In the last post, we learned some reason why your computer saves images in different formats. But that doesn’t help us do anything about it. This post will be short and sweet — a table of the different file types we’ll cover in future posts, when you want to use them, and when they fall short. I’ll even give you the tl;dr version: use JPEG to send pictures of your cute dog to Aunt Sally.
|JPEG||Photos, especially for viewing on screens||Line art and high-resolution printing|
|GIF||Images with very few colors, such as logos and line art||Photos, or anything that needs more than 256 colors|
|PNG||Images where you want transparent areas||Not good at photos, not all cell phones can display these|
|RAW||Photos where you want loads of detail, such as printing poster-sized images||Files are huge, often takes special software to display|
|TIFF||Photos with lots of detail||Files are huge, fewer and fewer photo sharing sites are supporting this format|