GIF FULL FORM | GIF Defination, Meaning and Images

The Full Form of GIF is Graphics Interchange Format. It is a bit-mapped graphics file format and it was developed in 1987 by CompuServe with the idea of developing an image format that is platform-independent. The technique used for compressing GIF is called Lempel-Ziv-Welch (LZW) lossless data compression technique. This technique reduces the file size without degrading the quality of the image which makes GIF format so popular. This compression technique was patented in 1985.


GIF format supports up to 8 bits per pixel ur each image which allows a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame. Since there is the limitation of only 256 colors, it makes the GIF format less suitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color however it is very well-suited and very popular for simple images such as graphics or logos which has solid areas of color.


Standards of GIF

There are two standards of GIF-87a and 89a. The 87a standard is basic whereas the 89a standard has additional features for improved interlacing and has the ability to define one color to be transparent and it also has the ability to store multiple images in one file to create à basic form of animation.

Uses Of GIF

  1. GIFs are suitable for sharp-edged line art (such as logos) with a limited number of colors.
  2. It uses the LZW technique for data compression so there is no fear of data loss and it favors flat areas of uniform color with well-defined edges.
  3. It can be used in small animations and low-resolution film clips.
  4. It can be used in games.
  5. It only supports a transparent background so it can be used to blend GIF files with website background colors.

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How GIF Works | Why is GIF format animated?

Due to the support of more than one Image Layers in GIF format, an image can be animate like a short video.

GIFs format supports only 256 colors. the size of each image layer does not increase much and due to this many layers can be shown at the same time, due to which GIFs are animated.

Types of GIF Format.

  1. The Replay GIF
  2. The Reaction GIF
  3. The Cinemagraph
  4. Technical GIF
  5. The Perfect – Loop GIF


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