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API Spotlight: Cloudmersive Image Conversion APIs
11/21/2022 - Brian O'Neill

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In this article, we’ll take a closer look at our suite of Image Conversion APIs, which will quickly convert images (from a wide variety of input image formats) into seven of the most common image formats used around the digital world. These Image Conversion API iterations are all available via our Image Recognition & Processing API endpoint, and they’re all equally easy to use either through custom-code integrations (with complementary, copy-and-paste code examples available on our API Console), or as connections through Microsoft Power Automate/Logic Apps, MuleSoft, Workato, and various other enterprise automation platforms.

JPG & PNG Conversions

Chief among our Image Conversion API iterations are two services representing the most ubiquitous image formats found online: PNG and JPG. Employing our “Convert Image to PNG” or “Convert Image to JPG” APIs will make it easy to transition dozens of image file types into either format with ease.

It’s important to note that JPG files – unlike PNG – are quite lossy, meaning they require a bit more attention to ensure your desired output image quality is achieved during your conversion. To that end, our “Convert to JPG” API offers a special parameter allowing you to specify the quality of your output JPG files. This parameter can be satisfied by supplying an integer between 1 (highest compression; lowest quality) and 100 (lowest compression; highest quality); the recommended value is 75.

GIF Conversions

Perhaps most known for displaying the basic, frame-by-frame animations adored by millions online, GIF format is also frequently used for a more refined, professional purpose: displaying company graphics and logos with excellent quality (relatively low compression). Whatever your use-case might be, our “Convert Image to GIF” API iteration makes this file transition straightforward with a single “input file” parameter.

Photoshop PSD Conversions

Adobe Photoshop is an extremely popular professional image editing platform, which means converting images to the platform’s native format, PSD, is a must-have service for many content creators. These files are notable for their immense pixel retention; they store an incredible amount of color and exhibit excellent quality relative to their size. The “Convert Image to PSD” API iteration will help you prepare images intended for Photoshop manipulation at scale; once your photo editing operations are complete, you can then convert the edited images back into another of our supported image formats just as easily.

BMP & TIFF Conversions

Original bitmap files like BMP and TIFF are decades old, yet they remain very popular among photographers due to their natural affinity for storing high-quality images. One of the chief advantages of using BMP is its ease of compatibility with Windows operating systems, whereas TIFF format offers considerably more flexibility (supporting lossy AND lossless images), dominating within the photo printing and publishing fields. Our “Convert Image to BMP” and “Convert Image to TIFF” APIs will make either format transition a seamless addition to your image processing operations.

WebP Conversions

While JPG and PNG format are exceedingly common image formats, they also have a quiet tendency to slow web pages down – at least, relative to WebP. This relatively lesser-known format (originating circa 2010) is the product of Google’s attempt to increase web page loading speeds with a new, lightweight file type. With WebP files, you can achieve an excellent degree of image quality at around 75% of the size of PNG and JPG formats. Most common browsers now support WebP natively, and Google Chrome will even encourage the conversion of files to WebP format. It’s a no-brainer conversion if you’re looking to speed up your web pages, and our “Convert Image to WebP” API makes it straightforward to accomplish that transition in a single step.

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