Comparing the most common output image formats

ImageConverter Plus provides comprehensive support for 13 image formats suitable for the output conversion. This means that you can choose any of the following formats when converting files: BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TGA, TIFF, PCX, PSD, EXR, DDS, PDF, EPS, MNG. To understand which of these formats is the most suitable for your needs, let’s compare some of them – the ones that are more commonly used, in brief. JPEG is the preferred format for the vast majority of photographers. It provides a good compromise between the image quality and the image size. JPEG is good for photographs, but not good for scanned documents or text. When images are saved in GIF, they have to lose color, since the color information is represented by only 256 colors (8 bits per pixel). This fact makes the format not very suitable for photographs and large images, but makes it perfect for drawings, logos, icons and diagrams. PNG was created to replace GIF. It is not limited to 256 colors and also supports transparency. This format is good for editing photos, and the image quality is not degraded each time the image is re-saved, like it happens with JPEG. The file size of PNG is larger than the one of JPEG though. BMP is a specific format for Windows OS. It is used by different Windows applications, but it’s disadvantage is the file size, because the image is never compressed. The 24 bits-per-pixel BMP files are great quality images but they take a lot of space. TIFF provides high quality photos of a very large size. TIFF images are not suitable for the Internet and have to be converted to JPEG to be shared online.