How to Save Your Images under Different File Types?

by Sophi On April 8, 2009 | DVD & Video | Hits: 183
Software you need: Paint.net



This tutorial will explain the saving process and what each element means and what it can do for your images. For a quick reference you should concentrate on steps and also the file types BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and the icon/cursor ones as these are the most common and widely accepted.



1) If the file type does not support layers you will have to flatten your image into one layer,



*Do this by pressing the key combination of Ctrl + Shift + F. Alternatively, it will ask you to flatten when saving if the format is non-supporting of layers.



2) Once you have finished your piece of work and/or flattened go to File > Save As.



3) In the appearing dialog you can choose where to save and also name the file. The 'Save as type' drop down and associated file types are detailed below:



File Types:



Paint.NET (*.pdn)

Preserves layers, layer names and information, alpha values, only be used in Paint.NET.



Bitmap (BMP) (*.bmp)

Does not retain layers or alpha values. If you have the chequerboard pattern on your image it will appear white when saved in this format. Photobucket.com and Imageshack.us both accept this format.



GIF (*.gif)

Does not retain layers but does save alpha values. If you see the chequerboard pattern on your image it will be transparent when viewed elsewhere, although it is either transparent or not, there is no wide range of alpha values with this type. Lossless format and good for websites and animations. Photobucket.com and Imageshack.us both accept this format.



JPEG (*.jpg; *.jpeg; *.jpe; *.jfif)

Does not retain layers or alpha values and is a lossy format meaning it will loose quality when saved. Good for websites. Photobucket.com and Imageshack.us both accept this format.



PNG (*.png),TIFF (*.tif; *.tiff)

Does not retain layers but does alpha. If you see the chequerboard pattern on your image it will be transparent when viewed elsewhere. Wide range of alpha values meaning it can have anything between an alpha of 0 (fully transparent) up to 255 (fully opaque). Lossless format. Photobucket.com and Imageshack.us both accept this format.



TGA (*.tga)

Used for texture mapping in such 3D editing software as Blender and POV-Ray and also gaming screenshots of this file type are common.


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