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Using An Appropriate File Format For Your Icons.

There are innumerable image file formats that should be utilized for saving icons and for an inexperienced web creator this can often lead to a big pain because you should know how to use a specific file format, offered in this article is an explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of some popular formats.

If you find yourself drawn to icon making or would like to create pictorial depictions for your web page, it is imperative to learn about the varied image file formats and their features so that you can make use of the right file type for an image. Normally used formats for pictures are PNG, GIF and JPEG, all of these file types boasts of a fair share of advantages so lets look at the benefits and drawbacks of incorporating these file formats, the type of image that will suit your site and optimizing your images for the internet.

GIF: It is short for Graphics Interchange Format; the image format is one of the more well known file types. The image format is well accepted because of its tiny image size which makes uploading less time consuming. Unlike JPEG, data is not lost in this image format this means you will be able to save the image without using up a lot of space and messing the quality of the images. Since GIF supports transparency in graphics, it is one of the most suitable image formats for icon creation. Unlike the other file types, scope for animation is also possible in GIF. If you would like to consider GIF image optimization, it is necessary to keep the size of the image small; it is advisable that you select a 32 color palette to create the smallest possible size.

JPEG: This is the abbreviation for Joint Photographic Experts Group; the file format is usually called JPG and is often used in web designing. One of the principle advantages of utilizing this type of file is that you will be able to save the pictures in true color that gives you a palette of 16 million colors; this renders the file format appropriate for storing photos and pictures that boast of detailed color work. One of the problems of utilizing JPG is the loss of details that will have to be tackled each time the picture is saved; this means that the graphic is prone to clarity issues and a lot of details may be lost. Unlike GIF, transparency is not possible in this format. If you have chosen a superior image editor such as the Adobe Photoshop, you will have the liberty to select the quality and the size of the JPG file but it is vital to comprehend that the lower the resolution the smaller the size, which is easy to upload.

PNG: Is short for Portable Network Graphics and is a very new file format. PNG format is offered in two forms; PNG-8 which has a 8 bit color format and the PNG-24 which uses 24 color pictures. PNG-8 can curtail the size graphics with fantastic detail and without the usual loss of information observed in in GIF images; this results in better picture quality and fast uploads. But, PNG-24 is not as efficient as JPG when you need to save photos and other graphics that merit the use of a vaster palette of colors. The format is loss-less; this means that the image maintains its clarity and quality. PNG-24 supports transparency and you can use varying degrees of of the feature in this file format. When you use this file format the images are professional looking because you cant see jagged lines when inserted against a background with contrasting colors like GIF files.



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