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October 28, 2020 by Blog

PNG VS. JPG: The Battle of Formats

Should you choose PNG or JPG? Is it a mystery to you? So, what’s the answer to it? To help you avoid the confusion, why not we tell you about the advantages of both and you decide on your own what to pick and what not to pick? It seems like we have a deal!

Today, PNG & JPG are the two most frequently used image formats. Generally, when it comes to the addition of images to your sites, you often get confused about which extension to use. This guide is going to be an ultimate fight between both the image formats – PNG VS. JPG.

Together we are going to figure out which image formats to use from a technical perspective and which to avoid; this is called design thinking. Simple enough, right?

PNG VS. JPG: The Fight in Numbers

The stats never lie, obviously! We won’t just do the talking – letting stats do the talking on our behalf.

As per the recent report that came out in September this year, PNG is being used by 77.0% of all the websites. To support this statement, the below diagram clearly shows the percentage of websites that have used the image formats.

There is another diagram that we are using as a reference to show you the percentage of websites using the image formats:

PNG VS. JPG: In Comparison

Let’s begin with the basis!

What is a PNG format?

The dot ‘.Png’ called by ping or ‘portable graphics format’ is extremely flexible in its applications. Amazingly, it is capable of supporting at least 48-bit images which give you 16bits per channel and 16bits grayscale images. These bit depth capabilities permit you to take advantage of wide-ranging transparency.

It is a fact that a Png format can hold more data than a Jpg. Not like Jpg, the Png format is lossless compression based which means even if you transfer it multiple times it will not lose its actual quality. If you work for a digital or a software agency, you must know that losing even the smallest downgrade can cost you much.

What is JPG format?

The dot ‘. Jpg’ called by JPEG is a staple file format that has been widely used by all in technology but called formally as ‘joint photographic experts’. It is standardized as a 24bit image; you receive 8bits of information individually in red, green, blue channels of each pixel but there is no ability of transparency.

In comparison to Png, Jpg is a lossy compressed format. Digest it this way; if you have larger images on your website it will take more time to load, right? We mean, the larger the slower. Hence, Jpg is a format option for such websites with usually no immediate visible loss in quality. But some image content will still be lost because it’s a lossy compressed format. In practical cases, once an image content is lost, it cannot be reverted to the original size to get the quality back.

PNG VS. JPG: The best use

PNG VS. JPG: What’s the fuss?

The rule is basic: use Jpg for photos and Png for graphics. If you closely view the below image to compare Png and Jpg, you will find it hard to spot the difference. But there exists one: image compression.

Website responsiveness is about using images that can be opened easily and faster on all devices. You want responsive websites but also need the highest quality images to display a good impression. An image compression means you reduce the actual image size without losing even a bit of quality.

While performing image compression, you need to identify the perfect balance between the quality of the image and size. For this purpose, there are several tools available on the internet. We can name one at the moment to find the perfect balance:

Are you still deciding on if you should opt between Png vs. Jpg? We just made it easier to understand. For the reason that Jpg is widely ideal for photos as it keeps the quality down when needed, it is also well-suitable for email preview images or printing artwork.

Png is a top choice for logo designing, web graphics, illustrations, and graphs. The images don’t lose the quality at all hence corporate businesses make ideal use of this out of other image formats. You can too!

Do you know there is a slight difference between Jpeg and Jpg image formats? Crazy, right? The difference comes in the number of characters only.

PNG VS. JPG: It is sorted

Are you a designer? Have you created/edited images for your clients? If yes, you must have used both image formats to design media or some sort.

We truly hope that all of the factors that are included in this guide pretty much erase the confusion of both the image formats in your minds.

So, would you like to simplify your customer’s journey to make the user experience positive? In case you need assistance with UX, Nextbridge can help improve the user experience or create a custom product from scratch.

Feel free to ask for help!

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