During the Coronavirus crisis, we’re all working online a lot more than we used to. For many, this means getting even more involved with social media.

In image editing and graphic design, you'll come across two common file types: JPG and PNG. What’s the difference between the two, and which one should you opt for?

Simply put, a JPG file type is mostly used for common image files because of lossless compression: it’s easier to compress, and the file sizes can be quite small yet retain high image quality. A PNG file (or Portable Network Graphic), on the other hand, is typically used for more complex graphics as it can contain more information. In other words, if it’s a photo of your cat or a selfie, you’ll want the JPG format. On the other hand, if it’s a professional, highly detailed graphic, or an image with areas of partial or total transparency (like a circular image), you’ll need to save it as a PNG.

However, you may often want to combine the two and save the end result as a JPG. Or, you may simply want to convert a PNG to JPG, because JPG is far more space-efficient. Here’s how to do it online:

1.     Upload a PNG file to Kapwing

2.     Adjust the image if you need to

3.     Publish and download a JPG!

1. Upload a PNG File to Kapwing

To convert your PNG files, head on over to Kapwing.com in your browser and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, upload your image by browsing through your files, dragging and dropping a picture, or pasting a link to a file stored online:

A screenshot of the Kapwing Studio's upload modal.

2. Adjusting the Image

Once you’ve uploaded your PNG file, you may want to edit the image. Using the Kapwing Image Editor, you can easily crop and adjust your image, add text, or overlay another image if you need to.

A screenshot of several PNG logos added to the Kapwing Studio.

3. Publish and Download

Now that your image is ready, select the red Export button, then Download on the right side of the screen. Kapwing will automatically save the image to your device as a JPG file.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

I hope this article helps you utilize both JPG and PNG files in your image editing and graphic design work! For more content on digital creation in 2021, check out our YouTube channel Kapwing App. And while you're here, read through some related articles on image conversion, compression, and editing:

How to Reduce the Size of a JPEG File

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