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Japanese Garden > Image Formats

Image Formats

The delicate transparencies of Japanese Garden are possible only with a thorough knowledge of which image formats are available and how to use them. Out of the thousands floating around the world of computer graphics, three commonly supported formats are particularly suited to the Web—GIF, JPEG, and PNG. All three offer image compression to shrink the final image size in preparation for download.

Why Does Optimizing Matter?

Why optimize? Since broadband is everywhere, do we still need to be so miserly with our images? While it’s true that penetration of high-speed Internet access is always increasing, it’s not universal. Plenty of users still connect with 56K modems, and in some countries phone lines are metered. Every kilobyte adds extra time to download, and every extra minute connected costs real money.


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