are still in doubt – You can always get in touch with me. Click or tap this link to open the Contact section.




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