What are the Differences Between PNG and JPEG And How To Choose Right One

Amount of images on the internet: Lots. You probably upload new ones every day, too.

Every time you go online there are more and more images to see, save and share. And with this amount of graphics come different file formats, each one fitting different purposes. What do you know about them?

You probably know the most common file formats are JPEG and PNG. Let’s learn more about each one and their best uses.

For starters, JPEG were created earlier, in 1986, and JPEG means Joint Photographic Experts Group. On the other hand, PNG means Portable Network Graphics and were designed ten years later.

This graphics format supports lossless data compression AND gives you transparent backgrounds. Cool, right? Use them for logos or icons that truly benefit from the transparency feature. Files will be heavier though. While JPEG files don’t have transparent backgrounds and lose quality when compressed, they also weigh a lot less. If you’re looking to save space they’re the answer. Same goes if your image has complex coloring or if the file size has to be reduced and/or it’s a still image. In those cases a JPEG is your best bet.

So far so good? Great, because now it’s time we talk about the two main types of PNG files: PNG-8 and PNG-24. The latter is very similar to JPEG files, though they’re larger and can use over 16 million colors. The former is more similar to GIFs, but they’re smaller and can’t use more than 256 colors.

Now that you’ve got the basics of JPEG and PNG file formats, it’s time to start playing around with them. See the differences for yourself. And don’t worry, here’s an infographic with every concept we talked about if you need a refresh. The infographic was made by the great folks over at Vexels. In this design stock you’ll find every design and graphic resource you need: from skylines to silhouettes, t-shirt designs and yes, PNGs.

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