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Understand Image Formats, Part 2: JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, and BMP — the Raster Formats

As we learned in Part 1, there are two major types of image formats, vector and raster. A raster image is made up of a grid of pixels.

But there are several different raster formats. What’s the difference between them?

BMP
Let’s start with BMP, which is the most straightforward format. BMP stands for “bitmap”, and it is literally a list of pixels, with a color specified for each. Although Microsoft Office seems to like them a lot, BMP’s are not especially desirable for designers. They have large file sizes and often low color depth (meaning they …

Understanding Image Formats, Part 1: Vector vs. Raster

Several times a month, I find myself writing to a client to ask whether they can supply me with a specific image in a different format. Sometimes they not only are confused as to why I’d need another format, but they didn’t even know that there were different formats for images.

You’re probably already familiar with JPEG images, but today I’m going to tell you about some of the other formats web designers use (such as GIF, TIFF, PNG, EPS, PSD, AI, PDF, and SVG), and why we use them.

What Are Vector and Raster Images?

Here’s a piece of terminology that …

Project Launch: Ad Council / Small Step Kids / Where the Wild Things Are

I recently launched a new campaign on the Ad Council’s Small Step Kids website — a joint campaign with the new Where the Wild Things Are movie. This project was my second with the Ad Council, and involved incorporating new elements into an existing design as well as some really fun custom design work, and I was pleased to see it go live. See some project details in my portfolio, or the live site.