Which File Format?

Do you know what type of file format you should be saving in for the web? What type of file do you need to create a transparent background? 

Hopefully, this guide will help you so you save the images right the first time. 

JPG – Joint Photo Expert Group
The most common file type, A faster file format that is used for images, pictures. It is a smaller file size with a lower file quality. Not designed for logos or graphic and cannot be made transparent.

GIF – Graphic Interchange Format
Pronounced with a soft G. Developed by Compuserve in the 1980s. Supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colours chosen from the 24-bit RGB colour space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colours for each frame. Can be transparent. Often used on social media. For the web only.

PNG – Portable Network Graphic
Lossless data compression. PNG was designed for transferring images on the Internet, not for professional-quality print graphics. Can be transparent and is the most widely used lossless image compression format on the Internet.

BMP - Bitmap Image File
Developed by Microsoft, BMP files are like PNG and GIF files. Made specifically to render simple yet crisp logos, type, icons. Used for print or simple graphics.

PSD – Photoshop Document
The native file format for photoshop files. Very flexible file format can support transparency, channels, masks and vector type and objects, paths and layers. For print/photos only. PSD file type not supported for the web.

SVG - Scalable Vector Graphic
SVG is an XML-based vector image format for 2D graphics with support for interactivity and animation. SVG is ideal for type, logos, graphics and vector shapes. Can be compressed without any loss of quality.

TIFF – Tag Image File Format
An Older file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and photographers. TIFF can support transparency.

EPS - Encapsulated Postscript
Older file type that allows saving of vector artwork such as an Adobe Illustrator/CorelDraw or an Adobe Photoshop files that contain vector shapes or type. Not massively used and I'm not sure I've ever saved a file in this format. Used only for print.

Hopefully this will help deciding the best file format to save as...

December and Christmas Tech Haul

December is a busy busy month and it was only natural that with Christmas I'd be getting some technology and photography items. Some of these items I was gifted by family members and some of these items came from the brands themselves. 

As always I only recommend items I use and would buy myself. 

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Black Friday Tech Haul & Gift Ideas

Black Friday Tech Haul & Gift Ideas

I love technology and if I had more money then I'd mainly spend it on pieces of tech. Most of these items don't really help with productivity but they make small changes to life. 

As it was Black Friday I thought I'd pick up a few deals and this is what I bought myself. All of these items I bought myself from Amazon and all the links are affiliate links. 

Anker Lightning to USB iPhone Cable 3ft

£5.99 - Buy Here

Everyone needs extra lightning cables. The reason I bought this one was the fact that it's a little longer than the standard one. It measures 3ft and is also extra durable. According to the company it is meant to last 4000+ bends but I won't be counting. 


RAVPower 30W 3-Port USB Wall Charger

£13.99 - Buy Here 

We have so many items on charge that every plug now seems to have a charger attached so I though this would be ideal for when we need to charge many things at once. This would also be ideal when travelling and means you'll only need to take the USB cables. 

 

 


 

Portable Charger RAVPower Power Bank

£23.99 - Buy Here

When ever we go out for a day our phones or tablets soon run out of battery especially if we're filming or on a shoot so to have something powerful to recharge is essential. This allows you to charge multiple devices at once and has enough capacity to charge an iPhone 6 up to 6 times. 

 

 


 

Transcend 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive 

£52.99 - Buy Here

I fill up storage so quickly I always need a spare hard drive nearby. This 1TB one will be my new portable storage solution. Small enough to fit in a bag and it uses USB 3.0 so it's super quick. The fact it's shock proof also gives me peace of mind.