If you scour the web, you will often bump into two major image formats. These include JPG and PNG. Not to say these are the only image formats available, however. There also exist older image formats, but you won’t see them as much as JPG and PNG. Another rising star is WebP, a newer image format.
Standard Image formats for web
There are about six major image formats that you will bump into the web. These include APNG, JPEG, PNG, WebP, AVIF, GIF, and SVG.
What is WebP Image Format?
Google’sGoogle’s WebP image format is a new format available. WebP is a modern image format that features improvements over old formats like JPEG and PNG.
In particular, WebP provides superior compression for images on the web in both lossless and lossy formats. Through WebP, websites can be able to add richer images that are smaller for faster performance.
WebP stands for Web Picture format. WebP is a derivative of WebM, which is a video file format that Google also developed.
Is WebP better than JPEG?
Yes, in all the metrics. WebP is better than JPEG in that it does better compression and resultant images have higher color depths, animated frames, transparency, to name a few. But these may not matter to non-geeks.
I’ll tell you what does and why WebP is a thing: the extent of image compression. Lossy WebP images are 25-34% smaller than identical JPEGs of similar visual compression levels (also called SSIM quality index).
On the other hand, WebP lossless images are 26% smaller relative to similar PNGs. That compression efficiency is very much superior, and webmasters know the implications: faster website performance.
Another advantage of WebP over JPEG is it can support animations in the lossy format. This is thanks to the VP8 stream that WebP uses in the lossy format. WebP can support animations because the VP8 video codec allows for multiple frames.
WebP also allows for transparency, something that isn’t possible with JPEG. PNG does support transparency, though.
How do I open a WebP file?
There are quite a variety of ways to open WebP image files. First, you can open a WebP file using MS Paint if you’re on Windows 10.
Right-click on the WebP image file, select “Open with”> Paint.
Another way to open a WebP file is by using a browser. This is an excellent alternative if you don’t use a Windows PC. All three browsers installed on my PC(Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge) can open WebP images.
To open a WebP image file using a browser:
Right-click on the image > Select “”Open with””> Choose a browser. Alternatively, drag and drop the file into Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
Images only save as WebP if the website you’re you’re has adopted the format. As it stands, however, not many websites have switched to WebP. And even if they have, most still offer alternative formats just in case because WebP is not yet supported fully.
As long as the browser you’re using has WebP support, a website that has adopted the format may only save images in WebP. You can, however, save WebP images to JPEG or PNG by using a browser extension or even a browser that doesn’t support the format.
WebP is currently supported by Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.
How do I stop Chrome from saving images in WebP?
Can you stop Chrome or Firefox from saving images in WebP? Yes, you can. You can do this by installing a browser extension that allows you to save images in your preferred format. Save Image as Type is a good example.