Hello Readers, This is Ishika Doshi from Teckwebx.
We share images, from one source to another. Each image has a different shape, quality and reason for it. We even talk about JPEG, GIF, PNG, and other formats. But do you what they stand for? Or Why and Where they are used?
No problem, This blog will help you to get knowledge of all these terms in an easy way as possible.
Many formats are used in images. And each format that has been created is for a reason. Some from them are compressed, some are uncompressed while others are vector images.
But the two main formats of Images are Vector and Raster. You can easily see them in different applications. And they have a significant difference between each other.
1. Raster Images
Raster images are pixel-based images. Here small size pixels are linked together to form an image. These images are generally uncompressed and formed in large size usually. If you try to change the shape of the image, the quality of that image can be spoiled easily.
2. Vector Images
Vector images are generally mathematical format images, which are connected with one line another. That means they are compressible into small or big sizes without compromising the quality of the picture.
JPEG is a Joint Photographic Experts Group. It is the crucial format of an image which is used every time. Suppose, if you want to share a picture or you want to upload it on your website or your page, you need a small and equal size of image with good quality. This can be possible only by JPEG image formate. You no need to have any stress for converting your image into JPEG because, the phone in which you click a picture, it saves your image in JPEG form. Even the DSLR camera you use saves your picture in JPEG format.
Every time you use JPEG formate for downloading and re-downloading, the image gets compressed, and the quality keeps on decreasing as many times you re-download it.
But that’s ok if you get a compressed file with a low MB storage than that’s not so bad.
PNG is Portable Network Graphics. It stands out for its different qualities. The PNG file images allow you to get a transparent background. That means if you want your picture to have a diverse background than you can easily convert your picture in PNG form and do that. The next benefit of PNG is, you can compress the image as much as you want without compromising the quality of the image at all.
GIF is Graphic Interchange Format, we all use GIF format every day. Basically, GIF has 256 colors which help you to animate the image. You can see a few seconds small animation which we call as GIF. Because of just 256 colors, you cannot form many layers, and thus, the same image can be extended for up to 2 to 3 seconds. This is mostly used by the websites, to create a good view of sites. Before, it was patent due to which not everyone was allowed to use them. But now, everyone has the right to use GIFs and form their GIF too.
RAW usually means with something which is not ready to use as the way it is. The same meaning goes in Image formate. When the shoot camera’s rather DSLR, Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc., click a picture. That picture before transforming in JPEG format be in RAW format. That means the previous stage of JPEG is RAW. Different companies have different RAW formats or files, like CR2, NEF, PEF, ORS, SR2, and many more. And thus, not all image application supports RAW image file to open.
TIFF is a Tagged Image File Format used in the printing industry and not by the daily users. Because the image contains all information it should, including the color of the image and more many, that’s why the size of the image gets a little bigger, which is helpful for the one who belongs to the Printing stuff.
BMP is also named as Bitmap. This format of the image is a Raste format that is uncompressed and in a pixel form. The age will not at all compromised in quality, but, the size of the image will be a big one.
These were the types of Image file Format which are quite popular and used frequently. There are many more formats of images but are not used so much.
So, I hope it has been cleared now about the difference in al these formats.
Thank You so much for reading so far.