Creating PNG images is relatively simple, so we’ll keep this blog article short and get straight to the point. PNG is great compared to other image formats like JPG and GIF, because it is lossless. In short terms, this means every single time you open and save the file, there is no loss of quality. Because of this, the file has always got a lot of detail and is of high contrast. PNG actually stands for Portable Network Graphics or Portable Graphics Format.
In this article, we will go over a few points you need to know about a PNG image.
- How to change an image to PNG
- What you need to know about a PNG Image
How to change an image to PNG
There are a few main ways you can convert images to PNG. Firstly, you can use an image viewing program on your computer or use a file naming convention site that you can find on the web.
If you are on Windows, you can use Paint. Seems pretty simple, right? Firstly, you need to open up your image by clicking ‘FIle’ then ‘Open’. Once your file is open, click File > Save As. Next, select PNG under the drop down list of file formats. The compression rate is usually set to ‘Best’, but you can edit this if you want too.
With Mac, this is slightly different. Your computer already has Preview installed. On this program, right click the file, then click Open With > Preview. Then, File > Export. Then, change the file format to PNG and click Save.
You can use sites like convertimage.net. First, set the picture output format to PNG, select your image, open it and convert your image.
What you need to know about a PNG Image
PNG images come in much detail. They are used to provide a transparent background for images. An example of when this is commonly used in business is if a company wants to edit their logo onto a picture. They will make the logo into a PNG file. From here, it can be put on top of another image, and only the logo of the brand will show.
A PNG image tends to be a lot larger than other file types. This means that a business should take care and limit the use of them unless you have lots of storage.
However, if you are a business who needs to use high-end images, it is best to use the PNG file type. It supports both 24 and 32-bit RGBA colour spaces. They also work with grey scale, but not CMYK. Generally, this means it isn’t best to use PNG when printing materials.
Within copyright laws, PNG images are more easily accessible than any other format. Most of the time, these images can be used without the need of any license.
PNG images first came into the world in 1995. This was because technology was evolving, and everyone needed a more modern file format to work with the ever growing computers.
Like we mentioned above, although these file types are large, they are perfect if you want the preserve the transparency of your image, like in a logo.
Overall, PNG images are widely used in today’s tech world. Most businesses, at some point, will need to convert an image. This might be to give it a transparent background, or so they can use an image to edit without the detail in it changing. We hope you’ve managed to change your file format easily from the information in this article. Let us know how your getting on.