Learn When To Use JPEG, GIF Or PNG With This Infographic

Learn When To Use JPEG, GIF Or PNG With This Infographic

When working with images, certain file formats may be better than others, depending on what your goals are. This infographic showcases the best uses for JPEG, GIF and PNG file formats.

The graphic comes from Who Is Hosting This and is meant to help us choose the right file type when saving an image. JPEG’s ability to reduce file size up to 15 per cent without losing quality makes it useful for web pages (faster uploads and less storage space usage) — especially for colourful photos. GIF files allow for transparency and animation; they’re best for simple images with few colours. PNG is great for logos and might be more attractive than JPEG and GIF, depending on whether file size is an issue or not.

Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, GIF, & PNG [Who Is Hosting This via DesignTAXI]


  • Speaking as a technical writer: they’ll never convince me to pronounce GIF as “jif”. Nor imgur as “imager”. Nor Nginx as “engine ex”, for that matter.

    Devs have got away with this shit for too long!

  • Not only is the infographic clutttered to the point of uselessness, but who the hell saves their interim files as png24s? No one, that’s who.

  • Bring on the animated PNGs so I no longer have to put up with self important twats telling me “It’s pronounced ‘Jif'” because the git who invented it says so. Call me when it stands for “Jafics interchange format”.

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