JPEG, GIF, And PNG: When To Use Each Kind Of Image

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Generally, when you see an image used on the Internet, it’s a JPEG, GIF, or PNG. If you’re just a viewer of said images, you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about the different file types Everything You Need to Know About File Formats and Their Properties We use the word file interchangeably: music, image, spreadsheet, slideshow, and so on. But what makes a file a "file," anyway? Let's try and understand this fundamental part of computing. Read More .

For people who make images Clip Art Is Gone! Here's How To Find Free Images Instead Microsoft killed clip art and replaced it with Bing Image Search, which in Office filters for Creative Commons images. It's one of many resources and you can still find clip art elsewhere. Read More online, knowing when to use each type is critical. Sure, they can technically be used interchangeably, and users will still see the images, but they may not load as fast How To Really Speed Up Your Computer - Common Myths & What To Do Instead Suffering from a slow computer? You might not know why and maybe you're trying to fix it in all the wrong ways. Let us help you with tips for a real speed boost. Read More  and look as good. Don’t worry though, because we’ve found this awesome infographic that will serve as a convenient cheat sheet to help you decide what type of image to use for each situation. Check it out, and you’ll be an image expert in no time!

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  1. Aaron
    January 20, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Why are people (you) on the Internet so useful? I scrolled through my Pinterest feed not expecting anything--then I see these long, drawn out infographics of things I've always wondered but never really consciously formed a question for. So thank you. You've made one guy's life a little better with this.

  2. SuulsaK
    December 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    And what about 48-bit PNG? :D S.

  3. tps
    December 12, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    What about BMP?

  4. Steve Furlan
    December 12, 2014 at 5:19 am

    I receive Fy's Electronics every week and when I go to view the pages to the ad, on a Windows 7 desktop, I can't view them because it is in a GIF file. O my Windows 8 desktop I have no problems. I have had a Mircosoft tech remotely try to fix this problem, but she failed. How oh how can I view GIF files on the Windows 7.

  5. Satya Prakash Joshi
    December 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    this is really great informative post.. thanks

  6. Bob
    December 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    It can't possibly be "jiff" because you don't say "jraphic".

    • Tom
      December 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      It has been "jiff" all along. People think you're crazy when you tell them this, but... I was there when it was created.

  7. Rich
    December 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    PNG type images are also good to use for placing photos in videos.

  8. Leopardmask
    December 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Another good use for .pngs: Really tiny files. I've recently started getting into making fan sprites in Pokemon game style (not the newest ones, which don't use sprites, but the next ones back). They're usually about 96x96 pixels in size, and if you try to use .jpeg the colors get REALLY messed up because of the lossy compression. If they were bigger files it wouldn't matter as much but at that tiny size you can really tell.

  9. Von Adam Martinez
    December 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I use jpg for my photographs, gif if I want to upload something(video clip) to 9gag and PNG for my vector graphics.

  10. Purandar
    December 9, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Hi there,
    Thanks for this informative post.

    If a picture is shot lets say in 8MP camera, what will the size of the resultant file in each of the formats ?
    According to above data I think its png-8, jpeg, gif, png-24 in increasing order of size, is that rite ?

    • jena
      December 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm


    • Satya Prakash Joshi
      December 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      bit of confused... :D