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GIF and JPGGIF - An acronym for Graphics Interchange Format, created originally in 1987 by CompuServe to facilitate the exchange of images between different platforms. The file format is known for its compression and the fact that it can store and display multiple images. The major drawback to GIF is that images can only use up to 256 distinct colors to display their data. For photographic-quality images, this is a significant obstacle.
Choose the GIF format for:
Images with a transparent background
Smaller, less complex images requiring no more than 256 colors
JPG - Developed by the Joint Photographic Experts Group, this file format is the Internet standard for presenting photo realistic images. It has the capability to compress large images down to very small file sizes while retaining the overall photographic quality of the image. JPEG files can use any number of colors, so it's a very convenient format for 24-bit images (True Color, which supports more than 16 million colors).
Choose the JPG format for:
Larger, more complex images requiring more than 256 to display properly
quality against download speed is a constant concern when designing a web
page and all the graphics for it. In the case of web graphics, less is definitely
more. Some files can actually be much smaller using compression in the JPG
format and result in a better looking graphic. The best of both worlds.
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