What is a GIF?

GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, is a digital file format that can support both animated and static images. It can combine images into one file, creating basic animations.

More About GIFs

A GIF file can support 8 bits per pixel for each image and 256 different colors. This format is more suited for simple images, such as graphics or logos.

GIFs can also contain multiple images and turn them into a short animation. This functions similarly to a flipbook, with different pictures loaded sequentially to create movement.

Since GIF files are small, they can load faster on web pages. Plus, you can use a tool like Adobe Photoshop to create them without much technical experience.

GIFs also won’t lose image quality after compression. However, the limited color palette often makes GIFs have low resolution.

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