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Old 12-09-2006, 07:37 PM   #1
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GIF, JPG, and PNG - Uses and such

Okay, in spending about 10 minutes looking around, I have already seen enough GIF format files to make me sick. More so because they don't need to be GIF.

To clarify, you should only use a GIF when you are doing an animation, or saving something that only has a few colors, not a range. For example, gif would work on an NES screen shot. GIF will suck on anything that has a gradient like effect in it.

Examples of what to use a GIF on.



JPG is the standard, use it for anything that does not have transparencies in it. A good thing to use JPG on is the typical basic sig... such as my current one,

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PNG is a newer format, and allows for transparencies, but at much higher quality than GIF. Firefox supports it, and I would imagine IE7 supports PNG format as well.

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Quick run down

GIF
Pros: Small file size for stills, animation, transparency
Cons: Pixelation, limited range of colors, lower quality for pictures

JPG
Pros: Widely used, good compression, range of quality
Cons: No animation, no transparency

PNG
Pros: High quality, good compression, transparency
Cons: Not as widely used, some support issues, no animation
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:18 AM   #2
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Re: GIF, JPG, and PNG - Uses and such

A good breakdown of the different picture qualities. Very nice post, and should be stickied for those unfamiliar.
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:32 AM   #3
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Gif is also used to keep transparency in some image files (:
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con to png files is that they are bigger in file size as well >.>....

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Re: GIF, JPG, and PNG - Uses and such

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Gif is also used to keep transparency in some image files (:
Yes, but PNG can do it with better quality. GIF files should be used only for animations at this point is how I feel. Especially if you have a detailed sig of sorts.

And thanks for the sticky.
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con to png files is that they are bigger in file size as well >.>....

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PNG keeps quality to the pixel unlike JPG and is only slightly larger than JPG, I use PNG on everything except animated sigs. I use PNG when spriting as well it's something that is a must for small pictures so they don't look all pixelated.
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Re: GIF, JPG, and PNG - Uses and such

cool post, some quality info for gfx newbies
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nice info thx u
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Re: GIF, JPG, and PNG - Uses and such

I have been trying to make an animated slideshow style avatar such as this:



Of course mine has completely different slides, but that is the style. Unfortunately, the way these pictures save, naturally they become PNG formatted, and like was said, converting them to GIF ruins some gradients and makes it look terrible. Any suggestions on what I could do? The reason I need to turn them into GIFs in the first place is so they can be put into the animation maker.
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how can I get i get the flash/animated link in may sig to be abimated in my sig?
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how can I get i get the flash/animated link in may sig to be abimated in my sig?
on this site you cant...i would say your best bet is to make it a GIF file...
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on this site you cant...i would say your best bet is to make it a GIF file...
do u have any links in where i CAN CREATE 1 ? pm me if possible
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well i agree
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Re: GIF, JPG, and PNG - Uses and such

I have been trying to make an animated slideshow style avatar such as this:



Of course mine has completely different slides, but that is the style. Unfortunately, the way these pictures save, naturally they become PNG formatted, and like was said, converting them to GIF ruins some gradients and makes it look terrible. Any suggestions on what I could do? The reason I need to turn them into GIFs in the first place is so they can be put into the animation maker.
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my personal preference is png
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