Google created the WebP file format to make online images less bulky. With significantly reduced photo and graphic sizes, websites load faster and give users a better experience. Learn more about how the WebP file format works.
What is a WebP file?
Google launched the WebP format as part of its mission to make loading times faster across the internet. WebP allows websites to display high-quality images — but with much smaller file sizes than traditional formats such as PNG and JPEG.
You can choose to save WebP files with either lossless or lossy compression. This means you can either compress images without losing data or with losing only some non-essential information. Google’s developers have suggested that lossless WebP images can be up to 26% smaller than PNGs.
You can quickly tell whether a file is a WebP image by looking out for the .WEBP extension.
How to use WebP files.
WebP files were designed entirely with the internet in mind. Their main uses include:
How to open a WebP file.
WebP images are generally quicker to view in browsers rather than built-in photo applications.
First, make sure you have a compatible browser before you try to open a WebP file. Once set up, simply open the folder where you’ve saved your WebP file and double-click on it. The image will then automatically open in your default browser.
You also have the option to convert existing files such as PNGs and JPEGs to the WebP format. You can find a range of converter tools online.
How to create and edit a WebP file.
You may require a plugin to create and edit WebP files using Adobe Photoshop. Once you’ve installed a trusted plugin that’s compatible with your device, follow these steps:
- Create or edit an image using Photoshop, then click Save As.
- Save the file as a WebP using the Format menu.
- Choose the name and location for your new WebP file and click Save.
- A settings panel will appear, giving you the option to edit your file further.