WebP is a new image format developed by Google that provides lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. WebP lossless images are found to be 28% smaller in size compared to PNGs, and WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller in size compared to JPEG images while providing comparable image quality. WebP supports features such as alpha channel, animation, ICC color profile, XMP meta-data and tiling. Smaller size of WebP images means less download time and that make them ideal for use on the web.
WebP is not natively supported by Windows, and because it is such a new format support among browsers and image editors is also rare. Amongst web browsers, only Google Chrome and Opera natively support WebP. Some graphics software also support WebP. So if you stumble across a WebP image, here are some of the ways you’ve got to view or edit them.
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If you can view the image on the right, your browser supports WebP
View WebP Images
Like already mentioned, Google Chrome (v9+) and Opera (v11.10+) is capable of handling WebP images. Hence, one way to open WebP files in through the browser. But if you want Windows to natively open WebP images, you have to install the WebP Codec for Windows.
The WebP Codec for Windows provides WebP support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. It enables users to view WebP files in Windows Photo Viewer, Microsoft Office 2010, and any other application that uses Windows Imaging Component. It also displays WebP thumbnails in Windows Explorer.
Edit WebP Images
The following graphics software has out-of-the box support for the WebP format allowing you to open and edit WebP images, and also save images as WebP.
If you use Adobe Photoshop or GIMP you can add WebP support by installing plug-ins released for these programs.