More About JPG
The Joint Photographic Experts Group launched the JPG in 1992 with the aim of easing image sharing without compromising on quality. Digital cameras and image-capturing devices widely use the JPG format to save pictures.
So, what is a jpg file? It is an image file with the extension ‘.jpg’ or ‘.jpeg.’ Images in the form of screenshots, memes, quotes, profile pictures, passport-size pictures, infographics, and several other types can be saved in JPG format. Several social media platforms support the JPG format for image sharing, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and WhatsApp.
JPEG files use lossy compression, meaning some information from the original image is discarded for the reduced file size. This compression, if done at a high level or multiple times, can result in a loss of image quality.
Content creators, photographers, designers, and artists use the JPG format to upload quality images on their social media platforms. The file format requires less loading time, making it one of the most used image formats among users.
JPG images serve multiple other advantages:
- The portability and compatibility allow easy uploading on web pages and apps regardless of the device and software.
- The support for 24-bit color with numbers ranging up to 16 million provides for high-definition and vibrant images.
- The variable compression enables flexible image size.
- JPEG provides for effortless decompression, thus retaining the original quality.
- JPG file format pictures can be converted to multiple other formats such as ‘.jpe,’ ‘.jiff.’‘.jif,’ and others.
The following screenshot shows the JPG type of file for the mage. You can easily check the file type by hovering over a downloaded image name or accessing the image properties (available on right-click), as shown below.