JPEG is one of the most popular file types across the internet today. It is the preferred one for images of all shapes and sizes. Every photo editing app allows you to convert photos and other files to JPEG format, but how is it done in Affinity Photo?
To convert files to JPEG in Affinity Photo, go to the File menu, choose Export, select JPEG from the options, and choose where you want to save the JPEG file.
JPEGs have been a part of digital photo editing and sharing for years. So, read on to learn more about how they are represented in Affinity Photo and why JPEG Format was created.
What is the JPEG Conversion Process in Affinity Photo?
Converting your Affinity Photo files to JPEG from within the app is straightforward. All you have to do is navigate to the File menu, click Export, then choose JPEG as the file type you want to export, and choose where you want to save your JPEG file.
Just like that, your Affinity Photo file is now saved as a JPEG and is ready to use whenever and wherever you like.
What is a JPEG and Where Did They Come From?
JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, the organization that invented and set the file format as the standard in the late 80s and the beginning of the 90s. Because it is standardized, it is the preferred file format for any digital image. JPG is the old Windows file name for JPEG.
The JPEG was invented because monitors in the late 80s could not make or display on-screen graphics, so the Joint Photographic Experts Group came up with their standard so that graphics could be compressed enough to show in full color on a PC. The file format became a universal success with the introduction of digital cameras and the internet.
How Does JPEG Compression Work?
JPEG compression is completed by a process called discrete cosine transform. It is also used in audio and video. JPEG compression chooses the light frequencies that are most important and most visible to the human eye. Since eyes are less sensitive to high-frequency light vibrations, the areas of the picture with high-frequency colors keep less detail.
This is because the way we perceive the image in reality will not be affected if these parts have less detail. An 8 by 8 pixel block then divides the image into areas with similar colors and brightness. The online images we see in full color are all available to us because of this process
What Are JPEGs Used For and Why Are They Important?
JPEGs are used for two primary purposes, photography display, and web publishing. JPEG allows photographers to make their images good file size to be shared online without changing the quality drastically. Using JPEGs on websites helps web pages load faster due to smaller page sizes and allows users to spend more time browsing than waiting.
Without JPEG files, websites would take hours to load and web designers would not have a way to place images and other graphics onto pages. This means that every page you visit on the web would just be walls of text, and that is not engaging or interesting.
Advantages and Disadvantages of JPEG
JPEGs are the most universal file format that works on almost every, if not all internet browsers, software, and apps recognize it. The fact that JPEGs files are small makes them easy to transfer and view online, and they stay small by getting rid of all the colors in images that the human eye cannot see. Processing JPEGs is easier because the saturation and white balance are already set.
The downsides of JPEGs are that they lower image quality, and the more you edit and resave the image as a JPEG after editing, the lower the quality will go. JPEGs cannot be transparent, so you have to choose another file type if you need transparency.
However, the pros of JPEGs outweigh the cons. It is easy to see why it is the most used online photo format. JPEGs are a key component of the online space that makes it what it is.
To convert files to JPEG in Affinity Photo, go to the File Menu, navigate to export, and select JPEG as the file type you want to export as. You can then save the image anywhere in JPEG format. JPEGs make graphics on the internet possible and they are the most popular digital image format.