Wired: Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs . “Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to ‘The First Lady of the Internet.’ It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.”
Hongkiat: Complete Guide to Using WebP Image Format. “WebP, or unofficially pronounced as weppy, is an image format introduced by Google Developers around 5 years ago. if you are a web designer, or a developer who strives to reduce and optimize your image file size, what WebP is capable of should put a smile on your face.”
Make Tech Easier: JPG vs. PNG vs. GIF: The Differences Between Image File Formats. “A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, as Shakespeare says in Romeo and Juliet, but if you take a picture of that rose and save it as a JPEG with high compression, you may experience a decline in image quality. It’s no problem, though, since you also have the option to use PNG, TIFF, GIF, SVG, or even a new format like HEIC or WebP. Some of those formats would look great on the Capulet family newsletter, while others would fit in better on Romeo’s blog, so decoding these file types can be pretty useful.”
CNET: Firefox to support Google’s WebP image format for a faster web. “Firefox has joined Google’s WebP party, another endorsement for the internet giant’s effort to speed up the web with a better image format.”
How-To Geek: Why Your Facebook Photos Look So Bad (And What You Can Do About It). “In the image above, you can see a side-by-side close up of the original photo and the version that’s on Facebook. The difference is noticeable. And Facebook is going to make some changes to pretty much any photo you upload in order to compress them so they load faster. There’s nothing you can do to totally stop this—if you want a high quality photo sharing site, check out something like 500px—but you can at least minimize the drop in quality when you upload pictures. Let’s look at how.”
Hongkiat: 6 Ways to Save WebP Images as JPG and PNG. “Google’s proprietary image format WEBP is arguably better than the standard JPG or PNG format. It creates much smaller file size than JPG and still supports transparency feature of PNG without much loss in quality…. As ideal as it may be, it is still not supported by many image editors and online submission forms. I personally have to deal with WEBP images often in my work, and so I have found many ways to save WEBP images to JPG or PNG with each having its own advantage. In this post, I am going to share my findings with you.”
Digital Trends: JPEG vs. PNG: Which image-saving format is the better one to use?. “In the world of digital imaging, there are two image formats that prevail above all else: JPEG (or JPG) and PNG. At first glance, a single image shown in both formats might seem identical, but if you look close enough, and dig into the data, there is quite a difference between the two images. Further, each format is designed to be used in specific ways to make the most of its strengths and weaknesses. To help you better understand the differences, we created this guide on JPEG vs. PNG to help you know when to use which format.” Good overview.