What is a GIF?

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What is a GIF and is it Ideal for Photo Sharing?

What is a GIF?

A GIF is another file format used for uploading. GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. GIF file format is not a very popular way to upload digital photos because it doesn't support a lot of color. GIF file format only allows for 256 colors, while JPEG file format allows for many, many more colors.

A GIF file format is ideal for uploading something that has been scanned, such as a drawing rather than an actual photograph, because of the color limitations of this type of file format. If you know that the a photograph will look okay with around 200 colors, it may be acceptable to use a GIF file format for uploading. Otherwise, it is smart to stay away from a GIF file format for uploading digital pictures from your digital camera.

   

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