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PNG – Portable Network Graphics

What is a PNG file

PNG files are a format that contains bitmapped or raster images. The PNG image format was created to take over from the GIF format since they both can display transparent backgrounds. An additional similarity between these two formats is that they both offer lossless compression.

Unlike GIF images, files with the PNG extension do not support animation. Since PNG is not patented, you can work on images that have the .png file extension in any image editing software without any licensing problems.

Image files with a PNG extension include a transparency channel (8-bit), while also supporting 24-bit RGB color palettes, RGB images, and grayscale. PNG files were introduced to make the transfer of images on the web a lot easier – making it a popular image format among web designers and graphic designers.

How to open a PNG file

Here's a small list of programs that can open PNG documents:

  • Microsoft Windows Photos
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Adobe Photoshop CC, or other similar professional programs designed for image editing.

You can also open the PNG file with your favorite web browsers, such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Firefox. Right-click the PNG file and select "Open with".

On macOS, use Preview to open a PNG file.

How to Convert a PNG file to PDF Online

For better compatibility, consider converting PNG files to PDF documents. This way, you can easily open, download, or share a PDF document when needed, from any device.

More on – How to convert PNG to PDF online.