saving in GIF or JPEG for images with Blending Options?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Ben, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Hi all,

    I made few buttons for my new webpage with multiple layers. I used
    different Blending Options for each layer for some cool effects. I
    then used "Save for Web..." option to see the difference between
    saving my buttons in GIF and JPEG. As far as I understand, images with
    only few colors are good candidates for GIF. When I checked the
    preview, JPEG seemed to be better than GIF. My button images contain
    effects such as gradient, bevel, contour, glows, etc...

    Which format should I use?

    Ben, Feb 1, 2004
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  2. Ben

    cris Zalika Guest

    If it looks better in JPG then why are you not using JPG? Duh?
    cris Zalika, Feb 1, 2004
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  3. Buttons are often in GIF, because JPEG doesn't support transparency.
    Consequently, it is impossible to have buttons with rounded corners in
    JPEG and let them blend into the background of the web page, unless the
    web page has one solid color as background. That could be a very good
    reason to use GIF.
    Johan W. Elzenga, Feb 1, 2004
  4. Ben

    edjh Guest

    You can have up to 256 colors in gif. Is that not enough? Plus you can
    choose a dither option which will smooth things over a bit. I'd worry
    about glows and shadows though. No translucence in gif, thus no
    antialias on outer edges.

    Try a matte color as close as possible to your main web background color.
    edjh, Feb 1, 2004
  5. Ben

    Tacit Guest

    As far as I understand, images with
    Remember, every shade of a color counts as a different color. If you have a
    drop shadow and a bevel, the drop shadow and the bevel may count as tens or
    even hundreds of different colors. Smooth gradations of tone count as many,
    many colors, and often look better in JPEG than GIF.
    Then they probably contain far more than 256 colors, and are not suitable for
    Many colors, no transparency: JPEG.
    Transparency: GIF. JPEG doesn't support transparency.
    Tacit, Feb 1, 2004
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