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Choosing The Right Image Format In Icon Creation.

There are innumerable file formats that could be used for storing icons and for a newbie designer this can quickly lead to a big issue because you should know how to use a particular image format, given below is a take on the benefits and issues of some well known formats.

If you are keen on icon making or would like to create icons for your site, it is essential to find out more about the varied file formats and their attributes so that you can make use of the appropriate file format for an image. Some of the commonly used file types for images are GIF, JPEG and PNG, each one of these file types has its own traits so lets talk about the pros and cons of using these formats, the type of image format that should suit your site and optimizing your images for the web usage.

GIF: It is the abbreviation for Graphics Interchange Format; the image format is one of the more well known file types. The popularity of this format can be attributed image size that is very small which makes it easy to upload them. Unlike JPEG, data is not lost in this format which means you can store the image without using up a lot of space and deteriorating the quality of the picture. Since GIF supports transparency in graphics, it is the most suitable file formats for icon designing. Unlike the other image formats, scope for animation is also possible in GIF. If you wish to optimize a GIF file, it is vital to keep the size of the image small; it would be best that you pick a 32 color palette to create the smallest possible size.

JPEG: This is short for Joint Photographic Experts Group; the file type is usually called JPG and is often seen for online graphics. One of the primary pros of using this type of image is that you can save the images in true color that affords you a palette of 16 million colors; making this file type ideal for storing photos and images that have intricate color range. One of the cons of using JPG is the information loss that you will have to deal with each time the picture is saved; this points to the fact that the graphic is susceptible to blurriness and a lot of details may be lost. Unlike the GIF format, transparency support is not offered in this file format. If you have chosen an innovative image editor such as the Adobe Photoshop, you will have the liberty to select the image quality and the image file size but it is important to comprehend that a lower resolution will mean a small size, which is convenient to upload.

PNG: Is short for Portable Network Graphics and is a fairly new file format. PNG format is offered in two forms; PNG-8 which has a 8 bit color format and the PNG-24 which offers 24 color graphics. PNG-8 can compress images with fantastic detail and without the customary loss of information observed in GIF files; this results in high image quality and quick upload time. However, PNG-24 is not as effective as JPG when you want to save photos and other illustrations that merit the use of a wider palette of colors. The format is loss-less; this means that the image holds on to its crispness and quality. PNG-24 offers the transparency feature and you can use different levels of transparency in this image type. With this type of file the graphics are professional looking because they do not have the jagged edges when inserted against a contrasting background like GIF files.

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