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Why Do You Need to Use PNG Image Format in Your Web Design?

The benefits of using PNG image format in web designing over various other image formats like GIF and JPEG; the image format works well if you need to make better and wonderful icons that will prove alluring to your customers

The PNG image format was introduced some time ago; it was brought out in the market in 1995/96 to meet the deficiencies of the popular GIF file format. However, it did not catch on because the then browsers were not designed to support the state of the art features of PNG so web designers and developers were forced to include it in their designs sparingly. One of the major blocks standing in the way was Microsoft's Internet Explorer which was one of the most popular browsers of the time; IE had very little space for PNG support consequently the format could only be made use of in the most restricted way. However, the scene changed when IE7 was brought out; this fresh product from Microsoft has helped in increasing the usability of PNGs. So here is a look at three reasons why PNG is one of the best image formats around today:

You will be able to create see through images or a feature called alpha transparency: When you compare PNG with GIF, you will see that A definitive difference in the two formats is that you will only be able to save a specific color as transparent in GIF this simply means that the color can be used whether opaque or transparent with no other color in between with the use of PNG, you get a specific feature over GIF; because the format is capable of producing semi transparent pixels. This feature gives you the ability to save a PNG file with a soft drop shadow and then float it against any background. Through this feature you will be able to use an image as a watermark or a gradient background. The image file type lets you incorporate the smooth fading of colors from entirely opaque to transparent, so that you can see the webpage underneath

They look fabulous: Apart from the fact, that you get amazing flexibility wit PNG images; there are several other advantages to incorporating this format. For example, if you make use of the JPG Format, you lose some of the information from the initial image every time the file is saved, so after a while, you will be able to see a noticeable downgrade in the quality of the images. Although, this issue has been resolved in the image format and it is possible to store the images without sacrificing any information, GIF has a highly restrictive 256 color palette, which makes it quite ineffective if you have to store a snap shot. But, if PNG is incorporated, you will get the most desired benefits of both these formats; you get a full color display similar to JPEG images and it also provides managed color palette a la GIF files. At the same time the storage of the file is sans loss so the picture does not change despite innumerable times of saving the file.

Self Optimization is possible in PNG: A serious problem that web programmers need to handle very often is the issue where the contrast and the brightness of the monitor has to be adjusted to see the the display appropriately; the issue comes into the picture due to various Gamma setting used in monitors from different vendors. Gamma setting is a method incorporated to scatter the the light across the monitor display. However, diverse operating systems use distinct Gamma settings. Hence, a picture that is color corrected to suit Windows will seem wrong when seen on Mac. Once again, in this situation the versatile PNG picture format can help you out, in PNG, you can save the pictures with with a Gamma correction feature that is innate so regardless of the operating system; the Gamma settings will be realigned to display a picture with the impressive brightness and contrast.

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