Which scanner file format should you use?

You’re planning to scan about one thousand color family photos for posting to the Internet. Which of these file formats would be most appropriate for this use?





The answer: B) JPG

The Joint Photographic Experts Group format was specifically designed for compressing pictures with a lossy algorithm that saved space but maintained the overall look of the image. When archiving thousands of pictures that need to be small enough for easy download, the JPG format is a perfect fit.

The incorrect answers:

A) BMP and C) TIF
Although these formats are very useful for high-end desktop publishing, their large file sizes are difficult to manage when working online.

The GIF format is a compressed format, but its limited palette of only 256 colors doesn’t work well for color photographs.

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