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Chapter 8. Playing with Pictures > A Tour of the My Pictures Folder - Pg. 91

Playing with Pictures 91 · PNG--This is a relatively new file format that's becoming more popular on the Internet (although it's still not supported by all browsers). It's a versatile format that can be used with both simple drawings and photos. For the latter, PNG supports compression to keep images relatively small. (And, unlike JPEG, the PNG compression doesn't reduce the quality of the image.) · TIF--This format is often used with image scanners and digital cameras because it does a great job of rendering photos and other scanned images. The downside is that this format doesn't usually compress the images in any way, so it creates huge files. (Note that this file format sometimes goes by the name of TIFF instead of just TIF.) So which one should you use when creating your own image files? That depends: · If you're creating a drawing that you'll print out or work with only on your computer, use the bitmap format. · If you're creating a simple drawing that you'll be publishing to the World Wide Web, use GIF. · If you're creating a more complex drawing that you'll be publishing to the Web, use PNG. · If you're scanning in an image or downloading a photo from a digital camera for printing or for editing only on your computer, use TIF. · If you're scanning in an image or downloading a photo from a digital camera for e-mailing or publishing to the Web, use JPEG. A Tour of the My Pictures Folder Back in Chapter 5, "Saving, Opening, Printing, and Other Document Lore," I told you about the My Documents folder and mentioned that it's the perfect spot to store the documents you create. If you've been doing that, then you no doubt have noticed that My Documents includes a subfolder