Image Formats and Where to Use Them!
Let’s go back to basics. The image file formats that are most commonly used are listed below.
|File Format||File Extension||Use|
|Joint Photographic Experts Group||.jpg/.jpeg||Perfect for real-life photographs, paintings, and scenes with smooth variations of colors and effects.|
|Portable Network Graphics||.png||Widely used lossless image compression format. Perfect for preserving original images with complete visual details.|
|Graphics Interchange Format||.gif||Suitable for sharp-edged line art with a limited number of colors, small animations, and low-resolution movie clips.|
|Tagged Image File Format||.tiff||Standard in printing, desktop publishing, faxing, 3D applications, and medical imaging.|
|Portable Document Format||Adequate for web downloads, image sharing, and printing in some cases.|
|Adobe Illustrator Artwork||.ai||Represents single-page vector-based drawings in either EPS or PDF formats. The extension is designed for Adobe Illustrator.|
|Photoshop Document||.psd||Provides support for most imaging options available in Photoshop. It keeps layers intact with a file size limit of 2GB.|
|Photoshop Large Document or Photoshop Big||.psb||A file format almost identical to .PSD, but unlike .PSD, it supports documents larger than 2GB and can range up to 4.2 billion GB.|