You may have a little confusion between JPG and JPEG, or JPG Vs JPEG is boggling your mind? Most of the time, you see JPG extension but sometimes you also see JPEG. Are both of them same or are both of them different? Let’s find out.

Before you know the result, it is recommended that you know some primary things. JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. It’s a format to store digital images which supports a maximum size of 65535 x 65535 pixels.

Almost all digital camera, including mobile phones, support JPEG format. It is one of most widely used image format followed by PNG and GIF. So what’s the reason behind its popularity? JPEG is considered as ‘lossy’ image format as it compresses the image. The positive side is that this significantly reduces the size of the image so that you need less storage to store your images. It reduces the size of an image typically by 50%-75%. The downside is that the quality of the image gets compromised.

One more reason behind the popularity of JPEG is internet. As the size of JPEG files are not so much, website owners usually use JPEG format. This reduces the page-size of a website and hence the loading time. All all the images that you are viewing on this site, TrickyPhotoshop, are in JPEG format.

So what’s the difference?

There is no difference between JPEG and JPG. They both are same and developed by Joint Photographic Experts Group. The only reason behind its two names is old version of Microsoft’s Window. Old version of Window takes only three characters for any format. As JPEG has four characters, the group shortened its name to JPG so that the format can also be accessible by Window’s users. Most of the users nowadays uses Window. This is why you’ll see JPG more often than JPEG. With the advancement in technology, Window now supports extensions with four character and hence you can now view JPEG on your PC.

That’s it. I hope that you find this Quick Tip informative and it has clarified all your doubts.

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