Graphics Interchange Format, GIF, is a bitmap image file format that supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image thus allowing single images to reference their own color chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. GIF file format uses a lossless data compression technique to reduce file size without degrading the visual quality. This enables files to be converted to a different file type without loss of quality. As much as GIF supports animations, it is less suitable for reproducing color photographs and images with color gradients.