Lossy Compression

What is Lossy Compression?

Lossy compression is a type of digital image file compression which presents the potential of loss of overall image quality. When a digital image is saved in a format which utilizes lossy compression, the image is not an exact copy of the original.

Compression algorithms attempt to reduce the image’s file size without significantly impacting image quality. At higher rates of compression the amount of lost quality can be readily visible.

The alternative to Lossy image compression is Lossless compression.

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