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Image formats

Supported output image formats

JPEG compression

The JPEG compression format is suitable for delivering photographic images with minimal quality loss and a high compression rate. You can either choose the compression factor yourself or use Optipress - our Machine Learning algorithm, which will choose the best way to reduce JPEG file size minimizing perceptual quality loss.

Available parameters

Set format
force_format=jpg
forces using the JPEG image compression
Quality
q=X X=0..100
the smaller the value of q, the more your image will be compressed. Be careful - the quality of the image will decrease as well.
Optipress
optipress=X X=1..3
chooses the best compression approach maintaining visual quality via the Optipress algorithm

Examples

PNG format

This format is a good choice for non-photographic images - flowcharts, graphs, screenshots, logos, etc. PNG also supports transparency.

Available parameters

Set format
force_format=png
forces using the PNG image compression

Lossy PNG compression

While the PNG format offers lossy compression only, Cloudimage can optimize the image before compression by reducing the number of colors or adding slight dithering (while preserving edges). This method usually leads to smaller file sizes for images visually indistinguishable from the original ones.
You can activate this feature in the Admin Console (Image Settings/Compression):

Examples

WebP format

WebP is an image format maintained by Google and supported in certain browsers (mainly Chrome, Opera, and Chrome Android) which provides more aggressive compression techniques as JPG without noticeable quality degradation.
By default, automatic WebP transcoding is deactivated. If you choose to activate it, all images will be delivered as WebP. If the client's browser does not support this format, JPEG or PNG (if the image has an alpha channel) is used instead.
You can use the following parameters to control WebP compression quality:
Set format
force_format=webp
forces using the JPEG image compression
Quality
q=X X=0..100
the smaller the value of q, the more your image will be compressed. Be careful - the quality of the image will decrease as well.
Lossless
lossless=1
use lossless webp compression

Examples

Deliver images in their original format

By default, Cloudimage delivers the images in the format which will lead to the fastest delivery, while being supported by the requesting browser, as for exemple a WebP.
But sometimes WebP will be heavier than the original image (eg. a low resolution .JPG might be lighter than the same image .WEBP), so cloudimage will ignore the transformation process and provide the original format (when the original format is supported by the browser of course).
If you would like to systematically activate this function and always keep the format of the original image, you can use force_format=original