I don't mind unbirthing, but I don't find it as interesting as oral vore. This is most likely because I see oral vore as more of a fascinating plot element than anything sexual. But to each, his/her own, right?
Nah, I'm just kidding. I've been wanting to use that icon for a while now. XD
So I know next to nothing about formatting styles. Why is PNG better than JPEG? If it's only because JPEG is lower quality, then I don't really feel the need to change anything. This image is blurry because I don't know how to shade during the night time appropriately. The rest of my work is unaffected (because my files are very large and detailed, really nothing is lost and it's easy to save on my ancient, dinosaur computer).
Can you tell me the benefits of using PNG, please? I'd happily switch if I think it's more useful.
JPEG uses a compression algorithm optimized for compressing photos of the real world, basically. It's supposed to cause subtle quality loss for a massive reduction in file size. For photos of the real world it honestly works pretty great. For other things though, the quality loss can become a bit less subtle especially when delving into cartoon/anime esque shading styles.
PNG is basically the opposite. It compresses a lot of digital work really well, and most programs such as photoshop or gimp have lossless (Smart) compression for PNG files so that you will never lose quality. (Though, your file size might be a bit bigger than JPEG)
For the most part PNG is a superior format to JPEG unless you're dealing with photos of real life or are desperate to save a bit of space.
I don't know the science behind it, but images immediately degrade after you save them as JPG. PNGs don't. Next time you make something, save it in both formats so you can see the difference. You're doing a real disservice to yourself as an artist by saving your work as JPGs. If you happen to still have any of your old work on your computer as unsaved project files for whatever drawing program you use, I suggest opening them all up and saving them all as PNGs and then going onto Deviant Art and replacing all of the JPGs.
Personal annoyance about sexualized MyLittlePony aside, I can see the difference in the two pictures. The second picture's outlines are more defined and darkest shadows are more evenly blended (I'm assuming that format is the PNG, just a note for future reference, please label which image is what format). I'll probably use that format from now on.
Because I'm happy you responded and took the time to show me the difference, I'm going to level with you. Your approach to your argument about JPEG vs PNG is too aggressive. I was honestly tempted to just ignore you, as most artists would, because your tone demanded that I make the switch as if my thinking were inferior to yours.
While I know that is not what you intended, I'm giving you a heads up for future endeavors. If you want to help an artist, NEVER tell them they are doing something wrong with their work, especially if that'd the only thing you say in the comment. Politely suggest something else, or at least make sure to give them incentive to do so.
For example, saying something like:
"I really liked how this piece turned out (for x reasons), but I noticed the lines were blurry around the edges/the shading was pixelated/etc. Are you using the JPEG format? It's been known to cause problems like that.Using PNG format can help solve that problem, because it does not compress the pixels. Hope this helps!"
...tells the artist that you're not just trolling or critiquing them without paying attention to their work, while also getting your point across. Your original comment made me feel like you just glanced at my picture, made a face, and raged about formatting issues instead of what had been drawn.
Again, no need to apologize or anything, as I know that was not your intent. I'm not offended. I'm just letting you know how your writing comes across. I'm doing this because the PNG vs JPEG thing really helped me, and it will help other artists too, but not if they're put off by what seems like an aggressive approach.
I'll stop the lesson on tone now. Sorry, it's the English teacher in me. XD
Thank you very much for the advice, and I hope you take mine to heart.