When we download any image, it has so many options to save it as PNG, JPG, GIF and a dozen other file formats. But did you know the difference between these files? Let me tell you.
Difference Between JPG, PNG & GIF Picture
The JPG format is a lossy compressed file in where you can store your photograph at a smaller size than a BMP. JPG supports up to 16.7 million colors, which makes them the right choice for complex images and photos. For its compression, it is a common choice for use on the web. But for storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at smaller file sizes, GIF or PNG are better choices because they are lossless.
Graphics Interchange Format, better known as GIF, supports up to 8 bit per pixel for each image and allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors. GIF images are also compressed using the Lempel–Ziv–Welch (LZW) lossless data compression technique to reduce the file size without degrading the visual quality. GIF is an excellent choice for storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at small file sizes.
Portable Network Graphics or PNG is a raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression, which means that they do not lose quality during editing. PNG supports 8-bit color like GIF, but also supports 24-bit colour RGB, like JPG does. PNG is the most widely used lossless image compression format on the Internet.
JPEGs are for photographs and realistic images. PNGs are for line art, text-heavy images, and images with few colors. GIFs are just failed.