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Know Your Image Formats Mega Cheat Sheet

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Know Your Image Formats Mega Cheat Sheet from Make a Website Hub is helpful when working with image files. You can't just use one image format for all your needs. You need to choose based on your use. Learn how to choose between JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, or BMP.

Not all image formats are created equal. All have different uses and different attributes. Know exactly what image format to use for web use, print, social platforms, logos, and much more with this handy cheat sheet.

Found on http://infographicjournal.com

This is a little more detailed than a similiar infographic I posted on Cool Infographics last year that can be found here: http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2014/12/12/when-to-use-jpeg-gif-png-image-file-types.html

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Reader Comments (3)

Two parts of the information this infographic provides on PNG is misleading or inaccurate:
- There are many more color encodings for PNG than only the "PNG-8" and "PNG-24" listed. (To be fair, these two particular configurations appear to be used for fair comparison with GIF and JPEG, but the wording leads the reader to believe these are the only configurations available.) PNG can handle anything from 1 to 16 bits per gray/color sample, resulting in anything from 1 to 64 bits per pixel.
- The format comparison chart indicates that PNG does not have a no-compression option. This is false. Since PNG compression is lossless, the applications for that encoding mode are pretty esoteric, but it is an option.
I don't have similar depth of knowledge about the other formats in the graphic, but the misinformation about PNG makes me doubt the accuracy of the information on those formats as well.
September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
PNG24 size is smaller when it is a vector or shapes. Use JPEG for photos and PNG for icons or vectors.

As indicated in this infographic that JPEG has a smaller size than PNG, it's wrong. It depends what type of object you are working on. Try to save a vector image to PNG and check the size same with JPEG.
September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPororo
More typos than usual in your examples. Good info for laypeople who aren't concerned with the previous poster's corrections.
September 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRob

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