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Top 5 Image File Formats List For Web Design And Development

By Web Desk Jul 22 2019 1:06PM

If you want to attract your website visitors, then your website need to appear good. Don’t let your visitors leave your website displeased. The website design is the primary factor that they look at for evaluating the standard and services of your website. The web content added to your website will make it more attractive and user-friendly. The images, text, videos, audios, animations, etc… that are used to fill webpages will make your website rank top.

Here, we can find some of the top trending and best quality image file formats that are used for web design and development.




Image formats that we use commonly are classified into raster and vector images. The raster images like .BMP, .TIF, .GIF, .JPG, etc... are stored using bitmaps and are commonly used by web designers. These images are created by combining pixels together and larger images will require more space due to their bitmap(0’s & 1’s) storage. Raster images can be edited using photoshop, paint, etc.. The vector images are SVG, WEBP, BMP, EPS, etc... and it is created using mathematical calculation in programming. High-quality logos and charts are examples of vector images and it can be edited using Adobe Photoshop, illustrator, Inkspace, BoxySVG and office suites.

If you want to include crisp-looking and fast loading images in your website. Then, the two important factors you need to consider are image format and optimization. Image optimization will improve the image appearance, loading time and search engine index. Let’s analyze top 5 image file formats that are used for web design and development. 



JPEG is the abbreviation of “Joint Photographic Experts Group”. This popular raster image file format used in digital camera and others will support 16,777216 (224) colors, that are combination of RGB color space. The JPEG compression algorithm used in this will support varying levels of compression by reducing the file size of bitmap. But, the lossy compression algorithm will reduce the quality of the captured file to some extent.



PNG(Portable Network Graphics) image file format is highly adaptable for storing small sized  line drawings, text, and iconic graphics. The raster image format PNG use lossless compression and are designed for faster loading of images on websites. This type of image format support RGB color space and can be used as a replacement for both JPEG(PNG-24) and GIF(PNG-8) images. The transparency of the image is preserved while storing in PNG format and are suitable for animations also.



The raster image format GIF(Graphics Interchange Format) uses the LZW (Lempel-Ziv-Welch) lossless compression format. GIF is a multi-image format suitable for social media and blog posts that uses animated images having small size. This file has a maximum color depth of 256 bits and are compatible with most of the browsers without additional plugins.



SVG(Scalable Vector Graphics) is a vector-based graphics for websites in XML format. This high quality scalable and zoomable images can be created/edited using any text editor with pure XML code. SVG images are derived from shapes and curves using mathematical calculations and programming. This type of image format doesn’t loss their quality while zooming or resizing.



The emerging vector-based graphics format WEBP utilize both lossy and lossless compression formats. This high quality image format is created by Google that support both transparency and animation. The lossy WEBP images are comparatively 30% smaller than JPEG images and the lossless WEBP images are approximately 25% smaller than PNG images.

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