GIF Graphic Files
GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
GIF is a common graphic format on the Internet for artwork having large blocks of solid color, or having a transparent background, or which is animated. GIFs contain information compressed into a relatively small file format. This is because GIF images are limited to 256 colors (9-0bit). However B&W photos and those color photos with fewer than 256 palette colors can successfully be saved in the GIF format. (JPEGs are preferred over GIFs as a format for images with more than 256 colors (full or true color).