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The Graphic Design Reference & Specification Book by Irina Lee, Aaris Sherin, Poppy Evans

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Chapter 4: Imaging and Color

UNDERSTANDING IMAGE FILE FORMATS

Digital files can be saved in a number of file formats. For any type of file, the extension at the end (for example, “JohnDoePortrait.raw”) indicates the format in which your file has been saved. Each file format has a purpose. Refer to the chart below for saving and working with files—whether you want to use the files for editing, posting online, sharing via email or printing.

Format EPS or .eps
Definition Used for placing images or graphics in documents created in word processing, page layout, or drawing programs. Supports both rastered and vectored data. EPS files can be cross-platformed, cropped, or edited.
Advantage  
Disadvantage  
Format GIF or .gif (Graphics Interchange ...

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