Unless you’re a graphic designer, digital artist, photographer or in some other role where you handle images on a daily basis – you probably have very little or no idea why there are so many types of image formats. From TIFF to JPG, PNG, GIF, and so on – it may even seem as though there are too many different types of image formats to make sense.
That being said, the truth is that each image format is unique in some way or other and at times converting image formats is both useful and necessary. Before you can appreciate why that is the case however, it is important to understand the differences between the types of image formats.
Different Types of Image Formats
The point that often trips people up is the fact that there is no single ‘best’ type of image format to store an image. Instead, each of the image formats out there occupies a particular niche area where it is best for a certain situation.
Exactly why an image format may be considered ‘best’ for a particular situation varies. It could be that it has high compression so it results in smaller file sizes, or it may be that it has high quality, or even the ability to store ‘layers’ within the image. In some cases it could even be that it is a propriety format (such as PSD) that is stores data regarding the editing and image manipulation carried out.
Long story short, depending on the purpose of the image a particular format may be the ‘best’ one to store it as, and that is the basis of why converting images could prove to be useful and necessary.
Converting Image Formats Based on Usage
With that in mind it is easy to see why you should convert image formats based on how you intend to use them. For example you may want to convert images to a high compression format so that you can store them in limited storage space, or so they can be accessed quickly online.
Similarly you may want to convert an image to a format that supports a transparent background so that you can overlay it on top of something else, or you may want to convert it to a raster format to send to a graphic designer so they can work on it as a high quality image. The options are as endless as the number of image formats out there, and a degree of familiarity with the most popular is essential to know why you may want to choose it.
By identifying how the image is going to be used – you can then decide on which format would suit it best. From there it is simply a matter of converting it so that you’re able to gain all the advantages of that format.
The Movavi Converter is a software that specializes in this conversion process. If you would like to see how it is done, head over to: http://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-convert-tiff-to-jpg.html.