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What is JPG?


At the beginning it was called only JPEG but nowadays it is more common to talk about this format for JPG only as an abbreviation.

JPEG or JPG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. It is lossy format and super lightweight. JPG is a very used image format, with compressed image data. JPG files are used for printing, editing and many other different purposes, because of the space it uses by storing a JPG file.

This kind of common file format has a lossy compression, that means high degrees of compression, resulting in smaller files, but with lost pixels that we couldn’t recover. - it’s one of the big differences between PNG files that are lossless-.

JPEG files’ quality is significantly lower than that of the PNG files. But not always lower quality means something bad. Some occasions could be a great format.

Read the complete image guide Format and learn about all the different types of image files, and which is the best for you and your users.