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What Image Type is Best?

Picture of cute dog

Obligatory cute dog

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.

File Type Strength Weakness
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