JPEG versus GIFs? When to use or save my file using GIF or JPEG/JPG?

Jpegs and gifs are the most commonly used graphic formats on the web. Each has it’s unique advantages and disadvantages. The material covered in this article will help you decide which format is more appropriate for your images. A general rule of thumb; use gifs for illustrations, clip art, and images with large areas of flat color, use jpgs for photographs and images with continuos tones.

Prepare Your Images
Your images should be RGB, 24bit when you begin. It doesn’t matter where they come from, digital camera, scanner, clipart, custom illustrations, or from another document. Be sure to keep an original around for any changes you want to make later. I recommend keeping everything in Photoshop format, so you can retain all your original information, and layers you may have. If you don’t use Photoshop, keep an original as a tiff, pict, or bmp. (For all you graphic designers out there, people really do use pict for something!) This will give you the most flexibility. I mention this, because I often use images on the web that were originally created for print. These images are usually CMYK, or 1bit (black and white). I immediately convert them to RGB, and change the DPI to 72. Creating images for the web is completely different from creating images for print. Read more..

Posted under Computer,Miscellaneous by brix on Sunday 28 September 2008 at 12:45 pm


  1. Comment by travelphilippines — October 14, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    jpeg all the way.

  2. Comment by brix — October 15, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    Same here.. the only difference i guess is that i just knew bout the difference lately:-)

  3. Comment by Brando Bandido — March 9, 2010 @ 10:59 am

    JPEG is the best!

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