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Your Cheat Sheet for Knowing Which Photo File Type to Use (Because It's Tricker Than It Should Be)

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When I used to manage my own healthy lifestyle blog, I was constantly uploading images: food I’d eaten, new running sneakers I'd bought, the occasional adorable dog I'd spotted on the street.

And often, my pictures would show up blurry. Or way too big. Or unbelievably tiny. Or just not at all. I spent way too much time trying to figure out why, and not enough time writing the blog posts that accompanied the images. So much for spending valuable time on my side gig!

As I eventually learned, the file type assigned to the photo is crucial—and if you choose the wrong one, it can be a real game changer (or, game ender).

If you’ve run into this problem before, check out the infographic below. It will help you solve all your JPEG, GIF, and PNG woes. And hopefully next time you try to add a new picture to your LinkedIn profile, it won’t look like someone smudged the camera lens.