There are literally hundreds of graphic file formats, one for nearly every graphic program plus a couple others. Web pages use only a few of these. The JPG and the GIF formats are pretty much standard (PNG also works). Both have advantages and disadvantages.
The ability to convert any picture to one of these opens your world up to many possibilities. It can be a very valuable asset to any web page maker. It allows you to get free graphic and free clipart from different sources. You can use most cameras too.
The main advantage of the JPG is the ability to use 16 million colors. Most photos look best using JPG's. The JPG is relatively small due to compression routines involved in saving. Be aware, this compression can detract from image quality after many saves and retrievals as each save compresses the file. I always prefer to start with an original photo.
The GIF files are very small and load fast. They only allow 256 colors, but they can use transparencies and Animated Graphic Images. You can always search the web for a free GIF image or just make one yourself.
- For graphic conversions
- AI, BMP, CAL, CALS, CGM, CLP, CMX, CT, CUR, CUT, DCX, DIB, DRW, EMF, EPS, FPX, GIF, HDP, HGL, HPG, IFF, IMG, J2C, J2K, JIF, JP2, JPC, JPE, JPEG, JPG, JPS, JPX, MAC, MPO, MRW, MSP, PBM, PCD, PCT, PCX, PDF, PGL, PGM, PIC, PICT, PNG, PNS, PPM, PS, PSD, PSP (PSP image files), RAS, RAW, RIF, RLE, SCT, SVG, SVGZ, TGA, TIF, UFO, WBM, WBMP, WDP, WEBP, WMF, WPG.
- Video files supported
- MPG, MPEG-1, WMV, MOV and AVI.
- Cameras and Scanners
- Supports most of the newer models.
If you can download a free web site graphic from a variety of sources, it opens up the possibility of using any graphic created by different artists. The ability to convert graphic file formats may allow you to use the artwork of any of your favorite artists.
If your favorite artist uses a PC or a Mac, and you can do file conversions, you can use those web page graphics. Maybe you need a cute graphic or a serious graphic. You have virtually unlimited sources of web graphics.
You can make your own free web site graphic by scanning images from photographs. You can also import your own free web page graphics from your digital camera.