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At one time, not all browsers supported the PNG format and some developers didn't use it,
despite its many advantages. However those days are long gone, and any browser that sup-
ports HTML5 will support PNG. As a result, any HTML5 developer or designer can use PNG
i les without fear of the browser not being able to load them.
One of the big advantages of PNG i les is that they preserve layers. Designers who use tools
like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, and Adobe Photoshop organize their graphics in
layers. A simple application of a layer is labeling a photograph. For example, suppose you
have a photograph that you label and save as a JPEG i le, as shown in Figure 9-1.
Figure 9-1: A JPEG image with embedded label.
At er you i nish the graphic and save it as a JPEG i le, you realize that it's mislabeled. It's a
morning glory, not a daisy. Because the i le is saved in JPG format, the layer with the Daisy
label is not preserved. When you edit the i le, you'll i nd that the label is fused with the rest of
the graphic.
With a PNG i le, not only are the layers preserved, but if you use a transparent background, it
picks up the background of your Web page, and the transparency is preserved. Figure 9-2
shows that the simple swapping of layers i xes the label problem and provides a transparent
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