File Types

Screen Output Formats

Png

Universally viewable

Can’t be made bigger

Ideal for web

Can have transparency

Not ideal for printing

Jpeg

Universally viewable

Can’t be made bigger

Ideal for Web

No transparency

Not ideal for printing

Graphic Production Formats

Eps

Requires graphics software

Can be made bigger

Not for use on the web

Can have transparency

Ideal for printing

Ai

Requires graphics software

Can be made bigger

Not for use on the web

Can have transparency

Ideal for printing

Container Formats

WORD

The “Evil” Format

This is not a shareable format. It doesn’t keep the same fonts or layout when transferred between computers. It “downsamples” images that are placed into it rendering them unsafe for printing.

PDF

Portable Document Format

PDF is a container format that can hold all other types of graphics including video. A PDF’s capabilities are largely dependent on what is contains.