Infographic: Everything You Need to Know about JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP File Formats

Infographic: Everything You Need to Know about JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP File Formats

Have you ever found yourself questioning which file format to use, when it comes to displaying, storing or printing your images? Are you curious about what JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP actually stands for?  Do you want to know how each format deals with compression and data loss? If so then this crazy informative infographic is just what you've been looking for. Many of us use these formats on a daily basis with little consideration as to why. So to help take the guess work out of it, has created this very cool and colorful mega cheat sheet that breaks down each file format's creation date, color depth, best uses, ownership, strengths and weaknesses. I hope you get as much out of it as I have.

Not all image formats are created equal. All have different uses and different attributes. Know exactly what image format to use for web use, print, social platforms, logos and much more with this handy cheat sheet.

Image Formats Mega Cheat Sheet

Image Formats Cheat Sheet

via [Make A Website]

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interesting, learn new things every day.

As always, I disagree with the JPGvPNG option. I _always_ prefer PNG to JPG for web full size publication. Lossless AND web compatibility is a winner in my opinion. And if you're watching PHOTOGRAPHS in full size (not thumbnails) it's definitely worth the extra 0.3 seconds that the filesize increase comes with.

An interesting extension would be which format can handle metadata in which form (like EXIF etc.).

TIFF is kind of a file system (like a ZIP) and can hold really anything. I know a case where a CAD Drawing was rendered as a TIFF and the file included the original CAD drawing as well (private TAG). Pain in the a** with TIFF are the (old) private TAGs. I refer to the Wang and Kofax problems (e.g. use of outdated compression, Colour TIFFs etc.).

As I think, PNG image format is popular to help people work easily. I found a blog that allows fast jpg to png conversion at: