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...

Making a Photo Book and How To Layout and Design One + win a FREE book

Making a Photo Book and How To Layout and Design One + win a FREE book

I like to produce these books as gifts and they make a great professional impression. 

I love making Photobox Photo Books not just for myself but also to deliver to clients as gifts. These photo books make a STRONG IMPRESSION and are something that not only your clients but also family members will cherish for years to come. 

The book in the video is an A4 Layflat photo book that can be personalised as much as you like. 

This video is to show you how to put a book together and also my thinking on how to built and tell the story via your layout. 

These books will last an age and many people will hopefully handle them so make sure you get the best. Many companies make these books but very few companies make them well.