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Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)

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Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)

What is Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)?

Overview

GIFs are Commonly known as gifs, these are files that use the graphics interchange format and are supportive of both animated and static graphics. It is in widespread use on the World Wide Web because of its wide support and portability between applications and operating systems.

Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a type of bitmap image format introduced by CompuServe in 1987 with the aim of reducing the size of images and short animations. The graphics interchange format became popular due to the use of the LZW (Lempel-Ziv-Welch) compression method, which reduces the file size of the image without reducing or degrading the quality.

The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to refer to its own palette of 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows for a different palette of up to 256 colors for each frame.

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