The file format in which an editor saves a photograph will influence the quality of output after a series of edits. A professional picture editing software such as Adobe Photoshop offers plenty of file formats for that, but editors selectively save them in the right format.
JPEG is the most popular file format for photographs and the go-to standard since they support multiple platforms. No matter you want to share photos on a social media platform, or print them on a brochure, a picture with JPEG format is likely to be compatible. This file format is ideal for sharing images since there will not be any hassle when it comes to rendering the work.
However, saving an edited photo in JPEG format does have some downsides. For one, the file format does not support transparency within photos. Its compression quality is debatable and that means editors might not get the perfect standards while saving the file. Still, some do suggest that saving a photo in JPEG format with maximum quality is one way to get acceptable outputs.
The format in which most editors indulged in professional picture editing with Photoshop save works is PSD. That default format of the software allows photo editors to make changes to partially edited works later. Some photo edits, especially those involving the use of effects and adjustment layers, necessitate editors to save in the PSD format. This is something that allows professionals to return to the photo and refine it.
The PSD format also allows professional Photoshop services to use saved works in other software of Adobe – the kind of compatibility, which editors and graphic designers cannot do without.
Another popular file formats used these days are PNG and GIF. The PNG format allows editors to preserve photos without any loss in quality. This makes for higher bit rate images and can preserve backdrop transparency while reducing uneven edges. All these attributes allow users to render photos on a website that necessitate transparent elements.
One downside of PNG is that although the format is good for uploading on a site, photos saved in that format have larger file sizes. If photos take up too much time to load, that will affect page load time. Thus, it is best to rely on the format when better transparency of photos on the web is a must.
On the other hand, the GIF photos are generally used for low-quality graphics featuring animation. GIF is used specifically for graphics, which resemble videos, and not for high-quality photos achievable in photo editing workflows.