File Types, Compatibility and Clarity

If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent some time wondering (and Googling) about the differences between various popular format types commonly used for graphic design applications. I’ve found out I used or exported the wrong kind more times than I care to admit, and I’ve asked or been asked the difference between a jpeg and a tiff on countless occasions. Even now it’s difficult sometimes to remember whether certain file types support things like CMYK color or transparency, and so I decided I’d create a resource that’s hopefully a handy reference on the matter of discerning file type supports and behavior.

File type compatibility and specs

Someday I intend to update this into a browser-rendered chart, but for now, due to time constraints, it will just have to exist as a graphic.

A few notes about the chart and its summary:

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!