A JPG file is a raster image file widely used across digital photography. JPG files are ideal for uploading and sharing online because of their small size and can be used and read by pretty much any program across computers and mobile devices. It’s the most widely used image compression format in the world and the default format for a lot of digital cameras and smartphone cameras. This is generally because they are very compressed without losing a huge amount of data. If you interact with any kind of digital photos, you’ll come across JPGs.
A GIF - or graphics interchange format - is a bitmap file widely used around the internet. GIFs contain up to 256 colors, so they’re not often used for photos, but as they have lossless compression, they work well for navigation buttons and logos on websites. A huge difference between a GIF and another bitmap image file, like a JPG, is that they can be saved as animated GIFs, which cycle between images to create a short, looping animation. These are primarily designed for - and used across - websites on the internet. You’ve definitely come across them before, particularly on social media and image sharing apps.
Why would you want to convert a JPG to a GIF? Well, although JPG files are compressed and web-friendly, GIF files take up even less space on your hard drive. They also support transparent backgrounds, so they work very differently to JPG files. You might come across a situation when you want to convert a JPG to a GIF, and luckily it’s a very straightforward process using file management software like WinZip. It takes just a few moments, and you’ll end up with new image files considerably smaller than your JPG files.
WinZip is more than just a JPG to GIF converter. We built WinZip to convert multiple file formats, including the formats below.