When you save an image to your computer, you have the option to choose between several different digital image formats. These image formats may seem the same, but they each function in their own way.

ImageCoast allows you to save your images as a JPEG, GIF, or PNG. In this article, we’ll talk about the differences between these image formats and the best uses for each one.


With the JPEG format, your image is compressed with a loss of data. This means that you are able to compress larger sizes more effectively, but there is a loss of quality with the image. The JPEG format does not work well for any image with text or sharp lines, as the compression will become very apparent and you’ll be able to see the loss in quality. However, this format works well for natural photos that don’t have many sharp lines. This is because JPEG photos support many more colors than other photo formats.


The PNG format produces a much higher quality image than the JPEG. This is the best image format for any photos or graphics with sharp text or small details. When the image is compressed, you won’t lose any data, which is why this image format produces such beautiful results. Unlike JPEG files, the PNG format supports transparent backgrounds. There are two types of PNG – one only supports 256 colors, but the other supports 16 million colors the same way a JPEG does.

PNG photos look very clean and realistic, but they also take up much more digital space. This format is great for professional photographers that need stunning results, but may not be the right choice for anyone working with limited digital space.


The GIF format is similar to the PNG format in that you will not lose any data from the original photo when you compress it. This means it has many of the same advantages as a PNG. However, many people prefer PNG because it compresses more efficiently than GIF. Today, the GIF format is mainly used for animations. This is because it is the only photo format that supports animation.

Each of these three digital image formats has its own benefits and downsides. ImageCoast offers affordable and reliable online image storage for all three formats.